Friday, September 11, 2009

The Art of Jim Fitzpatrick - Signed Portfolio 2

6615 #Fitzpatrick, Jim Fitzpatrick, Jim: THE ART OF JIM FITZPATRICK PORTFOLIO VOL 2 De Danann Press Dublin 1982. Softcover Folio 13" - 23" tall Pages8 1st Edition 1st Printing Illus. by:Jim Fitzpatrick Color Illustrations Signed ByIllustrator De Danann Press, Dublin, Ireland, 1981. Portfolio. Book Condition: Very Good Condition. 8 Color Plates (illustrator). Elephant Folio - over 15" - 23" Tall. Plate 1 Nemed the Great is signed by the artist. Plate 2. Sadv. The Deer Goddess. Plate 3. Lugh Attacks the Fomor Army. Plate 4. The Battle of Moira. Plate 5. Fathach, Poet of the Fir Bolg. Plate 6. Eochai is Slain by the Sons of Nuada. Plate 7. Dagda and the Woman of Uinnius. Plate 8. Eri and the Son of the King of the Fomor. Each plate is 16 1/2" X 11 1/2". All plates are in very good condition. Plates depict characters & scenes from Irish History and Legends. Edges of portfolio are lightly rubbed. Plate 1 is Signed By Fitzpatrick. Selling books since 1992 - we value your business! VG/ NONE $300.00

Thursday, September 10, 2009

For Sale: Billiards by Hoppe

6828 #Hoppe, Willie Hoppe, Willie: BILLIARDS As it Should be Played, Diamond System Fully Explained Reilly & Lee Company Chicago Ill 1941. Softcover Folio 13" - 23" tall Pages78 1st Edition Thus 1st Printing Very good condition with no handwriting or prior owners names. Selling books since 1992 - we value your business! VG+/ NONE $30.00

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Booking in Tarpon Springs, FL

About 125 miles north of Punta Gorda, FL is a cute little town, Tarpon Springs. It is on route 19, near Clearwater. I don't know the history of the town but it seems to be the sponge capitol of FL with a big Greek influence. Greek restaurants, Greek clothing, Greek food stores, etc. You can very easily bring back a Greek peasant blouse, dress or a more formal and exciting belly dancing costume!

Of course, being an "Old" Bag Lady, I didn't purchase the Belly Dancing Costume but maybe next time, after I retire I could take lessons??? I mean, being a woman "of a certain age" means I to keep moving, right? At least I'd have the basics I need for the class (I have a belly!).

But, I did go looking for books as Tarpon Springs advertises a lot of antique shops in the downtown area and indeed, they are there. But they are very, very book challenged in the antique stores. I don't know why - most antique areas have at least one book dealer within the antique malls - a specialist used/rare book dealer who just doesn't want to have a store. This wasn't the case in downtown Tarpon Springs.

I did find one booth that was mostly books but they weren't even trying to be specialists. They were $1.00 books in pretty good shape but not ones that any book dealer would be interested in. Just common books - not even store stock (they would be on the $1.00 table out front of any used book store).

So, after passing on the books and all of the glass antiques, booth after booth of glass collectibles (dishes in particular), even full stores of red glass dishes (well maybe some dish was white but I didn't stay long enough to see it) we went to the touristy section and I loved it.

There were lots of people walking around the shops which are located right next to water with tourist boats waiting to take us out for a cooling ride on the water. There was an art show set up in tents, lots of ice cream and cold drinks and Greek food. Lots of Greek food and beer and sweets!

If you haven't added Tarpon Springs to your list of places to visit when you're in the area/state, maybe while you're at the St. Petersburg book fair (in March every year), consider doing so. And you will get to go over the beautiful Skyline bridge, see a great view of what has to be a great fishing pier!

After all, you're writing off the trip to the fair, might as well add in a side trip and get some great Greek Food and well, maybe pick up that belly dancing costume.