Wednesday 2 June 2021

A New Addition to the Library

A worthy addition to my small ACW library....

....and it certainly covers the areas of interest for me!

 Following the successful disposal of my ECW collection I have reinvested some of the proceeds into the ACW library. The book you see above arrived yesterday. I am rather pleased with it although it has been damaged slightly by the seller posting it in one of those polythene grip top style postage bags - with no packing or padding! Needless to say when it dropped through the letter box it landed on a corner of the cover and ‘bumped it’. I am notoriously fussy about my books and so I took the matter up with the seller and am waiting on a response. Poor packaging is something that really irritates me!

The ‘bumped’ spine and damaged dust jacket - that looks like friction damage....

....and the torn section. None of this is major by any means but as I mentioned, I am notoriously fussy about my books!

The book itself is a great overview of the development of the Confederate navy and  whilst it is relatively slim - a mere 191 pages - is pretty complete. It was available in the US (it is published by Schiffer) for just under U$40 which seemed rather steep to me if I am honest. The author has a similar volume on the Union  navy which I am waiting on and whilst I am getting towards the end of the ACW project I will certainly get a lot of use out of both volumes.

As long as they are packed properly that is!


The Jolly Broom Man said...

Yeah the damage is a shame, but the info inside is still all there and will no doubt prove jolly useful.

David Crook said...

Hello there Jolly Broom Man,

It is a very nice book for sure with plenty of useful information for me - I was just annoyed at the way it was packed which meant that damage would have been inevitable!

All the best,


nundanket said...

I can vouch for the fact you take great care of books and package them thoroughly!

David Crook said...

Hello there nundanket,

Thank you old chap! Even if I were to send a single volume I would use one of those Amazon card covers - they are very effective - with copious amounts of wrapping paper. Sending a book in a tightly fitted polythene postage bag is asking for trouble.

All the best,


Robert (Bob) Cordery said...


It looks like it is an excellent book ... and it is a pity that it was damaged in transit.

Read and enjoy,


David Crook said...

Hello there Bob,

I ma pleased t have a copy - I just wish it had been packed properly!

All the best,