Catalog 230, February 2016

Click here to read Catalog 230.

well, this file last updated October 2015 – it’s mid-winter, it’s a new year – another dropped ball along the road of intentions, as the usual opportunity to wish all happy holidays & prosperous year ahead must be belated, but heartfelt, as always, & with thanks for your continued patronage – gardens gone bye, ground frozen, though only recently – potatoes, onions, hubbard, butternut & buttercup squash & red delicious apples persevere, tomatoes canned with peppers & summer squashes, beets pickled, corn, beans, greens & pesto frozen – much of life conducted in fairly close proximity to the woodstove – dining/work table, laptop, reading chair – temperature drops towards kitchen, bedroom, bathroom – fall memories already fade – set up shop in Allentown, bi-annual dinner in Philadelphia with zach – very happy camper in 2d year of radiology residency at cooper university medical center in Camden, nj – hosted masi clan on Columbus day – picked Cortland apples at Clarkdale fruit farm in Greenfield – set up shop in Northampton at pioneer valley show – masi thanksgiving in westwood – Northampton book arts fair at smith college – Christmas trees on taylor hill totally over the hill – edie & moi hit Mohawk trail & purchased lovely pre-cut & decorated & celebrated – Christmas eve got brother from Middleboro, visited mother’s sister winifred at mount st rita health club in Cumberland ri, dinner at lorenzo’s, walking tour of natal village, Christmas day with family in Winchester – new year’s eve in Greenwich with edie – dinner & video – hello 2016 – off to papermania in Hartford this past weekend to kick-off business for another year – herein a very mixed bag of recent buys & don’t think i’ve ever had more on deck – catholic & irish titles withdrawn from holy cross college, much mid-western-iana – Abraham Lincoln & lotsa poultry – from several partners in paper sales of stock of van norman book company from Illinois – material acquired at Allentown & other shows & auctions – many things for some people –

with our sincere hopes you’ll find your reading productive & thanks for your consideration –

at your service –

peter

cover: item 477

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11th Annual Pioneer Valley Book & Ephemera Fair

11th Annual Pioneer Valley Book & Ephemera Fair
We will be exhibiting at & cordially invite all to attend the 11th Annual Pioneer Valley Book & Ephemera Fair, Sunday, October 18, 2015, 10 am – 4 pm, Smith Vocational School, 80 Locust Street (Route 9), Northampton, Massachusetts. Sponsored by Southern New England Antiquarian Booksellers, www.sneab.com
Admission is $6; $1 discount with card, advertisement, printout from website; ages 12-21 $3; under 12 free.

About 50 dealers will offer antiquarian, fine, collectible, rare, & used books, pamphlets, broadsides, maps, posters, prints, manuscripts, autographs, postcards, photographs, original artwork, all manner of paper ephemera.

Of particular note, Battledore Books, Kingston, New York, will display original artwork for children’s books & Chinese propaganda; Brier Hill Gallery, West Roxbury, Massachusetts will show fine 20th century wood engravings; Commonwealth Books, Boston, Massachusetts, will offer modern literature published by Black Widow & Second Line Presses; For the Collector, Glendale, Rhode Island, specializes in 16th-19th century religion & New England history; Joslin Hall Rare Books, Northampton, Massachusetts will bring books & ephemera on decorative arts, design & architecture; Periodyssey, Northampton, Massachusetts, will feature collectible magazines; Schoen Books, South Deerfield, Massachusetts, specializes in Judaica & holocaust literature; Southpaw Books, Conway, Massachusetts, sells social reforms & African-Americana; White Fox Rare Books, West Windsor, Vermont, features fine illustrated & color plate books; Wesley Williams, Cleveland Heights, Ohio, offers books on history of science & medicine; Yesterdays Gallery, East Woodstock, Connecticut, deals in jazz age & depression era literature in original dust-jackets.

Foliage crews are working 24/7, armed with buckets of bright red, orange & yellow; pumpkins & potted mums will line the roadsides; pick your own apples; stock up on cider; Yankee Candle will undoubtedly favor the season with several new & appropriately named scents; college students will be everywhere; politics & perhaps even the sky a lovely & comforting shade of blue.

For a list of all exhibitors visit: www.pioneervalleybookfair.com

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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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Library History Seminar XIII Showcase

IMG_NEW Library History Seminar XIII will be held at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts from Friday July 31st through Sunday August 2d, 2015. Held every 4-5 years since 1961, founders Louis Shores and Wayne Shirley also established the Library History Round Table (LHRT) of the American Library Association. The Seminar features scholarly presentations, field trips, and a bookseller showcase on Saturday afternoon. The seminar will delve into the enduring and evolving aspects of libraries and librarianship.

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We will be exhibiting at the showcase on Saturday Afternoon from 2-6 pm, which is open to the public. We will be offering books and printed ephemera related to library history, dedications, catalogs, exhibits, reports, librarians, as well as books about books, publishing, printing, bookseller and book auction catalogs.

Click here to view a list of some of what we will bring.

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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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The “Cream List” of . . .

IMG_NEW Click here to read Catalog 225
October, 2014
well, summer has run another course & winter’s tuning up – file last updated july 7 – last night’s frost advisory a false alarm – but chimney should be cleaned soon, some firewood brought in – many peppers left to pick, otherwise garden a done deal – season’s song one of hungry deer & tomato blight – former feeding daily down street – new fence needed, along with resources to acquire & install – their appetites impressive & diverse – left not a bean plant, hardly a pea, salvaged escarole, kale, cucumbers – plot b tomato plants completely clobbered by blight, plot a plants produced modest crop before blighted – enough for fresh salsa, tomato-basil sauce, sandwiches, gazpacho, only canned dozen quarts – onion crop may last winter, ditto potatoes, bumper yields of summer squash, cucumbers, corn, carrots, pickled some beets, bushel of butternut, 1 large hubbard – picked blueberries in august & in September mcintosh apples at Clarkdale in Greenfield & dole in Shelburne – won’t starve – gerlach bookbinding collection found happy home at lilly library Indiana university – packed on Monday, driven on Tuesday, delivered on Wednesday, yours truly back home early Thursday – remarkable library, flowering campus, sprawling green college town circled by big box churches, gun & porn shops, farms – local bookseller open late Tuesday, anti-communist free-market economist libertarian Lithuanian – been back on bike & to Hampshire athletic club for nautilus & pool laps – summer papermania cancelled account of lagging building renovation – got to cape cod 3 september days – visited edie & sisters in Harwich port, headed for Nickerson state park, biked many miles on cape cod rail trail – zach turns 30 today (October 6) – appears very satisfied with radiology residency – just back from Allentown – competed with yom kippur – absent some sellers & buyers – pioneer valley show this sunday & yours truly will be postering as soon as catalog 225 sent to eagle – hosting family here Columbus day for food & apple picking –
herein you’ll find best of recent acquisitions, gleanings from various stockpiles, backrooms, bunkers, burrows . . .
at your service –
cover: item 110

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The Pope for President, or

The Pope for President
The Protestant Panic & the Spread of Catholicism

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We recently purchased a collection of nativist titles, primarily anti-Catholic, anti-papal, anti-clerical, as you prefer, primarily 19th century, some 20th century, many autobiographical, some fictional.

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