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well, this file last updated July 5, 2016 – perhaps a speed record – inspired by usual onslaught of bills to pay, imposing backlog of recent acquisitions, rapidly approaching show season which will benefit from fresh stock & impact catalog production – been spending some long days keyboarding away – garden report: high season for harvesting – snow peas, escarole, turnips come & gone – overplanting after various pestilences & infestations decimated some crops yielding overabundance of crookneck squash, zucchini, cucumbers – tomatoes getting blighted, but crop plentiful – enough for sandwiches, gazpacho, tomato-basil pasta sauce, 7 quarts canned so far – plenty of basil for pesto – romano beans, lettuce, arugula – onions pulled & cured – peppers producing – loads of chard, kale, collards – brassicas back after multi-year break & no sign of cabbage worms – picking broccoli – potato plants gradually clobbered by beetles, not sure what’s underground – small crop of eggplants, but insects winning that war – voles got most of the beets – small crop of carrots – looks like plenty of pumpkins, butternut & buttercup squash on the way – we’ve had very little rain & i’ve lugged many heavy buckets of water – zach in Washington d.c. for august at radiology program – your friendly bookseller turned 63 on the usual day – celebrated with edie – dinner at 111 in Greenwich – your friendly bookseller will have a booth at the Brooklyn antiquarian book fair, September 9-11, Brooklyn expo center & selected catalog stock with that in mind – visit us in booth 607 – some new & different categories – much ephemera – advertising, amusement parks, automotive travel, aviation, elections, humor, New York worlds fairs, hotels, New York city & state, ocean liners, publishing, radio, stock market, theater programs, plus other timely topics, gleanings from several recent hauls, more stock from the van norman book company, even some usual suspects – after Brooklyn, we’ll be at Allentown, October 1-2, pioneer valley show in Northampton, October 16, boston , October 29 – please visit – meanwhile, off to eagle printing with files in hopes of the usual rapid-fire turnover time – cover: item 391 – at your service, peter
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well, this file last updated February, 2016 – it’s july 4th – who pressed ‘fast forward’? – shows, some sneab stuff – passed gavel to duane stevens, stepped down to veep & designated committees chair – spring show scored attendance boost from Lexington patriots day weekend crowds – few appraisals, few major acquisitions opportunities, some of which herein, life’s many minor agendas & distractions – season changed twice – bland winter gave it up for typical spring & hello summer, which has been more dry than hot in the pioneer valley – last summer’s produce reduced to onions, jar of pickled beets, few containers of pesto, corn, beans, greens in the freezer – new gardens well underway, wanting perhaps too much attention – all tilled & planted, much energy invested in amending depleted soil, hauling water from nearby brook at Amherst plot, squishing potato beetle larvae – salad greens, radishes, snow peas, turnips already ready, much else coming along, – rain would be most welcome – zach begins 3d year of radiology residency at cooper university in Camden, new jersey – takes vacation time seriously – recently made trek up machu picchu – picked strawberries with edie few days back – enjoyed strawberry shortcake – owl pen books, her shop, open for season – recent masi gatherings have celebrated a younger brother’s 60th birthday & coincided with another’s recovery from recent installation of pacemaker & new hip – there may be some writing on the wall here – upcoming shows: papermania, august 20-1, Hartford, Connecticut & Brooklyn antiquarian book fair, September 9-11 – herein you’ll find a hodgepodge of recent acquisitions – Americana deaccessioned from well-known university library, architecture from estate of former customer Robert levy being sold at new England book auctions, much cookery from several sources, many early American children’s books, including a large number of mcloughlin brothers publications from a collection sold at knotty pine in swanzey, new Hampshire, nineteenth century fiction, religion & odds’n’sods from Cheryl needle, much on women’s health acquired from university of Massachusetts professor bonnie Strickland, as well as miscellaneous material from recent shows, auctions & travels – we hope you’ll find it of interest –
at your service – peter cover: item 74
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 –
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 –
cover: item 477
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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Peter L. Masi – books
PO Box B
Montague MA 01351
413.367.2628 8 am B 10 pm my time
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 –