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Character Steins: A Collector's Guide by Eugene V. Manusov & Mike Wald (£19.00)Publisher: New York, Toronto & London: Cornwall Books — 1987Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0845347845]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper has a tape reinforcement to the reverse of the head of the spine. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs;

From the cover: “This comprehensive book provides a finely illustrated guide to the field of character stein collecting. These unique figural pieces, usually not cylindrical, are modeled so that the body and lid form a caricature, a figure, or an object. The fanciful imagery of the steins is always imaginative, and sometimes comical. An eclectic variety of creations are depicted in the steins: people (monks, historic personages, military figures, mythological characters); animals (horses, lions, foxes’ heads — even a rhinoceros); and objects (skulls, sports equipment, buildings, for example).

The book thoroughly examines each of these and is arranged according to subject depicted, each chapter treating a different category. The result is an intriguing picture catalog containing over 600 illustrations of steins and stein-related items, many of which are in full color. Each illustration is accompanied by a brief description that includes the stein’s dimensions, its coloring, a translation of old German inscriptions, an explanation of what the stein represents, and the manufacturers (if known). The text also offers an extensive listing of the manufacturer’s marks that are found on many of the steins.

Several special chapters written by authorities on character steins have been included in the book: Jack G. Lowenstein writes about Beer Stein Ceramics, Ron Fox tells How Musterschutz Character Steins Were Made, and the late Dr. J. Joseph Hersh contributed an interesting chapter on The Hexagram as the Brewer’s Symbol. There are also chapters on contemporary steins and the artifacts relating to them, and a concise history of antique character drinking vessels. Since the publication of the Encyclopedia of Character Steins in 1976, old and new character stein collectors have brought forth a number of previously unknown steins. The book includes pictures of these newly discovered steins, and complements them with a fascinating section that outlines new facts that have come to light concerning the intricacies of this absorbing field of study. The chapter Musterschutz and the Elusive # Mark sheds light on the identity of the manufacturer of the popular so-called Musterschutz steins.

Collectors like Werner Sahm, Roland Henschen, and Lotti Lopez, through diligent searching, have been able to obtain copies of many original stein manufacturers’ catalogs, some pages of which show original sketches or photos of character steins. Because of this research, the authors are able to display in the Old Catalogs portion of the book some of these exciting finds from manufacturers such as Rosskopf & Gerz, Steinzeugwerke, Reinhold Hanke, Mer-kelbach & Wick, Marzi & Remy, and J. W. Remy. These catalogs facilitated the search to identify the previously unknown makers of many character steins.

In addition to these catalogs, much new information has come from researchers who have recently published their results in Prosit, the quarterly publication of Stein Collectors International. While much progress has been made in determining manufacturers, there is still much to be discovered. Answers always seem to raise new questions; new character steins that are “found” occasionally fill in known gaps, but more often seem to carry still unknown marks or styles. Gene Manusov’s and Mike Wald’s enthusiasm for the study and collection of character steins is infectious. In this highly informative work, collectors, dealers, and antique lovers will enjoy their beautiful pictures supplemented by their stimulating perceptive text.”
Notes: Illustrated by Claire Hill. Size: 12¼" x 9¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 271 pages. Tags: wald claire hill 0845347845 beer stein ceramics musterschutz character steins lithophanes marks manufacturers original catalogs hexagram brewers symbol
P&P: UK 1st £7.50. UK 2nd £6.68. EU Surface £11.66. EU Air £11.60. ROW Surface £11.66. ROW Air £21.72

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Planned Beef Production by Stephen Williams; C. David Edgar; (£18.00)Publisher: Crosby Lockwood & Son — 1966Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Ex-library with few marks. Dust wrapper a little rubbed at the edges with a rough nearly closed tear to the leading edge of the lower panel. Heavily faded at the spine of the dust wrapper. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “THE production of beef cattle is complex and is becoming increasingly so. Technical changes have been applied to the once simple matter of having herds of breeding cattle in some places and yards of fattening bullocks in others. Sometimes they were on the same farm, but often there was a considerable distance between them and this was bridged by the cattle dealer and the store market. New concepts of breeding by artificial insemination led to the replacement of some dual-purpose cattle by some others. The reds and the roans became black and white, or just black; and the buffs are now making an appearance. Physical and chemical methods of dehorning have jostled with genetic advances in polling. Competition between the churn stand and the calf pen in a period of falling milk prices led to early weaning in its various guises and to the greater use of milk substitutes and the earlier feeding of concentrates. Multiple suckling, carefully supervised by expensive labour, has led to mass suckling with labour charges spread over more cattle. More recently there have been interesting developments with barley fed and battery beef with forage flowing untouched from silo to stock, a trickle of concentrates being fed on the way. The time has come for an appraisal of the multitude of methods in beef production and the many differing ideas regarding suitable breeds down to the introduction of the Charolais.”Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5½". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 189 pages. Tags: acres additives adoption advisory agent agricultural agriculture alfalfa altitude analysis angus application approach arable artificial aspect association assurance attestation auctions auger automatic automation autumn bacteria balance barley barley-beef barns basic batch baths battery beef-lots beevebilde beeves behaviour belts biology bloat boards boiled bonuses book-keeping boots bowls boxes breeding breeds brewers bucket
P&P: UK 1st £2.84. UK 2nd £2.52. EU Surface £3.86. EU Air £4.10. ROW Surface £3.86. ROW Air £6.72

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MPs for Hire by Mark Hollingsworth (£9.50)Publisher: Bloomsbury — 1991Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0747510555]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dustwrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the dustwrapper. Edges of the textblock lightly tanned.Description: The Secret World of Political Lobbying.Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 206 pages. Tags: consultancies shareholdings privatisation directorships registration contemporary substantial contractors potentially information parliament themselves commercial corruption misconduct committees industrial ministers community interests influence companies whitehall merchant criminal business standing proposal politics agencies lobbying scrutiny conflict brewers commons defence members bribery clients british private between obtain profit useful agents public labour select abroad hiring house money their serve banks lobby power crown whom face kept paid fees with does from bill your mps for out men law the and
P&P: UK 1st £3.38. UK 2nd £2.92. EU Surface £5.16. EU Air £5.35. ROW Surface £5.16. ROW Air £9.22

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Home Brewing Without Failures by H. E. [Harold Edwin] Bravery (£7.50)Publisher: London: Max Parrish — 1966Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with the price clipped. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Description: 2nd impression. [First Edition: 1965]Notes: Size: 6¾" x 4¼". Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 160 pages. Tags: brewing amateurs manuals simple beer making malt extracts beers grain malts cider recipes mead home brewers dried hops mashing
P&P: UK 1st £2.84. UK 2nd £2.52. EU Surface £3.86. EU Air £4.10. ROW Surface £3.86. ROW Air £6.72

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