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Personal logo sillypoint Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2013 2:05 p.m. PST

Recently, meaning within the last year. I suspect I have an Osprey that I purchased second hand, but cannot confirm as yet, as I haven't been out to the garage to sort out what I already have. The other one is by Archibald Forbes, in that case I can claim it was in a different media, I already had it in electronic format.

Personal logo Pictors Studio Sponsoring Member of TMP03 Jan 2013 2:22 p.m. PST

I have bought a few of books that I already had. Only one time was it not part of a larger collection of books that I bought for a fixed price. That was a book that was in the new section about a subject that I enjoy reading about but rarely find books on. I snapped it up and didn't even really look at it because I was there to buy something else anyway and was in a hurry. The cover was completely different and it was in a different size and so forth but it was just a republication of another book that I had. I realized it soon after I got to my destination and returned it.

galvinm Inactive Member03 Jan 2013 2:26 p.m. PST

The wife just picked up the Pacific war by Bywater for me for Christmas. I already had it.

Huscarle03 Jan 2013 2:26 p.m. PST

It happens occasionally, last year I picked up at least 2 novels that I already have Cornwell's "The Lords of the North" (already had it in h/b) & Saylor's "The Triumph of Caesar".
What's worse is when a novel gets rebadged with a new title; I know that I have a few duplicate sci-fi novels with that problem.

MajorB03 Jan 2013 2:48 p.m. PST

"Recently acquired a book you already have?"

No. Why on earth would I do that?

Sundance Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2013 2:57 p.m. PST

Not in the last year, but yes, I do occasionally buy a book I already have.

GoneNow Inactive Member03 Jan 2013 3:13 p.m. PST

I just ordered a copy of Warhammer Fantasy Battles 5th edition ("Herohammer") because my original copy is back in Minnesota. Does that count?

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2013 3:15 p.m. PST

I did that a few years ago with The Dragon and the George. I hadn't remembered reading it and knew that I had wanted to, and spotted it in a used bookstore. I got started on it, stopped a bit of the ways in, thinking, "Hang on… this is familiar…" and searched in my old books. There it was, same edition.

I also recently added a new book to a series I had, left it in an odd place, and picked up the previous book, thinking it was the new one. Again, I got into the first two chapters, thought, "Hang on…" and went searching and found the new book. But I needed to re-read the old one, as I had gotten muddled on what had happened to lead into the new book.

Personal logo The Tin Dictator Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2013 3:24 p.m. PST

Not on purpose.

I did it by accident with a couple Ospreys.
The interiors of the books are the same but the covers are different. Annoying.

I have received gifts of books I already have.
They generally get passed on to someone else.

richarDISNEY Inactive Member03 Jan 2013 3:42 p.m. PST

The Keep by F Paul Wilson and
Star Wars:Galaxy of Fear:Eaten Alive (kids book and I don't remember the author)

14Bore03 Jan 2013 3:51 p.m. PST

A Napoleonic title but they are in my outbuilding and don't remember which without seeing them. It had different cover, and title maybe.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2013 4:30 p.m. PST

Accidently, once or twice.

ashauace6970 Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2013 4:37 p.m. PST

Have done this 2x

MAD MIKE Inactive Member03 Jan 2013 6:01 p.m. PST

I recently sorted and culled my books for donation to a local charity. I found 5 duplicates and one triplicate (books on the Templars,with 3 different covers). No big deal as most had been bought from the bargain shelf at local bookstore for less than $10.00 USD

John Leahy03 Jan 2013 6:12 p.m. PST

I do it. Either I have worn out the previous version ala my 7 VnB 1st edition rulebooks or I simply can't find my current copy and I REALLY need it. My buddy Cincinnatus knows I do that semi-regularly.



SECURITY MINISTER CRITTER Inactive Member03 Jan 2013 10:23 p.m. PST

I did it the other day. I got a Poul Anderson that I had already read.

bsrlee03 Jan 2013 10:40 p.m. PST

I tried to do that with John Ringo's Queen of Wands in HB, but the local shop had run out of copies & had forgotten that I had already bought it there, tried Amazon, then found my copy on the 'to read' pile & was able to cancel the Amazon order in time.

Have done it several times with DVD's.

Martin Rapier04 Jan 2013 7:17 a.m. PST

Yes, I have done that. I also buy books which my wife has (the curse of Kindle) and re-buy books I used to have but sold and now regret selling.

It took me ages to rebuild my set of 'Tank Battles in Miniature'.

The record for numbers of copies of the same book in our house is five, Lord of the Rings. Mine and my wifes dog eared copies from the early 1970s, a newer and less knackered version and both the girls copies. There also multiple copies of the various Harry Potter tomes.

vojvoda Inactive Member04 Jan 2013 11:00 a.m. PST

Maybe in the last 30 plus years two or three times. My ACW book library is over 500 books and ancients and Napoleonics about 1/2 that. It is rare that I do not check my access database when I see a new title or good deal on TMP or other hobby sites.

James Mattes

boy wundyr x Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2013 4:50 p.m. PST

Just recently I picked up "The Coming of the Terrans" by Leigh Brackett at a used book shop. Turns out I had it already but with a much different cover; the second one is a 1950s vintage paperback, the first is a 1960s vintage with a real hippie cover. I like the 1950s more, so it'll stay.

I also have a couple of duplicates of books in the Horseclans series, the problem there is they're so rare to find in used book stores that I default to buying whatever's available and sorting them out later. Now that my collection is getting bigger, I'll need to stick a list in my pocket, it helped with my Burroughs collection.

What worries me is that a couple of years ago I had an uncle pass away, and while cleaning out the disaster of a house we regularly found two copies of books, usually both apparently unread. So now whenever I realize I've just duplicated something, I worry that I'm pulling an "Uncle Jack" and it's the first sign of craziness.

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