Go to the main index Michael Pritchard, Spy Camera: A Century of Detective and Subminiature Cameras

WARNING DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK IF YOU WANT TO KEEP YOUR COLLECTION SMALL.
Guaranteed to increase your collector's wish list, empty your pocket and get on personal terms with the parcel delivery service. This is a must have book for all collectors of subminiature cameras.
Michael Pritchard, Spy Camera: A Century of Detective and Subminiature Cameras,

ISBN: 1 874485 00 3
Published by Classic Collection Publications,1993
2 Pied Bull Yard, Bury Place, London WC1A 2JR, England

Classic Collection Publications
Photographs Christie's South Kensington
Text Michael Pritchard and Douglas St. Denny

It covers some of the cameras (about 400) that were sold at the "recent" (1991) Christie's subminiature auction from the collection of David Lawrence.

A well-illustrated tour -- by country -- of different, interesting, unusual subminiature cameras.  Does not discuss technique, but is a must for collectors of subminiature cameras with the superb photos and potted history of some seldom seen cameras. Oddly Minox cameras are classified as 'disguised' cameras without showing any Minox camera hidden in books or brushes. The auction included a full set of Minolta 16 cameras, but only the Konan is illustrated in the book.

Sample pages at :

http://www.indexstock.com/content/spy/spy1.asp 

Part I -- CAMERAS BY COUNTRY (Austria, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Switzerland, USA, USSR, Various Countries)
Part II -- DISGUISED CAMERAS ( Minox, Vanity case, Ring, Binoculars, Radio, Watch, Cigarette, Matchbox,  Lighter, Gun, Pen, Various disguised cameras).

New copies of this book can be found for 50USD and have regularly sold in 2004 for 22 on Ebay.

 

Photo Deal III/95 page 15 (German) The Journal - New England Journal of Photographic History Issues 1 & 2 1993
 

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