Kroc Camen’s collection of rare and stupidly rare Commodore 64 programming booksSee original listing
19 Aug, 2012 12:03:52 BST
Worthing, United Kingdom
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I am selling my collection of Commodore 64 programming books / manuals which include quite some rarities. If you are a collector, or you are looking to start out on or sharpen up your C=64 programming skills then this is the book collection for you, nothing else out there is as comprehensive a cover of the computer’s capabilities.
All of these books are at least 28 years old! Quality varies from practically pristine to poor; I’ve detailed this in the full descriptions below.
You will want to check out my other items for sale, which include Simons Basic and Elite Gold Edition.
Advanced Machine Language Book for the Commodore 64
This exceptionally rare 1984 programming book for the Commodore 64 is in very good condition. The pages within are pristine and the cardboard binding is slightly worn at the edges with a crease in the front top-right corner, but otherwise in good condition. This is the First Publishing Ltd. UK version 1984, not the more common American edition by Abacus.
An excerpt from the book:
Commodore 64 Programmer's Reference Guide
The comprehensive manual to the C64's innards, including even a circuit diagram! This chunky book (nearly 500 pages) is a must-own of any C64 programmer.
The Companion to the Commodore 64
An extremely interesting read for being deeply technical and informative but also written in a loving and characteristic manner.
As a child, this was very inspiring to think there would be a future where one could easily describe characters and worlds in 3D. I thought Starfox (Starwing in the U.K.) was as good as it was ever going to get.
This item is in okay condition. The cover is worn, bent and marked and the pages within are yellowed.
Sixty Programs for the Commodore 64
This chunky compendium does what it says on the cover. Notable games I enjoyed are Stellar Run which was simple and easy to hack and Fall Guy, an interesting two player game where you must slide walls around to get your guy to fall under gravity to the bottom of the screen. The book also includes “Evolution”, a three part program that is almost the exact precursor to Spore containing an amoeba stage, a monkey stage and a ‘global thermo-nuclear war’ stage.
This item is in poor condition. The cover / spine are worn and bent, and are scratched with pen nib marks. The pages inside are yellowed and occasionally marked.
Commodore 64 Exposed
This is a dense, learning / reference guide book that covers the whole spectrum of the Commodore 64. It’s chocked full with a full reference of BASIC commands—including examples, memory maps—including a listing of all of the 64’s RAM/ROM addresses with what each address does, a Kernal routines reference, 6510 opcode reference, an invaluable “Keyboard Graphics and how to get them” legend—essential for typing in game books—and lots more. As a book to both learn from and serve as a reference, it’s invaluable and right up there as a lightweight alternative to the official Commodore 64 Programmer’s Reference Guide.
Quality of this book is okay; the outside carboard cover is scratched a lot, but has not broken through the lamination. The book’s page edge is uneven due to the way this book is bound and the pages have yellowed at the edge but not on the page-face. There will be some pencilling on a few pages from me where this book has had a lot of use.
PCW Games Collection for the Commodore 64
A traditional program-listing book providing the source code of 20 games. This is how things were done before we had the internet—you typed in 10 pages of code from a book and hoped you made no typos. This collection is quite good, notable for a number of good board games: Splash!, Omniopoly (a Monopoly clone) and Othello. Splash is particularly interesting a game and plays very well, especially two-player.
Condition of this book is very good, the pages have yellowed around the edges a few millimetres, but the condition of the pages is excellent (no rips). There are some pencil numbers written on the contents page (mine, but I don’t recall why they’re there or what they mean).