Here's a great new Porsche book, especially interesting for 356 fans: Porsche By Mailander
, a 384-page collection of the Porsche photography of Rudolfo Mailander, assembled and captioned by Karl Ludvigsen and published by Dalton Watson. From 1950 through 1955, Mailander roamed Europe in a 356, photographing Porsches at races, rallies, and auto shows with his Leica. Because he was a professional, the image quality is superb, and you'd never guess that the double-page spreads were shot on 35mm film. Besides Le Mans and the Monte Carlo Rally, he covered many other, lesser-known, events, and besides the obvious photos of Ferdinand and Ferry Porsche, he shot dozens of less well-known people: drivers, mechanics, race officials. The book covers only 1950 through 1955, so it pictures the Gmuend Coupes, the Gloecklers, the production 356s, the early 550 Spyders, and several specials, but it does so in really amazing depth.
The book, which comes in a slipcase, measures 10x13 and was printed in duo-tone, which enhances image quality. Yes, there is an index, too. Price is $149.95 for the English edition, and it's available on my web site, www.toadhallbook.com. (Because this is a heavy book, overseas shipping from the U.S. will be expensive, so those of you on the eastern side of the pond are better off ordering it over there.) A German-language edition is available via Delius Klasing. So far this is definitely the best--and most historically significant--Porsche book of 2011.
Edited by fbarrett, 31 August 2011 - 17:34.