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SOP book

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by jossanne, Nov 17, 2008.

  1. jossanne

    jossanne Songster

    Jul 11, 2008
    Gila, New Mexico
    I found a 1974 hardback copy of the Standards of Perfection book. Is this a recent enough copy to be correct and current? It's only $24.
  2. sara

    sara Title Needed Here

    I'm not sure how current the info is, but the basics would be the same I assume. I got a 1993 version on ebay for 10.00 [​IMG]
  3. mikarod

    mikarod Songster

    Sep 28, 2008

    NYREDS Crowing

    Jan 14, 2008
    Quote:It would depend on what your needs are. If the breed you're interested in are included in the 1974 edition it will be fine. However, several breeds/varieties have been added since then & what you're interested in may be among them. Also if you're looking for a current general reference the '74 won't do.
    The $14 B&W softcover currently available is a 1998 edition.
    There's a more recent hardback edition [2001] which is illustrated in colour & it's quite a bit more expensive. I wouldn't recommend the 2001 as there's a new edition in the works that will include admissions since 2001 as well as some corrections. If you want the "top of the line" you might as well wait.
  5. jossanne

    jossanne Songster

    Jul 11, 2008
    Gila, New Mexico
    Well, right now I'm just a hobbyist, and love looking at pictures of chickens! But one of these days I'm going to get serious, if I can decide which breed(s) I like best... today I'm thinking bantam cochins and polish.

    Mostly I just want to know how far my birds are off of the standard at this point, and what I would want to work toward.
  6. Black Feather

    Black Feather Songster

    Apr 20, 2007
    Heehee....I have a copy of the SoP that dates earlier than the 1900's...think it would still be up to date? I also have a 1910 copy.

    The one think I will say for the current B&W printed book is the illustrations are beautiful! The artists that did them were very very good back then. The pictures may be old, but are top notch work. I don't like the color illustrations nearly as much.

    Urban Coyote
  7. blackred

    blackred Songster

    Oct 15, 2007
    Blue Texas
    Hang onto your 1974 SOP, you will be glad if you ever do get serious about exhibiting. There are many(myself included) that prefer the B&W edition over the newer color ones. Also doesn't it say 100th anniversery on the cover?
    I collect SOP's -APA and ABA so I have the color ones, but that is the only reason. By the way the 1905 was the first one to have actual drawings to go with the descriptions. They also way over produced the 1905-10 &15 editions so they are quite easy to find.


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