What does one do with the books we want but cannot now justify the expense or even afford at all? I maintain an endless list of such books I discover in my reading or book-hunting travels. I periodically search to see if I can find a copy that doesn’t break the bank. Here is one book I have had on my wish-list for ages, but it is impossible to find for much less than $200. But is is oh! so lovely! and I want it – I see it today in the Joslin Hall Rare Books catalogue and other than drooling all over my keyboard for a bit, I shall have to pass on the $300. price tag, yet again:
[Page Image from JHRB March Catalogue]
Agius, Paul[ine]. “Ackermann’s Regency Furniture & Interiors” Marlborough; The Crowwood Press: 1984. Published between 1809 and 1828, Ackermann’s ‘Repository of Arts, Literature, Commerce, Manufactures, Fashions and Politics’ provides an unparalleled window into the high-class world of Regency England. Gathered here are several hundred illustrations of furniture and interiors as first published by Ackermann. A Regency-style tour de force. Hardcover. 10″x11″, 200 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj. Minor wear. $300.00
For Sale at Joslin Hall Rare Books
Anyone out there fortunate enough to have a copy? or perhaps a second copy you don’t know what to do with?
I imagine there are quite a few of us who would
love to see/read it. Here’s an idea- set up a
consortium of 6 people you know, each contributing
$50.00 thereby each having ownership of the book
for two months of the year. Each person, as he or she
comes into money, could buy anothers share- kind of
an Ackerman’s tontine..
Ha! Ruth I love this idea! a “tontine” scheme – but what if I needed the book in January and you did too, or you didn’t want to give up your share when someone else offered? – and how to tabulate the value of the book – we must assume it will go up in price!… We share a plate in my book group that we pass around each year – it is a lovely homemade plate that one of out members made with all our names and book titles on it – so I suppose this would work with a book!
Thanks for stopping by Ruth – will let you know if there are any takers in your scheme!
Ruth has an excellent idea… or perhaps you could set up a wish-list book fund on Paypal, where your friends and family can donate money in lieu of gifts for birthday/Christmas/etc…
Now I’m drooling along with you. Thanks! :D
Hello Tara Fly – can we do such a thing on PayPal? – now there is an idea! – I could create a book fund for all the titles I want and let the world know – I think this is brilliant…
Thanks for visiting – great thoughts!
I really like that idea !! And I am coveting this book with much avarice and lust in my heart! Other people drink or are addicted to drugs. I’m addicted to Regency era research books. Oh the shame!
You are not alone in your addiction Louisa! – so you must share the shame – there are a lot of us out there I think! wish we could come up with such a book sharing scheme – but I guess then it would be called a Library!
Thanks for visiting,
Well, if you’re really anal, you could probably go to Google Books & Archive.org to find all the Repositories of the Arts & get all the pictures & articles. As I’ve been researching the fashion prints, I’ve been seeing the furniture prints there. LOL, another project for the website???
Yes, Sue – I know I can do that! – but what I am a BOOK person! – I want this on my BOOKSHELF, to be pulled down and handled and have a look in the table of contents and the index and see the pictures and flip pages, and all that old-fashioned weird stuff! – can’t help it – that said, if you could do a Regency furniture module on your Regency Encyclopedia, that would be wonderful! [but I would still want to buy the book…]
Thanks Sue for stopping by..
I want the new annotated edition of Pride and Prejudice but it’s £25.00! I could get my fruit and yoghurts and bread for the week with that ….!
Yes, so hard to give up food for yet another Austen book! – I think even Austen would appreciate the value of the fruit and yogurt and bread over even one of HER works…
Thanks for stopping by Nicola.