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Standard of Perfection

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by halo, May 10, 2009.

  1. halo

    halo Got The Blues

    Nov 22, 2007
    My Coop
    This is the link to purchase the Standard of Perfection.


    As you can see, you can either purchase the color edition for $59, or the black and white edition, for $14. I myself purchased the black and white edition, and am perfectly happy with it. If I need color pictures, either BYC or Feathersite, is full of far more color pictures than are in the SOP. So if you are serious about your birds, you should consider purchasing this book.

  2. Birch Run Farm

    Birch Run Farm Biddy up!

    Sep 5, 2008
    I'm waiting for the new edition to come out before buying one.
  3. walkswithdog

    walkswithdog Crowing

    Jul 17, 2008
    DC Region
    Me too, it's due out... They're behind their "should publish sched." but they tend to be. Probably trying to sell most of what they have printed already of the old one.
  4. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I went with the black and white version too when I found out the colored version isn't photographs, but colored plates.
  5. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    Part of the beauty of coloured plates versus photos is that you can draw/paint a perfect bird. Part of their weakness is that they lack reality.
  6. Black Feather

    Black Feather Songster

    Apr 20, 2007
    Yeah, but part of the problem with drawn pictures is that they are the interpretation of the artist. Six of one, half dozen of the other really. A photo will not show a perfect bird, but you at least see what a 'real' bird looks like, and a painting shows closer to idea type and does not usually reflect show room fads.

    I'm also waiting for the new color version to come out. Anyone have any idea when that will occur?

  7. walkswithdog

    walkswithdog Crowing

    Jul 17, 2008
    DC Region
    I'm getting the black and white first for "work" and I'm getting the colored later when budget allows because I used to be able to DRAW I miss it and it's soooooo pretty.

    Laura thinks having both is weird but I just gotta. The artist in me loves those drawings something fierce and color adds such nice detail.

  8. blackred

    blackred Songster

    Oct 15, 2007
    Blue Texas
    For many years I have collected APA and ABA Standards and own all ABA and most APA.
    If I was told that I could only own 1 Standard, it would have to be the 1980 B&W version. The artwork is the best and I love the compact size.
    I have many others that are sentimental favorites but for all around use the 1980 is the best. Unless you have some new breed or variety.

    The new APA Standard is suppose to be out this fall in time for the APA Nationals.

  9. walkswithdog

    walkswithdog Crowing

    Jul 17, 2008
    DC Region
    Quote:Bob well I love the 1915 standard. Just cuz I love old things. But I'm gonna have to see if I can find the 1980 now.... hmmm wonder where I should start looking...

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