This book will have to be seen to be judged adequately and fairly. With only galley proofs to go on, I can report that it promises to be a useful reference book for anyone -- of amateur status -- interested in knowing something about everything reasonably likely to be important in today's antique market. With brief background comments on history and trends, on pieces too rare to be out of museums or collectors' hands, the author-himself a notable collector, describes the best types of characteristic pieces in successive representative periods of American furniture. More than half the book is devoted to furniture; the balance to a miscellany of silver, power, mirrors, glass, pottery, primitives, circus posters, buttons, firearms, clocks, etc. Each article described is illustrated marginally -- 1200 line cuts -- a glossary of some 2200 terms. Not a book that will insure the amateur collector from mistakes, but that will help identification, etc.