The tremendous increase in the number of people, not necessarily moneyed, who are buying pictures today (whether as a status symbol or not) assures a book audience for this basic guidance for others by a self-taught collector. His preparatory briefing on books, lecturers, museum attendance will enable you to intensify your knowledge and solidify your taste. He discusses the various art forms- from prints (and the various processes entailed), drawings (the best medium on which to place your initial buying emphasis), water-colors, sculpture, oils, as well as the question of buying reproductions- certainly as a starter. With one tenet, buying only what you like, he suggests further field work-studying catalogues and reviews; visiting galleries; attending auctions (what to watch out for as well as watch for); framing, hanging, insuring, etc. There is a very good bibliography to supplement this tutelary orientation for the beginning buyer.