September 7th, 2004

Mmm... tasty...

It's not often you see books turning up on Ebay from the author's personal library. (Well, maybe it is and I've just not spotted them previously.) Last night, a bunch of John Brunner books finished their auctions, all signed by Brunner and many with his personal bookplate in. Since DodgyLodger and I are both Brunner fans, we bid on a dozen or so and won about half of those; now we'll have to enter some protracted negotations about who gets which of them, and who gets to read which first. Brunner being a prolific author (to put it mildly), neither of us happen to have read any of the six before.

I wouldn't have known they were there but for a link someone posted on LJ to this item (a first edition of Terry Pratchett's Light Fantastic, signed and dedicated to Brunner). I'll just lust after that one rather than bidding on it, since bidding's already reached £720 and I expect it to go a lot higher -- on the few occasions I've seen first editions of LF for sale in the past few years, the price has gone well into four figures.

Some go in, some go out

Those nice people at the Cancer Research UK shop in Epsom are sending someone round tomorrow afternoon to pick up a bunch of books I've not been able to shift at car boot sales; it isn't worth me keeping them to try again (diminishing returns and all that). I thought I'd give them a chance since the Oxfam shop in Ewell has had everything else just lately. Fourteen carrier bags, or thereabouts.

I should note that, with a very few exceptions, these are the remnants of the books my parents left behind when they moved; this doesn't indicate a wholesale culling of the shelves chez bibliogirl. You surely didn't think that was likely?