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Book finding [was Re: Obscure languages]

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Saturday, September 29, 2001, 18:57
Quoting Adam Walker <dreamertwo@...>:

> >From: "Thomas R. Wier" <trwier@...> > >Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2001 18:44:23 -0500 > > > Most large universities have *some* > >grammars available, but it's also possible to find them in > >some (better than average) used bookstores. Like, just the > >other day I picked up a grammar of Central Siberian Yupik > >at the bookstore, and neglected to buy grammars on at least > >two other native languages that I saw there. > > It is especially helpful to look in used bookstores near said > universities. *remebering one such delight near UNT* Foolish > students tend to dump textbooks after finishing their courses.
Indeed. Powell's, where I got that book, is unbelievable! They easily have the largest linguistics section I've seen in any bookstore anywhere (probably around 750 books). What's more, they also have a great Antique book-collection. They have a copy of first edition (1792) copy of Macartney's mission to China ; an 18th-century bilingual Greek-Latin edition of Longinus' _Peri Hypsous_ (On the Sublime); a late 16th century German fencing manual; a bilingual Greek-Latin copy of Marcus Aurelius' Meditations from 1683 (IIRC); an early 18th century copy of Lucretius' _De Rerum Natura_ ... and those are just the ones that were under 500 dollars! I seem to remember they also had a mid-16th-century copy of speeches given by St. John Chrysostom that went for about 4800 dollars. (I collect antique books, so these naturally interested me. My most recent acquisition was a nearly perfect condition, 1873 edition of the Song of Roland in Old French with notes in German -- for 50 cents! I don't know *what* the Seminary library was thinking when they got rid of that book.) ============================== Thomas Wier <trwier@...> "If a man demands justice, not merely as an abstract concept, but in setting up the life of a society, and if he holds, further, that within that society (however defined) all men have equal rights, then the odds are that his views, sooner rather than later, are going to set something or someone on fire." Peter Green, in _From Alexander to Actium_, on Spartan king Cleomenes III