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Re: killie books -Scheel Atlas ramble
Unfortunately it is out of print and out of stock most places, I fear.
There were threads, on this list among others. a year or two back, as copies
came up at book discount and clearance stores. Some of the prices were
remarkably modest, Al Anderson mentioned a discount place peddling them at a
tenth of their original list price.
I didn't know of that chain near here or I would have rounded up several
copies. Maybe someone did.
A quick look doesn't show it listed at the TFH book selling affiliate nor in
the back of TFH Magazine.
My favorite book spots www.hamiltonbooks.com (a book remainder seller)
www.half.com and www.abebooks.com didn't even list it.
I'm sure Amazon would put it on your wish list. ;)
Most of the Atlas was written by Scheel by 1985. It was listed on TFH book
lists from 1985 to 1987 when it finally was issued. It has been speculated
that perhaps J.J. Scheel and publisher H.R. Axelrod had different visions of
what it should be like.
In many ways it was an update (long hoped for by killinuts) of the classic
1968 Rivulins of the Old World - ROTOW. Echos of the first masterpiece
The more recent book came to resemble the giant coffee table books so
popular with TFH during that period. It is a breath taking book. If one
tries to read themselves to sleep, one might get clobbered however.
I know our local killie club picked up a copy from TFH several years ago
along with a whole bunch of other stuff as a part of a TFH promotion. Quite
a few regular aquarium societies have a copy.
It also appears in auctions from time to time. When stocks were plentiful
there were AKAers peddling it. I believe I purchased my copy from Dick van
Hyfte a dozen years ago.
There are a few things dated by time and a controversy or two concerning a
couple of Scheel's conclusions (the oeseri - santaisabellae thing and
including Epiplatys in Aplocheilus, and the TFH photo editor messed up some
IDs) but on the whole it is useful. I especially find his accounts of his
experiences with killies, the history of some of the olders hobby strains
and the location maps fascinating.
Well, it's off to the Michiana Killie Karnival in a bit.
All the best!
> I believe you're referring to Atlas of Killifishes of the Old World by
> Scheel. I understand that the book is still in print.
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