Here, in a vastly expanded treatment of the subject, Wieland provides a completely updated guide to the guns and gunmakers of the Basque Country, reliving history, going inside manufacturing facilities, discussing design and assembly, touring the region, and sampling its food, wine, and warmth. This time, there are more than 150 color photographs to accompany the text and show precisely how the guns and workrooms look. There are three new maps, as well, including one that will allow visitors to navigate Eibar like a seasoned veteran.
More than a book about great guns
A Customer on Apr 26, 1998
Terry Wieland's book is a thoughtful and thorough analysis of the Spanish gunmaking trade. Spanish guns enjoy a spotty reputation in North America and this book helps consumers determine between the quality Spanish guns and the rest. It is also reviews the history of the Basque people and is an invaluable reference should one entertain the idea of going to Spain to order a shotgun. I have visited Eibar and toured the gunmakers and having a copy of this book made the trip much more enjoyable. In some respects, Spanish Best is also a good travel book because Wieland describes the local customs and notes interesting places to visit (San Sebastian and Guernika). Having been to Eibar, I can attest that his descriptions of the gun makers, local people, the Hotel Arrate and the restaurant Chalcha are impressively accurate. I understand that a second edition is in the works and I look forward to it with great anticipation.
Well worth the price to upgrade to the 2nd Edition
By Steve F on May 14, 2008
The generally rave reviews are accurate, this is a first class book. I just wanted to add that the 2nd Edition is a notable upgrade over the 1st Edition. The newer edition contains more information with more photos than the 1st Edition. Even the quality of the paper used is better. I bought the 1st Edition early on, and was hesitant to spring for the 2nd Edition, but it's well worth the price. Of course, if you haven't bought the book at all, what are you waiting for? A classic among gun books.
It's the experience . . . fine guns and the Basque people!
By Mckinley Lawson on May 05, 2005
One can little criticize the author for including information about Spanish history, the Basque people, and the Eibar region. Many among us are drawn to fine guns out of appreciation for things inherently beautiful and also from a sense of subtle but ever-present wanderlust--thoughts of carrying a Spanish best afield in some special corner of the earth where the only sounds to be heard are the chime of bellota barrels and the whistling of wings. And it is savoring the moment and relishing in the tradition that makes it all worthwhile. Yet tradition embraces not just the details of the tool but also the history of its creator.Spanish Best captures the essence of it all with handsome, gloss, color pictures and sufficient detail to do the Spanish doublegun justice. Perhaps in future editions, the author will include more great images of the guns and the region, but hopefully not at the price of omitting historical details that make one's quest for a fine side-by-side so memorable.
Dining On Spanish Best Thru A Full Palette of Tapas
By Thomas Edwards on Apr 26, 2009
...there are few books that are able to transport one to another time, to another place...terry wieland's "Spanish Best, The Fine Shotguns of Spain" (2nd ed.) is one such book... ...like the traditional tapas appetizers that are served to whet the appetite for an anticipated evening meal, but that, ultimately, serve as the meal itself, terry's book touches on all facets which, ultimately, conspire to produce the foundations for a 'spanish best': historical, geographical, cultural and political...and, of course, the gleaming basque edifices themselves, the houses of the master gunmakers: sarasqueta (the late), aya, arrieta, arrizabalaga, garbi, grulla, kemen and ugartecha... ...spanish best guns, as memorialized visually and literarily, in a spanish best book...and, especially, for those who need not travel to liege, suhl, brescia - or eibar - to celebrate in the sport of kings...5 stars...
By Pascal Vanelderen on Jul 24, 2005
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By Walter T. Duryea on Nov 28, 2012
This book, although used, was as the sellers described, in excellent condition, it arrived promptly and I devoured it in a few days. For anyone interested in the history of fine gun making in the Basque area of Spain, this is a superb primer.
Best Source for Eibar Shotguns
By Samuel B. Stephens on Jul 20, 2007
This single volume contains a wealth of information about the history, development and current status of all the famed gunmakers of Eibar and the surrounding region. First hand interviews with key personnel in each company add in house credibility to his analysis. I:t ius a must have for the serious collector.
Indeed the best.
By T. Warren on Sep 17, 2009
Spanish shotguns are very hard to track. Mr. Weiland has certainly done his homework. This book is not only about the guns, but the Spanish culture in this region as well. I highly recommend it.