I have not completed the rounds of charity shops since January before I went to England. I thought perhaps I was all Penguined out but apparently I am not.
First stop was St Vincent de Paul's (Vinnie's). I found several first published numbered Penguins there.
I was surprised at how many there were. Obviously no one had snaffled them up while I have been away.
Am I the only Penguin collector in Hobart?? I wish. More like good luck.
Then after securing my finds in the top box of the bike off I went to the Red Cross book shop where I found several beautiful old Penguins including a couple of first published Penguin Classics which I normally don't collect but for a dollar each I could not leave them behind.
There were also five in a series of six (I believe) of The Pelican Guide to English Literature. As I do collect boxed sets and series I was immediately drawn to them. It is sad I was able to find books 2 through 6 but number 1 was nowhere in sight. Another quest now for No. 1.
I needed to go to one more place because I knew there would be Penguins there.
Riding home I stopped at the South Hobart Tip Shop. Luck had not been that good there in recent months but I guess now people have done big clean outs I was once again in luck. I found a first published Penguin Science fiction in good condition (A Case of Conscience by James Blish, 1963 - No. 1809) There was also a 1967 Penguin Shakespeare - Romeo and Juliet that I normally wouldn't pick up but the cover has an amazing illustration as well as being a first published. On the same shelf was a first published Penguin Poets (D83 if you need it Frances) with a beautiful purple geometric designed cover. I could not leave it behind in that very smelly, dirty old shop. This place is a tip after all. In the full meaning of the word. If the wind blows just right you need a peg on your nose. It is not a good place for Penguins to inhabit for very long. Last but not least another Penguin book from a series I normally do not collect was present. Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels in a good condition, first published from the Penguin English Library 1967. I liked the cover very much.
I guess I can say that Penguin hunting has been very favourable in Hobart. Even better I didn't pay more than $1.00 for any of these books. I am happy they have all been adopted into such a good home far removed from landfill.
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