Sunday, April 23, 2023

New "Dr No" ESL Copy

Like all book collectors there are several books in my collection that I hope to eventually upgrade to a better copy.  One of those is an ESL (English second language) copy of "Dr No" published by Hutchinson Bulls-Eye as it has several creases down the centre of the front cover.  So when I saw a cheap copy of the same book for sale online the other day I snapped it up.  Free postage was a bonus, probably because the book is so thin.

My new copy arrived last week.

Here's a photo of both copies, the copy on the left with the obvious cover creases.  I have also updated the cover image on  I'm glad to no longer have to search for this cover now.

Saturday, April 08, 2023

A Box Of James Bond Box Sets

My previous post mentioned a box that I'd recently received in the mail containing two English second language James Bond books.  Well there were three other items in the same box and these were considerably more exciting.  

All three are Bond box sets.  The first is the rarest, a slipcase containing four titles published by Pan Books in 1973.  The books are part of the Still Life series.  The slipcase reads "Four Famous James Bond Thrillers".  The titles are "Casino Royale", "From Russia With Love", "Dr No" and "Goldfinger".   The slipcase does not have an ISBN.

The second and third box sets were released by Triad.  The set in the left of the photo contains six Triad Panther titles - "Live And Let Die", "From Russia With Love", "Goldfinger", "You Only Live Twice", "The Man With The Golden Gun" and "Octopussy And The Living Daylights".  The set on the right contains four Triad Granada titles - "Live And Let Die", "Goldfinger", "The Man With The Golden Gun" and "Octopussy And The Living Daylights".  Both sets are part of the Girls On Guns series and the slipcases read "Bond 007".  The six book set has an ISBN 0 586 04820 0.  The four book set has an ISBN 0 586 05691 2.

All three box sets are difficult to find.  In fact I've been looking for the Pan Books slipcase for over 20 years, so it's great to finally add them all to my collection.  More details can be found here along with the other box sets I own.