Got it. Nothing I say refers to you unless it has your name on it. Collectors want to collect stuff not books unless they collect books (which I do as well). I have always tried to provide information for COLLECTORS who actually can COLLECT items which they find along life’s way.
Practical books for COLLECTORS have items in them which can likely or even possibly be found and collected.
Great scholarly books and there are some to mention which don’t show items which someone might actually find are interesting but of USE to collectors. Doubtfull.
There is a fellow in Europe who I am sure you are aware of who has written super books on ammunition with lots of great photos and information BUT the books are expensive and 95% of the items will NEVER be available to the average collector.
That is who i am; THE AVERAGE COLLECTOR. I want to go to a gun show , cartridge show , flea market , yard sale antique shop and find something.
I want books which teach me about what I am likely to be able to collect.
That’s the point. Tomes of antiquity or contemporary expostulation showing items unlikely to be excountered to COLLECT are of little USE to collectors.
I can see all manner of rare items here in the Smithsonian museums. Few of which can be COLLECTED.
This is one of the reasons why my ammunition display in the Smithsonian has ammunition which people can actually find. It is very popular according to the current and past staff and it is because of these type of comments which I have heard many times while there: " Look son, I have one of those", “that’s the kind of shell your grandfather taught me to shoot with” , " I have seen those at gun shows" ; along that vane.
I have 16th,17th and 18th century manuscripts and publication about the subject of guns and ammunition which are USELESS to cartridge collectors.
Rare , valuable , yes and TOTALLY USELESS to cartridge collectors.
When I take the time to write it is with the goal of promoting COLLECTING AMMUNITION -
I HAVE A LOT OF THIS STUFF TO GET RID OF !
Here is my simple minded philosophy; COLLECTING GOOD - NOT COLLECTING BAD.