Catalog 253 – The Year After

Click here to read Catalog 253

well, file disappeared with desktop hard drive sometime last fall – but last catalog was last september – so many changes in such a short time – virus did not disappear, but vaccine approved – first shot tomorrow – over half million deaths, but numbers decrease – world continues to shop online – besides occasional catalog, we have 20,000 listings on abebooks, alibris, amazon & biblio – number abetted in recent years by part-time cataloger listing used, academic titles – more time at packing table than cataloging – we elected 46, but ‘ism’ not taking it well, if at all – took it to court, took it to streets – furor of flags fanned by soon-to-be-former & monetized mad media – shortly after Georgia made Senate blue, capitol stormed by well documented angry assemblage – death, injury, destruction – second impeachment, second acquittal – history will judge, perhaps not soon enough – inauguration offered friendlier faces, some bright moments – meanwhile, back at hacienda, garden provided late corn crop, kale, collards, chard, broccoli rabe, salad greens, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, butternut, hubbard squash – squashes gone, still potatoes, onions stored, canned, frozen veggies filling stewpot – finished stacking 4 cords firewood, 2 been burned – somewhere in there 2009 subaru outback developed chronic head gasket issue – driving 2015 outback – thought pandemic might provide time for project – built 4 new bookcases, started retro organizing old stock – work in progress – visited doctor son in corning in fall for biking, few hikes with new partner lauren – they visited valley – we hiked mt toby – small gathering holidays with Middleboro sector masis – cut, decorated christmas tree here with edie – brought in new year with her in Greenwich, ny – usual new England winter mix – few good stretches of good cross-country ski conditions – montague plains, Wendell state forest – rain overnight – swimming laps at Hampshire athletic club in between – book & paper fairs may return if enough get vaccinated – fall shows in planning – meanwhile finally managed to gather & describe enough recent acquisitions for catalog 253 – basic masi mix – many familiar categories, few odds’n’sods – eagle printing sold smaller presses – must work out few kinks with new printer –

we send with thanks for your past purchases, best regards for year ahead, with hopes you’ll be tempted but what’s within – at your service – peter

cover: item 51

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List of Africa books from Lorna Marshall.

Recently Keene Auctions sold a large group of books relating to Africa and we purchased 8 lots. Evidence indicates the material came from self-trained anthropologist Lorna Marshall who died in Peterborough, New Hampshire in 2002 at the age of 103.

Click here for list.

These have also been uploaded to Abebooks, Alibris, Amazon and Biblio, and you may purchase there if preferred.

Thanks for reading.

Peter

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Catalog 252, September, 2020, jamais vu all over again . . . . .

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‘If the world ended today, I would adjust . . . ‘ (John Gorka, ‘I’m from New Jersey’)

