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Catalog 231 – A plethora of pamphlets & collectible paper!

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well, this file last updated January 15, 2015 – it’s late February – inspired by prospects of booth at ‘ephemera 36’ next month in Greenwich, we have done forced marches to produce a catalog or mostly ephemeral material, which in my case is primarily pamphlets – hopefully the wizards at eagle printing in Pittsfield will produce pronto per usual & this will precede show – whacky weather has become the norm – a near week of sub-zero nights & single digit days gave way to milder weather & yesterday’s drenching & last night’s thunder & lightning – if you like it, just wait a minute – this has made for pitiful cross-country ski conditions – got to Wendell state forest twice following 2 snows which produced an 8” cover – we got bare ground, sunny skies today – snowbirds return soon – we continue a diet based on what remains of last year’s produce – few hubbard & buttercup squashes – potatoes, onions – red delicious apples trifle soft but edible – tomatoes canned with peppers & summer squashes, pickled beets, raspberry jam – corn, beans, greens, pesto in freezer – recipe contest might be in order using all of the above – life largely woodstove centric – workstation with laptop, table & chair to eat, comfy chair to read & doze – happy camper zach spent new year week snowboarding in Canada & thawing in Miami – now just back from more snowboarding in Jackson hole – apartment life in Philadelphia & radiology residency at cooper university in Camden in between – kicked off 2016 with papermania in Hartford, worked catalog 230, shepherding SNEAB through renewals & production of new annual directory, hand president’s gavel over next Monday – edie & painter pal leslie parke revived their occasional payback dinner party in shushan ny with Washington county literati, weekday manhattanites, equestrians & Massachusetts misfit – recently attended memorial for colleague Cheryl needle – diagnosed with pancreatic cancer late 2014, predictable trajectory of toxic treatments for tragically terminal condition – longtime player in the small world of antiquarian books & ephemera – my booth across from hers at boston shadow show, watched typically nonemoting colleagues of highest rank visibly warm as they approached, lingered, bought , departed smiling – got to visit Chelmsford, her home for family & business for many years, hub for many in our trade, spent a day with Cheryl, hauled away carload of culls from past accumulations, some herein – sold house, one of her life’s final hurdles – she died soon after – reminders abound, much missed already – we’ll be exhibiting at ephemera 36, march 19-20, hyatt regency, Greenwich, ct – 2016 theme: politics (go there, anyone?) – herein you’ll find some campaign biographies & other election-year ephemera – recent Connecticut acquisitions, carte-de-visite of modoc murderers, coquette fan, printed handkerchief, 1885 baseball schedule, portage county, ohio school document signed by james a. Garfield, Edwin elmer’s national academy of design cards, travel brochures, early Adventist tracts, catalogs, advertising novelties, much from van norman company stock recently brought east from quincy, Illinois – enjoy – visit us in Greenwich – we’ll also exhibit at boston book & ephemera fair, new location, Lexington, mass, april 17 & Allentown, april 30-may 1 –

hoping to make your perusal mutually profitable –

at your service –

peter

 

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Catalog 229, October 2015

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Peter L. Masi – books
PO Box B
Montague MA 01351
413.367.2628 8 am B 10 pm my time
masibook@verizon.net

well, this file last updated june 9 – it’s mid-september, late summer – hoped to nail this one before annual 3-day vacation, failed – hard to complain about this summer in the pioneer valley – modest quantity of very hot & humid, fairly regular rains until late august, perhaps best of all, the allergy treatments this past winter alleviated the serious symptoms of recent years – good season in the garden – installed new deer/groundhog fence down the street – took some time & materials, but no critters so far – plenty of snow peas, salad greens, romano beans, corn, applications of pyrethrin & copper fungicide seem to have given summer & winter squash plants time to produce, plenty of zucchini & yellow crookneck, hubbards, butternuts & buttercups coming along, also staved off tomato blight until plants had set fruit, tried few blight-resistant varieties, got enough for tomato sandwiches, gazpacho, tomato-basil pasta sauce, salads, even canning some – good corn crop, cucumbers got off to slow start, produced, hit by powdery mildew – eggplants weakened by flea beetles, but rallied & made small crop – onions pulled, cured, braided – 3 pepper varieties – good escarole, collards, kale – stayed on top of basil & froze pesto before it went by – stir fryed some turnips with peppers, onions, got beets to pickle – harvest slowing down, potatoes to dig & winter squash to pick – freezer getting filled – picked strawberries with edie early summer & later blueberries – 4 cords of wood delivered, 2 stacked – set up at library history seminar of American library association library history roundtable at simmons college & papermania in Hartford in august – Allentown & Northampton approach – October 3-4 & October 18 – Wednesday past packed car & headed to Nickerson state park in Brewster, got a fine campsite & pitched my tent & got on newly renovated bike & hello cape cod rail trail – made it to wellfleet, poked about bookstore/restaurant, biked back, swam in flax pond, fish & chips at cobie’s, Thursday biked to Orleans for coffee & bagel, broke camp, biked around Nickerson, swam in the rain, headed to Harwich port where edie & sisters have house bought by grandmother in 1920s, original interiors & furnishings – found some books & paper in antique shop en route, swam in ocean with just a little thunder & rain, worked on Edward gorey puzzle, lovely dinner, started west Friday, hit few cape cod group antique shops to scout – home late afternoon – back to the saltmine –
herein you’ll find usual masi mix – various recent buys, auctions, shows, some chipping away at the backlog – thanks for your consideration –

