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 Posted: Fri Oct 28th, 2016 06:56 am
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Hi Chriss

Sounds COOL !

I nearly got the Gilpin Era book from Abe.
But they never actualy Post the REAL PRICE on that Site.
The Abe seller got back to me and quoted me some total B.S. shipping cost.
I know it's a BIG book, but they were having a laugh.
3rd time that's happened to me with Abe Books.
ALL 3 orders, I cancelled, out of principle.
Alright if you are quoted 'the actual' P&P in the U.S.
but they let their sellers crap on any overseas customers however they wish.
Amazon, you know the price, you pay the price.
Ain't wasting my time with Abe Books anymore, sad.
:f: Grump !

Why don't you start a 'research Thread' over in 'HO Narrow Gauge' !
It will just grow into a 'build' as time goes by.

It's good to have Threads that take it all from the very start.
Little bits & bobs scattered around, all get lost in history.

GO ON !!
Start a Thread over there !!

;)

Si.

:moose:

Tell you what I did get recently.
Frank R. Hollenbacks OWN personal-copy of 'The Gilpin Tram'
Couldn't believe it when the book arrived.
The seller obviously hadn't even looked inside the book !!

Wonder what it's worth ??



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 Posted: Fri Oct 28th, 2016 07:21 am
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Um more than the seller knew it was worth! I also collect US numismatic books and have purchased quite a few books that I can show provenance on (through auction houses, and sales directly, etc), one book is really cool, but unfortunately the book isn't worth all that much, and there were none of his notes in it, that would have made my day, (found that one on eBay being sold by his son after he passed away). Sometimes books really pay off, I use Abe quite alot, even buying from the UK on many of them, I got my copy of Frank's book from the UK, I think they only charged me 5 pounds or so, around $8.00 to ship it to the USA. The Gilpin ERa book is really, really heavy, more like an encyclopedia! They used nice heavy glossy paper, I'd guess it's over two kilos easy.



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 Posted: Sun Oct 30th, 2016 07:32 am
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Hi Chriss

Frank R. Hollenbacks OWN personal-copy of 'The Gilpin Tram' had numerous interesting points.

The book, which is one of the 200-copy limited-edition hardback, is Copy No.1

Where Hollenbacks 'signature' is, on the other 199-copies, on No.1 he has marked the date.
I am guessing this is the date on which he signed all the limited-edition copies at his publishers.
The book was released only a few days later.

Inside the front cover Hollenback has placed a number of original press-cuttings.
They are reviews & suchlike of the book, from contemporary newspapers & trade publications.

Inside the back cover are similar original newspaper cuttings from 'The Denver Post' & other areas press.

Hollenback has obviously 'proof read' the book, very carefully, from cover to cover.
He has highlighted, in pencil, 1 typo.
I guess in case there was ever a 2nd edition printed.

It is not a factual, or numerical type error, like you often find.
It is a grammatical one.
Very hard to spot actually, if you didn't see him bring attention to it.
But in fact 'the turn of phrase' is slightly incorrect for the paragraph.
However it changes nothing in the meaning of what is said.

There was another, slightly odd, loose press cutting inside the pages as well.
Seems to be a letter to an unknown newspaper.
Some kind of 'readers write' type page entry.
Possibly submitted by Hollenback himself ?

Altogether a very surprising arrival.
I had in fact bought & paid for a really cheap softback copy !!

N I C E

:moose:

Si.



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 Posted: Mon Oct 31st, 2016 01:33 am
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Now that is cool, finding a treasure trove in the book! And to get it on the cheap, when you only expected a softbound copy too! I wasn't aware they made softbound copies of it, I've only seen hardbound ones offered for sale.

On another note I received a delivery slip in my PO Box that the Shay was in, but my Post Office has changed hours and is no longer open on the weekends, to save money I suppose. :bang: So now I'm awaiting Monday to go and pick it up. I'll need to find a transformer quick to try it out, as it is most definitely not DCC friendly, and that is all I have - (NCE Powercab). I'm sure I can find one under $20.00 they are all over eBay, but hoping maybe to find one locally, so I don't have to wait long to test it out.

Photos will be posted as soon as I get the darn thing in hand. Very excited, I sure hope it runs, and only needs a tune-up and decoder install, rather than an expensive rebuild. :pop:



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