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)
That Icebreaker first (which I have and see everywhere) looks in great nick. So did that Role of Honor first (which I don't have and never see anywhere) in the last post. Nice finds.
I need the Triad "Girls on Guns" Colonel Sun shown in the Northcote store picture to complete the set. Might go down and get it.
Excellent Luke. Perhaps just confirm it's there first just in case. And please say Hi to Howard for me. Also, don't forget to ask him about his hidden stash of Bonds. Good luck and let me know how you go.
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