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From: Patent Tactics, George Brock-Nannestad


Hello, Doug, 

you wrote about a number of books that have been compulsory and expensive 
items for anybody seriously interested in 78 rpm classical records, in 
particular singing. However, I would think that most older ARSC members in 
that category already have copies, copiously annotated. All the historical 
discographical information that in these books go back to when it was 
collected - ca. 1965-75 - has been completed and is now available from the 
last member of the team that created the Voices of the Past series, Alan 
Kelly, as Word files on CD-Rs. I knew Eric Hughes (deceased, alas) and Alan 
Kelly - namedropping as is the custom here.

This makes Hurst's book the only book of lasting interest, as a testament to 
record collecting ca. 1950 (yes, I know it is the second edition; so more 
recent). But then Boris Semeonoff would appear to be more systematic.

Do young collectors have these books? Old collectors take an awfully long 
time to die, so only few copies get on the market. But do they read books?

I would consider other ephemera, such as record catalogue supplements, worth 
a good deal more per page than these books that were in print for a long 
time.

Kind regards,


George



> Begin forwarded message:
> 
> > From: Jeremy Epstein <[log in to unmask]>
> > Date: February 8, 2012 10:39:49 AM EST
> > To: Joenet Joenet <[log in to unmask]>
> > Subject: Books on old recordings available to anybody who cares
> >
> > I was on Joralemon Street in Brooklyn a while back and an apartment  
> > was being cleaned out. Boxes and boxes of opera programs etc.
> >
> > I grabbed a handful of books that looked unusual and I wanted to  
> > offer them to somebody who might be interested. They have the look  
> > of hard-to-replace items.
> >
> > I'm not looking to make money on these - anybody can have them for  
> > the price of postage.
> >
> > Here's what I grabbed.
> >
> > Info is off of the dust jackets which are intact.
> >
> > Voices Of The Past:
> > Volume 6
> > The International Red Label Catalogue
> > The Gramophone Company Limited
> > Book 2: "DA"
> > by John R. Bennett & Eric Hughes
> > The Oakwood Press Tandridge Lane, Lingfield, Surrey
> >
> > Voices Of The Past:
> > Volume 3
> > Dischi Fonotipia
> > (Including Supplement and Addenda)
> > by John R. Bennett
> > The Oakwood Press Tandridge Lane, Lingfield, Surrey
> >
> > Voices Of The Past:
> > Vocal Recordings - 1898-1925
> > Volume 1
> > The Gramophone Company Limited (HMV)
> > English Catalogue
> > by John R. Bennett
> > The Oakwood Press Tandridge Lane, Lingfield, Surrey
> >
> > The Golden Age recorded
> > Second (Revised) Edition
> > P. G. Hurst
> > The Oakwood Press Tandridge Lane, Lingfield, Surrey
> >
> > Voices Of The Past:
> > Vol. 4
> > The International Red Label Catalogue
> > The Gramophone Company Limited (HMV)
> > (Book 1  - DB)
> > by John R. Bennett & Eric Hughes
> > The Oakwood Press Tandridge Lane, Lingfield, Surrey
> >
> > All the above are pretty much uniform editions, similar dust jackets  
> > etc.
> >
> > R. Bauer
> > Historical Records
> > 1898-1908/9
> > Sidgwick & Jackson
> >
> > All the above are hardcover with dust jackets.
> >
> > Lastly, a paperback:
> >
> > Julian Morton Moses
> > Collector's Guide To American Recordings
> > 1895-1925
> >
> > Do any of these hold any interest for anyone? Or does anybody know  
> > anyone who might care?
> >
> > Regards,
> >
> > -j
> 
> Doug Pomeroy
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