well, file last updated 4/23 – it’s late august – where to begin? Global? National? pandemic? Politics? Business? Post office? Garden report? – so many things thought temporary now seeming endless – we adjust – masking & distance new norm – local population eagerly observant – Massachusetts mostly curve flattened but wary of new wave – much anxiety over approaching school year – phase iii implemented, dialed back a bit – stores open – online sales above usual – much time at packing table – joined first 3 marvin getman first Tuesday virtual book & paper fairs & achieved notable sell-through rate with some fetching historic scraps – fall fairs seem to be falling – Boxboro, Brooklyn, boston, allentown all cancelled – spring heating season dragged through raw & cold april – summer’s almost gone, now – I’ve stacked 2 cords of firewood, third on deck, fourth down the road – garden kicked in & now delivering more produce than 1 man can consume – june was dry, july bit rainy, drought’s back bigly – pea pods only achieved 3’ or so, not usual up-the-pole, over and back down again – all gone into salads & stir frys – first bed salad greens eaten, second ready – carrots done well – some kohlrabi for a change – stir fried, raw – romano beans bed yielded nuff to steam, toss with pesto, freeze, ’bout done – filling freezer with chard, kale, collards, turnip greens, escarole sautéed with garlic – many pesto portions frozen – cucumbers came on strong but clobbered by powdery mildew, nuff for salads, maybe some pickles – eggplants clobbered by fleabeetles, but staging comeback – picking few sweet peppers, anchos come late – squashes got in late, seem to be weathering powdery mildew, picked some yellows, zucchini just starting, butternut & hubbard vines huge & spreading, some actual fruit developing – major tomato crop underway – foliage blighting badly, ripening fruit attracting hungry critters, birds, preventive picking in order – enjoying gazpacho, fresh tomato-basil pasta sauce, salads, got stew pot going for canning, tomato sandwich, fresh salsa soon – pulled, cured bed of onions, potato plants thrived, died, await digging – corn plants tall, ears seem unhappy with drought, soon we hope – picked blueberries twice at kenburn orchard – after idle month, Guthrie medical back, busy as ever, zach appears to thrive with demand, headed west for few vacations, hiked Bryce,
zion, grand canyon, then cascades with cousin – edie’s owl pen postponed usual may 1 opening, now welcoming browsers – your sixty-something blue-state
bookseller bluer from years of extreme financial & power greed, propaganda parading as news, bigotry, illiberal religious zealotry, brazen actions to create single party country – hello pandemic, summer of militarized police & politicized military employed to subdue American citizens protesting – next few months promise sleepless nights, some virtual nailbiting – we vote – subscribe to NYT, NYker, WaPo, boston globe to keep informed – optimism in short supply– but I should explain about 252 – put aside pamphlets to focus on books – few significant lots – many swatch books from defunct merican textile history museum – banking, economics, stock market books, many from karl bopp, president, Philadelphia federal reserve bank, 1958-70 & computer, electricity, radio, television books from RCA laboratories, both from recent hagley deaccession – all laced & larded with selections shelved sometime in last decade or so, offered now for first time – many repaired by grey seal in south Deerfield – best adjourn –
sent to you with my best wishes for your safety, sanity, acquisitiveness – at your service –
peter
cover: item 27

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Another First Tuesday, Another Stack from the Scrapheap of History!


We’ll be exhibiting 15 fresh scraps for sale starting Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at noon in our booth at Getman’s Virtual Book & Paper Fair.
We hope you’ll visit.
Peter

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Selling score of screened scraps in viral virtual book and paper fair!


Dear Friends,
We’ve gone virtual!
We’ll have a booth in Getman’s Virtual Book & Paper Fair, which opens Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at noon.
We’re featuring some interesting historical scraps which have been in residence awaiting an opportunity to offer a visual presentation.
Please visit!

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Catalog 251 . . . The Waiting Rooms . . .

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well, file last updated 2/4 – life is different – positive is bad and negative is good – social distance healthy, self quarantine & masked faces neighborly – toilet paper & sanitizers scarce – ditto pasta – vocabulary au courant: pandemic, epidemiologist, mitigation, containment, respirator, ventilator – school online, non-essential business closed – nearby stop & shop has not had line, but instituted one-way aisles – liquor store sign: redemption closed until further notice – where we redeem cans & bottles for deposit money – montague post office has duct tape dotted line six feet from counter & see-through sneeze screen – may miss lap swimming at Hampshire athletic club most of all – been jogging or biking daily for bit of sun, fresh air & exercise – boston a ‘hot spot’ thanks to biogen conference – two hours west things very different – not so disadvantaged by population density, but duly diligent – few nursing home outbreaks – Holyoke veterans home made the news – few observant groups gather on montague common daily – singing, stretching, safely socializing – usually active church & grange not so much – masis had zoom easter – new skill for yours truly – zach is three hours west of nyc – low population density, better air & respiratory health, surge-free so far – Guthrie eliminated non-essential procedures & interventional radiology largely idled – but more able to test now & starting to resume treatments – polarization might seem a plus but only gotten moreso & amplified to cop current buzzword & entertainment value dare-i-say trumped & field day for fakes & sending serious consequences – burned the last of 4 cords of firewood early april – weather’s continued cold, windy, raw – some blue skies but frosty nights – spring bulbs & flowering trees in bloom – few lingering snow flurries – eating Yukon gold potatoes from last summer, canned tomatoes, plenty of pesto from freezer – rototilled garden, planted peas, potatoes, mesclun mixes, carrots, beets, turnips, onions – early march nyc book fairs proved to be swan song for show scene – all since canceled – future’s bewildering blank at moment – summer & fall calendars populated with some annual events – all subject to change – meanwhile there’s plenty here to catalog & managed to motivate & assemble what follows – pamphlet parade primarily – many usual subject suspects – few quirks & outliers – sent with my best wishes for your wellness & hopes for continued collaborations – at your service – peter

cover: item 121

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Catalog 250! Our Quarter-millennial effort!

