And that's what I found last week, on Amazon of all places. One of my sisters had sent me an e-voucher for Xmas, and I eagerly went to Amazon to spend it. I did my routine searches for wargames books, and saw the usual sky-high prices for stuff that frankly amazed me.
Ancient & Medieval Wargaming for £114, anyone?
I laughed and perused further, eventually finding some Charles Grant books, again at prices beyond the dreams of my e-voucher...
I spotted something. I had to check it several times, just to make sure. There was no picture, but the title was clear.
Ancient Battles For Wargamers. Charles Grant. £8.00
Now the book was described as a paperback, which seemed odd. I didn't know it existed as anything other than a hardback. I have only ever seen one copy "in the flesh" before, and that was owned by my friend John Preece of Darkest North Wales. I have been after it for many, many years, but whenever it had appeared on eBay, the price has always gone way too high for my blood and purse.
So I took a chance and bought it, along with an ex-library copy of Introduction to Wargames (Neil Thomas) for £3.00.
Yesterday they both arrived, and LO, it was the hardback version of the Grant book, in excellent condition aside from a torn dust-jacket. I am over the moon!
The pages look yellow in the shot, but that's just the rubbish room lighting.