Antique Bestsellers - Ptolemy, Hans Andersen, Fleming

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Quite a mix bag of antique bestsellers this week on Pulse-a book of maps by Ptolemy, the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, a complete set of James Bond novels and Warwick Goble's fairy book.

Ptolemy or Ptolemaeus, an ancient scientist, first proposed the idea that all the planets moved around the Earth in orbit. Although he was wrong about this, his maps of the heavens have been seen something special for years. This book seems to be complete with woodcuts, which seems to be what they called pictures in ye olde days. 

Hans Christian Andersen is widely known for his stories, which unlike Grimm and Perrault do not usually end with a happy ever after. A typical example is the Emperor's New Clothes with a person getting tricked, but there's the Little Mermaid where a mermaid and a Prince do NOT get together (take note, Disney), The Snow Queen, The Snow Man, and many more.

Ian Fleming wrote 13 novels featuring James Bond and one book of short stories. Bond was named after a notable ornithologist. Although Fleming is most famous for writing the books (which seem to be obsessed with brand names, a bit like the films!) other people have wrote sequels including John Gardner and Sebestian Faulks. Speaking of the films they seem to make money in every country. Notable Bond women include Dame Diana Rigg, Honor Blackman, and you can see where I'm going with this, the Queen...

Warwick is an illustrator who specialised in oriental themes, Japanese or Indian. He was also the first person to illustrate H G Wells' War of the Worlds. He also contributed to the Boys Own paper and, Conan Doyle's favourite, The Strand magazine. 

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