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    Re: The history of Seafaring.
    From: Peter Fogg
    Date: 2007 Dec 10, 12:04 +1100


    Geoffrey, you wrote:
    "Let me say that if somebody decides to
    sit down and write a book on the history of seafaring, then there is no
    excuse for not writing exactly that - a factually correct, properly
    annotated, "History of Seafaring" with a detailed index - whether it be a
    coffee table book or a dissertation for a university examination."
     
    The market obviously disagrees.  In such a free market, and society, anyone can decide to put together such a camel as designed by a committee as George has described, and if they sell enough copies then I imagine that the project has been a success, as far as their interest in the matter extends.  Let's be practical about this. 
     
    Do we expect (let alone get) such luverley piccies in Bowditch (for example)?  I don't imagine that we would want them either, if they meant the resulting book was inconveniently bulky or more expensive.  Horses for courses, surely.
     
    I note that George thinks the book is a credit to this bookshelves despite its flaws, and agree with this assessment - apparently the images make up for much else, which I think is probably a realistic attitude to adopt, overall. 
     
    Its a pity people from this List can't be involved with the wordsmith component of such books, as such involvement should, presumably, lead to better text.

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