I cannot tell you how disappointed I was with this book. It was intended to be a gift, but is so poorly published, I lost all interest in gifting it.
The information itself, while sometimes inconsistently delivered (and with a clear Ludwig bias, particularly for the Black Beauty), is (of course) fantastic and there is no question that John Aldridge and others who contributed to the book know their "stuff." The images are all in black/white, even though known and recognized color images were readily available at the time the book was originally published. The publishing quality is extremely poor, with poor printing that sometimes appears blotchy and at other times just inconsistently printed--although the glossy cover is stunning in design and full color (that's one reason I was so shocked; when I first unboxed the book and saw the cover, I thought, "Oh boy! This is beautiful..." and then, reality smacked me in the face.
What a terrible disappointment, even though (as I said above), the information is wonderful. The book needs some really good editing and a wholesale graphics redesign, utilizing the very best images that can be obtained. It would be worth $50-and maybe even $62.50 or $75--if this was done, but in the meantime, I'm moving to another gift. I can only hope a redesigned effort and reprinting can soon be done.
One more point: There are several known and recognized experts on various brands that might have been interviewed to give a more consistent presentation.