SO MANY BOOKS, SO LITTLE TIME
In another coincidence (I'm detecting a pattern here...)
Q. David Bowers sings the bibliophile's lament in
an article in the Spring 2001 issue of The Civil War
Token Society Journal. In an article titled "Some
Personal Notes and Observations Concerning
Civil War Tokens", he writes:
"I am a pack rat. Especially when it comes to books and
catalogues. I have been squirreling books and other printed
material away - if it has something to do with coins. In fact,
my favorite things are not numismatic texts at all, but, instead,
are other things - preferably printed in the 18th or 19th
century - that mention coins in passing"
"I have also acquired a lot of other things, such as bound
runs of daily papers from New York and Cincinnati for the
Civil War. The 'problem' with such things is that if I were
blessed with 100 hours per day and 100 days per month,
it would take two lifetimes to look through them all. I've
loaned the Cincinnati papers to Steve Tanenbaum, but at
last word he has not had the time to look at them either."
[Editor's note: there are probably few among us to whom
that first sentence does not apply. In fact, I'm sure our
spouses would all love to enroll us in a "Packrats
Anonymous" program, where we would stand up and state
(ashamedly), "My name is John Doe, and I am a pack rat".
Instead, we go to NBS meetings, damn proud to proclaim
ourselves as numismatic pack rats.]
Wayne Homren, Editor
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