Old Leica Books

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  1. shag00

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    Do people still use/want old Leica books such as the 2 below? The one on the left published in 1946 and the one on the right in 1947.

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    Probably no longer used but worth something to a collector.......
     
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    Put 'em on e-Bay and list 'em each at $70 Buy It Now.

    Be sure to use the word "Rare" several times in your listing.
     
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    Don't forget to say "No longer in print" and "Vintage" as well.......LOL


    But yeah, should get a couple a bucks from a collector.
     
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    Focal Press used to publish some pretty good books. They published a landmark book years ago called the Focal encyclopedia of Photography, anextremely large, almost 6 inch thick book,in one volume,which was at the time of its first writing considered to be almost an almost heroic undertaking. There were several different editions of it and I was gifted a copy from a guy from this form over a decade ago, and it's pretty common for this book to be passed along from person to person.

    The book titled Leica Manual was clearly publish by Focal, but I suspect that the other book which appears to be in significantly worse condition might have been published by Leitz
    itself or at their behest

    Around the world there are a lot of Leica collectors, and there is definitely a market for ephemera such as books and manuals.

    Since these two books date to the era right after World War II, they are about seven or eight years before the release of the first M-series Leica, which was the M3 in 1953. In other words I have a feeling that camera such as the IIIgand IIIf were probably very well documented in these books .
     
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    The Focal Press Camera Guides were first published during WWII initially as the UK government had asked people to donate camera equipment to the military etc.

    Andor Kraszna-Krausz, a Hungarian photographer who had fled Germany in 1937, set up the company the following year. Many of the writers were fellow emigres, the most important were Kurt (Curt) Jacobson who wrote Developing, and then Enlarging, and L.A. Mannheim who also worked with Jacobson at Pavelle (an early colour print process and professional processing machines became Durst UK).

    I think you meant the other way around. The Laica Manual was published by Morgan and Lester, The Leica Way was published by Focal Press, like the later Pentax Way and others these were an expansion of the earlier Focal Press Camera Guides.

    Both books are sort after by owners of early Leica cameras but they aren't rare.

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    Generally things listed with RARE in the title are just old and quite common - I've seen it for things I have a handful of at home, like the Helios 44.
    I did see a copy of 'The Pentax way' in a bookshop during the week IIRC they wanted £8 for it which is considerably more than I usually pay for my used photographic books. If it had been £2 I'd have added it to my purchases.
     
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    While neither might be rare, as books go, they are also not "common". The idea in writing an e-Bay description is to stoke desire in potential buyers/ bidders. Using the word "Rare" in a description is a well-understood tactic.
     
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    Lying is an increasingly common tactic in politics, so I suppose it's only to be expected in commerce too.

    On e-bay with me it gives the impression the seller doesn't know anything about the topic so I generally just pass on to the next one.
     
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    I agree, I wouldn't add the term "Rare" if I was selling those books :D

    Rare to me is very difficult to find or almost unique - a bit like my 110 camera :)

    Ian
     
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    I just checked and there are currently 5,538,570 rare items for sale on eBay (USA site).
     
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