JerseyCity Frankie Posted December 19, 2014 Share #1 Posted December 19, 2014 Apologies if this topic is not a new one. I wanted to start discussion about the Conway Anatomy of the Ship series of books. I think they represent a great resource for ship model builders and are worthy of a discussion. I see the titles appear one at a time in some posts here on Books and Publications but I am interested in some general sharing of knowledge among those who have the books and those who have questions about specific titles. If the idea of this topic is too broad or if the mods think it is covering a topic already discussed I hope they will delete this thread. I have six volumes so far and I would like to collect them all. The original three I acquired were all second editions published in England by Conway in 2001 and 2003. These were The Pandora The Bounty and The Endavour. They have a silver background to the cover art and each has a two sided dust jacket with a large fold out ship diagram on the reverse. A note on the covers states “Complete with fold out plan”. The other three I acquired online and all three of these were published by the Naval Institute Press for North American distribution. These were The Diana The Bellona and The Blandford. Each of these had a white background to their cover art and none of them have the large fold out plan. I was a bit let down when I discovered the Naval Institute Press editions I had did not include the nice feature of the fold out plan. Which makes me ask the question, did the original Conway published editions have the plan? Since I only have three of the NIP editions I do not know if other titles have published by NIP have or do not have the fold out plan, or for that matter if all the Conway U.K. published titles originally had the plans. Or perhaps only a few of them did. Anyone have a Bellona Diana or a Blandford with a fold out plan? Another curious thing about these books is their dramatic price differences when found online. http://www.conwaypublishing.com/?s=anatomy Conway (now an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing) has a paperback HMS Victory! Are there/were there other paperback editions? The Conway website oddly also has Pandora listed twice for no discernable reason. There are only a few titles from the series available here. Are the rest out of print? On Ebay some of the titles are less than twenty dollars while others top one hundred, sometimes under the same title. Some of this skewing must be attributed to the varying expectations of the sellers, but is there more at work? Are some genuinely harder to come by? I quick search for “Naval Cutter Alert” reveals prices between $50 and $104. That’s all I have for now but the discussion of these books could go on since each was written by a different person and there is significant variation in the type of content included. They all have drawings but some have more rigging information than others, I note. Would love to hear the personal experiences of the Model Ship World people. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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