I told Jo this story, and I'll tell it here, but by lovely Bride tossed out a box that had all of my books on Tanegashima. I lost my Nihon no furuju (very expensive) the smaller paper companion to that book (don't remember name), several odd books I don't recall the names of, and my two Shigeo Sugawa books (1 and 2).
I managed to secure a replacement of Nihon no furuju at a decent price, but the two Shigeo Sugawa books are proving to be very expensive from the author, almost double what the best book- Nihon no furuju costs. Any of you have a set or individual book you'd be willing to part with?
I don't think I'll ever find the little one-off books I lost. They were old obscure books, all self published, very neat books.
She said the box was full of bubble wrap and thought it was junk to toss. I purchased a Victorian era china hutch as a book case for them and I was unpacking them and loading them in the case. Guess she thought I was finished and out with the boxes.
I also noticed my Barbier-Mullier collection book was in there. I paid $45 on Amazon for it in 2013. Today, the same book on Amazon is $145 since it is out of print. Seriously, come on....
You're right Dave, I had two options, pout and chill the atmosphere at home or move on. I chose to move on. If anyone has "spares" of these two Sugawa books, or see them at a decent price online, please let me know.
This reminds me about my girlfriend. Once she asked me why I don't let her touch the swords and armours. I wanted to answer "Because your are not carefull" but this time I went diplomatic and asked her to hand me a crab maedate I was mounting on a zunari. The maedate was about three meters away but somehow (perhaps it was the preasure) she manage to drop it. Being made out of ressin it cracked in two upon impact. A few second of total silence followed... My girlfriend went into some sort of instant chock not really knowing what she broke. Once more I took the highroad and told her not to worry. It was a cheap copy. Well, after that incident we have never had any other problems with my collection. The maedate was glued back together and sold off at a local auction...
The matchlock books pops up on Jauce quite often, so they should not be that hard to replace.
Seems nearly everyone of us has a similar story to tell. 1993: I had just started to collect some swords and tsubas (the dark side had still to get me) and obviously books. I bought at and auction a quite expensive copy of Shinchiki Hara's book. A couple of weeks later I relocated. Since the book had a loose binding I wrapped it up carefully with bubble plastic a newspapers. After we got in in our new flat I started to unpack my rather small collection but couldn't find the book. I asked my (then) wife If she had seen it and she said: "No, you know I never touch anything of your collection. I just threw away that bundle of plastic and newspapers that was sitting on the book boxes...". So I said farewell forever to Hara's book (and my money), never bought it back (since I don't read german).
My ex mother-in-law crushed a suji kabuto under another box, dropped my sadayoshi down the staircase chipping the kissaki when it flew out the shirasaya. All because she and my ex wifey wanted to make some space for a sewing machine in my armour room to take up a dress?
As you can tell from my writing they are now former family. They were like this with everything, from drilling into water pipes to backing their car into my Aston Martin. It became a near daily occurrence.
Hi john . I had a couple of them on my old phone. I have asked her for better quality pictures, but you must have a little patience. She will be out of town untill the 22nd. August is Italy's holiday month. Everything shuts down except magazines, so that's why I am the lucky guy still in town...