Last weekend I drove around Melbourne to visit a few book stores and managed to purchase another James Bond book.
The first store I visited was "Abra Card Abra - Roycroft Antiquarian Booksellers" in Kew. (Sorry, I couldn't decide which photo to use below so I used both).
A while ago the owner decided to move the Bond paperbacks from the paperback section downstairs to the hardback section upstairs. I thought it was an interesting and intelligent move. In fact these are the only paperbacks on the upstairs fiction book shelf.
Unfortunately I had all these books, but this nice first edition of John Gardner's "Icebreaker" was calling my name so I couldn't refuse. It's the second copy of this particular hardback I've bought in as many weeks.
The second store I visited was "Howard Bolton Bookseller" in Northcote.
I always enjoy catching up with Howard and discussing books and book stores. As usual he showed me some Bond books that weren't on his shelves, and I took these photos of a copy of Ian Fleming's "Thrilling Cities" and of the books on his shelves.
Next up on the book hunt was "City Basement Books".
I always walk down the stairs into this store with my fingers crossed. I remember making a number of great purchases in this store when it was located just around the corner on Elizabeth Street. No luck today though.
And now some snaps of other stores I visited during my travels that day.
"Bradstreet's Books", Hawthorn (second-hand)
"Readings", Hawthorn (new books)
"Dymocks", Prahran (new books)
"Readings", Malvern (new books)
"Jeffreys", Malvern (new books)
"Books In Print", Malvern (new books)
"Corner Lamp Books", Moorabbin (second-hand)
"Dymocks", City (new books)
"Kay Craddock Antiquarian Bookseller", City (second-hand)
"Reader's Feast", City (new books)
"The Merchant Of Fairness", Balwyn (second-hand)