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Ars Mechanica

The Ultimate FN Book

Title: Ars Mechanica
Subtitle: The Ultimate FN Book
Author: Auguste Francotte - Claude Gaier - Robert Karlshausen 
Publisher: Herstal Group
U.S. distribution: Wet Dog Publications
Pages: 576 pages, quality coated paper
Cover: Hardbound cover with color dust-jacket 
Size: 10" x13.75" (25.5x35 cm.)
Photographs: Over 1500 quality Color and B&W photographs
Printed and bound in Belgium
ISBN: 0978-2-87415-877-3
Price: Retail $99.95 Out-of-Print!
Wholesale pricing not available!


More than five years have passed since this book project, Ars Mechanica, a history of Fabrique Nationale (FN), begun.  Many assumed that Ars Mechanica was to be an update to Auguste Francotte and Claude Gaier’s work,  FN 100 Years… However, any resemblance to previous FN history books is at best superficial.  Ars Mechanica is by far the most detailed and comprehensive work on the subject.


FN and Browning collectors have eagerly awaited the book’s release, and their patience is richly rewarded.  Ars Mechanica will come as a pleasant surprise to many, and will exceed all expectations.  The book recounts FN’s rich history like no other.  Ars Mechanica is illustrated with over a thousand photographs, many previously unpublished, and is a visual feast for any FN and Browning collector.  For many it will introduce FN not only as the ultimate arms maker but reveal its rich history in bicycle, motorcycle and automobile manufacturing among many other successful product lines. These products, like the arms that bear the FN logo, were examples of technical excellence.  FN’s vehicle products held a number of world speed records, and continue to fuel the passions of motorcycle and automobile collectors.


Years of painstaking work are reflected in this massive all-color volume.  Published and funded by the Herstal Group (FN Herstal), the book was released in two editions, a French and English version, with only a limited printing of the English language version.


Due to its large size and heavy weight, we can not ship this title internationally.  


Limited Quantities

English Language


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