Catalog 260 – fallen leaves from scrapheap of history

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well, file last updated September – it’s early November – garden reduced to some hardy greens, mustard, turnip, broccoli raab, cilantro – first frost few weeks ago –  mostly mild, wet fall – pulled final tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, corn – cleanup time – heating season underway – woodstove-centric life – laptop cataloging, dining table, reading chair all nearby – Halloween in montague seven-ring circus, haunted houses, storyteller, kiddie train, blazing cauldron, several sorts live music, barbecue, jack-o-lanterns, tons of trick-or-treaters in latest character crazes – passed out peck of candy – few fall fairs been here an’ gone – pretty productive purchasing – Boston on deck and Northampton in December  – herein bit unusual masi mix – montague library deaccessioned civil and Spanish-american war regimentals – significant collection of early cookery – chef’s collection of menus and paul bocuse new year greetings – many dye swatch folders – leavened with more usual fare –- sent with best wishes for coming holidays and new year ahead, thanks for all your past commerce and hopes you’ll be sufficiently amused to acquire – at your service –

peter

cover: item 136

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Boston Book Fair Time!

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Dear Friends,

We’ll be participating in 2 book fairs this week:

From Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at noon through Friday, November 9, 11 pm, we’ll be selling at Getman’s Virtual Boston Book, Print and Ephemera Satellite Show: https://getmansvirtual.com/

On Saturday, November 12, 2022, we’ll be exhibiting live at the Boston Rare Book and Ephemera Fair, Back Bay Events Center, 180 Berkeley St, Boston, 8 am – 4 pm: https://www.rarebooksboston.com/

For a list of some highlights we’ll be bringing to the live show, click here.

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Catalog 258. Summer stock.

well, 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

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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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