My book-buying "problem"

Discussion in 'Books, Films, TV, Radio' started by Chris C, Jul 6, 2018.

  1. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    "Definitely not buying any books today."
    "Ooh, quite convincing French section."
    "Ooh, decent on Italy, Hungary etc. too."
    "Nice crisp pics for 1972, and hundreds of them."
    Arse...

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  2. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    I ordered a book on the M42
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  3. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Thats the one that runs south of Birmingham - hope you werent driving at the time

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  4. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    I've read a surprising amount of stuff on storage tanks while googling the real thing
    Easily distracted.
    Very easily...
     
  5. SDP

    SDP Incurable Cometoholic Patron

    .......in which case, Adam, the best sort of day out is a visit to Bovington. Lots of books......in their Library/Archive all about tanks and the blokes that served in them. Massive photo albums full of, well, photos of tanks and the blokes that served in them.....and, if you go on the right day, you might even bump into the only and greatest David Fletcher. I was there last Monday and bought quite a number of photos. Makes a change to books which all tend to include the same photos anyway. Cost?....£15 for a day visit to their Library/Archive and worth every penny (but you must book in advance because otherwise they are not well pleased).
     
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  6. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Ah yes, Bovington library. A definite distraction to the museum proper.

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  7. SDP

    SDP Incurable Cometoholic Patron

    Brilliant day last Monday. Huge tables on which to lay out the 'queue' of photo albums courtesy of their brilliant chap Jonathan. As far as readers were concerned, just me and Dick Taylor. Perfect.....and I found four photos of my fathers old tank - the actual one 20ZR65 - and a few of Fehrmann Tiger F01 that dad 'met' in Germany.
     
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  8. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    I was looking for motorcycle images (inevitably) and to be honest, most of theirs have been published - but time spent in archives is never wasted...and David Fletcher was in the back office calling out helpful hints.
     
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  9. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

    Last used book sale today!

    Came away with
    Convoy: Drama in Arctic Waters, Paul Kemp (Arctic convoys)
    The Greatest Raid of All, C. E. Lucas Phillips (St Nazaire)
     
  10. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Whoops.

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  11. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

    I'm green with envy at that one!!
     
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  12. stolpi

    stolpi Well-Known Member

    That's an expensive one … lowest price on Abe Books is 62 pounds!
     
  13. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    For reasons I do not understand, it was c.£20, brand spanking plastic-wrapped new on Amazon. The lowest I've seen it since pretty much 6 months after release.
    Naturally, I fell upon it like a tramp on chips, but it might be worth keeping an eye out as it had that 'last one, new stock soon' notice.
    Doubt it, but you never know.
    (Wonder if it's worth checking Barbarossa books site? Didn't realise they published & their pricing attitude is usually v fair.}
    It's very good.
     
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  14. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    I'm blaming some of you bastards for this one.
    Well, that & my own apparent total lack of self control.
    Does look very good, though.
    And small format so less risk of injury when reading in bed.

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  15. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Horst Scheibert


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  16. SDP

    SDP Incurable Cometoholic Patron

    Adam.
    The 'other applications' bit of the subtitle: anything about Comet? And, if so, worth getting the book just for that?
     
  17. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Don't know really.
    The Comet section runs over six fairly basic pages & I very much doubt contains anything new to you.
    Though... The rest of it looks so thorough on the Meteor it might have a more general usefulness for the Comet-fixated.
     
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  18. Staffsyeoman

    Staffsyeoman Member

    That's the dread thing with looking in charity, remaindered and second hand shops. You can swear blue you won't buy today... but there's a book you can't miss as you know it costs more in knowledgable circles... (well perhaps except in the local Oxfam bookshop where the puffed up twit who runs it thinks he's an antiquarian bookseller, so takes stock he gets for free, goes on AbeBooks and shaves a fiver off the highest price he can find..)
     
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  19. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Amen! Increasingly the case in all Oxfam Bookshops.
    Books deemed 'rare' with no regard to condition or actual scarcity priced to the maximum & sat there for years un-bought.
     
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  20. Staffsyeoman

    Staffsyeoman Member

    Another trick he uses (and a well-known London antiquarian book seller known for its eye watering prices did the same) is to say "1st Ed" - when there wasn't a "2nd Ed"
     

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