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I need the help of someone in Germany, so where better to turn than EuroGA with its wonderful German readership. Warning, this isn’t in the least bit aviation related.

I wanted to buy a German dictionary for the 18th birthday of the daughter of a close family friend. I had in mind an old one; think leather-bound, well thumbed, and one that was purely German, rather than English – German. Ideally it would be both antique and yet useable in her linguistic studies (she’s doing in a degree in comparative literature). In a large London bookshop I found what looked like a wonderful old tome, more than 100 years old, yet inexpensive and practical seeming. Only after I got it home did I realise that all of non German stuff that I saw when I glanced inside wasn’t in fact a pronunciation guide as I had assumed, but actual Greek words. I know how daft it sounds but it turns out it’s a German – Greek dictionary.

I’ve looked online on English-based websites like ebay UK, but not found anything suitable. So, if you live in Germany, the next time you’re passing by a shop selling antique books, could you pop in and see if they have a German dictionary that meets the above requirements? I’d happily pay up to say €50, plus shipping to the UK.

Thanks!

Administrator
EGTR / London, United Kingdom

I have two or three antique bookstores nearby. I’ll drop by tomorrow and ask them, maybe they can recommend something.

mh
Inside the sky.
EDXE, EDXF, Germany

Fantastic! Thank you.

Administrator
EGTR / London, United Kingdom

Sorry, traveling abroad. But if I see something after my return to Munich, I’ll let you know.

David wrote:

Warning, this isn’t in the least bit aviation related.

I believe an administrator should remove this thread, as it is in violation of the forum rules:

David wrote:

As Bosco says, Hangar Talk is really for discussing matters related to aviation which don’t fit neatly in one of the other topics.

(quoted from: http://www.euroga.org/forums/website/5137-moving-or-deleting-unrelated-posts)

Sorry, sorry – couldn’t resist. I better run…

mh wrote:

I have two or three antique bookstores nearby. I’ll drop by tomorrow and ask them, maybe they can recommend something.

If Malte doesn’t find what you’re looking for, I can look as well. Maybe if @boscomantico could point me to the best antique book shop in Lübeck’s old town, that would be good euroga team work… I’ll be there until Thursday.

Essen-Mülheim (EDLE), Düsseldorf (EDDL), Paderborn (EDLP), Mönchengladbach (EDLN), Germany

I am back on my Nokia Symbian phone so I can’t do anything, sorry…

Administrator
Shoreham EGKA, United Kingdom

I have been in one of the stores I mentioned today. He has none of the possible dictionaries, but would have some books on idioms or poetry… And he did have a nice book on Hugo Junkers, that I have bought (I hope that isn’t a trend, would get expensive :-) ) The shop owner did mention the Kluge (the second link Achim mentioned).

The other store I had in mind was closed so I’ll drop by tomorrow. The third one turned into some sort of game shop (Warhammer store ro something like that… hope that isn’t a trend to close bookstores for plastic figure shops… )

mh
Inside the sky.
EDXE, EDXF, Germany

I am sorry for the delay, but first the shop owner was on holiday and then I had too much work during opening hours. He has just one complete (etymological) dictionary in two volumes for at least 140€. Other than that, he has no dictionaries or etymological dictionaries.

However, I passed a free public book shelf and found this. I can send it to you for shipping, if you are interested:





Granted, it’s literature and nothing for comparative language studies, but sure an important part of German culture and language.

mh
Inside the sky.
EDXE, EDXF, Germany

David, would your relation be interested in a dictionary of Dutch language, dated 1946? If so please PM, it is a bit of a peculiar story.

EBZH Kiewit, Belgium
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