Another Nerd’s Treasure – Batch the Second

Hello again, Happy Readers!

So, I made a second stop at the book dump I mentioned in a previous blog. I scooped up another 17 freebies. Some of them, after a thorough investigation, are quite old and moderately rare.

Here are the finds…


Another graphic novel I found of a classic Sherlock Holmes story, The Hound of the Baskervilles. This one was published in 1977. Only 44 years old.



We Came in Peace: The Story of Man in Space. This one was published in 1969, of course! 52 Years Old!

The pictures and artwork inside are awesome!


A collection of plays by Henrik Ibsen including An Enemy of the People, The Wild Duck, & Hedda Gabler. Published in 1965. It’s a Heritage Club edition that is missing the slip cover, but It did have the Sandglass insert inside in perfect condition. FIFTY-SIX YEARS OLD (56).


This is a collection of H. G. Wells two most well known works plus a bunch of his short stories. It is a 1963 publication. FIFTY-EIGHT YEARS OLD (58). <— I’m going to read the shorts stories and review them next year, I think.

It contains The War of the Worlds, The Time Machine, and the following short stories:

  • The Crystal Egg
  • The Story of the Late Mr. Elvesham
  • The Red Room
  • The Valley of the Spiders
  • In the Abyss
  • In the Avu Observatory
  • The Truth About Pyecraft


A Connecticut Yankee in Kind Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain. It is only a 1963 version, but I like the cover, and I did not have a physical copy of this one. It’s actually my favorite Twain story, so I call it a win! Still, a 58 year old Paperback.


The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. This one took a lot of research to identify, but I have a 1943 Early 1st edition. It was printed by The Blakiston Company for the publisher because of the paper rationing in World War II. They used the same plates to print it, so it had all of the errors in the original 1st Editions (which had red covers). I don’t have the Dust Jacket. It could be worth upwards of $80 to the right collector. SEVENTY-EIGHT YEARS OLD (78).


Robinson Crusoe (from the 1st batch, but just now identified) – A Classic originally published in 1719, this version was published in 1920.

Yep, this book is ONE HUNDRED AND ONE YEARS OLD (101)!


Greyfriars Bobby (also from the 1st batch) in hardback, published in 1912! The cover is in pretty rough shape, but the interior is still great. I had a hard time finding a good price for it in the condition it’s in, so I think it’s a keeper for the age on it. ONE HUNDRED AND NINE YEARS OLD (109)!


Editha’s Burglar. It interested me simply because of its age and the color images, even though the cover was used a coaster (grrrr!). The inside cover said it was published in 1900, so I had to check it out.

It wasn’t until I got it home and started researching that I found that the author, Frances Hodgson Burnett, also wrote The Secret Garden & Little Lord Fauntleroy.

After investigation, I did confirm that it was published in 1900, with the original story published in 1888. So, this book is ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-ONE (121) YEARS OLD!!!

Not only that, but it was turned into a silent movie in 1924 called The Family Secret. I’m not a silent movie fan, but apparently this one is free to view because it is now public domain. Not only that, but the entire BOOK is online for anyone to read.

Here’s the Book.

Here’s the Movie.


This is the pick of the crop as far as age goes. It is Volume II of a set of books containing a translation of Homer’s Iliad published in… get this…


That’s right… this book is ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY-ONE YEARS OLD (151).

The condition is great for being that age. It still has the guilting intact, the pages are crisp with very little browning. I wish Volume I one had been there!

There were a few others that I also picked up… Titles listed below.

  • Winterhawk – Thomas Craig (HB)
  • A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway (PB)
  • The Spirit of Dorsai – Gordon R. Dickson (PB)
  • Borrowed Time – Alan Hruska (PB)
  • To Reign in Hell – Steven Brust (PB)
  • Trapped in Death Cave – Bill Wallace (PB)
  • Time Machine 2: Search for Dinosaurs – David Bischoff (PB)
  • The Self-Sufficient Suburban Garden (HB) <– lost good planting & canning charts in the appendix
  • The Bourne Ultimatum – Robert Ludlum (HB) <– #3 to go with the #2 I found last time.

That concludes the Enumeration of Batch the Second!

But guess what…. I went back again today…. stay tuned!

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Matter conversion technology—Matt-Con—has broadened the scope of mankind’s existence. It has opened up the real possibility of viable colonies on other planets in our solar system, and even space itself. Anywhere matter can be captured or energy from the sun can be felt, the possibility of expanding human habitation exists.

In this volume:

Quicksilver (short story)

The space station Chariot of Helios—on its way to Mercury to become a power collection station for Earth’s growing need for energy to power matt-con tech—encounters a strange anomaly that threatens ship and crew.

Null Gravitas (short story)

New crew and new relationships form above the skies of Venus. A post-prequel to Escaping Aurora.

Escaping Aurora (novella)

The sudden destruction of mankind’s first atmospheric terraforming platform leaves three unlucky exonauts struggling to survive in the skies of Venus aboard a cobbled-together airship. Meanwhile, the commander of the space station above battles obstacles that might keep her from rescuing her stranded husband and crew in time.

Peacekeeper Incorporated’s breakthrough nanotechnology could bring repeat offense crime to an end, freeing society from the need for criminal incarcerations. But first, they have to finish testing it. With funding on the line, and time to prove out the project getting short, the lead scientist must find a way speed things up. That’s unfortunate for his guinea pig, and anyone who would stand in his way.

Can the goal of ending most crime justify committing one… even a few?
And what happens when you conflate altruism with egotism?

Find out in eConscience Beta, where two lab techs and an uncouth petty criminal must outwit a brilliant but sociopathic scientist who’ll stop at nothing to establish his legacy as the man who ended crime.

Oh, and check out these Corner Scribblers anthologies. I have stories in them all! Here are some links!