We’ll be exhibiting at the Boston Book, Print & Ephemera Show, The Satellite Show, Saturday, November 11, 2017, 8 am – 4 pm, Back Bay Events Center, 180 Berkeley Street, Boston.
This Sunday, October 15, 2017, we’ll be exhibiting at the 13th Annual Pioneer Valley Book & Ephemera Fair, 10 am – 4 pm, Smith Vocational School, 80 Locust St (Route 9), Northampton, Massachusetts.
We invite all to attend.
40 of your favorite dealers from Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, New Jersey & even Ohio will offer early, modern, collectible, rare, scholarly, fine & downright used books, manuscripts, ephemera, prints, maps, autographs, postcards, photographs & probably some incarnations of paper & print which I’ve forgotten.
It’s a great time to visit the Pioneer Valley! We’re plastered with pumpkins, potted mums, apples for picking or purchase, cider of several stripes. We got Five Colleges! (University of Massachusetts, Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, Hampshire College) with students to visit, football games to watch, rare book libraries with exhibits & several noteworthy art museums! The foliage committee is working 3 shifts & we shall strive to please the leaf peepers! So come, already! No excuses!
What the media are saying: ‘tremendous’, ‘fantastic’, ‘greatest’, ‘best’, ‘incredible’, ‘unpresidented’, ‘believe me’. Oh, yeah, ‘epic’, i forgot ‘epic’.
Hoping to enjoy your visit,
Click here to read Catalog 237
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
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 –
cover: item 231
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 –
cover: item 389
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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
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 –