Nick Mason launches £13,000 special-edition Maserati book

Rock star and exotic car guru has joined with the publisher of ‘Maserati, The Family Silver’ to launch a book worth 65 times the original RRP

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Rock superstar Nick Mason and the publisher of the book Maserati, The Family Silver have launched a new Archive Edition that costs £12,950.

Conceived with the aim of being ‘the most detailed and authoritative Maserati history ever written’, The Family Silver has been in the making for 14 years. The two-volume set, which was authored by Nigel Trow, won the 2016 Guild of Motoring Writers’ Montagu of Beaulieu Trophy for its contribution to recording motoring history.

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Two versions of the book are already on sale – the Tifosi Edition, which costs £195, and the £595 Collectors’ Edition. Only 101 copies of the latter have been made, and all are hand-bound in Yarwood grained leather, with a numbered presentation sheet signed by the author. It is presented in a cloth slipcase with an embossed leather chassis plate.

However, Mason’s new Archive Edition sees the book cover price rise by over £12,000. The enormous premium includes a bespoke leather tool-case with an individually numbered identification plate.

The Pink Floyd drummer and renowned automobile collector, who owns and has won historic races in a Type 61 Maserati Birdcage, as well as Sir Stirling Moss and the late Formula 1 world champion John Surtees, have signed each copy. The latter racing legends both won grands prix with Maserati-powered cars.

Each Archive Edition also comes with a specially commissioned, separately framed, original colour painting.

Mason said: ‘Maserati, The Family Silver is a masterwork from a master historian. Maserati is a marque which embodies the ideals of passion and performance in a way that only the Italians have mastered. Whilst countless books have chronicled the deeds of its near neighbour Ferrari, up to now Maserati has been poorly served by the publishing world, so I was delighted when publisher Chris Mann told me of his ambitious plans to redress this glaring imbalance and produce a major history of the marque.’

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