/ A Crying Shame - huge book collection up for auction
I was just noticed that the vast collection of climbing, mountaineering, skiing and travel books and other items from Geoff Milburn's personal library are finally going to go under the hammer in April.
This really is a crying shame; there's no other collection like this probably in the world. Whichever room you went into in Geoff's house, he'd open a drawer or look into a cupboard and it would be crammed with books, photographs, postcards.
Really the collection should have been snapped up by the BMC as a heritage collection, rather than spending ridiculous amounts of money on bolts (IMHO).
If anyone has not seen the full set of Fell and Rock journals with an opening bid of £100, they would be a bargain.
Geoff's will be much larger than that! Last word was that there were 3 van loads and almost 5 tonnes of material.
U got a downer on bolts after all these years -:)
I don't read climbing books, but I do climb bolted routes. I think the BMC's priorities are correct (IMHO)
> I don't read climbing books, but I do climb bolted routes. I think the BMC's priorities are correct (IMHO)
How do you know which bolted routes to climb?
> U got a downer on bolts after all these years -:)
It's only recently that bolts have been developed that are strong enough Nige.
Are you saying this collection is all guidebooks? Unlikely to be any in the collection that are still useful, current and hence worth saving (ignoring any perceived historic interest)
In answer to your question, of course I use the most up-to-date guidebook available, which is more than likely in print.
Don't bite Phil ;-)
> Don't bite Phil ;-)
Pearls before swine, Ent... Pearls before swine.
> Unlikely to be any in the collection that are still useful, current and hence worth saving (ignoring any perceived historic interest)
You can't possibly be the philistine you pretend to be. Surely?
Well alright, I am putting it on a bit. Someone put me in a bad mood. But really - the BMC should buy someone's book collection rather than replace worn out bolts?
> You can't possibly be the philistine you pretend to be. Surely?
Good grief, Dave, why ever not? There's plenty of tw*ts in the world. Surely you've noticed?
And where do you suppose the BMC would have obtained the funds to secure the collection, Phil, because diverting the monies earmarked for bolt replacement would scarcely have paid for the auction catalogue and the transport to shift the Geoff’s collection to the auction house.
I agree that it would have been laudable to have kept the collection intact, but I think it is equally laudable that Geoff wants to sell the collection now, to fund the trips to the far flung places which he wants to visit whilst he still can.
Just a thought to maybe cheer you up.
Colections are dynamic things and it is only by existing collections being broken up that new collections begin or expand. Plus the dispersal of the collection may actually mean more of the books being read.
I've actually been looking at my own collection of climbing/outdoors books lately and feeling a bit guilty. There are the thick end of 1,000 books, most of which have not been opened since the day they went on the shelf. I can't help wondering if they would be put to better use if I sold them to have a bit more cash for mindless enjoyment, a bit more space in the house and, not least, the books being read by someone who would appreciate them instead of my just hoarding them.
Hang on a second Wiley. Are you actually me....?
> Hang on a second Wiley. Are you actually me....?
Sadly no, Neil. If I was you I'd be a bloody sight better climber than I am, not to mention considerably lighter than I am too.
Out of interest, where and when are they up for auction, and is the catalougue available on-line?
> Out of interest, where and when are they up for auction, and is the catalougue available on-line?
mail order loans by the BMC ;) online catalogue of books... 2 weak loans at £2-3 would probably be a good investment if there is any hard to find/ out of print editions (I'm sure there is) !!!
and for those that doubt the idea have you ever bought a journal ? or paid to read online ? potentially lucrative business if you ask me ;)
Hmm, even the bathroom? Old mags are surely too shiny rather than absorbent?
But seriously...I have it on good authority that the BMC has plenty of money to spend at the moment.
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