Unless you are a book collector, don't break your heart if you can't get Rostron's book. It's a good read, but it's not particularly accurate. A feature is the absence of the names of officers Rostron served with. Captain Lord would be interested to know that Californian had no radio. Borrow it and copy the relatively few relevant pages.
Speaking of rare books, does anyone think that it is still possible to go into an antique shop/used book store/second hand store/flea market and find among the books a rare Titanic book for a cheap price? Also, which place would you most likely find a rare book? It seems that since James Camerons movie came out anything with the letters TITANIC on it is high priced.
Finding Titanc books at old bookstores or antique shops still happens for me- there has been over saturation of Titanic from the movie, so most of the 'johnny come lately' Titanic buffs who developed an interest and collected books after the Cameron film lost interest, and sold off what they had. Plus the fact many collectors assume everything is available only online these days means you have less competators to deal with when haunting old bookstores. Many old bookstores are not on the net- there are still gems to be found. I have found Titanic books sold online are much more expensive than ones to be found in old bookstores , antique shops or flea markets.
Well, hunting around flea markets and used book shops is exactly what Tracy Smith and myself are doing these days in our hope to find contemporary sources. That was how we found that 10th edition of Knight's Modern Seamanship which she bought when we went down to Athens last week. We're hoping to find more such locally and I've left my name with one dealer in the hopes of finding material germane to the Californian. I want to get every single one that I can both pro and con for my own collection. The problem is that most all of them are out of print and getting them second hand can be a bit expensive. Especially if the seller knows the value of what they have.
I can't think of a better reason to go to a flea market then to look for a rare bargain. I have not been very fortunate in the line of steamship memoribelia except a somewhat old booklet with post cards of the Queen Mary stuffed inside, and National Geographics for 25 cents. There is always next weekend though!
I love going to a flea market or a used bookstore to search for Titanic books. A few months ago, I was lucky to have found a couple of books on the Titanic and the December 1986 National Geographic issue.
One of the gems in my collection is "Home From The Sea" by Arthur Rostron. Its a fascinating read, and the man did indeed have an interesting life! Has his book ever been reprinted? With Bisset's "Tramps And ladies" having been reprinted, Rostron's book certainly should have been reprinted too.
How many editions of Rostron's book were printed? There was a tan colored one (seen on Michael's books site); but years ago I had a blue bound copy- a British edition perhaps?
The Rostron book seems realtively common, as opposed to the lightoller book...