Chapter 149 member Don Dawes, student and collector, did the horological community a HUGE favor when he published the original version of the great Charles S. Crossman book, A Complete History of Watch and Clockmaking in America (from the Jewelers' Circular and Horological Review from the years 1886-1891) in a beautiful maroon hardbound, gold emprinted version with quality paper for cost to Chapter 149 members and other interested collectors. This book was limited to roughly 200 individually numbered copies and is an important horological book for anyone interested in horology, especially American watches. BUT, there seems to be a VERY CURIOUS issue regarding this important publication. It is almost impossible to fathom that a fair amount of time was required to sell a paltry 200 specially numbered copies* ** of a book that one would think every American collector, sans the "how much is it worth level RR collector/investor/speculator", would want for his library. Sales of this book begs many unanswered questions: Are there that few parties now interested in the history of American watch companies? Has historical interest, research and study waned? Has collecting books and information become something of the past (even considering new, updated and corrected information on some companies)? Has massive and easy communication, the television, job and family issues, disposable income decreases, inflation, yuppie toys, a proliferation of electronic equipment, sports, lack of supply of goods, time constraints, or speeded up life styles caused a decrease in reading and study and interest in American watch company manufacturing? Have these collectors been replaced with those solely interested in RR watches and profits? Promoted effectively, is there any interest in a second edition? People buy picture books (horological and other) of the coffee table variety, price guides and other worthless (or short lived) books for far more money; BUT, a book of great importance and one that should be at the top of every new collector list (or seasoned ones lacking it) interested in horology, goes unnoticed. Has collecting many of the series listed in this book decreased (we know association membership roles have decreased dramatically in recent years)? I personally find this issue very, very curious! Jon Hanson * Understood that there was no advertising budget or promotions; thus, the reasonable (actually cheap) price. ** Sold out.