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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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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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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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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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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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