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Re: [BloodsandDimeNovels] Re: Re. Barry Ono--Penny Dreadful Prejudices

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  • Kiera Chapman
    Hi Bill- Oooooh I am jealous. There is a big bookfair in York each year (which is usually fairly thin on material but worth a visit if you re in the area),
    Message 1 of 7 , Jun 2, 2002
      Hi Bill-

      Oooooh I am jealous. There is a big bookfair in York each year (which is
      usually fairly thin on material but worth a visit if you're in the area),
      but nothing at individual universities as far as I'm aware. Yet another
      instance of the superior wealth of US institutions?! Even Charing Cross Rd
      isn't as good as it used to be, with far fewer shops, moan moan (though
      there are still some lovely, dirty, cardboard box ridden institutions left
      down there).
      Regards-
      Kiera

      At 12:25 31/05/02 -0700, you wrote:

      >Hi, Kiera -- I don't know what the situation is in England, but
      >virtually all of the large university libraries in the US have rooms
      >packed with discards of academic works and magazines at low prices. The
      >books and zines are from library overstock and from the private
      >libraries of academic staff and often contain individual issues and
      >bound volumes of such periodicals as Nineteenth Century Literature,
      >Victorian Fiction, and the like, specialist titles which often contain
      >articles on sensational novels and penny bloods (though not much on boys
      >papers or dime novels). I have built a fair reference collection of
      >these without having to pay full face or subscription price. I was also
      >fortunate enough to be on the spot when the San Francisco Public Library
      >discarded (for microfilm replacement) their complete bound runs of Punch
      >(through 1965) and of the TLS (through 1970), mine for the effort of
      >trucking them off the premises. (Many US public libraries are forbidden
      >to sell any part of their permanent collections; if no other
      >institutions want their discards, they must be given away or destroyed.)
      >Have you looked into the possibilities of such discard rooms at English
      >colleges and universities? Bill B.
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