|The Weldborough region in northeast Tasmania where|
we went camping.
|Penguin copy of Prime of Miss Jean|
|My tent is the little one in the back.|
|My new Penguin Hunter II. No doubt he will|
get me to many bookshops and op shops.
The day before yesterday I decided to take it out for an hour's ride and ended up in the south of the state at Dover Tasmania- 90 minutes away. There is a large second hand book shop there and I thought I'd do some Penguin hunting to see how this bike compares with the previous for finding these devious little orange creatures. The clouds were thick and black, but it felt balmy and the curves on the road were good, the pavement smooth and I just kept going until the road ran out. Of course the shop was closed. Never mind, I knew I would be passing another very large book shop on the way home in Huonville and they always have Penguins.
|First Penguin book published in|
France in 1941. Who would of
thought I'd find this in country Tasmania.
There was also an antique shop I dropped in on that had Penguins in appalling condition, covers torn off and paper clipped and silly prices on them like $4.00 each. I found a few I really wanted but managed to talk her into 50 cents to a dollar when I pointed out the torn covers, lack of title page in one book and lack of copyright data in another. But they were books that were definitely not going to sell to anyone except me (I was sure of that) so I bartered her down. However there was a very decent find that this odd uppity bookseller who knew nothing of books as furniture is her thing, had on the shelf. I stuck it amongst the badly injured Penguins and got it for next to nothing.
It is a first published No 1 French Penguin Publie' en 1941. The text is in French, there is a number F1 on the spine and the title is Verites Sur La France by Louis Levy. I have to say I felt quite smug walking out of the shop with this little gem. I had never seen a French Penguin before though I knew they were out there.
|Love this cover. No. 2512|
Continuing the ride home I stopped at the third book shop of the day and found a couple of later Penguins I didn't have. They were both published in 1966 and 1968. I liked the covers on them, especially the one called The Best of Beachcomber which appears to be a book of short stories.
|A cheerful looking late Penguin.|
No. 2892 or 2993 (smudging on number)
Any information on any of these books is welcomed.