"Nick" <email@example.com> wrote
I think that it is more likely to work the other way round. After all theUnless it is a great illuminated text or something of similar nature, there
is probably close to nothing to be learnt about the times in which the book
was produced that can be learnt form seeing the original. Millions of books
were being mass produced at the time, and I doubt that the book in question
differs in any significant way >from all the other the mass produced books
produced in 1938.
For all we know, this particular book has been rebound, may be missing some
I doubt that the library would be interested in keeping a photocopy of aI would imagine that most people go into a library to see the *contents* of
a book. How many go in to see the weight and texture of the paper, the
method of binding, the embossing, the typeface used, etc? Sure, there are
certain books that one does go to libraries to see the physical document
(Columbus's diaries, the Gutenberg Bibles, etc.) but I doubt that Tom's
uncle's book is in that category.
It may be that there are other relatives who would also like to see thisWhy can't they see it in Tom's study? I would hazard a bet that
*infinitely* more of Tom's relatives are going to enter his study than are
going to visit some library in Slovakia!
It would be interesting to know how many people have looked at the book in
the last 50 years. How many would look at it if it is Tom's study?
If there was a photocopied copy in the library, with a note that the
original is held by Tom (giving his contact details) then anyone wanting to
read the contents of the book can do so in the library and if they want to
see the original (for what reason, I can't imagine) they can go see it in
Libraries constantly discard books, (Google 'library discard book' and see
the hits you get). It would be heartbreaking if at some time in the future
a librarian decides to cull this book >from their collection and it ends up
totally out of reach of nay of Tom's family! The book is probably a lot
more likely to be treasured by Tom and his family than by a Slovakian
MODERATOR NOTE: This is straying away >from the original question and even further
away >from genealogy. Only emails answering Tom's original question will be posted.