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    Re: What's on your bookshelf?
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2006 Sep 15, 02:49 -0500

    Thanks to Dan Allen, for making available to us his library list, at-


    I have enjoyed scanning through it, and think that I know him better

    And envy him, for several volumes on his list that I would love to
    have, and may do, some day, if I can find space, and get my wife's
    agreement, for a bit more shelving.

    I envy too, his ordered listing and classification. As for me, I'm
    never quite sure what I have already, when I'm in a bookshop, and
    sometimes come home with a book to find it already on a shelf. To
    avoid that, my wife, who knows well what's where, usually accompanies
    me. She acts as librarian, and is my version of Dan's library list. A
    request-to-find often goes something like this-

    "Joan, don't we have a book about a French explorer that went missing
    in the Pacific in the late 1700s? I think it has a greenish
    dustjacket, a bit torn: about..so.. high and ..so.. thick". Usually,
    she goes straight for it. Better than any Dewey Decimal
    Classification, any day.

    One of my favorite things to do, when I visit a friend, is to scan his
    bookshelves, and decide what interests we have in common, and he can
    do the same with mine. I would like to pass my own booklist on to Dan
    for him to scan, and perhaps one day I will be sufficiently organised
    to do so. Perhaps.


    contact George Huxtable at george@huxtable.u-net.com
    or at +44 1865 820222 (from UK, 01865 820222)
    or at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.

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