Spycamera: The Minox Story, 1990 (194 pages), 1998 (224 pages) - Moses tells the
story of Walter Zapp and his vision of a high-quality, very small pocket
camera that would be carried at all times. From pre-war production in Latvia,
the post-war move to Germany, Walter Zapp leaving Minox to the present day the
history of Minox and all models are described in considerable detail. The
cameras' use in covert activities, and reproductions of pictures taken with
the Minox, often filmed surreptitiously, and sometimes illegally are included.
The second edition updated the first with the majority of the additions and updates done by Wade as Moses was unwell during the revision of his book. Spycamera, in both 1st and 2nd editions, is one of the best sources for the history of the camera and its development, while Heckmann's book is the best source for the technical history and detailed study of the Minox itself, though both overlap are really complimentary.
Moses' book, especially the second edition, has a few errors. The photograph on page 89 is a backwards printed black C model. It is a flopped negative and is repeated, on page 95, in the 2nd edition. A similar error appears in the final "Stop the Press" section of edition 2, page 223, where a Minox CLX is also printed from a reversed negative. These are publishing errors. More glaringly, the Second Edition has a factual error in confusing, as one, the two LX Gold releases. The First Edition has an accurate description of the 1987 Minox Selection (of 999) on page 95 and a colour photograph of it after page 84. In the 2nd edition, this photograph is replaced by colour photos of a newer and much more exclusive camera called the LX Gold I, along with the AX Gold II, both being issued in 1995 with 250 of each made. The description of the Minox Selection LX camera appears in the same text section of the 1st edition, but now on page 101 in edition 2. In Chapter 15, a new 2nd edition section, on page 185, describes the same Selection camera under the "LX Gold" heading, with no mention at all of the 1995 camera that actually IS the LX Gold I, and of which he now included several beautiful colour photos. 29.95GBP. The first edition appears on auction and you can expect to pay over $50.
Taken from a review by Michael J. Vorrasi
Part I -- HISTORY, PERSONALITIES AND
Chapter 1: Walter Zapp and the beginnings
Chapter 2: The V.E.F. era
Chapter 3: The War years
Chapter 4: Early postwar period
Chapter 5: The 1950's -- Influence of Donald O. Thayer Snr.
Chapter 6: The Growth era -- Late 1950's to mid 1970's
Chapter 7: The Latter years -- 1974 to present
Chapter 8: Spy camera
Part II -- MINOX CAMERAS, ACCESSORIES AND EPHEMERA
Chapter 9: The 9.5mm cameras
Chapter 10: Minox 9.5mm film packaging
Chapter 11: Minox 9.5mm accessories
Chapter 12: Film processing, enlarging and projection equipment
Chapter 13: 110 format Minox cameras
Chapter 14: 35mm Minox cameras
Chapter 15: Advertising and promotional items
Chapter 16: Minox microform and related equipment
Appendix 1: Minox serial numbers
Appendix 2: Patents relating to Minox
A quick summary of the differences between the first and second editions:
Chapter 7: The Later Years - 1974 to Present: Present is around 1997.
Chapter 9: Minox AX and TLX is covered
Chapter 11: Current Minox Accessories and films
Chapter 12: Minox laser pointer
Chapter 14: Minox 35 mm cameras up to date
Chapter 15: Minox special editions; New chapter about special collector cameras -- Gold, platinum, silver
Chapter 16: Monoculars and Binoculars; New
Serial section is extended
Last updated 3rd March 2003