BATTLESHIP CATASTROPHE; Catastrophe de la "Liberté"

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From newsletter 6:

11  KIRCHNER, Friedrich Buch der Freundschaft. Mit 53 Porträts. Halle (Saale), G. Schwetschke'scher Verlag, 1891. Original gilt cloth. VIII, 352 p. Wood-engraved portraits. First edition. Small waterstain at upper cover, a bit of wear along the edges and slight traces of use. 

€ 16

* An attractive book, with its tiny condition faults a child of its time, not a loveless modern reprint. This Victorian 'Book of Friendship' has recently been reproduced twice in the U.S.A., one even uglier than the other: it 'may have imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc.' according to one of the sellers. Argh! Book haters. I much prefer a few honorable stains to a poorly made new copy.