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Click here to read Catalog 241

well, this file last updated February 26 – it’s july 7 – gulp! – so much for ‘smaller, more often’ strategy – we leapfrogged spring into summer – spring was cool – heating season extended through all but few scraps from 4 cords of wood – show season kicked it – Greenwich, then Allentown, then Lexington – southern new England antiquarian booksellers gets high-maintenance in spring with renewals & producing & distributing new directory – working with longtime friend & customer Charles Rosenberg who’s just relocated & used opportunity to radically downsize a lifetime of books – storage unit acquired after closure of American textile history museum now full to bursting – have had neighbor who suffers ‘pots’ syndrome working few hours a week cataloging used & scholarly books from various sources & selling those online – last summer’s fare ‘bout history – few onions left, half-jar pickles, container of pesto in freezer, some raspberry preserves – garden tilled & mostly planted & already producing – rhubarb well established, first bed of salad greens gone, second coming along – rapini rapid & prolific, battling hungry deer over snow peas, beet & other greens – animal repellent spray on what’s not eaten – chard, kale, collards ready to pick, beans in flower, onions, carrots, corn, squashes, cucumbers, peppers, potatoes coming along, broccoli showing signs of cabbage worm damage, eggplant battling flea beetles, tomato already showing signs of some blight – always an adventure – just had blistering heat wave – days well into 90s, nights in 80s, high humidity – few good storms came through & air is bit cooler & drier now – good strawberry season – picked several times at warner farm in sunderland – brought swordfish, montague asparagus, wine & rhubarb crisp to edie’s for her latest birthday – her owl pen books in Greenwich (NY) open for summer – zach in process of relocating to Gainesville for fellowship in interventional radiology at the university of florida health center – flew down for orientation & few days of work last week, flew back to break camp in Philadelphia this weekend, then driving south – more sad news in the antiquarian book trade – bill reese died after a battle with cancer – i met him shortly after starting my business & while we were at opposite ends of the price spectrum, i had occasional encounters & deals & always found him genial, astute, informed, an admirable gentleman in every way – herein – you’ll find yet another gathering of odds’n sods, mostly pamphlets, some books, more of this, less of that for various reasons, but there’s more, too much more & hopefully a shorter interval before the next catalog –

at your service,
peter

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A plethora of diverse pamphlets . . . .

Click here to read Catalog 240.

March, 2018 – even longer days, even more pamphlets

well, this file last updated February 5 – it’s February 26 – serious cataloging binge inspired by upcoming ephemera society show – ephemera 38, hyatt regency hotel, old Greenwich, Connecticut, march 17-8 – usual back of the hall berth – little life news to report – more rain than snow, which has been ephemeral – more milder days – one in 70s – gave woodstove a break – few squashes & onions in storage, canned tomatoes, pickles, frozen pesto –

profoundly saddened by sudden death of colleague ian Jackson of Berkeley, California, 18 february – always visited on California trips – great wit, storyteller & wonderfully informed bookseller, author of highly amusing ‘key to serendipity’, ‘den of book jackals’, ‘chamberpot & m2th5rf8ck: price-codes of book trade’, enviably perceptive & touching obituaries (Bernard Rosenthal, eric korn, russ Johansson, cesi kellinger), issued series of ‘cedules’ (broadsheet book lists), including 2-3 ‘exercices de style’, written in parody of other booksellers (see cedule 2, #4 ‘cataloged in the style of peter masi’), most recent holiday card replete with footnotes, his reply to my announcement that SNEAB would supersede MARIAB was hysterically good, even reviewed masi catalogs in recent issue of book collector, yours truly duly honored – never could be another & greatly missed –

herein – you’ll find proverbial potpourri of pamphlets, a feast of creative categorization, hopefully something to pique or tantalize –

at your service –
peter

cover: item 165

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Longer Days, Lower Taxes (?) & Pamphlets Aplenty! Catalog 239!

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Catalog 239 – March, 2018
slept through super blue blood moon – patriots dropped the superbowl ball – stop & shop selling easter eggs – found christmas tree with edie at nearby hunting hills – they get smaller every year – erected & decorated serenaded by ronettes & roches – zach visited valley – christmas day woke to new deep snow – had to shower, shave & shovel while cooking pesto & bread pudding for italian-themed family event in natal village – braved local pre-plowed roads to head east to bare ground in middleboro – gathered in function room in club house at oak point 55+ community – now home to sister & husband – next generation now bringing babies – chatting & chowing & wining & yankee gift swap variation (brought usual, scored artisanal oil & vinegar) – yours truly headed west & zach back to philly – enough snow here for few days of cross-country skiing before ruined by rain – helluva cold spell around new year – eve spent with edie – papermania not too peopled – probably impacted by single-digit highs – four cords of wood now greatly reduced – life seasonally woodstove centric – last of apples gone to crisp – butternut squashes going to soup – potatoes all mashed or stewed – no shortage of onions – plowing through canned tomatoes & pickles & frozen pesto – alternating between local jogging circuits & swimming laps at hampshire athletic club in amherst –
next outing will be ephemera show in greenwich, connecticut, march 17-8, hyatt regency – theme is entertainment – springboard for some of our enclosed offerings – hopefully something of interest for you –
cover: item 50
peter

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Very few shopping day left before Christmas!

Item 146

To read Catalog 238, click here.

