Thursday, May 17, 2018

The Great Collectors Heaven Fair 2018

The Great Collectors Heaven Fair took place a couple of weeks ago.  So early that Sunday morning I lined up outside the Malvern Town Hall with tens of other people on the hunt for collectables... in my case James Bond books.

While scouring the stalls I noticed many Bond toys, swap cards and even daybill posters for sale. Fortunately there were three stalls selling Bond paperbacks.  Here's some photos of the books:

Yes, those books are on the floor in the last photo.  But fear not because the Still Life series version of "Moonraker" on the right was in such good condition that I purchased it anyway.  It was a slightly better version than the copy I already had in my collection.

Monday, April 30, 2018

James Bond Box Set Arrives

For some time now I've been searching for a Toby McFarlan Pond "Abstract Art Series" box set published by Penguin in 2004.  A few weeks ago I noticed an unopened set for sale on the internet for a great price.  So I purchased it and today it arrived in the mail.
The seller was located in the US, and despite the set having to travel half-way around the world it was really well packaged and arrived undamaged.  From a rough mental count this is my eighth box set of James Bond novels, but the hunt continues for more...

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Weekend In The City

I've just spent a relaxing weekend in the City with my wife.  Although 'relaxing' probably isn't the most appropriate word to use considering we rarely sat down.  We spent one night with some friends, visited the optical illusions ArtVo, walked around the City, ate at some great restaurants and attended the closing night of the Melbourne Comedy Festival.

On Saturday we visited the Astor Movie Market where I saw a few nice Bond items for sale, although I didn't purchase anything.

Yesterday (Sunday) we visited the Dymocks store on Collins Street.  There were plenty of Bond novels on the shelves although no copies of the "Casino Royale" that cross promotes the new Bond novel by Anthony Horowitz "Forever And A Day".  I'll have to keep my eyes open closer to the release date.  It was also good to see some major work being done on improving the store.

We also visited City Basement Books.  They had a Cape hardback version of Gardner's "For Special Sevices" and a paperback Faulk's "Devil May Care".

Finally, here's a couple more snaps of Melbourne...
Etihad Stadium in the Docklands
The Yarra looking toward the lights of the MCG (an AFL game was in progress)
The Town Hall clocktower from our hotel window
Looking toward Bolte Bridge, again in the Docklands

Monday, April 09, 2018

A Sad Visit To Northcote

On Friday afternoon I drove to Northcote to visit a couple of secondhand book stores on High Street; Allsorts Secondhand Books and Brown & Bunting Booksellers.

While I parked the car I noticed a sign on the front window of Allsorts.  As I walked toward the store the sign became more obvious - "For Lease".  Allsorts Secondhand Books has closed.
I couldn't believe it.  Not even a book shelf remained.
I last visited Allsorts back in October last year.  The shop was full of books, and Paul was sitting behind his counter reading, always ready to offer assistance at a moment's notice.

Here's some photos from last October.  I could only find these two Bonds on the shelves.
Allsorts was a great book store.  It had a huge variety of books and they were disorganised enough to offer hope that you might find a gem or two after a bit of book shuffling.  Many years ago I found this Pan misprint copy of "On Her Majestys Secret Service" in this very shop (sorry, I know I've mentioned this book before but I wouldn't have this book if not for Allsorts Books).
Sadly this book store is no more.  But I'm sure every person who visited found a great book or has fond memories.

Here's a few more photos I've downloaded from earlier posts on this blog.  Here's Paul...
And here's a couple of snaps of inside the store...

Thankyou Paul.  I trust you are well and wish you all the best for the future.

As I said I also visited Brown & Bunting Booksellers.  As you can see there were a few Bonds on the shelf and I upgraded my copy of the Triad-Granada version of "Diamonds Are Forever".

Just as a late addition to this blog post, today I found this article published in April 2013 on a site called Weekend Notes about Allsorts Secondhand Books.  It's very complementary

Friday, March 30, 2018

Ferny Creek Collectables And Book Fair - Easter 2018

I have just left the Seventh Annual Ferny Creek Collectables and Book Fair in the Dandenongs and am sitting in my car in the carpark writing this post before returning home.

I arrived at 9am and immediately started browsing among the many stalls inside the hall.  Along with books the stalls also sell trading cards, souvenirs, jewellery, clothes, toys, comics... and I even saw some rear lights from a 1950's car.  Basically you name it it's probably here.

In my hunt for James Bond collectables I managed to find a couple of paperbacks as well as three Ian Fleming - Jonathan Capes, one of which was a "Dr No" first.  I purchased the copy of "Moonraker" shown.  It's a Re-Issued copy from 1958.

Here's some more snaps I took.  The fair continues today until 4pm and then tomorrow from 9am to 4pm.  Happy hunting!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Collectables And Book Fair This Easter Weekend

The Seventh Annual Ferny Creek Collectables and Book Fair is being held this Easter weekend. If you live in Melbourne (Oz) or happen to be visiting Victoria it'll definitely be worth a visit. It's being held in Ferny Creek in the Dandenongs, starting at 9am and finishing at 4pm both days.  Hopefully see you there

Friday, March 16, 2018

Large Print Michael Gillette Series

For several years now I've been collecting the Large Print series of Ian Fleming novels published by Clipper around 2006.

After much searching I recently managed to find a copy of "Live And Let Die" which brought my collection to 11 different titles out of 14.

Just a few weeks later I found a book lot for sale on the web that included 2 more titles I required; "Moonraker" and "For Your Eyes Only".  Unfortunately the seller wouldn't separate the 2 titles I needed from the 10 books in the lot for sale, so I also acquired a few duplicates.

But the exciting thing is now I've just one title to find to complete this set of covers created by Michael Gillette.  And when I do find it I'll add the first set of Large Print paperback covers to