Offered for auction from a recent estate sale is a First Edition Signed book titled as follows -THE WINCHESTER BOOK –BY GEORGE MADIS
The Madis Book on the Winchester is the must have book for collectors. This book published by the author in Dallas, Texas, 1971 (Taylor Publishing Co.) With reference to Art and Reference House Brownsboro, Texas.
This book published as FIRST EDITION with copyright dates of 1961, 1969, 1971 by George Madis. This particular book is SIGNED by Mr. Madis. This wonderfully preserved book is hard cover, no dust jacket issued with book, all 542 pages clean, bindings tight. Original owners name on inside cover. The book size 8 3/4 x 11 1/4 x 1 1/2 inches. The Winchester Book Introduction
Many year ago, when this writer began to collect Winchesters, he began a study of all variations and features of the interesting early models. Careful comparisons and notes were made, and through the years a great quantity of facts and information of interest and value to collectors have been acquired.
Information on the guns themselves was absent in literature so the trail was a new one. Because of this, years of intense study are invested in this book.
It is the intention of this writer to discuss each early model and to cover every variation, however minor, which is of interest to the majority of collectors.
Material for this book has come from many sources. Factory records are incomplete, in abbreviated form, and often are incorrect in their descriptions, but have been helpful in some cases. A count of the number of arms shipped with a certain feature is impossible for these reasons. Correspondence, early catalogs, and literature also have provided information.
Interviews with men who worked in the factory in the early days have contributed many facts concerning methods of manufacture, marking and finishing of the early models.
The most rewarding source of information, and the most reliable source, has been the guns; the major portion of the information in this book is derived from the inspection and comparison of thousands of antique Winchesters.
This book has been written as a unit’ information will be found in the text, in the captions which accompany illustrations, and in the illustrations. Illustrations of full-length guns represent many collections.
The fact that a gun is not shown does not necessarily mean it is rare, nor must it be assumed that because there is a profusion of illustrations that the gun is not rare.
A large number of photographs have been taken to complete the book. Whenever close detail and full-length photographs are an aid to clarity, they are shown.
In order to have the clearest possible photographs for The Winchester Book it has been necessary to photograph guns in good or better condition. This is not meant to imply that condition is the most important point of interest on antique Winchesters; rarity is more important then condition.
Where possible, the terminology which was used by the factory is used throughout this book.
Since often rare and unusual features on Winchesters occur in certain serial series as well as intermittently during production, serial numbers of guns shown are given in cases where they are know to the writer or where numbers should be stated.
Because lever action arms made prior to the year 1900 are of greater interest, they shall be discussed in detail. Winchesters which utilize other actions are included for continuity but will receive little space.
Model designations of early Winchesters in most cases are those of the year of introduc tion.
The numerical designations for lever actions, such as First, Second and Third Models have not been used prior to the introduction of this book. For clarity in numerical designations, receiver forms are used. Receivers provide a reliable means of designating all models. Other features and variations often are interchangeable or in many cases there was a gradual change to the later style.
For clarity and mutual understanding of all parties concerned, numerical designations as well as dates of models must be used. C O N T E N T S
- PART I THE FORERUNNERS
- Chapter 1 The Hunt Repeater
- 2 Jennings and Smith-Jennings
- 3 Smith and Wesson
- 4 Volcanic Arms
- 5 New Haven Arms
- 6 The Henry Rifle
- PART II THE LEVER ACTION MODELS
- Chapter 7 The Model 1866
- 8 The Model 1873
- 9 The Model 1876
- 10 The Single Shot Model
- 11 The Model 1886
- 12 The Model 71
- 13 The Model 1887
- 14 The Model 1901
- 15 The Model 1892
- 16 The Model 53
- 17 The Model 65
- 18 The Model 1894
- 19 The Model 55
- 20 The Model 64
- 21 The Model 1895
- PART III THE BOLT ACTION MODELS
- Chapter 22 The Hotchkiss Model
- 23 The Lee Model
- 24 The Later Models
- PART IV THE SLIDE ACTION MODELS
- Chapter 25 The Model 1890
- 26 The Model 1893
- 27 The Model 1897
- 28 The Later Models
- 29 The Self Loading Models
- 30 Winchester Pistols
- PART VI FOR ALL MODELS
- Chapter 31 Sights for Winchesters
- 32 Extras and Special Order Features
- 33 The Winchester
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