Since Southern Dave has arrived home safely I should list what I found at this years 24-hour book sale.

In order of loot:

Foreign Languages:
TY German Reader; and German Made Simple. Special mention should be made that Southern Dave found a copy of TY New Testament Greek. I already had it in a later edition from Hodder and Stoughton, this was a hardback English Universities Press with the original dust cover. As I have been collecting these books for years, mostly for inspiring imaginary languages rather than learning new languages, this is an appreciated gift.

Nearly New SF:
The Time of the Dark by Barbara Hambly. Got home and found I had a copy on my shelves. In better condition too and I didn’t have to pay 2/6p for it. It’s the third book in that series of which I don’t have a copy of yet.

Dictionaries and Bibles:
The Children’s Bible, arranged by Arthur Mee; and my own copy of Y Geriadur Mawr. Two good finds.

Children’s Literature:
Lots of great finds here this year. I am picking up things I read as a child in the 1970s and that I want to read again: Magic by the Lake by Edward Eager, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Finn Family Moomintroll, the Young Unicorns. Also picked up a copy of Heartease by Peter Dickinson and found it was one of the two books of the Changeover trilogy that I already had, so another one to go into dispose pile. It is The Devil’s Children for which I’m still looking.

Southern Dave tells me that I was looking through the children’s books the Music books were behind me on the stage. This is another area I like to browse closely for the little gems that one can pick up, and I have missed it for the last two years. I will look out for it next time.

Breath Becomes the Wind, a history of the Protestant mission to the Karo people of Indonesia. I know the author personally.

Other than that I found a interesting fantasy novel for children in the Novels, which I usually find barren pickings; and I glanced in the specialist books on the mezzinine floor. It was insufferably crowded and hot, and I had been browsing for three hours and was thirsty for something wet. Enough!

In other news I have had some meetings with the Majellanic Urban Tribe. I saw Taniwha at the opening of the Dunedin Combined Archives’ City of Letters display, and later in the same week I met Chris at one of the open lectures held at the Hocken Library, an interesting talk by an archives supporter about childbirth in 19th century colonial letters in New Zealand. I saw Dr. Moorlock in the university capping parades over the last two weekends, I hope he managed to stay awake. Shirley H. was looking for a bus while George Street was closed for the parade and I managed to point her in the direction of an alternative street. The previous time I had seen her she told me about the Tibetan Buddhist display at the Public Gallery and I got along to a couple of evening events there, including a jam session with a Tibetan monk on a flute. I wished Albie could have seen that, he would have loved it.