JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: How to get a book? #general

Nick <tulse04-news@...>

"KSL" < > wrote:

"Nick" < > wrote
I think that it is more likely to work the other way round. After all the
original document is a historical artefact and libraries buy books as much
as for their historical significance in terms of what the actual copy says
about a book and the times in which the book was produced.
Unless 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
pages, etc.
Libraries exist for the benefit of everyone, which they can do through such
institutions as Inter-Library Loan.

A comparison is with great works of art which are purchased privately and
which are either displayed in someone's drawing room or even in storage.

There might be other relatives unknown to Tom who might wish to have access
to this book. Once Tom has the book in his private possession the only
people who would be able to see the book are those that Tom chooses to see
the book.

If this is really the only copy of the book, how much more important that
the original should be stored in a reputable library where we can all look
at it.

Books are stored in these great libraries not just for now, but for the
future. It would also seem that as far as Jews are concerned 1938 in
Slovakia was, unfortunately, the end of the era. We complain that the Jewish
presence has been obliterated in Central Europe. I think that we should be
celebrating in this case that there is enough interest to retain the book -
rather than saying what do they want the book for.

Otherwise we would not have Archives, but we would scan the books and throw
the originals away.

The most interesting thing about books besides their content, even with new
books is their look and feel. After all, that is why many of us love going
into bookshops - or libraries.

I might add that it is normally the other way round, that members of the
public donate old books or documents to libraries or museums because they
can look after it probably.

If I may say so, your comment about "some library in Slovakia" sees the
centre of world as Australia or the US - it would presumably be easier to
look at it there than in Tom's house.

I have lost my own copy of a book that I wrote. Not that many copies were
printed, but all British books are to be found in the British Library. I
wouldn't dream of asking the BL for the original copy (which is obviously
very important to me) and suggesting that they keep a photocopy.

Nick Landau
London, UK

COHNREICH (Anklam, Germany Krajenka, Poland) ATLAS (Wielkie Oczy (near
Lvov/Lemberg), Poland)
WECHSLER(Schwabach, Germany) KOHN (Wallerstein and Kleinerdlingen,Germany)
LANDAU/FREDKIN(Gomel, Mogilev, Belarus)

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