Paperback: 248 pages
Publisher: Books Americana; 2nd edition (March 1992)
Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.5 x 11.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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This is a great book. I've collected decoys for several years and I own the previous edition of Collecting Antique Bird Decoys and Duck Calls which is now some 10 years old. No disrespect, but the new edition by Russ Lewis far surpasses the old book. Not only will you find thousands of photos but Lewis, an avid collector himself, provides loads of information on traditonal carvers, factory birds, regional influences throughout North America and much more. The depth and breadth of the work is impressive. Lewis is a university professor, and you can tell that he is an educator at heart. It also helps that he has a soul of a collector. If you collect decoys, bird calls, or simply enjoy the outdoors you'll love this book. I'll bet my Red-breasted Merganser decoy on it.
Here is good and basic information that should help you sort out whatever you are researching about Ducks. This is not a Bible but a guide so you may need other information. I would have preferred if the decoys had been listed with values.
A very well-researched book, this is definately one for the collector. This book's true value lies in its value guides and background information, making for facinating reading. Unfortunately, the photography is only average, and mostly black and white (there is a middle section of 63 colored pages).
excellent pictures and information, fun to browse through and read, provides information on different forms of antique decoys, would recommend it
Excellent book for identification of the more popular American carvers, and basic values. Not much more information than the second issue.
Gave this book to a good friend who is a collector and can ay nothing negative, only rant on how great it is!
One of the better reference books out there on decoys and duck calls. Worth buying!
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