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Book about Memory of the World

 
Author elsslots
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#1 | Posted: 27 Dec 2013 12:36 | Edited by: elsslots 
I can't remember (or find) that we've discussed this: last year a comprehensive book about the entries in the Memory of the World Register was published:
http://publishing.unesco.org/details.aspx?&Code_Livre=4938&change=E#sthash.H7sWcKEm.d puf

I bought it today at the shop of the (excellent) Bayeux Tapestry. Haven't finished it yet of course, but at first sight it does good introductions of this somewhat obscure list and its 245 entries.

Author meltwaterfalls
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#2 | Posted: 27 Dec 2013 17:42 | Edited by: meltwaterfalls 
I just got it as a Christmas present. I am rather enjoying it too.

I'm glad the Bayeux Tapestry was impressive (I've missed visiting it a few times) as it has sat on my 'soon to visit' list for a while.

Just saw on your blog that you will be in Le Havre, we were going to be there this weekend but had to cancel late on. Oh well.

Hope you enjoy it. It isn't really that spectacular but it is certainly a different style of WHS to many others.

Author elsslots
Admin
#3 | Posted: 28 Dec 2013 01:14 
One of the surprises in this book is the inscriptions at Nahr el-Kalb (Mount Lebanon). This looks like an immoveable monument, so wouldn't it fit better with the WHL instead of the Memory of the World Register?

Author Solivagant
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#4 | Posted: 28 Dec 2013 02:55 | Edited by: Solivagant 
elsslots:
the inscriptions at Nahr el-Kalb (Mount Lebanon). This looks like an immoveable monument, so wouldn't it fit better with the WHL


they are in fact on Lebanon's T List as part of a wider site at Nahr el-Kalb which includes Stone/Bronze Age, Roman and Mediaeval sites (shelters, bridge, convents)

The MoW is about "Documentary Heritage" (the "Memory of the World Register lists documentary heritage" - MoW Web site) without (as far as I know) defining what a "Document" might have to be (It just gives examples - right up to "sound recordings" etc). I guess there is no real problem in accepting that text written in Stone is a "document" - but have a look at the Wiki section on "Documents"! It quotes a French author/librarian etc Suzanne Briet who wrote a treatise titled "Qu'est-ce que la documentation?" -
"An antelope running wild on the plains of Africa should not be considered a document, she rules. But if it were to be captured, taken to a zoo and made an object of study, it has been made into a document. It has become physical evidence being used by those who study it. Indeed, scholarly articles written about the antelope are secondary documents, since the antelope itself is the primary document."

The trouble with that of course is that EVERY cultural artefact (i.e all Cultural WHS) could thereby be defined as "Documents" irrespective of whether they include text or "representatations". Further, I could imagine the argument extending to EVERY Natural site as well! The mere act of separating out an area of "Nature" for inscription thereby creates a "document" using her example/logic.

Back to Nahr el-Kalb - I guess that Lebanon thought (with justification!) that it would be a lot easier to get its site addedd to the MoW register than to the WH List. There does seem to be a great deal of variation in the historic value of the stelae and their inscriptions. some of the modern ones could be regarded as pretty inconsequential! (British and French troops commemorating e.g the Capture of Damascus in WWI)

Author Solivagant
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#5 | Posted: 17 Jan 2014 07:43 | Edited by: Solivagant 
I do not understand the economics of this but I have just acquired this book in UK in MINT NEW condition for 1.67 plus 2.80 shipping = 4.47 (5.41 Euro).

Its official UK price is 20 (24.19 Euro) and it is available from amazon.co.uk for 18 with free shipping (21.77 Euro). But, at this very moment 2 amazon on-sellers (including the one I bought from) are offering the book even more cheaply than I paid 4 days ago i.e 1.43 or 1.44 plus 2.80 p+p

The same companies are selling on
Amazon.de for 9.11 Euro plus 3 Euro shipping -not quite as good a deal but still way below the standard Amzon.de price of 18.95 Euro plus free shipping
Amazon.fr for 6.39 Euro plus 2.99 Euro shipping - standard price 18.8 Euro with free shipping

Whether you could buy from the UK site at UK prices but pay the extra shipping and gain overall I don't know -but it is clear that even Amazon's basic price can easily be beaten and the book acquired new for what seems a ridiculous price!.

If anyone is interested in "playing the game" I used "Smiekalbooks". See
UK
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/0007482795/ref=sr_1_1_olp?ie=UTF8&qid=138996 1324&sr=8-1&keywords=memory+of+the+world&condition=new
France
http://www.amazon.fr/gp/offer-listing/0007482795/ref=tmm_gpb_new_olp_sr?ie=UTF8&condi tion=new&qid=1389961870&sr=8-1
Germany
http://www.amazon.de/gp/offer-listing/0007482795/ref=sr_1_1_olp?ie=UTF8&qid=138996242 1&sr=8-1&keywords=memory+of+the+world+collins&condition=new

Author meltwaterfalls
Partaker
#6 | Posted: 17 Jan 2014 10:07 | Edited by: meltwaterfalls 
I'm never sure quite how Market Place sellers are able to come up with such low prices for New Books either. I guess the fact that the main website avoids tax helps it out quite a lot but these sellers must be able to magic up books from thin air!

It is available cheap on the US site aswell:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0007482795/sr=8-1/qid=1389970970/ref=olp_tab_n ew?ie=UTF8&colid=&coliid=&condition=new&me=&qid=1389970970&seller=&sr=8-1

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