Catalog 257 – Forced March into March Madness

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well, file file last updated just over  month ago – been a bit of a binge on my end – inspired by upcoming ephemera show where we will have a booth – plus usual critical mess of material awaiting cataloger attention – much has been put on hold – housekeeping most evidently – and it will be a tight squeeze – but here it is –  things happen quickly these days – Ukraine has displaced the virus above the fold – rare opportunity for western unity – virus number headed south hopefully for good – basic new England weather platter – bit of snow few weeks ago – got in few days of cross-country – today near sixty degrees – tomorrow rain – firewood down by over half but plenty on deck – last of apples in latest pan of apple crunch – some onions and potatoes still in storage – even a pumpkin – bit of pesto in freezer, maybe a jar of pickles – been swimming at Hampshire athletic club, jogging over taylor hill, even few bike rides for exercise and fresh air – zach and fiancée lauren planning july 1 wedding in lansing, ny – edie finally closed on sale of owl pen books – new owners young couple from southern California with no experience as booksellers – boot camp time – edie plans to sell online from home – fair season for yours truly – 3 in a row – Ephemera 42, march 19-20, hyatt regency, old Greenwich – paper town, april 16, Boxboro regency hotel, boxborough, ma – Allentown paper show, april 30-may1, Allentown fairgrounds, Allentown, pa  – masi mix 257 in hand – predominantly pamphlets, broadsides – bit strong on architecture, books about books, cooking, travel, textiles, some more dye books, bit of politics – odds’n’sods – hopefully just the thing for you

at your service –

peter

 

cover: item 168

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Catalog 256: Newish Year, Same Old Resolutions

well, file file last updated over 4 months ago – goodbye 2021, hello 2022 – thanks for buying there in former and best wishes for latter – greek letter variations promise a round of covid anniversaries – latest master of quick contagion – more positive tests – son and fiancée got breakout cases at corning restaurant celebrating his birthday – both mild – doctor quarantined – yours truly out and about – post office, Hampshire athletic club, stop and shop – three ‘live’ bookfairs, Allentown where more unvaccinated, fewer masked; masks required Boxboro; proof of vaccination required Northampton in December – November family wedding, ceremony outdoors, reception indoors – thanksgiving and Christmas at small family gatherings in Middleboro – usual early Christmas here with edie, cut, decorated tree, exchanged mostly edibles – zach and lauren here on stopover between visit to her parents and Vermont skiing – new years eve at edie’s – well, summer ran – garden hibernates – onions, potatoes, apples, 1 pumpkin persist – freezer pesto, pickled cucumbers, raspberry jam – got 4 cords stacked, half now gone way of woodstove –  mixed bag of weather, highs, lows, more rain than snow, cross-country skied maybe 3 days on barely adequate cover – conditions may improve overnight –  world continues to shop online – 20k plus listings on abe, alibris, amazon, biblio keep yours truly at packing table – taking time from catalog production – finally managed sufficient low spots from scrapheap of history to assemble motley masi mix 256 – here ‘tis – planning to show at ephemera 42, march 17-20, Greenwich, ct – resolve to produce pile of pamphlets and sordid printed paper prior – meanwhile, let’s get to work –

at your service – peter

cover: item 228

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Christmas greetings!

Christmas card from 1930s (?) with image of St. Nicholas with Clement Moore’s ‘Visit from St. Nicholas’ as background.
I’m guessing it was a stock image offered by card company, with your message printed inside.

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Perfectly clerihewed!

Our catalogs are designed to inspire purchases. Our Catalog 255 did not prompt an order from John Crichton of Brick Row Bookshop. It precipitated poetry!

We’ve been clerihewed:

Little is to be found in Masi’s new Mix
of high spots or fancy books with pretty color pics
Only pamphlets, ephemera and broadsides
on advertising, arboriculture, cooking, textiles, wood, sex and seduction
prefaced by the always exhilarating and poetic introduction.

cler·i·hew/ˈklerəˌhyo͞o/noun: clerihew; plural noun: clerihews

a short comic or nonsensical verse, typically in two rhyming couplets with lines of unequal length and referring to a famous person.

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Prince Prospero’s Pretty Playtitudes.

well, file file last updated 3 months ago – covid numbers climbing again – postal workers unmasked, customers mostly masking – nearby towns mandate masks indoors – vaxx obstinacy constantly confounds, consternates  – ventured to two live fairs – concord in june when virus seemed concluding – papermania in august when rebounding – some somewhat hostile outing of unvaxxed colleagues at latter – is this who we are? – are we better than this? – strange summer in so many ways – northeast version of whacky weather future brought lots of water – bit much for leaky cellar, veg garden at foot of hill – blights, molds, mosquitoes had marvelous season – ditto rabbits able to squeeze through wire grid fence – salvaged salad greens, escarole, chard, kale, collards, summer squashes, cucumbers, basil, tomatoes, eggplants, onions, peppers, but were constant not-pretty battle – dug decent crop Yukon gold, Kennebec potatoes – replanted beans, some late corn – dozen pumpkins – winter squash vines croaked before producing – managed most summer faves – tomato sandwich, gazpacho, tomato-basil pasta sauce, salsa – canned few quarts, pickled some cukes, froze some pesto – picked raspberries in backyard, blueberries at kenburn, mackintoshes at Clarkdale – usual summer encampments from port Richmond colleague, few brief encounters with zach + lauren, bi-weekly jaunts to edie’s in Greenwich where owl pen still on market, turned sixty-something here, barbecue for two with edie – sunlight shrinking, temps cooling, summer fleeting – got 3 cords firewood stacked, stacking fourth – gotta clean chimney, get furnace serviced – hoping to exhibit at Allentown paper show October 2-3, Boxboro October 24, Northampton December 3-4 – and in his spare time – few rides on new trek fx1, load of laundry, trash + recycling out, catalog 255 – more motley masi mix – with all faults, and best regards – at your service – cover: item 155 –

peter

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Catalog 254 – Just Acting Normal

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well, file file last updated 4 months ago – got a pair of pfizers – you? – mass has relaxed, but federal post office continues mask mandate – stop & shop strongly suggests – virus numbers way down – vaxx obstinacy likely to preclude national herd immunity – online orders finally chilling – finally stole ‘nuff time to flesh 254 –pandemic projects stumble onward – still sorting American textile history museum backlog – others await – keeping part-time zen cataloger Krista employed – shelving great old unsold by inventory number – new shelving nearly full – seasons proceed apace – usual new England whackiness enhanced by global thing – nineties Monday, hardly half Tuesday – drought Wednesday, monsoon Thursday – windy, too – wardrobe changes, extra blanket as needed – interventional radiologist son now cohabitating in corning with pandemic romance partner – bookseller buddy edie’s owl pen in Greenwich, ny for sale – hundred conserved acres, 200 year old farmhouse, bookstore in former chicken barn – consider – special reciprocal shout-out to customer and friend wendy woloson whose ‘crap – history of cheap stuff in america’ abetted by yours truly – ventured to concord, nh first june weekend for ‘live’ bookfair – saw some longtime unseen faces, bought, sold – others await – garden nearly planted – spinach, lettuce, turnip greens, volunteer cilantro already eaten, pea plants attacked by skinny bunnies or crows but producing – other crops gaining green – so here’s 254 – motley masi mix – always few months behind, always scrambling to send to printer – new bike awaits test ride – will trade old stuff for smartphone lessons – with all faults, and my best regards –

at your service –

peter

cover: item 18 by Rudolf Modley

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Catalog 253 – The Year After

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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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