Lost Continents, rediscovered…
Well… it seems the signed inscribed copy of de Camp’s Lost Continents that I bought in early January is indeed lost. It left the US apparently, but it never turned up at my door. It may appear sometime, but I’m not holding out much hope. However. I bought another signed inscribed copy yesterday. Let’s hope it doesn’t disappear en route like the last.
Today, I was extremely pleased to get my first GP Conan book!! Conan the Conqueror, from 1950 – first of the seven Conan titles published by Gnome Press. Hurray!!
These two I expect to be here in about three weeks. The problems with the lost Lost Continents has made me think a little more on insured, tracked shipping. While I was very disappointed to not have received the book, it is the only book of the near-100 I have had posted to me over the past three years that hasn’t arrived. I figure that the money I lost (about $100 including postage) on this non-arrival is much, much less than the money I would have spent insuring and tracking all books of a similar or greater value. Of course, significantly valuable items of about, I dunno… $150 or more should be insured, but the vast majority of my books haven’t been worth that much.
Well, that’s how I rationalize it at least, so I’m not so broken up about it going AWOL.
Incidentally (assuming they both actually arrive), I’m now only 1 book away from the 75% mark in my GP collection.