Like a discovery in the outdoor dollar bin, Old Irish Paradigms and Selections from the Old-Irish Glosses. Not because I'll ever study Old Irish; I can barely remember a thing from Modern Irish Gaelic almost thirty years ago. But because it gives the Irish glosses on Latin texts, both quoted in full, to demonstrate verb mode usage, and how unbearably cool is that? ("Geek!" screamed the pigeon, "geek! You're a geek, I know that well enough!")
And then there's a paperback copy of Willey's The Well-Favored Man, so I can give paleaswater back her hardcover. Also the usual idiotic 'reminiscent of Zelazny's Amber' argh. If a guy's done it then that's the definitive version, end story, even if a woman does something only vaguely similar and much better.
And The Second 100 Chinese Characters, in the Traditional form (they also had the Simplified but pah! I read my subtitles in trad.) "...it's slim and light weight so it's easy to carry around so you can practice on it when you have a few moments to spare waiting for the train (or what have you)." In a word: restaurants.
Passed up an original copy of Mrs Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch, which I never expected to see in the flesh, and some Thrilling Tale of two plucky English boys who go to rescue their father who's being held for ransom in North Africa somewhere. World enough and time: the Blue'n'white will be there tomorrow. With the second-hand copy of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon they were pricing while I bought my books.
(Which probably has the same wonky area as the DVD of Hero I bought last April the day before my operation and viewed too late to return for a refund. Wonky area of course is smack in the middle of Uncle Ming's fight with Broken Sword.)