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12:56pm on Sunday, 28th October, 2007:
It was the NSPCC Book Fair this weekend, so we went along to see if there were any gems hidden among the lines of abandoned romantic novels and 10-year-old computer manuals. As usual, there were: I got a 1940s copy of the Oxford Companion to Music for £3 and a 1923 reprint of Charles Dickens' American Notes for 50p; my daughter Jenny picked up a very nice French pictorial dictionary that there can't be more than half a dozen of in the UK, also for 50p.
My prime find, however, was (for 50p) an original 1897 edition of this book:
Its splendidly anodyne opening is:
I'm going to have a lot of fun reading this, made all the more pleasurable having just searched for it and discovered that second editions sell for £20 and mine appears to be a first edition.
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