Post by billchemerka on Jan 17, 2009 11:48:41 GMT -5
The mistakes in Alamo Images (from Galba Fuqua's incorrect identity and how not to load a flintlock to the flawed ready-to-fire still from The Last Command) were identified in issue #49 of The Alamo News (the forerunner of The Alamo Journal) in March 1986. Craig Covner later offered a superb analysis of the book in his two-part Alamo Journal article: "Before 1850: A New Look at the Alamo Through Art and Imagery" [issues #70 and #73].
Allen, IIRC, the hardcover version originally came with a dustjacket. I bought my copy direct from SMU Press a few years after the book was published, when they were running a clearance sale with copies lacking the dustjacket.
The Papers of the Texas Revolution are bound in faux-leather bindings that generally don't age well. The plastic becomes brittle and will chip or crack. It's a real odd thing, because one volume can be highly chipped and then another volume will be in fine, undamaged condition. It's like the binder may have used a different batch of cloth for different volumes. The last set I was able to trace for sale was at auction in 2001. It sold for $690.00 (including buyers premium).
I have only seen a copy of this book at the Rosenbach Museum in Philadelphia. However, when I xexoxed pages from their copy, its pages were brittle and cracked repeatedly. Is this common with this rare set of books? Tim
Last Edit: Feb 6, 2012 18:27:03 GMT -5 by timniesen
The bindings on my volumes, though, didn't hold up well over the decades. Volumes three, four and five got dry and brittle quite quickly. Similar experiences for anyone else who has had a set for at least a decade or more?
My set has seen mucho use-o! Back bindings for Vols. 3 and 4 have brittled out and cracked. Vol. 4 got so bad that I finally did the unpardonable and scotch-taped it together, just so I could use it. Now (for some reason unimaginable to me), Vol. 9 is disintegrating (the binding).
I bought my set new from the publisher and, if I remember, it was $125. Whatever it was, it was their original price, not a later one. My primary reason for buying the set was because I was writing Alamo screenplays at the time, and I knew I could jump the gap between history and fiction a lot better and write truer dialogue if I read *their own words* without historians' interpretation. (Still feel that way.) The only real problem with that approach was that I wanted to write ALL their words!!! (Still a problem.) The Alamo screenplay I was working on in the early 2000's was up to 168 scenes and 130 pages just to Travis' opening cannon shot. ;D (Needs work.)
I wouldn't sell my 10-volume set for all the money in the world.