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well, file last updated 10/19 – fast forward 4 months – hello 2020 – imagine – garden wrapped rapidly – modest crop butternut squash & hardy greens – squash, potato & onion stores, frozen & canned veggies inform menu – hello frosty nights & heating season – woodstove-centric life – firewood stacks much shortened – chimney required second cleaning – another record year for trick-or-treaters – apple season ran late & last apple crisp of cortlands just finished – spent November weekend visiting zach in corning exploring southern tier – few major food fest holidays – got slightly downsized precut Christmas tree with edie – last year’s cut-your-own place closed – days got shorter, now getting longer – few respectable snowstorms provided good cross-country ski conditions – been exploring nearby montague plains – zach visited early 2020 for few days – hiked Wendell state forest & skied plains – snow cover disappeared with recent rains – fall show season sidetracked catalog production – had not set aside material, but 250 bit of milestone, so scratched about & sifted through big backlog for suitable selections – enhanced usual oddments with some more special – filled regular page count – time to click ‘send’ – with best wishes for new year & hopes you’ll find items of interest – at your service –

peter

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Boston Book, Print & Ephemera Show, Saturday, November 16th

From Bryant & Stratton Commercial School, Boston, 44th Year Book, 1904-5, $25


Dear Friends,
We’ll be exhibiting at the Boston Book, Print & Ephemera Show, November 16, 2019, 8 am – 4 pm, Back Bay Events Center, 180 Berkeley Street, Boston, in Booth A 107.

For a list of some items we’ll be exhibiting, click here.

Click here for more information about the show.

Please visit! Peter

Here’s a peep show of some Boston items we’ll exhibit:

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Watch Your Step! Catalog 249

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well, file last updated 7/17 – fast forward 2 months – hair returns – days diminish – weather variety pack – sunny & warm today – some cool nights, but no frost yet – 4 cords wood stacked – some twice after stack toppled – none burned yet – usual high adventure in garden – peppers & eggplants failed to thrive – good crop romano beans – enough basil for plenty pesto – zucchini, crookneck squash & cucumbers rocked some then caved to powdery mildew – escarole behaved well – tomatoes sported two blights – sad to watch – crop sufficient for favorites – sandwich, fresh salsa, gazpacho, tomato-basil sauce, cherry tomatoes for salads – fruit developed black bruising – pared & stewed & canned – kept beds of salad greens going – dug decent crop Yukon gold potatoes – kale, chard, collards persevere – picked blueberries few times at kenburn on Mohawk trail – macintoshes at clarkdale in greenfield – zach’s begun interventional radiology work at Guthrie medical in sayre, pa – initial reports very positive – celebrated 66th with edie at great wall restaurant in Florence – august papermania here & gone & fall shows approach – recent efforts mostly pamphlets – meanwhile books abounded – herein focus on books – mixed bag of recent acquisitions – usual & some creative categories – largest gathering from university of Massachusetts professor Harold mosher – architecture, landscape design, many of his from landscape architect paul whitney rhoades – at your service –

peter

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Melting Pot of Pamphlets . . . . Catalog 248, August, 2019

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well, file last updated 5/1 – it’s summer – shaved off winter hat – fans & dehumidifiers humming – garden mostly planted – finally acquired & installed solar electric ‘border wall’ to exclude unwanted herbivores – snow peas exceeded 7’ bamboo stakes, folded & headed back south – big crop – plenty of rhubarb – few beds of salad greens, beets & turnips – picked first zucchini – tomatoes, summer squash, green beans, cucumbers, kale, collards, escarole running late – tried peppers & eggplants in sector with suboptimal soil & they’re not happy about it – picked strawberries at warner farm in sunderland – spent weekend visiting zach in Gainesville – hiked, biked, kayaked – saw alligators, armadillos, limpkins, herons, egrets, palms, live oaks, spanish moss, ate collards, okra, sweet potato, pecan, barbecue & local brew – his fellowship ended – just helped him move into rented house in corning, ny – work at Guthrie medical as interventional radiologist begins august 1 – visited edie for june birthday – owl pen open for season – constant threat of backlog escalation on homefront with everybody downsizing & ditching & dying – herein modest effort to reverse flow – heavy on pamphlets – strove for diversity of subject matter – we eagerly await your verdict – at your service –
peter

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