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The Professional's Book of Koi Hardcover – September 1, 1992
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A very good hardcover copy. Light shelf wear and soiling. Contains full color illustrations and index. Tight binding. Clean, unmarked pages. Not ex-library. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Fish; ISBN: 0866225285. ISBN/EAN: 9780866225281. Inventory No: 012388.
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When I got this, book, I was disappointed since, as soon as I opened it, I recognized both pictures and the information. I turned to my bookshelf to see if I could find this book already there, but with a little digging I realized I didn't have this book but much of it is RECYCLED MATERIALS from "Koi and Garden Pools: A Complete Introduction" by Dr. Herbert R. Axelrod (Jan 1, 1987) and "Koi of the World by Dr. Axelrod" (Jun 1973) (both from TFH Publications). Some of the text is almost word for word, and Ms. Barrie liberally used photographs from both of these texts. I was extremely saddened to see that TFH Publications would even print such a similar text.
This is definitely not a book for professionals, not by any leap of the imagination, and the information is no more contemporary than the aforementioned books by Dr. Axelrod (those books are both very nice, though, and Dr. Axelrod is THE authority on koi in my opinion). If you already own those books, don't make the mistake that I made by purchasing this one. However, if you are looking for an introduction (a quite uninformative one, however), this book might suit your needs.
for "all" of the Koi books that I have seen in the pet stores.
Both the information and the photos are "top notch"!
This book has high quality "thick" pages with loads of color and
is in an "easy" and "fun to read format".
Just think, for the price of two Koi magazines,
you can have this great "Hardbound" book.
I'm sure you will both "treasure" and "enjoy" it!
I liked the photography. However, if you are looking for a book on pond building or koi photos, there are better books than this one on either subject.