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  • #1467827
    apracing
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    I’ve just been to visit a friend who, for emergency family reasons, will shortly be leaving his home and moving to a much smaller property 200 miles away. He has an almost full collection of Timeform Annuals, from Best Horses of 1943, up to Racehorses of 2014, along with Chasers and Hurdlers book as well.

    If I have the info right, his flat collection is only missing two years, 1949 and 1951. He can’t take these with him and his current plan is a visit to the local tip. He’s not interested in the money he might get for the collection, his priorities at present lie elsewhere. They are available free of charge to a good home.

    Does anybody know of a library, racing institution, bookseller, or individual that would be willing to collect these books from him – or from me if it can’t be done before he moves in two weeks.

    #1467833
    GingertipsterGingertipster
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    Hi AP,
    As already a Timeform addict I do already have Timeform Racehorses back to 1984 and Chasers And Hurdlers back to 1984/85. This collection you’re trying to find a home for would be better in a library or racing institution. But if nobody else comes forward – as an individual – and to save these great books from the tip I could give them a home in Wiltshire; if needed/if a better home can not be found.

    value is everything
    #1467836
    apracing
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    Thanks Mark – I’ll update any progress on here.

    #1467837
    Marginal Value
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    I have a collection of Racehorses back to 1953 and Chasers & Hurdlers back to 1975/76, otherwise I would be in like a shot to give them a new home. Can I suggest that a public library may not be a secure place for them, because from time to time they are subjected to budget cuts and have to get rid of books. Even specialist horse racing book sellers might be tempted to break up what appears to be a nearly complete collection, which would be a shame. It might be worthwhile contacting Jack Berry House, John Oaksey House or Sir Peter O’Sullevan House to see if they would welcome such a collection, or indeed the Injured Jockeys Fund itself, so that the books can be kept together and be accessible to a wide range of people associated with the sport..

    #1467838
    DroneDrone
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    In the rather unlikely event that there are no takers for the collection then please don’t let them end up in the paper recycling skip. Any secondhand bookshop or charity shop would gladly take them

    Being a mercenary sort of chap in constant need of filthy lucre I sold what I could of my Timeforms and Wisdens on eBay but gave what was unsold to charidee

    Those lovely Timeform annuals would do credit to the Folio Society’s immaculate publications: most attractive ornaments even if largely unread, save for the occasional pleasing olfactory waft garnered by a flick of the pages. It’s interesting how the scent of 90gsm Wove subtly changes over the years

    #1467845
    apracing
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    M V,

    Thanks – my friend has put out a feeler to the IJF, but no bites so far.

    Drone,

    I’ll ensure they don’t end up at the tip, one way or another.

    #1467860
    The Tatling Cheekily
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    Not the case I’m afraid Drone, I volunteer in two Charity shops and if ANY book donated has ANY superficial marks, they do not get resold and end up in recycling. I’ve seen things lobbed which would break your heart.

    #1467883
    Bachelors HallBachelors Hall
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    I have started my collection and currently own the Chasers and Hurdlers from 1975/76 to 1990/91 inclusive, along with 93/94, 96/97, 00/01 and 01/02. I also have Racehorses 65, 72, 73, 74, 76 and 84.

    I am currently in Greater Manchester but if P&P can be figured out (which I would be more than happy to cover) then I would be chuffed to fill the gaps in my collection and leave the rest to help fill the gaps in others.

    #1467896
    apracing
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    Thank you all for your offers, including those sent via the message system, and I apologise if I’ve messed up my replies to those messages, as I haven’t used that before on here and found it a tad confusing.

    The upshot is that I have a firm offer to collect and take over the entire collection, and as soon as the details have been agreed. I’ll identify the recipient on here.

    AP

    #1467903
    Blackcountry Kid
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    PLEASE…PLEASE don’t allow these books to be disposed of as unwanted rubbish.
    I personally heve Racehorse annuals from 1979 and every year since as well as a few of the early Chasers & Hurdlers.If a home within the sport can’t be found to preserve this,maybe, unique collection I would take some or all just to keep it intact.
    Have you tried asking Timeform themselves if they would be interested in taking custody until they can pass them on to others?
    Although I don’t have my own transport I would be willing to take them if suitable arrangements could be made.

    #1469002
    llanrumneyboy
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    There is currently an auction with Graham Budd that has
    lot numbers 112 and 113 relating to Timeform books:-

    https://www.grahambuddauctions.co.uk/Sporting-Memorabilia-Day-One/2019-11-04?gridtype=gridview

    #1470218
    steeplechasingsteeplechasing
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    If whoever the lucky recipient is finds him or herself with a few duplicates, I’d be happy to hear what those are. It would help fill holes in my collection. If for some reason the deal already agreed falls through, I’d be glad to take the lot.

    Never argue with a fool. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience, then onlookers might not be able to tell the difference. https://lazybet.com/

    #1470432
    apracing
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    With everything now finalised, I’m pleased to confirm that the entire collection, with the approval of the current owner, will be taken over by David Cormack. He happens to be in the area to attend the Ascot meeting on Saturday, and in the best traditions of John Le Carre, we’ve arranged to meet at the Chievely Services on the M4 to carry out the transfer. I will be the lone male sat in the Costa Coffee shop, wearing dark glasses and holding a copy of Racehorses of 1984!

    Although we’ve corresponded many times via this forum and by email, and David once stood in for me as owner when one of my horses ran at Musselburgh, we’ve never met before, and I’m looking forward to talking with him on Saturday.

    My thanks to all who expressed an interest, far more than I’d ever expected when I started the thread, and apologies to those that have been disappointed.

    AP

    #1470451
    adminadmin
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    Much appreciated Alan – I am conscious there was quite a bit of interest in the books so I do consider myself fortunate and privileged to become their custodian.
    They’ll be looked after, looked at and much treasured.

    David

    #1470456
    GingertipsterGingertipster
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    Pleased they’ve gone to such a worthwhile home.
    Enjoy reading, David. :good:

    value is everything
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