2012 was a very successful year for the collection. I managed to find about 500 vintage Penguin and Pelican books, though most of these still sit in stacks around my desk waiting to be photographed and filed away on the book shelves, as I am only a few weeks from submitting my thesis and it tends to distract me from the things I would prefer to do. The books in the picture were purchased at the UWA Save the Children Fund book sale which is held annually each August in Perth, but I found most of my books elsewhere this year. Many came from Amsterdam and England in February, found while travelling with fellow collector and book blogger Pam, and perhaps another 100 were purchased at bookshops in Adelaide in July and in NSW/Victoria in October.
I have also had the delightful experience of having books arrive in the mail on a number of occasions this year, and I have many, many people to thank. The books in the photo were a selection of Penguin Science News and very fragile old Pelicans from the war years which were owned by Adam's grandfather and which arrived a few days before Christmas. The most novel parcel delivery was definitely from John Mack who hid six old books in my University library and sent me directions on how to locate them. During the year I received books from the USA (thanks to Felicia), from the UK (thanks to Sarah, Adam and Jo), from France (thanks to Olivier) and from Australia (thanks to Jane, Kath, Matt, Pam, Manuela, John Mack, and Flavia).
Wishing everyone a wonderful New Year (and a much cooler one than we are expecting here in Perth),