Catalog 238 December, 2017 – Hello Holidays & 2018!

well, this file last updated august 30 – it’s December – soon a super moon – days about as short as they get here – but no snow as yet – relatively mild, but the woodstove’s going & defines living space – four cords delivered & variously stacked – garden done for year – hauled butternut squashes – some hardy greens for salads & such – dug potatoes with zach during October visit – good year for apples – three visits to Clarkdale farm in Deerfield – picked mackintoshes then cortlands – survived Allentown & Northampton shows in October & Boston satellite show in November – Halloween in montague now multi-ring circus with non-stop trick-or-treaters – neighbor counted 699 – extended masi clan assembled at sister’s in westwood for thanksgiving – opportunity to experience some greater boston traffic on popular beltway on popular day to drive – wild turkey & deer made cameo appearances in suburban backyard to enhance atmosphere – also gathered for nephew’s wedding at Lyndhurst in tarrytown & aunt’s funeral in Cumberland, rhode island – Winnie, long-time sister of mercy, spent several decades teaching in Honduras during some exciting political times there – zach ran recent Philadelphia marathon with condo-mate, spent following week in Israel, otherwise in final year of radiology residency at cooper university in Camden –
herein another mixed bag of recent acquisitions – books from pharmacist don brodeur repaired by john nove –more from defunct American textile history museum in Lowell – lopsided stabs as several sectors which have snowballed (?), ballooned (?) – cooking, early children’s books, odds’n’sods – hopefully something of interest for you – time to send files to eagle printing –

and as the year’s rapidly wrapping, we send this to you with our thanks for your continued interest & our best wishes for delightful holidays & somewhat sane & prosperous & healthy & satisfying year ahead –

at your service,
peter

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Boston Book, Print & Ephemera Show, Saturday, November 11, 2017

77314. Bemis Brothers Bag Company, Boston, 1908 Presidents of United States Calendar. Printed textile. $100


Dear Friends:
We’ll be exhibiting at the Boston Book, Print & Ephemera Show, The Satellite Show, Saturday, November 11, 2017, 8 am – 4 pm, Back Bay Events Center, 180 Berkeley Street, Boston.

Click here to read a list of some items we’ll be bringing.

http://www.bookandpaperfairs.com

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13th Annual Pioneer Valley Book & Ephemera Fair

For details, dealer list, . . .

Dear Friends:

This Sunday, October 15, 2017, we’ll be exhibiting at the 13th Annual Pioneer Valley Book & Ephemera Fair, 10 am – 4 pm, Smith Vocational School, 80 Locust St (Route 9), Northampton, Massachusetts.

We invite all to attend.

40 of your favorite dealers from Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, New Jersey & even Ohio will offer early, modern, collectible, rare, scholarly, fine & downright used books, manuscripts, ephemera, prints, maps, autographs, postcards, photographs & probably some incarnations of paper & print which I’ve forgotten.

It’s a great time to visit the Pioneer Valley! We’re plastered with pumpkins, potted mums, apples for picking or purchase, cider of several stripes. We got Five Colleges! (University of Massachusetts, Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, Hampshire College) with students to visit, football games to watch, rare book libraries with exhibits & several noteworthy art museums! The foliage committee is working 3 shifts & we shall strive to please the leaf peepers! So come, already! No excuses!

What the media are saying: ‘tremendous’, ‘fantastic’, ‘greatest’, ‘best’, ‘incredible’, ‘unpresidented’, ‘believe me’. Oh, yeah, ‘epic’, i forgot ‘epic’.

Hoping to enjoy your visit,
Peter

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Back-to-school all over again!

Click here to read Catalog 237
well, ‘summer’s almost gone, winter’s tunin’ up’ (‘sincerely, l. cohen’) – old home days in montague & august papermania serve as annual reminders, along with shorter days, cooler nights — relatively wet & cool summer here – tho’ not ‘epic’ – ala Houston or last summer’s drought – somewhat counterintuitively garden having tough time – effort devoted to new fence not spent hauling in hay to manage weeds & look nice – young deer decided new fence perfect to practice for deer Olympics hurdle event – source of some nutritious snackage aussi – young pea & pepper & beet greens & escarole greens – defensive tactics semi-effective – tomato blight back bigly – spread to potatoes – squashes & cucumbers unhappily hosted powdery mildew – cabbage moths back from last year’s vacation – bye-bye brassicas – flea beetles ate young eggplants now staging heroic revival – peas aplenty in spite, few good beds of salad greens, beans produced few pre-beetle pickings, fair crops of summer squashes & cucumbers before succumbing, onions enough for winter, beets rallied a bit, blighted tomatoes producing enough for sandwiches, gazpacho, tomato-basil pasta sauce, dozen or so quarts canned – froze much pesto, basil now yellowed – peppers producing prodigiously – small corn crop, buttercup squash plants perished, but butternut persists & produces – raspberries enough to preserve, picked blueberries twice, gone on breakfast granola, 2 cakes – first cord of firewood delivered & stacked – 3 to go – zach passed board exam, head radiological resident for final year at cooper in Camden, sharing new philadelphia living quarters with ducom friend – humming ‘when i’m 64’ as of august 5 – dined with edie at blue rock in Shelburne falls – Allentown, pioneer valley & boston shows on deck for fall, hopefully with catalogs in between – national politics producing chronic elevated metaphysical distress – details tediously astonishing – third installment for shorter catalog format – herein another mixed bag of recent acquisitions – second installment from former pharmacist don brodeur – first of massive haul from sadly defunct American textile history museum in Lowell, standard histories & overviews, much more to come – have offered many minor subjects over decades due to customer with circumspect collecting – David L. Cole of san marino collected automotive travel, bought from me forever, sent ‘how to date a roadmap’, his explanation of map publisher codes, sent him regular lengthy lists of roadmaps, tourist brochures, he bought much, collected every variant, sent detailed typed letter with payment discussing purchases, details i missed, how item fit his collection, occasionally allowing some unknown minor gas company, or filling unexpected collection gap – son emailed after last offering with news of his death – irreplaceable gentleman, lingering interest, mere sampling within – catalogs, cooking, expositions, usual odds’n’sods – hopefully something of interest for you – peter

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