It’s maddening. I almost never want expensive stuff. Sure I’d like an iPod like most people, but I don’t feel any particular lack from not having one.
This is different…it’s like an itch I can’t scratch. It’s driving me crazy crazy.
The book is The Regency Companion by Sharon H Laudermilk and Teresa Hamlin. To quote the Amazon book review:
The publishing company needs to reprint more copies. This book is EXTREMELY hard to find but an EXCELLENT resource for the Regency period. Laudermilk covers just about every aspect of life of the Regency period, including class, politics, fashion, military, and daily life. Social customs, clothing, travel, and environmental conditions are covered. Its not an extensive book, that covers all the above subjects in-depth, but excellently highlights them for readers of all stages of interest in the Regency period of England. I used it for an undergraduate research paper and have been searching for an affordable copy ever since. Unfortunately, it is out of print and those that purchased the book know they have a gem. The cheapest used price is $300! I wonder if my public library knows how tempting it is just to pay them $50 and never return the book next time I check it out.
Why does this book torment me? Because I’m a big reader of Regency romances (and maybe someday I’ll write one for fun). Because it was in the library that I grew up patronizing and then where I worked for a number of years. Because it’s every big as much a gem as the Amazon reader says. And there is also no way that paying $240 + S&H is in our budget.
I can’t tell you how much this book has tempted me…I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve considered just walking out with it (next time I’m in my hometown) and never bringing it back. I’d certainly be willing to pay a $20 fine if that was all it took.
But it’s not even in my current library system, so I can’t check it out and photocopy important parts or take extensive notes. Nor can they get it on inter-library loan.
The good news is that the Library of Congress has a copy. And I have a reader card. So I’ll be taking my determined little self down there and spending some quality time with it in the next two weeks.
Maybe if I actually write a Regency novel, I can buy my own copy.
Should I contact the seller and say “Look, that’s a fine price but do you think it’ll really sell? Let’s arrange something by PayPal where I pay $40 (or something) and you actually move the inventory.”
And perhaps I’ll let my old library know that if they’re ever getting rid of that book, please please please please please call my parents and they’ll take it off the library’s hands for me.