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      Something Wicked This Way Comes...   10/09/2019

      The Autumn Supporter Giveaway!       Welcome to the very first of the seasonal BCF supporter giveaways! This month also marks one year since I took on the forum, so I want to say an extra huge thank you to all of you for keeping this place going. I have a little bit more to say about that later but, for now, let's get to the giveaway!     The Autumn Giveaway winner will be getting two Penguin Little Black Classics, The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe and To Be Read At Dusk by Charles Dickens. Both of these little books contain three atmospheric short stories, perfect for autumnal evenings. The winner will also get Mary Shelley tea (a lavender and vanilla black tea) from Rosie Lea Tea's Literary Tea Collection (https://www.rosieleatea.co.uk/collections/literary-tea-collection) and a chocolate skull, to really get that spooky atmosphere .   and...   A special treat for a special month. The winner will choose one of the following recent paperback releases from the independent bookshop Big Green Bookshop:       The Wych Elm by Tana French A House of Ghosts by W.C. Ryan Melmoth by Sarah Perry The Familiars by Stacey Halls  The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White   The winner will be chosen via the usual random selection process in one week. Patreon supporters are entered automatically. If you aren't a patreon supporter but you'd like to join in with this giveaway, you can support here: https://www.patreon.com/bookclubforum.   I really hope you're all going to like this introduction to the seasonal giveaways. It's been a lot of fun to put together. Other chocolate skulls may have been harmed during the selection process…     

observers pocket series - query on print dates

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I have a dozen and a half of these books which I loved to read as a child, but need to pass on to someone else to enjoy. A quick check tells me that in reasonable, not excellent condition, and without dust jackets, they're not worth a great deal. But I'm a little confused; three quarters of the books have edition and reprint dates following the title page, but the others have no edition or print date information. So for example British Wild Flowers was first printed in 1949, British Butterflies in 1953. Does the lack of print and edition information mean these are first editions from those dates?

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I'm a little surprised I've had no reply to this inquiry since the weekend, I had thought this would be an excellent forum for this kind of expertise. Does anyone know where I would be better looking for this information?

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Sorry, but we’re a group of readers and not book collectors or publishing experts. :) 


Ive never looked for any, but have you tried looking for any antiquarian book collectors websites? Or, can you find out if the publisher is still in business (perhaps taken over or merged with a bigger publishing house) and can contact them direct?

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