Sunday, 15 February 2015

100 Most Wanted Out-of-Print Books by Abebooks: fascinating even with nothing I’m eager for

Today, the book seller Abebooks put together its annual list of the “100 Most Wanted Out of Print Books”. The list was first published in 2003, and has become an annual event.

In my younger days, the fact of a book being out of print attracted a lot of attention especially if I could find it in a library. With the exception of certain special topics (and by no means all specialist topics) where the perspective of the past time is critical – for example football or rugby club histories – this is not so much the case nowadays. In most cases, an easily-found book will do “the trick” just as well as something that is rare and expensive – though, again with old Wisdens there is a conspicuous exception and even the Willows reprints can be costly.

Most of the books listed below have been on the list for a number of years and in many cases the authors – sometimes very well-known people as with Sex’s author Madonna and for vice-President Dick Cheney’s wife’s Sisters – will refuse requests for a reprint or even a print-on-demand copy.
  1. On the Psychology of Military Incompetence by Norman F. Dixon
  2. The Lovely Reed: An Enthusiast’s Guide to Building Bamboo Fly Rods by Jack Howell
  3. Sex by Madonna
  4. The Body by Stephen King
  5. Rage by Richard Bachman (Stephen King)
  6. The Colorado Kid by Stephen King
  7. The Road We Are Traveling by Stuart Chase
  8. On the Nature and Existence of God by Richard M. Gale
  9. 365 Bedtime Stories by Nan Gilbert
  10. Collector’s Guide to Colt .45 Service Pistols by Charles W. Clawson
  11. Dark Carnival by Ray Bradbury
  12. The Harvard Classics (51 volumes) edited by Charles W. Eliot
  13. A Treasury of Great Recipes by Vincent and Mary Price
  14. Promise Me Tomorrow by Nora Roberts
  15. The Jerusalem Bible by Salvador Dalí
  16. Vibration Analysis for Electronic Equipment by Dave S. Steinberg
  17. Fast Times at Ridgemont High by Cameron Crowe
  18. Mastering Atmosphere and Mood in Watercolor by Joseph Zbukvić
  19. The Thwarting of Laplace’s Demon: Arguments Against the Mechanistic World-View by Richard Green
  20. Arithmetic Progress Papers by H. Henry Thomas
  21. Racing Toward Judgment by David R Wilkerson
  22. My Pretty Pony by Stephen King
  23. Cards As Weapons by Ricky Jay
  24. History of Art by H.W. Janson
  25. The Angelique Series by Sergeanne (Anne) Golon
  26. Murmurs of Earth by Carl Sagan
  27. Ilsa by Madeleine L‘Engle
  28. The Modern Gunsmith by James Virgil Howe
  29. Mandingo by Kyle Onstott
  30. The Afronauts by Cristina de Middel
  31. Airport by Arthur Hailey
  32. British General Staff: Reform and Innovation by David French
  33. 102 Favorite Paintings by Norman Rockwell
  34. The Pink Dress by Anne Alexander
  35. An American Exodus: A Record of Human Erosion by Dorothea Lange
  36. Sisters by Lynne Cheney
  37. Unintended Consequences by John Ross
  38. War in the Modern Great Power System 1495-1975 by Jack S. Levy
  39. Pookie by Ivy Wallace
  40. Fly Fishing: Memories of Angling Days by J.R. Hartley
  41. Analysis of Beam Grids and Orthotropic Plates by the Guyon-Massonet-Bares Method by Richard Bares and Charles Ernest Massonet
  42. Cyborg by Martin Caidin
  43. Golden Book of the Civil War by Charles Flato
  44. I Go Pogo by Walt Kelly
  45. Set the Trumpet to Thy Mouth by David Wilkerson
  46. A History of Hand Knitting by Richard Rutt
  47. Hell, I Was There by Elmer Keith
  48. A Pattern Book of Tatting by Mary Konior
