Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The Good & The Bad

I've been searching for a trade size edition of Kate Westbrook's "The Moneypenny Diaries - Secret Servant", published by John Murray in 2006, for several years now.  So when I discovered a secondhand bookstore in Queensland (Lawnton Books) had a copy I immediately purchased it.  The book arrived in the mail today.  It's the first new Bond cover I'll be adding to in 2018.

Earlier today I visited "Out Of Print Books etc" in Caulfield and found that the store is closing down as the owner, Ken, is retiring. I've been visiting Ken's store for over a decade and have purchased many books from him. I'm very happy for Ken but it's still sad to lose another secondhand book store in Melbourne.

When I visited today the usual pile of Bond paperbacks had already been sold. However I uncovered a copy of Kate Westbrook's "The Moneypenny Diaries - Guardian Angel", published by John Murray in 2005. I already had this book in my collection but this copy was in too good condition to refuse.  Ken also allowed me to take a couple of photos of inside his store for posterity's sake.

To celebrate his retirement Ken has discounted all his stock by 50%. Congrats Ken and all the best for the future.

So overall some good and bad news, and by a strange coincidence I acquired two trade size "Moneypenny Diaries" paperbacks on the same day.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Pix Gloria Website Launched Six Years Ago Today

I've been very slack in my blog posts these last few months however today is the sixth anniversary of the launch of so I thought I'd add a post for this special occasion.

During the last six years there have been 17,882 visitors to which is really pleasing.  While the number of visitors has fallen from 3,380 in 2016 to 2,107 in 2017 I'm still very happy with the numbers.

As always I'd like to add a brief analysis of the stats:

- The average number of pages viewed per visit has risen from 6.84 in 2016 to 8.45 in 2017
- The overall number of page views fell from 39,385 in 2016 to 31,990 in 2017
- The average time spent on the site has risen from 3:01 minutes in 2016 to 3:17 minutes in 2017.  In 2012 the average was 4:43 minutes per visit/session but the site was new back then.

Here's the graphs:
So in summary I'd like to thank everyone who has taken time to visit both the Collecting Piz Gloria blog (sorry again for my slack-ness this past year) and the website. Your continued support is greatly appreciated.

Cheers Baz

Friday, July 28, 2017

Quick City Book Hunt

I'm just sitting at Flinders Street Station waiting for my train after a quick trip to the City to pick up some stuff.

I first made my way to the Saturday Book Market at Fed. Square where one stall had four Ian Fleming - Jonathan Cape hardbacks for sale.

Then Kay Kraddock Antiquarian Booksellers where I found another Fleming - Cape. 

I decided not to purchase any of the hardbacks however it's not everyday you see five Fleming - Capes for sale, all published in the 1960s.

Here's some other snaps I took today:
Side of the Forum Theatre with Fed. Square

Melbourne P.O. clock tower

New safety bollard covered in Lego by an anonymous artist

Some vintage buildings on Queen St

Side view of Flinders Street Station during renovations

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Weekend Book Fairs

Ok, it's been a while since I last posted on this blog.  My wife and I have been back in Oz for almost a month now after our fantastic time in Europe. 

It's certainly been busy since our return, however I'll be sure to complete my other blog entries from the trip with many still existing at the moment as drafts.

Anyway, last Saturday I got up early and visited the Oakleigh Anglican Church annual book fair.  Unfortunately I found no Bonds but it's always good to visit, especially as it's for charity.

Then I, along with my wife, her sister and parents drove to Yarragon in Gippsland for the annual country fire brigade book fair.  My wife and I visit this one every year and I've been fortunate in the past to find a couple of books there.

When we arrived at the hall in Yarragon it was packed with books and book hunters.
I managed to find seven Bond paperbacks amongst the thousands...
... and before I left I felt compelled to group them all together for another Bond collector to discover as I had them all.

No luck this year but I'll be back again next year with my fingers crossed.

Friday, May 26, 2017

European Vacation - Northern Ireland - Belfast

The next stop on our European holiday was Belfast in Northern Ireland.  It was certainly strange to go from metric street signs to imperial ones as we crossed the soft border in our rental car.  And the same freeway from Dublin suddenly contained tractors, public buses and even garbage trucks stopping beside houses with their driveways adjoining the road.

As we had arrived late into Belfast, due to our stop in Newgrange, the book stores I intended to visit were already closed.  We visited the Giant's Causeway the next day so it was only on the morning before we caught our ferry from Belfast, NI to Cairnryan, Scotland that I was able to visit the three stores all located on Botanic Street.

The first was the charity book store War On Want, where I spoke to Tony, a volunteer, who was running the store today.  The store was really well categorised but to save time I asked him if he knew if there were any Bonds on the shelves.  He replied that they were not very common and he hadn't seen a Bond book in a while.  There were plenty of other great books to buy though. 

I then crossed the road to Oxfam Books, another charity store (if only we had charlty stores in Oz that specifically sold books!), and spoke to the volunteer there.  This time he told me they did have some Bonds and I took some photos but unfortunaly I had them all.

Finally I visited the new kid on the block.  No Alibis Bookstore has only been open for couple of months and is a great little store.  It sells crime, noir and thrillers (my words not theirs) and the books are both new and second-hand.  I found the owner very friendly and I hope he does well with his new venture.  This street seems to be a very lively and happening part of Belfast and the location of the three book stores so close together won't hurt either for other book collectors like me.

And finally some more photos from our holiday:

The Giant's Causeway (this place is amazing !)

Ulster memorial to "The Troubles"