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It’s New! It’s Hot! It’s . . . Catalog 228!

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Catalog 228 Summer 2015 –
well, it’s been several new seasons – more green than white today – winter lingered, sped to summer, backpedaled to spring – very new England, but global climate may be going there – more extremes faster – crocus, daffodil, tulip, lilac, all come + gone, iris, peony, buddleia in bloom – ground bit hard then wet to till ‘til time to head to shows in Allentown + Wilmington – they came + went more or less as expected – garden plots now tilled – Amherst plot nearly planted – potatoes, onions, corn coming along, many tomato, eggplant + zucchini starts getting acclimated – carrot, beet, radish seedlings up – montague plot showing peas, lettuce, peppers – rhubarb planted last year – putting in new fencing there to dissuade groundhog + deer – dry early spring, but raining now – many seedlings on porch here waiting for transplanting – last summer’s stores gone – local asparagus plentiful – repaired holy window screens – spent day at 40th college reunion – family college + high school graduations – zach made brief visit after annual boston area celebration – spending week in Israel visiting friends – starts year 2 radiology residency on return – all well on that front – got 2 cords of firewood to stack for next winter – just back from celebrating edie’s birthday in Greenwich, ny – bike’s in the shop, but rode backup today in between rains – we’ll be setting up shop at the conference of the library history roundtable of the American library association at simmons college on Saturday, august 1 in the afternoon, then at papermania in Hartford on august 22-3 –

herein you’ll find large gathering of anti-Catholic/nativist books acquired while back from longtime bookseller roger harris, new englandiana in bennington, modern architecture from Ronald Goodfellow, commercial fishing titles third-hand from George Bryant of Provincetown, cooking, college yearbooks, aviation, trade catalogs, the usual , the unusual – we’ve tried to keep it interesting + send in hopes you will agree –

at your service –

peter

cover: item 502

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we can all use a laugh . . .

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well, time marches on – file last updated February 23, 2014 – heating season ended – winter cold went few extra innings – firewood finished, furnace kicked on for week or two – now 3 new cords stacked & fourth awaits – freezer emptied & last year’s tomatoes consumed – still some pickles – plots tilled back in april – potatoes, onions, greens, peas planted – various distractions allowed weeds to get some traction – gradually given over to tomatoes, corn, peppers, eggplants, cucumbers, squashes, beans, beets, carrots, escarole, collards, chard, basil – some fare well, some flounder & fail – potato beetles back, eating eggplant too – deer discovered peas – usual stuff – too tired to bike or swim after few hours planting, lugging water or weeding – set up at ephemera society show in march, Allentown pa + wilmington ma in may, concord nh in june – next show august papermania in Hartford – few family graduations this spring, 1 high school, 1 college – zach ended his year at 10th st hardware in Philadelphia, visited the valley prefatory to beginning residency in radiology at cooper university medical center across the Delaware river in Camden nj – initial reports on that very promising – mariab has morphed, reborn as sneab – southern new England antiquarian booksellers – we now include Connecticut – yours truly prime mover + now first president – many hurdles cleared + rollout short of disastrous – we seem to be on our feet – met with Connecticut dealers at mark twain house in Hartford in june – acting as broker for books + archival materials from noted bookbinders Gerhard & katharyn gerlach of shaftsbury Vermont – the mill where they worked also available – this effort too long in production – must renew vow to accelerate – tackled many books from late university of Massachusetts professor Vincent dethier – entomology, natural science, ornithology, some Americana – plus varia selected from shelves & boxes of books + ephemera about – some for so long i cannot recall when or where acquired – much more on deck, several interesting collections – time is the commodity in short supply – but we’ll send this to eagle + visit edie in Greenwich ny + hope to send this to you soon after – with hopes you will find something of interest –

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New Year, New Catalog! Here’s 219!

