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Thought provoking blog. Thanks.
PS. I like the use of a 4" file as a monetary standard. Very apt.
One is sort of tool related - Siddons "Gesture & Action", 1st ed 1807; inside is a 1950 letter from director Alec Clunes to the actors Roger Livesay and Ursula Jeans, referring to the illustrations in the book adding to the interest. Rare because still in original binding, complete (most books have illustrations removed), with only some foxing to detract. A valuable book with other treasured connections for me.
I love my collection of early UK Woodworker publications - not so valuable of course, but take up several feet of shelf space.
However for research purposes the Internet is supreme for at least:
1) Access to a wide a range of material otherwise not available at any price, or too high a price
2) You do not need shelf space
3) Manipulating/quoting material is much easier.
An area that is of concern is works by dead authors, still in copyright, out of print and hard/expensive to get. For example the books of Ken Roberts are unlikely to be republished, hard to get 2nd hand, and still very useful. Nobody benefits from the 70 year rule in this case, there should be a mechanism to allow non-commercial digital access as a default (that the owner can override) if a book has been out of print for a period of say 20 years.
Nice book and great inscription, look at that penmanship. I am wondering if there is bleed through, but it looks like he signed the paper fastened to the board? No doubt iron gall ink, can you tell if he used a metal nib or a quill to write the inscription?