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Catalog 244: The arts of napping & dyeing, anatomy of melancholy, insanity as a defense . . . dictionaries, encyclopedias . . .from the Bowery to Bellevue . . .


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well, file last updated September 21 – it’s November 7 – morning after midterm – bit of blue above the fold & even in sky – damage control new progressive agenda & house offers firewall – ultra-liberal chez moi hardly heartened – big red bible-bucks-guns-white-belt with bully pulpit & mega-amplifiers dosing daily with obscene values & vicious accomplishments & mendacious messaging – ouch – on other fronts – montague’s monster halowe’en another 5-ring fest – hundreds of trick-or-treaters – ninja turtles, spidermen, unicorns, rubic cubes, screams, suffragettes, rosie the riveters, tacos, hot dogs, harry potters & pop culture icons off my myopic grid – usual gathering of neighbors on my front-row-seat porch for guacamole, chili, cornbread, beer – handing out candy, candy & more candy – kale & collards still viable last garden visit – planted garlic for first time – picked macintoshes in September, cortlands in October – stacked firewood cords 3 & 4 & heating season here – unwelcome weather operative for new England has been ‘wet’ or ‘rain’ to put it in 4 letters – completely counterindicated for one with allergies & building full of absorbent paper – wellies & ems rain jacket workin’ hard – zach provides enviable images from Gainesville – zone 9 – enjoying life & interventional radiology fellowship & looking ahead – senior citizenry constant companion since our latest birthday – more pills, less energy – acquired partlypreventive/partly therapeutic back brace & apply liberally – regular bending & heavy lifting in antiquarian book trade – driving newer vehicle compliments of perennial summer camper cdv with nod to Benjamin franklin – retired 2000 subaru legacy approaching 280,000 miles & rusting body for relative luxury of 2009 with 103,000 – survived Allentown & Northampton shows – boston book fair likely come & gone when this you read – time to celebrate annual owl pen books closure with edie – then the holidays & hello 2019 before you know it –

well, herein you’ll find an irregular masi assortment – recent pamphlet orgies enhanced setting stuff aside for projects which never materialize habit – books, big books, big sets of big books set aside, brought to storage unit, blocking traffic – tackle time – something about sources – now defunct American textile history museum – acquired what not placed in institutions – textiles, dyeing, printing, water power – essex county & nearby history – their reference collection – latter only pencil marked (‘Trace’, ‘Morrill’, ‘found on door step, 1972’) – encyclopedias, dictionaries – multiple Britannica editions (1,3,4,8,9,11), Americana, International, OED’s, Webster, Appleton, DAB – some good-to-go, some with bad leather & broken bindings – lot price on request – several hagley museum deaccessions – du pont family – expositions – technology – Kentucky-born, Alabama-raised umass professor bonnie Strickland – civil war – women’s health – peripatetic academic Charles rosenberg’s downsizing – medicine, mental health – smaller lots dating back a decade, auction & show acquisitions – foreign languages boldly lifted from internet – physical descriptions & occasional note on content – hopefully enough to interest with minimal misstatement risk – indicated repairs by john nove grey seal bindery – hopefully something will appeal – at your service –

with our thanks & best wishes to all for holidays & coming year, peter

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Another Month (at Masi’s), Another Catalog! (243)

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Catalog 243 – November, 2018 – See You Later, Summer; Hello Heating Season!

well, forced marches & non-stop hustle all over again – new norm whacky weather – many monsoons, few hot & humid, few crisp & cool – garden mostly played out – blight briefed tomato crop, but lots while lasted, ‘nuff for sandwiches, gazpacho, salsa, tomato basil sauce, ratatouille, eggplant parmesan, many quarts canned – powdery mildew made havoc on cucumber & squash vines – butternuts soldier on – dug onions & potatoes – enjoyed escarole – chard, kale, collards, peppers persevere – stacked 3 cords of wood & expecting fourth – young neighbor with POTS syndrome cataloging backlog of academic titles few hours each week – those uploaded to amazon, abebooks, alibris – fall fair season here – we’ll exhibit at boston book, print & ephemera show, november 17, back bay events center – drop-ins welcome –
herein you’ll find another variety pack – many usual suspect categories, much here, not so much there – tackled lots from new England auction while back of printing, type specimens, paper & ink sample books, with additions – many pamphlets on costume & textiles published by CIBA in Basle – hopefully something to interest you –
at your service – peter

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Late Summer Fare Here!

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well, this file last updated July 8 – it’s august 7 – forced marches & non-stop hustle & here we are again – basic mixed weather bag – sultry & steamy at moment, rumble of thunder, monsoons few days back, few cooler, drier breaks – we hit 65 which required some paperwork, but celebrated at nearby alvah stone with edie – garden rockin’ with usual faults & feasts – raspberries here & gone, bed of salad greens, many romano beans, tomatoes in spite of blight, summer squashes, but zucchini plants struggle, oriental eggplants having banner year, early pepper variety, cucumbers coming along, plenty carrots – broccoli got worms, deer got beets, raccoons got corn, basil yellowed, more planted – zach now in Gainesville for interventional radiology fellowship at university of florida & very happy camper –
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 we’ll press ahead to next catalog soon –

at your service –
peter
cover: item 19

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Our Latest!

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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 . . . .

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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!

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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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