Re: NANFA-- Handbook of Darters

Christopher Scharpf (
Tue, 28 Nov 2000 14:11:08 -0400


>Well, after getting your message Bruce, I called TFH Publications. They
>still own the copyright and have "absolutely" no plans to reprint the book.
>Pity. Apparently, Barry Duke is the man to speak with about purchasing the
>copyright. I put in a call to him, but he's out of town for a few days. I
>left my name and number. Don't have any idea whether the copyright would be
>affordable, but it can't hurt to find out.

I see that you're somone who follows through on his desires!

Don't be too despondent, though, that there are no plans to reprint the book.
Dozens of new darter species have been described, and dozens new insights into
darterology have been made, so Page's book -- as well as Keuhne & Barbour's --
are both out-of-date. A reprinting, while it would satisfy the needs of some
collectors, would not be a wise use of time and money.

Be that as it may, there is no need to purchase the copyright to write and
publish a new darter "bible" as long as someone is willing to compile the
information, and a publisher is willing to fund the production. What's more, TFH
is not the exclusive owner of Dr. Page's darter photos. (NANFA supposedly has a
set, which are languishing in the private collection of one member. There was
talk some time ago of that member relinquishing the set so that copies could be
made, but nothing apparently came of it.)

If you want a more up-to-date guide to darters, I'd recommend the various
"Fishes of..." books printed in the last 10 years, especially those for
Virginia, Tennessee and Alabama, and a new on due next year on Mississippi.
Also, American Currents regularly publishes notices of new species and new
aquarium spawnings.

Chris Scharpf

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