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Steel Canvas: The Art of American Arms Hardcover – May 15, 2008
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From Library Journal
For the gun enthusiast, nothing quite catches the eye like an exquisitely engraved and inlaid pistol or long-arm. Wilson, the author of nearly two dozen firearms-related titles, here offers a detailed chronicle of the true art of gun engraving in the United States. Wilson's history actually predates Colonial times, beginning with early English and European attempts at engraving with wheel-locks and flintlocks as far back as the 1500s. Most of the book, however, covers American arms with an emphasis on Colt single-action handguns, Winchester repeating rifles, and monstrous Sharps buffalo guns, with a few knives and swords added for ballast. The text is well detailed and readable, but the main feast here is the hundreds of glorious color photographs. Though the book is expensive, libraries with large hunting/shooting collections won't want to miss this sumptuous volume. Art collections may also wish to consider. Recommended.?Michael Rogers, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Since I haven't read the text yet, I can't review that yet, but if it's even half as good as the photos, then this will be a very enjoyable book.