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The Leica Checklist.

05th July 2016
The Leica Checklist.
‘The Collector’s Checklist of Leica Cameras, Lenses and Accessories’ compiled by Dr A Neill Wright and the late Colin Glanfield and edited by Ivor Matanle with contributions from Tom March and Stan Tamarkin et al was first published in October 1974.The Book enjoyed international success and ran to 4 editions, the last one being published in March 1980. In addition to the main topics specified in the title it included chapters on Projectors, Enlargers, Exposure Meters, Periodicals, Leica Patents and a Bibliography. Although not illustrated it contained in its 186 pages much information that cannot be found in other Leica books thus making it a useful reference book for the Leica collector/historian. Indeed at one time the tutors at the Leica School used it as their reference book and anyone applying to join the LHSA (Leica Historical Society of America) was required to purchase a copy before being admitted as a member.
I learned these facts during a recent visit to the editor Ivor Matanle and subsequent telephone conversations with Dr Neill Wright. When I visited Ivor in November last year he was preparing to move to a small bungalow for health reasons and he explained that as a consequence he had abandoned a project to update the text of the checklist and was about to throw a large batch of new covers (illustrated) for the book into the skip. These I rescued with a suggestion that the existing text might be reprinted and made available to Leica Society members – a suggestion to which Ivor gave his full blessing. The committee were also in favour subject to reassurances on the issues of copyright and commercial interest. Discussions with Dr Wright revealed that he had bought the copyright when the original publisher, Thoroughbred Books, ceased trading but after much discussion he readily agreed to the suggested reprint and willingly transferred the copyright and reproduction rights to The Leica Society.
Hence, an initial print run was procured, bound in the new binders and launched at the recent AGM during which 15 copies were sold to attending members. Further copies are available to purchase at £15 plus post and packing (UK £3, Europe £7,USA & Canada £11). Orders should be sent to myself together with a cheque for the appropriate amount or may be placed via the TLS website: www.theleicasociety.org.uk/shop
Geoff Hood. LRPS. (Membership Secretary).