Saturday, October 10, 2015

It's Book Fair Time Again!

Last year about this time I was worried that I had attended my last huge book fair in Bloomington. The Red Cross had announced that it was pretty much dismantling the local chapter and their sponsorship of the book fair was no more. The community's outcry of dismay was so great that several local charities offered to take it up. The Hoosier Hills Food Bank has become the new host of the Bloomington Community Book Fair.
So, on Friday I packed up my book list & huge rolling shopping bag and headed to the fair grounds for another happy morning of treasure-hunting. And then the hubby and I took another trip out there today--in search of possible comic books for him and chance for me to see if I missed any. I came home with a grand total of 67 books. But...realistically, I only wound up 60 keepers. No matter how carefully I consult my To Be Found book list I somehow manage to come home with unplanned duplicates. Some of the 60 were planned duplicates--vintage copies of books I already own or just plain more desirable copies. 

The highlights of this year's round is a Dover reprint copy of The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume, a 1st edition Mr. & Mrs. North with dust jacket, and nearly two dozen of my beloved pulp-era, pocket-size editions. I was beginning to think I'd never get my hands on a hard copy of the Hume book. Here's the run-down (interesting vintage editions noted):

Friday's Haul

Vintage Mysteries (pre-1960)
Take Two at Bedtime by Margery Allingham (Penguin--solid green, no picture)
Tether's End by Margery Allingham
Murder, Maestro, Please by Delano Ames
Murder of the Clergyman's Mistress by Anthony Abbot (Popular Library edition #286)
The Triumphs of Eugène Valmont by Robert Barr (Dover reprint)
Trent Intervenes by E. C. Bentley (Dover reprint)
Seven Keys to Baldpate by Earl Derr Biggers (Popular Library edition #132)
The Smiler with the Knife by Nicholas Blake (Popular Library pocket edition #41)
Dead Lion by John & Emery Bonett (1st Penguin edition)
What Beckoning Ghost by Douglas G. Browne (Dover reprint) 
The Hardway Diamonds Mystery by Miles Burton (1st Mystery League edition)
Patrick Butler for the Defense by John Dickson Carr
The Three Coffins by John Dickson Carr (1st Dell pocket edition) 
Without Lawful Authority by Manning Coles (Rue Morgue reprint)
The Bowstring Murders by Carter Dickson 
The Mystery of Cloomber by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (non-Holmes; Dover reprint)
The March Hare Murders by E. X. Ferrars (Pocket Books pocket edition #735, 2nd printing)
Harvard Has a Homicide by Timothy Fuller (Triangle Books)
Three Thirds of a Ghost by Timothy Fuller (Popular Library edition #81) 
Cosmopolitan Crimes by Hugh Greene, ed [foreign rivals of Sherlock Holmes]
The Gift Horse by Frank Gruber (Bantam pocket edition #2)
The Mighty Blockhead by Frank Gruber (1st Superior Reprint edition)
The Talking Clock by Frank Gruber (Penguin 2nd printing)
Best Detective Stories of the Year 17th Annual Collection by Brett Halliday, ed (1st Dell pocket edition) 
Murder & the Married Virgin by Brett Halliday (Dell Mapback) 
The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume (Dover reprint)
Odor of Violets by Baynard Kendrick (Dell Mapback)
Killing the Goose by Frances & Richard Lockridge (Front Page Mysteries--with weapons imprint)
Murder Within Murder by Frances & Richard Lockridge (1st edition w/dust jacket)
The Scarlet Thumb by Jermyn March (Mystery Library)
The Singapore Exile Murders by Van Wyck Mason (Pocket Book pocket edition #129) 
Murder Loves Company by John Mersereau (Rue Morgue reprint)
Skeleton Key by Lenore Glen Offord (Dell Mapback) 
Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim (Triangle Books w/dust jacket)
The Puzzle of the Silver Persian by Stuart Palmer (Dell Mapback #18)
The Mysterious Mickey Finn by Elliot Paul (Dover reprint)  
Man in Ambush by Maurice Procter
The After House by  Mary Roberts Rinehart (1st New Dell pocket edition)
The Bat by Mary Roberts Rinehart (1st New Dell pocket edition)
The Mountain Cat Murders by Rex Stout
Death Lights a Candle by Phoebe Atwood Taylor (3rd printing Pocket Books pocket edtion #204)
Death of a Lake by Arthur W. Upfield 
The Murder  Book of J. G. Reeder by Edgar Wallace (Dover reprint)
The Spiral Staircase by Ethel Lina White (Popular Library edition #120)

Post-1960 Mysteries
The Cambridge Theorem by Tony Cape
The Glass-Sided Ants' Nest by Peter Dickinson
A Death for a Double by E. X. Giroux
The Philomel Foundation by James Gollin 
Death After Breakfast by Hugh Pentecost 

The Mystery Reader's Walking Guide: London by Barbara Sloan Hendershott & Alzina Stone Dale
The Great Detectives by Otto Penzler, ed

Science Fiction
I Have No Mouth & I Must Scream by Harlan Ellison
Out of the Everywhere & Other Extraordinary Visions by James Tipree, Jr.

Saturday's Haul

Vintage Mysteries (pre-1960)
The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie (1st New Dell pocket edition)
Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie  (1st New Dell pocket edition)
The *New* Exploits of Sherlock Holmes by Adrian Conan Doyle & John Dickson Carr (Ace D-181 pocket edition)
The Riddle of Samson by Andrew Garve
The American Gun Mystery by Ellery Queen
How the Old Woman Got Home by M. P. Shiel

Post-1960 Mysteries
The Perfect Murder by H. R. F. Keating


neer said...

that's quite a haul, Bev. You are one lucky girl. I look forward to the reviews esp the Sherlock Holmes one which is co-written by Doyle's son and Carr.

Peggy Arthurs said...

What a wonderful,haul, Bev! Now that we are retiring I think this book fair will be a must visit one year soon!

Bev Hankins said...

Peggy Ann--if you do decide to come to Indiana for the book fair, let me know. I'd love to meet up with you!