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Re: [MedievalSawdust] book review

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  • Gary R. Halstead
    Check with the British Library, they should be able to make a copy of the book for you. Mine ran about $120 a few years ago. They also take credit cards
    Message 1 of 2 , Aug 31, 2006
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      Check with the British Library, they should be able to make a copy of
      the book for you. Mine ran about $120 a few years ago. They also take
      credit cards online.

      Ranulf

      maf@... wrote:
      > I just finished reading 'Woodworking Techniques before A.D. 1500, papers
      > presented to a symposium at Greenwich in September, 1980, together with
      > edited discussion' editied by Sean McGrail ISBN 0-86-054-159-2
      >
      > The Good, Bad and Ugly
      >
      > Good
      > It has lots of information I've never seen anywere else, it's very well
      > written if a little dry, the articles on Roman post and beam structures
      > and the one on Irish structures of the middle ages and the changes that
      > happened over time are both excellent. There is an article on design of
      > roman carts and wagons. There is also a picture of a roman joint in one
      > of articles that is a false tenon system, (both boards have mortises and
      > a floating tennon is inserted into both then pegged in both. There is
      > even an article on a medieval plow... for anyone interested in starting
      > a period farm :) A fairly good book.
      >
      > Bad
      > Some of the articles could have used more information or pictures to
      > help make the explanation easier to understand. All of the articfacts
      > detailed in the wooden finds of York article are also now detailed in
      > 'Wood and woodworking of Anglosaxon York' and in better detail.
      >
      > UGLY
      > It took 6 months for my ILL copy to show up and it had a max loan time
      > of 2 weeks and a note included saying no renewals and no extensions. The
      > University of Alberta wanted it returned by last friday. I checked there
      > are 8 copies in universities around North America with 2 in Canada. I
      > have been trying to track a copy down for 2 years since I found it
      > referenced in another book I own. So far I have only found one used copy
      > for sale and it is listed on 3 different online stores (all going back
      > to the same vendor) it's in england .... and they want 120 british
      > pounds for it (thats $244.35 US), while I would consider $80-100 US an
      > exceptable price to pay for having this book in my collection, I have to
      > admit that $244 is way out of the acceptable range.
      >
      >
      >
      > Mark Flebotte
      >
      >
      >
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