As we continue to find new ways to connect booklovers with amazing books, we’ve teamed up with online art auction site Invaluable.com to launch our inaugural Online Book Auction. Titled Literary Curators: Modern Firsts, Art, Australiana, Signed Books, Etc. this auction consists of 155 lots, including many signed books and not one but TWO of only 506 first edition printings of The Colour Of Magic – the first book in the blockbuster Discworld series by Sir Terry Pratchett.
The auction is a varied one with Australian Art and Exploration well represented, fine bindings and antiquarian books plus numerous rarities. However, the main interest has been in the many modern first editions and signed books so be sure to place your bids! Signatures include JK Rowling, Allen Ginsberg, JM Coetzee & HG Wells whilst special editions of To Kill A Mockingbird, Catch-22, A Moveable Feast, Cat’s Cradle and Suttree are on offer.
We’ve spent our entire bookselling career bucking trends. And now, with bookstores closing universally, we couldn’t be more excited to announce the opening of a second outlet! Our new home will be 85 Jetty Rd, Glenelg – right in the middle of the historic beachside suburb’s retail strip (opposite tram stop 16 and the new cinema complex, if you’d like directions).
We’re retro-fitting a former frozen yoghurt store and, at this stage, it will be a Summer Pop-up running from December 1, 2017 to February 28, 2018… but if it works we’d love to make it longer-term.
And to set a few minds at rest, yes – we’ll still be in our Central Market HQ, so now you’ve got two go-to book destinations!
Just in time for the school holidays, Adelaide’s Pop-Up Bookshop has assembled an accessible and extraordinary collection of children’s books for its latest exhibition Just For Kids??
The exhibition includes the most tantalising range of collectible Harry Potter books ever displayed in Adelaide.
“We’re always looking to do things a little differently,” says Pop-Up Bookshop owner Nicholas Patrick “and this exhibition could very well be the most exciting project we’ve undertaken yet.”
Mr Patrick claims that he and partner Kate Treloar want to reveal just how exciting the mysterious world of books can be by showcasing items that today’s children can relate to whilst also stirring the sense of nostalgia felt by the young-at-heart.
“Kate & I grew up with titles like Possum Magic and The BFG,” notes Mr Patrick. “They’re also the books our kids have grown up with; and they will continue to entertain and guide children for generations to come. They’ve been printed in their millions but the truly special editions don’t pop-up very often (even for people like us who scrutinise tens of thousands of books every week) and, when one does, it’s always genuinely thrilling.”
Just For Kids?? isn’t just an 80s flashback zone though with collectible editions of The Adventures of Tintin available for those with longer memories and, to mark the 20th anniversary of the release of The Philosopher’s Stone, an unprecedented array of Harry Potter books.
“The highlights within this collection are the hardcover copies of The Chamber Of Secrets and The Prisoner Of Azkaban that have been personally signed by J.K. Rowling,” states Mr Patrick. “Additionally, we have some early editions of The Philosopher’s Stone; some unusual deluxe editions; and genuine first editions of later Harry Potter titles.”
In line with their moniker, there will also be a large range of pop-up books including some incredibly rare regimental items from the early 1900s plus books by Roald Dahl, Graeme Base and a whole lot more.
‘We always stress that a book is more than just words on a page,” Mr Patrick states. “And with a mix of first editions, signed copies, pop-ups and special publications, we hope people will learn a bit about the value of real books and perhaps look at their own collections a little differently.”
Just For Kids?? runs through October in The Gallery Next Door, adjacent to the Pop-Up Bookshop on the Central Market’s Eastern Laneway.
For those who haven’t been, there are only a couple weeks left to view #FirstThingsFirst – the exhibition of First Edition books on display next to Adelaide’s Pop-Up Bookshop in the Central Market.
“The highlight has certainly been the uncommon first printing of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four,” said co-owner Nick Patrick, “but with special books like Winnie-The-Pooh, To Kill A Mockingbird, Catch-22 and numerous others, it is a collection that has caught the eye of many passers-by.”
All is not lost for booklovers unable to meet the March 31 deadline marking the end of #FirstThingsFirst with a new exhibition of inscribed and autographed books – entitled #Signed by #PopUp_Bookshop – ready to be displayed in April.
“It’s about showcasing the tangible qualities of books,” Mr Patrick said. “We have much more than just books signed by their authors, including a copy of Candy signed by Heath Ledger, Tenzing Norgay’s inscribed autobiography and the handwritten medical casebooks of New Zealand’s first Professor of Medicine.”
Current and upcoming exhibitions:
March – #FirstThingsFirst
April – #Signed
May – Transport Yourself With Books [in conjunction with the SA History Festival]
Adelaide’s Pop-Up Bookshop is located on the Eastern Roadway in the Central Market.