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    Re: The Bygrave
    From: Douglas Denny
    Date: 2009 Jun 29, 11:21 -0700

    Dear Brad:  you said:
    "I actually DO have an MHR-1 (German Version of the Bygrave).  Get ready to 
    hear the collectors moaning, I USE it, without gloves."
    
    without gloves ....ahhhhrrrgh! Hope you wash your hands. All that acid... 
    (Sorry to be a nanny, but they are very rare I believe). Museum archivists 
    would have a blue fit at what you said.
    
    I have fondly thought for over thirty years or more that I might be lucky and 
    find one in a 'car boot sale', or antique shop or something like that! 
    Nothing doing of course.
    
    E-Bay does at least make things like this available now when they crop-up, but 
    it is still amazing to think that hundreds were made but now all gone ... 
    where? one wonders?
    
    I suspect that like so many things they just get thrown away as the person 
    throwing away never considers for a moment that anyone could possibly want 
    the object as it is rubbish; and before EBay there was no market place for 
    unusual objects.  EBay probably is going to be a great influence in 
    preserving a good many objects around today that would definitely not be 
    around in another ten years because of the "rubbish" throwaway syndrome.
    
    I have been scouring second-hand bookshops since my teens and the same can be 
    said of scientific books. It is very rare to find say, a nineteenth century 
    scientific book by one of the great scientists of the time. I am lucky to 
    have found one or two: 'Sound' by Tyndall;  'Mechanical Subjects' by Joseph 
    Whitworth;  and Skerryvore Lighthous and Illumination Optics' by Stephenson 
    for example.
    
    Today there are very few second-hand bookshops at all, and those that survive 
    simply do not have any science books (or very few of 'modern' ones) - partly 
    because they are not available anyway for the reason above (they have been 
    thrown away) or, as I was told by more than one bookshop owner when I queried 
    why no science books? - "they don't sell as no one is interested in them !
    
    Douglas Denny.
    Chichester. England.
    
    
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