Post by mctoddridesagain on Jan 27, 2007 16:13:55 GMT
I had a right stroke of luck today! I went for a potter down Portobello Road this afternoon (for non-UK readers, it's a very popular market in west London, with many unusual stalls selling antiques as well as all the usual stuff) when I happened to pop into an Oxfam charity bookshop. To one side was a stack of 8 or so volumes of Pearson's Magazine, £40 the lot. So I had a look and found they were 1890s issues - heart quickening, I checked to see if the two volumes with WOTW were there, Jan-June 1897 and July-Dec 1897, and they were! Condition was excellent. Not owning a car to be able to cart off the lot, I wasn't bothered about buying the whole pile, so I asked the manager if she minded splitting them up as I only wanted the two. Seeing her hesitate I just said, "Look, I'll give you £40 for the two I want and anything you get for the rest will be a bonus," to which her immediate response was a delighted, "Okay!" Damn good thing it was payday yesterday...
Post by Thunder Child on Jan 27, 2007 16:46:27 GMT
You are one lucky bastard ;D
"By ten o'clock the police organisation, and by midday even the railway organisations, were losing coherency, losing shape and efficiency, guttering, softening, running at last in that swift liquefaction of the social body."
Post by mctoddridesagain on Jan 28, 2007 15:24:24 GMT
There's more... I ended up going back to the shop today and bought the other 6 volumes (1896, 1898 and 1899) for £20 (yes, yes, I know, I should have just asked them to keep the others back for me yesterday, but £60 in total for all 8 is still a bargain).
Turns out Vol 2 (July-Dec 1896) has two Wells short stories - 'The Rajah's Treasure', which wasn't published again in a collection until 1984 and which I'd never heard of before, and 'In the Abyss' (ill. Warwick Goble)!