Saturday, 16 May 2015

Hoonaloon New 16 May 2015 - Egyptian First Day Covers

At any given time you can always find a supply of Egyptian banknotes and First Day Covers among our listings.

Recently we were lucky enough to acquire a job lot of Egyptian FDCs dating from the period 1958 - 1966 to add to our existing stock, which tend to be mostly modern. Putting them all online
is time-consuming but we are making good progress.

To me personally, Egypt has produced some of the most interesting and attractive covers you could hope to find. Certainly their appeal is not just to Egyptophile philatelists but also to those who simply appreciate the designs.
As always, find out more by clicking here ;
Happy Collecting !

Hoonaloon News 16 May 2015 - Simon Drew Signed Book

Time for another trawl through our online emporium.

Among the books we find a copy of Simon Drew`s Spot the Book Title, signed by the author in his trademark green ink.

Subtitled "a collection of cryptic nonsense and pointless hidden meanings", this book is a must for Mr D`s many fans.

Find it among our stock at

Happy collecting !

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Hoonaloon News 28 April 2015 - Uncirculated Banknotes - A Cheap and Cheerful Hobby

Collecting uncirculated banknotes has become a popular hobby in recent times, no doubt due to the affordability and attractiveness of many of the notes on offer.

Budding collectors are presented with an almost mind-boggling level of choice often for a very limited outlay.

I myself began a collection a while ago and it seemed natural as our business began to diversify to begin to deal in them myself.

Here are a few recent additions to our stock ;


Banknotes (from top) ; Bangladesh 1 Taka 1982, Russia 1 Rouble 1991, Turkmenistan 5 Manat 1993, Vietnam 100 Dong 1991 .
These and others from our stock can be founded by clicking here ;
Happy Collecting !

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Hoonaloon ! 14 April 2015

Each week, we`re planning to highlight one item from our stock of badges, books, First Day Covers and Banknotes.

This week we have selected this American badge from a branch of Lions Clubs International ;

It relates to a particular Lions Club branch in Chicago, which seems to have a strongly  Hispanic American membership.

The Branch is identified on the badge (Chicago District 1A), as is the year (1980). Around the edge of the badge are a variety of phrases representing different aspects of HIspanic American culture ( Pan American / Azteca / Jose Marti / Borinquen etc).

The badge is clean, intact and undamaged with only light wear.

Along with a selection of other items from our stock, this badge can be found at ;

Monday, 23 March 2015

Hoonaloon News - 16 March 2015

Following a long silence, we`re now able to bring you an update on our doings and dealings.

There have been a number of changes in the last six months.

The major one is that we are no longer a business that deals only in books. After a few false starts we have re-invented ourselves as Hoonaloon Collectables, dealers in books, badges, banknotes, tokens, first day covers and related items.

Following on from that we no longer trade on book trade sites such as ABE, Antiqbook and  Mare Libri. The reason is the obvious one,  that such sites are really geared up for the needs of sellers of books and related materials and not for those of us who need to list a variety of types of items.

We can be found here ;

Without more ado, here are a few of the items we are currently offering for sale on E-Bay ;

First up is this attractive Souvenir Sheet (also known as a miniature sheet) from India commemorating Rath Yatra Puri, a Hindu festival. We are not a specialist stamp dealer but do stock a range of First Day Covers and Souvenir Sheets from various parts of the world. Our intention with these is to provide a range of inexpensive items aimed primarily at those just starting a new collection. Most are attractive and many have historical interest in one way or another.

We also stock a range of badges, both military and non-military. One of the more interesting is the badge pictured above, which commemorates STS-44, a Space Shuttle Flight which took place in 1991.

 We have a few other badges with a space travel theme, and many originating with clubs and associations, whether that be Bowls Clubs, Trade Unions, Lions Clubs or others too numerous to mention.   

