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Index Set (1)-(133)
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Index Set (1)-(133)


Four detailed Descent indexes in a set, covering issues (1) to (133), 1969 to 1996

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Four Descent indexes covering issues (1) to (133)

Descent is partially indexed in minute detail. The first part of the project indexed all issues from (1) to (100), covering the years between 1969 and 1991 in a single A4, 56 page publication with 50,000 page numbers in over 10,000 categories in the subject section alone.

The second index to be produced covered the following ten issues, (101) to (110) and subsequent publications were then written, to match a two-year cycle of Descent and were thus suited for binding with the issues they cover: (110) to (121) for 1993 to 1994 and (122) to (133) for 1995 to 1996. The project is ongoing.

The indexes are incredibly detailed, with separate sections covering authors of short reports, main articles and letters, correspondents, cover photographs and photographers, surveys and, of course, a complete subject index to both caves and mines mentioned in Descent as well as many general topics such as rescue and conservation. These are not merely contents lists as are sometimes issued in the guise of indexes, they are truly a major research tool that you should not do without.

Other available indexes

Online searchable indexes to authors, surveys and obituaries in Descent


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Set of four indexes
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Set of four indexes, 1969-1996
Chris Howes

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We regret that due to the volatility of Royal Mail postage charges, we have been forced to remove the option for two-year subscriptions. We have also been forced to remove the option for economy mail to the EU, given indications that Royal Mail intends to remove this service.

All international mail is now being despatched in paper wrapping using Royal Mail customs and address labels mandated by them. We also regret this means we can no longer indicate the last issue of your subscription on the mailing sheet or supply a reminder to renew with the final edition. Please track your own subscription ending or check with us at any time. Subscriptions begun since September 2021 have a comment added in your account (under the tab for the order) which records the final issue to be supplied.


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Ideally, the VAT should be paid at the point of posting, but doing so requires registration with an agent to handle the payments, and this is incredibly expensive and not financially viable. To be clear, all small publishers in the UK are in the same position and we are unable to post any items to the EU with VAT or other duties paid.

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We apologise for the situation, but it is outside our control. We will maintain a link from the left-hand column on the home page with the latest updates. If you are an existing subscriber to Descent and have not replied yet to our enquiries concerning your deliveries, please make contact.

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Index Set (1)-(133)

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