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Started by brooklyn on Sep 21, 2021 7:42:14 PM
What books do you save from your burning house?

poster Lagopus, on another thread:

<<When my house burns down, as well as rescuing my saxophone and a guitar or two I'll save ....>>

I thought was a great theme for a thread. the rest of you will prove me right or wrong.

brooklyn - 21 Sep 2021 20:10:41 (#6 of 59)

you guys just aren't into the spirit of this thread.

and hard-cover books can be expensive -- which might matter if your house just burned down.

tasselhoff - 21 Sep 2021 20:14:16 (#7 of 59)

What they said. Sod the books.

InternationalVicar - 21 Sep 2021 20:28:52 (#8 of 59)

How I found Stanley in Central Africa (£)

British Roll of Honour 1914 (privately funded photographic obituaries of the very posh people's children - gone for ever). Bound in purple velvet, white and gilt. The war had barely started...

Trance Formations, Bandler & Grinder (1st. Ed.)

The Theory of Relativity (first English edition), with pencil annotations by my dad.

AdonisBlue - 21 Sep 2021 21:34:36 (#9 of 59)

Most books are easily replaced so I'd have to go for the irreplaceable.

The Great Book of Hashish: Volume 1. Laurence Cherniak. Because of the lovely note to me from the author inside.

Redmire Pool. Clifford and Arbery. Too expensive to replace.

My childhood stamp collection. Because even at fifty I still think one of the penny reds will make me a millionaire If I could just be arsed having them valued.

HouseOfLametta - 21 Sep 2021 21:49:00 (#10 of 59)

Putting Out Fires

By I P Freeley

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Garden - 21 Sep 2021 20:57:31 (#12 of 59)

My photo albums and MrG's stamp collection, which is probably worth more than the house.

Geribaldi - 21 Sep 2021 22:00:51 (#13 of 59)

red ginger - "The Source... James Michenor

Hawaii...James Michenor."

Good, but I think Centennial was his best.

Avonlea - 21 Sep 2021 23:18:18 (#14 of 59)

Perhaps only a picture book that my son’s godmother drew and had bound for his first birthday. Everything else is replaceable.

Tomnoddy - 21 Sep 2021 23:29:27 (#15 of 59)

None seems about right. My books have sentimental value, but I'm not risking my life for them.

My photo albums, though, some of them are really important. Only some, though.

widenation - 22 Sep 2021 00:58:25 (#16 of 59)

Freak Bros comics.

Antimatter - 22 Sep 2021 02:05:07 (#17 of 59)

If my house caught fire, the first thing to save would be the cat, followed by MrA. If time allowed after that, there are three pictures I am very fond of. Books do not come into the equation at all, MrA may return for some of his comics.

widenation - 22 Sep 2021 02:11:19 (#18 of 59)

In truth - f**k the books/comics. I'd grab my external HD, my Les Paul, my banjo, my Simmons xylophone and my WW2 searchlight mirror. May involve two trips I guess.

Antimatter - 22 Sep 2021 03:00:57 (#19 of 59)

Ooh yes, the banjo, and the Gibson.

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wickeltisch - 22 Sep 2021 06:59:05 (#21 of 59)

Poor James Michener did not leave much of an impression on some readers, at least not so much that they remember his name correctly.

And I would rather save hard discs with documents on them. Books can be bought again, as said upthread.

Shadrack22 - 22 Sep 2021 08:02:15 (#22 of 59)

Childhood books (sentimental value):

The Playhour Annual 1970

The Roads to Dreamland

The BlackBerry Farm books.

Shadrack22 - 22 Sep 2021 08:03:03 (#23 of 59)

British Roll of Honour 1914 (privately funded photographic obituaries of the very posh people's children - gone for ever). Bound in purple velvet, white and gilt. The war had barely started...

Sounds interesting.

angelico - 22 Sep 2021 08:20:20 (#24 of 59)

My Collings 001 and my gorgeous Eastman archtop, the maple and bog oak cooking knife set my son made (careful - they start to cut an inch away from the blade), and then some books.

Not based on value, but on sentiment and the memories they evoke. And since those are the only actual books I now have, apart from technical/professional ones, that means them all, blast it.

I treasure a signed copy of Thief of Time and remember my son at about eight talking to Pratchett about orang utans at the signing.

Marilynne Robinson's Gilead, which provided some quiet comfort during a difficult time.

Two volume edition of the compact OED, the pages stuffed with kids' drawings, lists, menus and other memorabilia; the inside cover of vol 2 with a signed bet that I could still beat my eldest son at squash when I was 50 and he 25, stakes £100, bet made when he was 11 (I lost and paid up, God, nearly 20 years ago).

Book of poems a friend wrote for our marriage, the only copy.

An old Gavin Lyall hardback that Angelica sought out for me one Christmas.

Couple of prize books from junior school, and Chemistry Magic from the same era.

As many Elmore Leonard 1st editions I can throw into the sack, and a well-thumbed copy of Maharishi's translation and commentary on the Gita.

I have a wonderful, huge, full colour hardback set in two volumes of all Gary Larson's cartoons, ditto a 3-vol Calvin and Hobbs, both presents from my children that I'd miss badly, but they weight a ton so I'll need help.

My own and my son's PhD theses, the former pure, concentrated memory, the latter a real work of science.

The four or five childhood books that Angelica treasures and I stagger out hoping that smoke inhalation hasn't finished me off.

Catspyjamas17 - 22 Sep 2021 08:25:22 (#25 of 59)

The ones which have sentimental value are the childhood picture books in boxes in the loft. I'd probably not be going into the loft if there was a fire.

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