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The books described below are all those I have written. If a price is quoted, they are available from me at the next Toy Soldier Show at the Royal National Hotel in London - see Home and Contact page for details. I'm afraid I no longer do mail order sales, so come yourself or have a friend pick them up for you. Please E-mail me at jamesopie@yahoo.co.uk to ensure that I bring a reserved copy of those books still available to the next show for you.

TOY SOLDIERS
Shire Album. Shire Publications 1983

This was the first book that I wrote. It has 32 black and white pages, and explains simply what the toy soldier collecting hobby is. Great for introducing your friends for the first time. Over 30,000 copies in print.

Available 2 pounds sterling

BRITAINS TOY SOLDIERS 1893-1932
Victor Gollancz 1985

Known as the Big Blue Book, this is a comprehensive study of the output of the Britains figures of the period, concentrating on contrasting the various changes of version which the figures in each set underwent.

Can be read in conjunction with the publications of Joe Wallis, Armies of the World and Regiments of all Nations, to form a complete catalogue of Britains hollowcast toy output 1893 to 1966.

Available 40 pounds sterling

BRITISH TOY SOLDIERS 1893 TO THE PRESENT
Arms and Armour Press 1985

A black and white photo picture guide to Toy Soldiers by subject depicted, with price guide issued 1985 and 1987. A replacement for the classic book by Len Richards, which only covered early British toy soldiers. Known as the pink book.

Available 3 pounds sterling

COLLECTING TOY SOLDIERS
Collins 1987 (Hardback edition)
New Cavendish 1991 (Paperback edition)

A colourful book of advice to collectors, with some personal reminiscence. How to acquire, arrange and enjoy Toy Soldiers.

Hardback out of print
Paperback recently out of print

My new book COLLECTING TOY SOLDIERS IN THE 21ST CENTURY is now out - see page under NEW BOOK

TOY SOLDIERS Phillips Collectors Guide
Boxtree 1989

A brief survey of the collecting field in 1989, with additional colour photographs

Out of print

Introduction only to
THE COLLECTORS GUIDE TO NEW TOY SOLDIERS
Stuart Asquith published by Nexus 1991

This book details hundreds of manufacturers with colour photographs. I wrote a 7,000 word introduction about the early days of the new (reproduction for collectors) type toy soldiers.

Not available

THE GREAT BOOK OF BRITAINS
New Cavendish 1993

The book to end all books. 100 years of Britains production with 950 colour photos and a quarter of a million words, arranged in a year by year production sequence. 640 large format pages.

Also, issued by Britains themselves, a specially bound edition with an exclusive set of toy soldiers.

Both editions of this are currently out of print, and you can purchase copies secondhand for around $350 each or more.

Apparently some 2,000 copies went missing in the US, and if anyone knows where they are, I would like to know, as the publisher hadn't sold them, and therefore was unable to pay me any royalties for them !

OPIES POCKET PRICE GUIDE TO BRITAINS HOLLOWCAST TOY SOLDIERS
New Cavendish 1994

The only version checklist available for Britains set collectors, cross referenced to the Great Book of Britains. Although the prices in it are valid for 1994, in fact they have not changed a great deal over the ensuing ten years, and the most valuable part of the book is the rarity rating which enables set rarity to be compared.

No longer available



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