  49. The Book of Indians by Holling C. Holling
  50. Phoebe and the Hot Water Bottles by Linda Dawson and Terry Furchgott
  51. Women Are Beautiful by Garry Winogrand
  52. Basic Building Data: 10,000 Timeless Construction Facts by Don Graf
  53. In A Dark Place by Ray Garton
  54. A Complete Guide to Learning and Understanding Chi Mind Control by Mike Dayton
  55. Man in Black: His Own Story in His Own Words by Johnny Cash
  56. The Bumper Book, A Harvest of Stories and Verses by Watty Piper
  57. The Act of Creation by Arthur Köstler
  58. Be Not Conformed to This World: a Narrative History of the Weaverland Mennonites, 1900-1975 by Roy Burkholder
  59. The King Ranch by Tom Lea
  60. The Riddle of Steel : Roleplaying with an Edge by Jacob Norwood
  61. Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns by Barbara Brackman
  62. The Holy Bible by Rev. Alfred Nevin
  63. The Big Country by Donald Hamilton
  64. Open Water Swimming by Penny Lee Dean
  65. Mastering Atmosphere and Mood in Watercolor: the Critical Ingredients That Turn Paintings into Art by Joseph Zbukvić
  66. Anglo-French relations and strategy on the Western Front 1914-18 by William James Philpott
  67. Crochet Lace: An Illustrated Guide to Making Crochet Lace Fabrics by Mary Konior
  68. First Lessons in Drawing and Painting by Jack Hamm
  69. Stuart: A History of the American Light Tank by R.P. Hunnicutt
  70. Turkish Delight by Jan Wolkers
  71. Categories, Bundles and Spacetime Topology by C.T.J. Dodson
  72. To Drop A Dime by Paul Hoffman
  73. Anybody Can Do Anything by Betty MacDonald
  74. Kalinda by Evan Green
  75. Lost Tribes and Promised Lands: The Origins of American Racism by Ronald Sanders
  76. Professional Pattern Grading for Women’s, Men’s, and Children’s Apparel by Jack Handford
  77. Sam’s Sandwich by David Pelham
  78. The Bible in Pictures for Little Eyes by Kenneth Nathaniel Taylor
  79. Kelso’s Shrug Book by Paul Kelso
  80. The Negro motorist green book: an international travel guide by Victor H Green
  81. We by Charles Lindbergh
  82. The Story of Civilization by Will Durant
  83. The Barrakee Mystery by Arthur W. Upfield
  84. The Chestry Oak by Kate Seredy
  85. Isms and Ologies: A Guide to Unorthodox and Non-Christian Beliefs by Arnold Kellett
  86. Precious Souls: A Culture Unraveling by Nazareth V. Asorian
  87. Impact Dynamics by Jonas A. Zukas
  88. The Theory of Isotope Separation as Applied to the Large Scale Production of U235 by Karl P. Cohen
  89. This World and That: The Autobiography of a Diver by Thomas Ferris Milne
  90. Directory of Alternative Communities in the British Isles by Michele
  91. The Erotic Art of Edgar Britton by Jane Hilberry
  92. Halloween by Curtis Richards
  93. A Different Kind of Life by Virginia Williams
  94. The Innovators The New Holland Story Hardcover by Homer K. Luttringer
  95. South African Botanical Art: Peeling Back the Petals by Marion Arnold
  96. The Airgun from Trigger to Target by Gerard Michael Cardew and G.V. Cardew
  97. Margin of Safety: Risk-Averse Value Investing Strategies for the Thoughtful Investor by Seth A. Klarman
  98. Birds of Britain by John D. Green
  99. Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual by Bill Mollison
  100. Beyond the Plough by Janet Woods
On the whole, some of these books, notably those on the Mennonites, Milne’s autobiography and Richard Green’s work on mechanistic worldviews, would be of interest to me. Most of the rest, however, certainly stand at least largely replaceable.

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