Just in! Catalog 219.
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well – heating season arrived with most of cord four unstacked – several carloads taxied to the front curb later – who knew – fans & screens closeted, humidifiers unplugged, chimney cleaned, woodstove fired, kitchen, dining table, workstation, easy chair within the warmth, short walk to bed & bath – fairly uneventful transition in a changed-climate way, some warm December days, rain, the faintest flurry, sandy a media event this far inland, looking out on a frosty morning as i compose – few trips to dole orchard for macintosh, northern spy, Cortland, red delicious, Baldwin apples – apple crisp a staple here – canned some tomatoes, dug the potatoes, only a few pumpkins, more butternut, buttercup & acorn squashes – stored in the cellar – 30-year old stove gave it up, new gas unit baptized – hit some flooding around NYC on way to Philadelphia for birthday dinner (28) with zach, Chinatown all blocked for some festival, finally connected for some Chinese, then to Allentown for paper show with cdv – Columbus day in Amesbury & visit to orchard with more cars than apples – pioneer valley show & Halloween took out October – over 400 trickortreaters in montague, pizza on front porch with neighbors – we had a national election, cause for some concern, even here in our bluest state where presidential outcomes are presumed, even for former governors, a significant senatorial contest, greatly relieved by results, but sad that we are split into such separate camps & not playing well together at all – put some effort into presentation at boston book print & ephemera show in new venue & had a very busy & satisfying show – quick visit to hynes Friday nite to say hey to abaa friends, dinner with finer & bolerium boys at nearby café jaffa – thanksgiving with many masis in Winchester – zach enjoying very challenging year, general surgery very demanding & must also obtain residency for next year, applying again for orthopedics, three interviews scheduled, hoping for more – meanwhile business beckoned & your favorite bookseller had to hunker down & catalog – these babies do not spontaneously generate – got stock to spare, just time in short supply – hoped to have this out before the holidays, but it’s looking tight with an option on forgetaboutit – herein a somewhat usual mix of masi categories, best of recent acquisitions – book call to old building in nearby turners falls offered some books with bookplates of eva le gallienne , local man’s mother an actress who cared for her in her old age, others with Berwick family plate, Berwick & Smith a parent company to norwood press – gotta get this to eagle, then get a new windshield to relieve my aged car of R sticker, rearrange my overbooked quarters for visits from zach on Friday after Albany interview & edie on Monday for early xmas party for two – maybe make a few wreaths, get out the ornaments, shop for a few things, cut a tree, mail a few cards – as always, please know this comes your way this my thanks for your patronage this year past & my sincere wishes to you for delightful holidays & a healthy & prosperous year ahead –
at your service –

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Booksellers Showcase, June 9, 2012

Peter L. Masi, Books will have a table at the Booksellers Showcase this Saturday, 10:30 am, Sheraton Commander Hotel, 16 Garden St, Cambridge, MA, sponsored by the Ticknor Society, along with L&T Respess, John Kuenzig, Steve Schuyler, Peter Stern, Eclectibles, Commonwealth Books, Boston Book Company, Bromer Books, Thomas Boss, Webb Dordick, Rob McDowell, DeWolf & Wood, Priscilla Juvelis, Tavistock Books, Jim Arsenault, Mosher Books, Robin Bledsoe, Barry Scott & White Fox. It’s free & open to the public. At 1 pm there will be a symposium ‘Boston & the Book Arts’ with talks by John Kristensen, Katherine Ruffin, Todd Pattison & Georgia Barnhill. The showcase will be open after, from 4:30 – 7 pm.

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Allentown Paper Show, April 28 & 29, 2012!

Peter L. Masi – books will be exhibiting this weekend at the Allentown Paper Show, Agricultural Hall, 1929 Chew St, Allentown, PA, Saturday, April 28, 9-5 & Sunday, April 29, 9-3.

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