Mar. 9th, 2014

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Two more things from last week's book fair, and they're a bit odd. Over to one side was the table with "Tasmania" and "Collectables". Both of which, I assume, get picked over particularly closely so all that's left is stuff no one wants or relatively expensive books (expensive in BF terms, where most books are under $5). But then last year I found the Von Stieglitz bushranger booklet & a Clune book, so it's worth looking for the odd volume that appeals to me but not other people.

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On my second pass I saw a boxed book, The Australasian Sketcher, 1880, a rather large volume that reprinted a year's worth of the Sketcher (an illustrated newspaper put out weekly or monthly by the publishers of the Melbourne Argus) in one volume.

Except it wasn't boxed, it was being looked at by a guy who seemed to like it very much and didn't seem particularly eager to put it down. I waited (and checked how much it would cost to buy elsewhere) and waited and decided that if he put it down and it was about $30, it was mine. He did, eventually, and it was $30.

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