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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

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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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Back-to-school all over again!

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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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Summer Stock Part One! Catalog 236, July, 2017

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well, the seasons have shifted – heating season over, tho’ there’s been plenty of raw & rainy weather, with a few scorchers, just to be new England – no tornadoes or floods – firewood gone, snow tires off, shovel put away, fewer blankets, screens installed, fans running at times, fluctuations precipitating wardrobe changes, long & short pants & sleeves, a hoodie, windows & blinds up & down – had hoped for faster turnover, but . . . almost like work, at times – herewith second installment of 33-page format – in other major life change news, only planting 1 veggie plot this summer, forsaking ‘allotment’ at amethyst brook in Amherst & planting behind neighbor’s house just down the street – shorter commute, water access very welcome after last summer’s drought, easier to haul in manure from nearby farm, had to invest a bit in sturdier fencing, first effort too short & scaled by woodchucks & stepped over by deer, second of plastic mesh chewed through by critters & poles felled by visiting mower rider – hoping hefty t-bar poles & 48” welded wire may at least outlive my ability to haul & hoe – also working to improve soil in sector where it’s bit too heavy – brought in peat moss & composted leaves – it’s tilled, mostly planted, now – rhubarb planted few years back ready for ‘crisp’ or ‘crumble’, onions looking happy, bed of salad greens ‘bout good to go, peas climbing nicely, tomatoes have enjoyed few sunny days, peppers & eggplants lagging a bit but soldiering, weak results from carrot seed strips, beets bit better, turnips easy as ever – squashes & cucumbers just in & getting settled – potatoes are up – broccoli, brussells sprouts, kale, collards, bean seedlings just transplanted – only a few beds left to plant – zach took board exams in Chicago last week, won’t get results for a while, entered final year of radiology residency at cooper medical center in Camden, bikes to work from philadelphia – edie’s owl pen opened for season & her birthday duly doted – cleared the spring fair hurdles – well-attended SNEAB show in Lexington patriots day/easter weekend & Allentown paper fair – no shows now until papermania in august – Washington completely transitioned into riveting, expensive, ineffective, chaotic reality entertainment, only occasionally bumped from above fold – hard to imagine a full term of it, but possible to ponder even less palatable potentialities – herein another mixed bag of recent acquisitions – of which i could issue a serious series given longer days & perhaps some clerical assistance – usual large helping of cookery, bookish & publishing ephemera – of particular note is medical section which includes of first round of material bought from don brodeur of Connecticut, a customer during his years as pharmacist, later getting an advanced degree in experimental psychology & heading that department at sacred heart university in Fairfield – he collected pharmaceutical works, pharmacopoeias, dispensatories, some botanic medicine, homeopathy, phrenology – more to come – inquire for a complete list of his books – many odds’n’sods – hopefully something of interest for you – time to send files to eagle printing –

at your service –

peter

cover: item 231

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Hello 2017! It’s Catalog 234!

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well, this file last updated September 6, 2016 – so much has happened – several seasons have arrived & departed – it’s a new year – belated annual thanks for your continued favor & sincere best wishes for the year ahead – while working catalog 233 dell laptop which ran windows XP expired depriving us of capacity to invoice from database – limped along through 4 shows (Brooklyn, Allentown, Northampton, boston) – bought new dell laptop in December – running windows 10, hobbling with access database with few broken features – new software on ‘to do’ list – advice welcome – gardens produced fairly prodigiously & wanted usual end of season attentions – canned many quarts of tomatoes – some with peppers & summer squash – put up pesto – froze some broccoli, beans, greens – fair crops of onions & potatoes which keep well – bumper crop of winter squashes, mostly butternut, which may be best – they have begun to go & prioritized for cooking & consumption – lotsa squash soup – apple crop affected by late frost & severe local drought – picked mcintoshes at Clarkdale in Greenfield in September & cortlands Columbus day with zach & masi clan & edie – he’s 3d year radiology resident, cooper university medical center, Camden – currently interviewing for fellowship to follow fourth year – overnited recently en route to Burlington, Vermont – our country had an election last November – shall we go there? – risk a canceled subscription? – the elephants in our national government? – we elected Donald trump as our president, a man who has never been elected to public office – some years ago some ‘upstate’ booksellers were helping me load my car & looked aghast – probably at a bumper sticker for john Kerry – I indicated it came with the Massachusetts license plate – we got the blue state blues – we’ve had a vocabulary workout – ‘presumptive’, ‘normalized’, ‘fascist’, ‘demagogue’, ‘populist’, ‘alt-right’ will no doubt be in any new dictionary – few new concepts to chew – ‘false equivalence’, ‘fake news’, ‘alternate facts’ – news has been non-stop befitting his prior media celebrity & daily dominates above the fold – I don’t tweet, but you can read them in the nyt – fodder abounds for our comedy industry & they’ve had to adapt somewhat given the extraordinary quality, but much has been noteworthy – got 3 cords of firewood stacked – woodstove season well underway & already burning last cord – decorated a Christmas tree with edie & exchanged usual comestibles & tokens – zach arrived Christmas eve & we celebrated with masi clan at sister’s in westwood – snow in short supply – got to Wendell state forest once to cross-country ski – skied day after Christmas at notchview in windsor – challenging conditions, but we managed a fine workout in the woods – new year’s eve with edie & hello 2017 – kicked off business with papermania – settled down to cataloging by the woodstove – herein a mere poke at backlog to list – somewhat spotty mixed bag – much of collection of catalogs of agricultural equipment & engines bought last summer – group of early ibm & Univac manuals from systems analyst found on trip to cape cod last September – paint chip cards & architectural pamphlets from late Robert levy sold at new England auction – loads of new cooking pamphlets, children’s books from stock of late bob Merriam of Conway, a variety of trade catalogs, some publishing ephemera, novelty advertising booklets – hopefully something of interest for you – at your service –

peter

cover: item 389

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