Given our background in the book trade it would be surprising if we didn`t have a range of book available. Our current stock includes a number of  signed books, proof copies and titles relating to the history of the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire area.

A few of these are pictured below ;

John N Merrill - Sir Richard Arkwright of Cromford  
Chitra Bannerjee Divakaruni - The Conch Bearer (proof copy)

                                                   John Winter - Legacy (signed copy)

All of these can be found in our online emporium by using this link ; .

That`s all for now,

Nick and Ann-Marie
Hoonaloon Collectables

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Hoonaloon News 2 August 2014 - We`re Diversifying !

Apologies for the absence of new postings to our blog/newsletter in recent times.

The reason is that we are diversifying our business to incorporate a wider range of collectables - banknotes, coins, tokens, badges etc - in addition to our continuing book sales business.

It`s quite a steep learning curve !

The next posting here will reflect the full range of our actvities and will hopefully appear before too long.

All the Best,

Nick and Ann-Marie

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Hoonaloon News Apri/May 2014

Hello and welcome to the latest Hoonaloon Books Newsletter.

This month we`re going to start with some news, then hear from a satisfied customer. After that, we`ll look at some recent additions to our stock and then I`ll just provide the usual links etc so that you can access our catalogue.


This is not really anything to do with our business, but I thought it might be of interest.

Over the last month or so, along with a number of others, including authors Ray Elmitt and Keith `Chap O`Keefe` Chapman, I`ve been involved in seeing to it that a previously unpublished story by the late Walter Tyrer is made available to the reading public for the first time.

I`m pleased to say that our efforts have been crowned with success, thanks in part to the enthusiastic support of Walters` daughter Jennifer de Fries.

                                                          Walter Tyrer circa 1956

Should you wish to know more, the best (actually the only) accounts are these ; 

Nick Osmond - Walter the Wordsmith - - 15 March 2014

David Cranmer - Department of Lost Stories : A Professional Job by Walter Tyrer  - - 16 March 2014

                                                       The Satisfied Customer

As I`ve mentioned before, selling things online can seem a touch impersonal, so its` always good to hear from happy people who`ve made online acquisitions at our esteemed online emporium.

Such a man is Robert from Newmarket who purchased a formidably weighty volume from us not so long ago.

Robert was kind enough to get in touch to say "The book is exactly as your description and I am delighted with it."

Contacted to ask if we could quote him, he responded "I`m perfectly happy for you to quote me. It was a prompt and painless experience buying from you (and you can quote me on that if you like)."

Thanks to Robert for that, and also the customers who agreed to be quoted in previous newsletters.

Recent Acquisitions

Our last newsletter gave details of a Hungarian edition (in English) of  Slave of the Huns by Geza Gardonyi. This newsletter starts with another edition of the same book, also a Hungarian edition in English and in fact from the same publisher.
This edition can be found at number 6316 in our listings.
At 6280, another recent acquisition is `Deborah Darby of Coalbrookdale 1754 - 1810 ; Her Visits to America, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England and the Channel Isles` by Rachel Labouchere, published by Sessions of York, 1993. The author, who has family connections with the Darbys, has previously written a book about Deborahs` mother-in-law, Abiah. This book was based on Deborahs` diaries.
To learn more about the Darby family, Coalbrookdale and Ironbridge Gorge, use these links ;
The Darby family women are conspicuously absent from  most accounts of the Darbys and their doings, something Rachel Labouchere is clearly working to put right !
Trivia buffs may like to note that a painting of the Coalbrookdale Iron Bridge is featured on the mug holding the flowers on the cover of this book.  
Other recent acquisitions include ; 6321 - Alistair McRae Rennie - Scotch Broth, 6303 - J C Jones - Influx, 6299 - Margery L Metcalfe - Once a Gentleman (signed), 6317 Angela Rigley - School for Jamie (signed), 6318 - Goddard - Goodbye Old Pick.
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For those that have persevered, thanks for reading this far, and remember - Respect the Book !