U.S. MILITARY HOLSTERS AND CARTRIDGE BOXES BOOK-
MEADOWS – 1 of 100 DELUXE LEATHER BOUND EDITIONS:
An ex-libris edition of an original edition of U.S.
MILITARY HOLSTERS AND CARTRIDGE BOXES by Edward
Scott Meadows. This 432 page edition is one of the 100
Deluxe Leather Bound Editions that was inscribed by the
author to a well known author and antique militaria
dealer, R. Stephen Dorsey, dated 1987, the same year of
the original printing. Featuring maroon leather hard
covers with the gold foil lettering and Ordnance
Department insignia on the front cover, this copy is in
literally unused condition with no dog-eared pages, and
no damage to the cover corners. That being said, I know
for a fact that Steve Dorsey regularly referred to this
reference and held it in high esteem.
I purchased my copy in
1988, the first serious addition to my reference
library. I remember paying $60 – thought the price was
outrageous at the time - but something told me it would
be a good investment. I cannot begin to estimate the
amount of money that original $60 purchase price saved
me – keeping me from making bad purchases, and
identifying uncountable truly special holsters I was
able to add to my collection because I knew what I was
buying. It has been one of a handful of texts that I
keep within arms reach of my desk due to the frequency I
reach for it. To put it in perspective, for all the
value I have gleaned from that book, 27 years ago I paid
the princely sum of .14 cents a page……………. Collectors
who didn’t have a chance to purchase a copy when they
were first issued, have willingly paid as much as $350
for a copy in recent years.
This well known book has been regarded as the
research source on US military holsters for several
decades and is now out of print and almost impossible to
find on the market. If you are going to collect U.S.
military holsters, you cannot afford to be without a
copy of this book.