Is it because I have been a voracious reader since early childhood? Or because my mother and sister taught reading? Or because I was in the publishing business all my life? Or what? I don't know exactly why I buy books.
|Great Books of the Western World |
(gift from mom circa 1965)
- I prefer buying used books over new
- I prefer to find books by serendipity, not by recommendation
- If I find an author or character I like, I want one of each of all their books, every one
- I don't like frequenting libraries
- I'll never belong to a book reading club
- I've never read best-sellers (OK, I did just race through Steve Jobs' biography in one night)
- I loathe book clubs and other enforced buying schemes
- I've learned that publishers rarely produce consistent spine art and titles
- I read most of every book I buy (but not every page)
- I tend to read 3-5 books at a time
Let's have a look around the shelves ... these first two sets are old books that I have had for many years - the Nordhoff and Hall Mutiny on the Bounty and related titles, and George Herter's Professional Guides Manuals. [click any image to enlarge]
|Nordhoff and Hall Pacific Islands books|
|Herter's Professional Guide Manuals|
|Some of the 82 Earl Stanley Gardner's Perry Mason novels|
|Jonathan Gash's Lovejoy|
|George MacDonald Fraser's Flashman|
|Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe|
|Ellery Queen's Masterpieces of Mystery|
The Ellery Queen set is an exception, in that they have similar bindings and I bought them only from two different used booksellers. The Flashman series is primarily matching paperbacks which I bought one-at-a-time in various stores in Canada, as they were not sold in this form in the USA. I think it took me about 5 years to get all those books, as they were not released all at once.
I have discovered that I have 10 years of IWC watch catalogs, one for each year. And a hundred watch repair manuals. And a few dozen car repair manuals (though I have tossed most of those), and the first 5 versions of the Bosch Automotive Handbook (why? I wanted them!). Today I have just learned that the 8th edition is out. I must contact my friend Mike Bentley, the US distributor, and get one.
Some of these sets are due to my occupation of writing car manuals, but most groupings have been assembled due to my undying quest to understand and experience things. And the collector obsession to have them all.
|Esemblo-Graph Watch Repair Manuals|
|Haynes Car Repair Manuals (just a few)|
|First 5 editions of the Bosch Automotive Handbook|
|Classic and SportsCar Magazine (about half of the total)|