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The British Pharmacopoeia was created in the mid-19th century as a standard reference to replace the three pharmacopoeias in use at the time. The first edition was published in 1864. From the first time I saw it, I thought it seemed a useful type of book. I'm not sure for what yet but one day...
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A list of 19th century Australian women novelists. Notes below.

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My criteria for inclusion was born before 1870 or died before 1899, and published before 1899 so I've missed some of the better known ones, and Australian can be based on birth or residence.

I did skip some women who wrote some fiction but aren't really known as novelists (like Louisa Meredith, who is better known for her artwork and I couldn't her fiction online). For some of those I did include, I was unable to find online copies of their novels/or their best known work, or the copy was a poor quality. These are marked with a *

I would like to add a link to a list of works where possible, when I have more time.

Suggestions for additions (allowing for the above) and better links are welcome.
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I don't tend to buy fiction: new stuff is too expensive, secondhand is full of stuff I don't want to read and I rarely find anything I do. Also, I have been reading very little lately (I start things and don't finish). Also, I have piles of "To Read" books sitting around. I do not need to add to them.

As for non-fiction, I spent too much on this on the weekend. Although they were all books I hadn't seen before and on Topics of Interest so I have to buy them. Also the piles of books on the bookshelf besides my computer chair are threatening to fall on me.

So what do I do today when I walk past the secondhand bookshop with the Australiana/Antiquarian room in the back? Go in and have a look. Bah. Then, when I'm done with the costume shop around the corner that took me up that way, I go into the op shop and check out their books, even though I'd been in there late FRIDAY AFTERNOON.


I did find a little book that nephew might like for 50c though, and two jigsaws. I have tottering piles of jigsaws too, but they're Done.

It's not necessarily irrational though. The books I look for are usually OOP and have been for decades or from very small presses/self-published, so they're not necessarily easy to find so it makes sense to check whenever possible. *ignores that I see the same books popping up in different shops/stalls at different times*
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Books in the box of books that we got sick of lugging to the market and home (aka Books No One Wants To Hand Over Money For).

Priestess of the White, by Trudi Canavan
Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey
Dragon Quest, by Anne McCaffrey
The White Dragon, by Anne McCaffrey
Star, by Danille Steel
Beauvallet, by Georgette Heyer
The Man Died, by Wole Soyinka
Her Honor, by William J. Coughlin
The Eye of the World, by Robert Jordan
The Prince and the Pauper, by Mark Twain
Smiley's People, by John Le Carre
Homicide My Own, by Anne Argula
Legacy of Love, by Caroline Harvey
Castle Roogna, by Piers Anthony
On A Pale Horse, by Piers Anthony
Catherine, by Maura Seger
Roget's Thesaurus
The Road to Paradise Island, by Victoria Holt
The Singing Tree, by Brain Parvin
To Mother With Love, by Curtiss Ann Matlock, Carole Halston & Linda Shaw
Rose of the Prophet, by Margaret Wies & Tracy Hickman
Growing for Market
Funk & Wagnells Standard Desk Dictionary, by 2 vols
Storm Warden, by Jenny Wurts
First Knight, novelisation
Gate of Ivory, by Robert Holdstock
A Kiss to Dream On, by Stephanie Mittman

(There are more, mostly kids books, inc. a whole stack of babysitter's club younger sister, and romance, in boxes at my sisters.)

While looking for them, I also found a box of books that people may or may not have been willing to pay money for, but they only got to the market once or twice before we stopped going. Including them on the off chance some might want one.

Lion Of Senet, by Jennifer Fallon
The Moon and the Sun, by Vonda McIntyre
Post Captain, by Desolation Island, by Richard Temple & The Catalans, by Patrick O'Brian
Privileged Strangers, by Hugh Rae
Cause of Death, Patricia Cornwell
A Crown of Swords & Lord of Chaos, by Robert Jordan
Island #79
AustraAlien Absurdities
The Mad Ship, by Robin Hobb
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So I need some recommendations. For good fantasy, or SF even, or pretty much anything, except historicals of dubious historicalness and I don't seem to like that paranormal romance thing, or things sent in present day US or generic big cities, or books where people stand around talking rather than doing things, but other than, I read pretty much anything.

(OK what I do like: SF/F mostly, with interesting characters in an place that feels real; who are doing things (adventure over introspection),; that doesn't seem like something I've read a dozen time over; dark is good, but not bleak; light can be good, but not humorous; and for bonus points: airships, sailing ships, cruise ships that hit an iceberg on their maiden voyage, terriers, raptors (bird sort) or old houses; and a twist at the end that makes the whole story change can be good; and not first person; or 800 pages long)
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I had a book to pick up at the library, so I picked up 3 around the house to take back and put them into my shoulder bag. At the letter box, I found a package from overseas, with another book in it. Then I walked up to the post office and picked up an Express Post box with.... 5 more books in it, which I unpacked and put into my bag.

Now I know my bag has a 9 book limit.
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Rearranged the room the computer & desk are in. I wanted to reduce the distance the cord to the modem had to cover so it wasn't stretched to its limit (accomplished), stop the afternoon sun shining on the computer screen (it doesn't, now it shines on me) and get better access to the bookcase on the side of the desk (worse, because computer is now there).

So I made a little nook, with a bookcase from the living room & the stereo forming a wall. Now I can reach my "reference" books from where I'm sitting and they're much easier to find (and put back afterwards). There are other books I'd forgotten I had/ I've been muttering about getting a new for a couple of years, and there is one sitting on my shelf. The downside, to make them all fit, I had to get rid of some.

There's a handy little spot between the bookscase & my chair that is the same size as the dog's cushion, so she can sleep on it and be near me (and get more pats). I also put the computer beside the desk, so there's room under the desk for my legs for the dog to sit. She likes this.

All in all, it's a good set-up.


Jun. 3rd, 2007 11:42 pm
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So I went and looked at some related websites. Not usuable sources and not contradictory, although some of them added details in interesting places, but different enough to stimulate ideas about how I can order the material I have to use. We have inspiration.

Also found this, which is rather cool if you're into really old books http://www.bl.uk/treasures/treasuresinfull.html & http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/ttp/digitisation.html


May. 7th, 2007 02:18 pm
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Look what came today! Now I don't have to look through piles of Little Golden Books anymore!

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