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Viewing Topic "When's 'Durnford's Last Stand !' Released Osprey ?"
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Posted by: Equaliser Hope Xmas and New Year went well for all.

I ask this, as a question on a Zulu War forum has raised the question again, of how come Durnford being the senior commander at Isandhlwana, never had any contemporary paintings done of him on the battlefield. Not even appearing on the front cover of any Isandhlwana books, even just putting the fresh title - Durnford's Last Stand ! - as a subheading on the front covers ? The 24th weren't the only ones there, which some tend to forget. Or even the title - Go Tell The Spartans - in reference to the stand(s) made by those who held their ground against impossible odds.

Come on Osprey, let's change publishing history and get the good Col. Durnford on the front cover, or at least the mention of his stand.

He is the most talked about participant on the battlefield, so should be where all can see on the bookshelves, whether they consider him a hero or villain !
Posted on: 07/01/2015 15:07:00

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Posted by: AdamC
Total Posts: 273
Joined Date: Thursday, 22 January 2009
Please will you stop bangging on about this mate! This is at least the third time you have posted this or similar requests. I doubt very much that Osprey is going to go to the time and considrconsiderable expense of re-titling books just to satisfy small groups of personality champions who feel that history has given their chosen hero a rough time! It's just not economically viable. I don't want to fall out with you or anybody else on this forum but seeing the same poster posting essentially the same post over and over again gets very tedious for other readers. You have made your point (three times intact!) now please leave it at that!
Posted on: 07/01/2015 17:07:00
Posted by: Equaliser
Total Posts: 43
Joined Date: Friday, 24 February 2012
No probs.

Yes, it must be about the 3rd time, but the first of 2015 ;)

You don't get if you don't ask. You don't get if you do ask (several times).

No harm in asking, as topic clearly titled, if wishing to avoid.

Osprey is always looking for suggestions, just updating that the question isn't only asked by one person.

It's not the first time the same book has changed its cover, Osprey mentioning about freshening any titles bring reprinted.

No point in falling out over what is a very minor subject indeed, interesting only to few.

Osprey listens, where many other book publishers may not.




Posted on: 07/01/2015 17:27:00
Posted by: Mike @ Osprey
Total Posts: 33
Joined Date: Thursday, 11 September 2008
I think I possibly addressed this in a previous forum reply - whilst we greatly admire your passion for this the truth is that there would not be any clear business reason for doing this - the time and costs would outweigh any potential sales benefits, and we have to consider customers who already own the book, we wouldn't want them to mistakenly purchase the same title again, lured into the mistake by new cover art or a new subtitle.
Posted on: 08/01/2015 10:49:00
Posted by: Equaliser
Total Posts: 43
Joined Date: Friday, 24 February 2012
Thanks.

Yes, I appreciate you responding again. I'm always hoping that authors/publishers considering new Isandhlwana titles, acknowledge the fact that the study of this campaign has become a bit stale, and that altering a few aspects might give a fresh appeal to the subject, at least on said new books, to those already interested or more so, those who are themselves just beginning to study it. A different look or approach might help in this process.
Posted on: 08/01/2015 14:25:00
Posted by: Alex E
Total Posts: 4
Joined Date: Sunday, 16 November 2014
I think the answer is 'No - and stop asking'

Posted on: 08/01/2015 17:57:00
Posted by: Equaliser
Total Posts: 43
Joined Date: Friday, 24 February 2012
I know it is. Post unnecessary, as topic was finished after answer was given by Osprey, and my acknowledging of said reply.
Posted on: 08/01/2015 18:10:00
Posted by: Alex E
Total Posts: 4
Joined Date: Sunday, 16 November 2014
Well, excuse me for making an unnecessary post.
Posted on: 08/01/2015 18:57:00
Posted by: Equaliser
Total Posts: 43
Joined Date: Friday, 24 February 2012
More topic-related would have been better. For instance, I recently obtained a copy of Campaign 14: Zulu War 1879 - Twilight Of A Warrior Nation. Disappointingly, it didn't have the colourful front cover that I'm sure was on the previous copy I had, but a black-and-white contemporary image of charging Zulus, unlike the usual colour plates, 3D maps, which caught your eye on bookshelves. Not sure which image was used first and why it was changed, being the same book. Maybe I'm mistaken and it isn't the same book, but if it is, it demonstrates covers can/do get altered in a reprint.
Posted on: 08/01/2015 19:27:00

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