The saddest news of late is that Hubert Berti recently passed away. Not everyone may be familiar with Ancre Books, but he published several titles including ones that he collaborated on. Titles include Jean Boudriout’s work on the French 74 Gun Ship: Vaisseau de 74 Canons 1780; his monograph on the Bonhomme Richard: Monographie du Bonhomme Richard – 1779; and many others.
I’m not sure if Mr. Berti had been ill, but it might explain a problem I’ve been having with an order I’d placed a couple months ago. Fortunately, it seems that his son Didier Berti is taking care of the business now. With Mr. Hubert Berti gone, hopefully his son will allow us to continue to access the wonderful work his father produced.
For those interest in the Ancre titles, you can review and order them online. It is in French, but most of the content of the site can be accessed in English as well: http://ancre.fr