Book wanted

Discussion in 'The Book Club' started by spearfish, Mar 30, 2012.

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  1. Does anybody know where I can obtain a copy of the following book:
    la Lotta Antisommergibile by Vitaliano Rauber, published in Roma in 1978 by the Ufficio Storico Marina Militare
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2012
  2. Spearfish

    I think that the title of the book is slightly different to how you have given it:

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  3. Now edited with the correct title. Thank you
  4. Spearfish, I fear that this is going to be a very difficult book to find as it is over 30 years old, on a fairly specialist subject and not printed by a major publisher.

    I generally find that, if a book has really become hard to find, when a copy does appear, the seller already knows this and the price asked becomes bizarre. This happened to the Royal Navy Handbook at one point, not long ago. I swear that someone was selling a copy for £150.

    The link I added was the result of my search in the catalogue of Italy's National Library Service - I used that as a source as I thought that it would show fuller details for the book.

    Although this may sound an outlandish suggestion, I would consider a cheap flight to Italy to have a look at one of the copies as listed by the Library Service (the page does offer inter-library loans but I fear that asking for the book to be transferred to your local library may be stretching things a bit too far ....).

    I detect that you have a serious academic interest in this book and that it is not merely to decorate your bookshelf, so I think that a trip is worth considering.

    Out of the libraries listed which have the book on the shelf, the one which might offer you the warmest welcome would probably be the one at the Istituto di Scienze Militari Aeronautiche in Florence. I feel pretty confident that if you were to e-mail the library there, one of the librarians would arrange a readers' pass for you to cover your trip.
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2012
  5. Soleil, thank you for your advice. I have managed to contact one of the team at the Italian Naval Historical Branch and hopefully I will either get a copy of the book or the information I require from it without resorting to going to Italy.
  6. I'm really pleased, I didn't think it would work out quite so easily!

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