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  • My View

    Mon, 12 Feb 2018 12:14:27 Permalink
    Looking down from my aerie at the inferno of Lost Angels, hard upon the Sea of Broken Dreams, the mountain stronghold of Boss Town looming behind.The hills above Pasadena, from which the inferno of Lost Angels might be glimpsed on a morning’s hikeMaybe it’s just a matter of putting things in perspective. My great Mexican War discovery turned our to be wrapped in falsehood.Continue reading My View at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Life in the Cove

    Sun, 04 Feb 2018 10:06:47 Permalink
    South San Francisco is a weird place. Biotrech, big pharma, “life sciences,” and A-I have dumped countless millions of dollars into the area, like sewage overflowing,pushing out virtually every sign of what I would regard as normal life.Here, instead of phragmites or algae, covering the hills, we get acres of eruptions of mirror glass and shiny steel boxes that look like those conceptual drawings you see in zoning board presentations,with stick-figure humans on too perfect sidewalks.Continue reading Life in the Cove at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Not Left Behind

    Mon, 29 Jan 2018 01:59:03 Permalink
    It may not be obvious, but I’m making real progress cleaning out the cellar and turning it into the new World Headquarters of Ten Pound Island Book Co.These are my map shelvesand all that wall space will be MORE shelves…It’ll be fine. You’ll see.Meanwhile my preparations for the San Francisco Antiquarian Book, Print, and Paper Fair  continue.Continue reading Not Left Behind at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Cheap Freeze

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 04:01:23 Permalink
    I’m a complete wreck. Not so much from agonizing though last night’s Patriot’s win, more from listening to the morons on Moron Talk Radio talk about it all day. So I’ll be keeping this blog entry short…Got my five boxes of rare books and ephemera off to California, a feat not particularly monumental in itself, but noteworthy this year because of what was in those boxes. A mere thirty-eight books. The rest was ephemera and manuscripts.Continue reading Cheap Freeze at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • "Make an Offer"

    Mon, 15 Jan 2018 01:42:38 Permalink
    Snow White and the 50 HummelsPromoter Marvin Getman calls it the Boston Antiques Vintage Art & Design Show and Sale, but really it’s more like a flea market. Lotsa stuff, none of it very expensive.And that’s just fine. It’s fun to spend a wintry weekend in Shrinerland in the company of all those kindly old guys with funny hats,and it’s almost impossible to walk the aisles and not find something that appeals to you.Continue reading “Make an Offer” at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Gobsmacked

    Mon, 08 Jan 2018 01:32:44 Permalink
    Hitting the road, 6 am Friday Regular readers of this blog may recall the kerfuffle that erupted last August when a colleague departed the Papermania show in Hartford a day early, leaving an empty booth behind. I wrote a post about this which received quite a bit of attention – relatively speaking. The post received seven responses on the blog site and three emails sent directly to me. To my considerable surprise only one of them dealt with the pros and cons of leaving a fair early; the rest were about the Papermania event itself. Continue reading Gobsmacked at Ten Read More
  • Where Did All the Time Go?

    Wed, 03 Jan 2018 07:53:45 Permalink
    Sorry, the website’s been down for three or four days… Don’t ask!As I mentioned last week I’ve begun the process of downsizing my operation, moving from our generous old white clapboard Queen Anne to an efficient, tight, modern space across the street – about half the size of our old digs, with an additional few hundred square feet in the basement into which I intend to shoehorn my book business.Continue reading Where Did All the Time Go? at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Hard Copy III

    Sun, 24 Dec 2017 10:56:50 Permalink
    Merry Christmas, everyone!Maritime List 256 is back from the printer, and it looks fine. But I’ve decided to wait until 2018 to send it out. Papermania takes place Jan 5-7, and I’ll be too busy gathering ephemera for that show to properly attend to the flood of orders I anticipate, so I’ll put it in the mail Jan 8.I wonder what this year’s Papermania will bring? The show has been in decline for the past decade, both in terms of attendance and exhibitors.Continue reading Hard Copy III at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • I'm sure you get a lot of these this time of year…

    Sun, 17 Dec 2017 11:26:30 Permalink
    Here’s a photo of me and my pal Anthony Weller taken about ten years ago when Anthony was a world-class jazz guitarist. By that time he’d also published four novels and an award-winning travel book about India called “Days and Nights on the Grand Trunk Road.” We were writing buddies, and Anthony’s superb editorial skills helped me through my first four books. On top of all that he was a deeply-read lover of modern literature and he had one of the coolest collections of 20th century authors I’ve ever seen. Continue reading I’m sure you get a lot of these Read More
  • Hard Copy – Part II

    Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:50:29 Permalink
    As you may recall from last week’s post, I resolved to issue a hard copy list, just for the fun of it, for the first time in three years. Maritime List 256 – There Must Be Some Mistake These books are supposed to be on your shelves, not mine. I hope you will help me correct this grievous error!Continue reading Hard Copy – Part II at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Hard Copy

    Mon, 04 Dec 2017 05:19:54 Permalink
    Got the wood put upand the garden mostly put down.The Christmas trees are moving right along,and Maritime List 255 is “all in and all done,” with an excellent percentage of items sold.So there I was, sitting around yesterday, feeling moderately pleased with myself, when it occurred to me that I hadn’t published a catalog in quite a while.Continue reading Hard Copy at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Can You Believe…

    Mon, 27 Nov 2017 07:18:48 Permalink
    it’s that time of year already? In a welcome change from our usual bookish frenzy, here’s how we spent the weekend Once again, the Gibson family Gourmet Tree Christmas tree farm is open for business, offering 100% gluten free gourmet trees©, wreaths, kissing balls, a welcoming camp fire, and lots of good cheer THE STAFF […]The post Can You Believe… appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • The Dog Ate My Homework

    Mon, 20 Nov 2017 08:12:46 Permalink
    The Ten Pound Island mainframe is in the lab for overhaul, and I’m forced to do all my computer chores on my teeny weenie backup brain. Hence, the brevity of this blog entry, which reflects the drop in capacity from tera to giga to mega to kila. Actually, I’m quite fond of my little Toshiba […]The post The Dog Ate My Homework appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Let's Talk About Me!

    Mon, 13 Nov 2017 12:18:06 Permalink
    Congratulations to Betty Fulton and Julie Roper of Commonwealth Promotions and to Ken Gloss of the Brattle Book Shop – our “man on the ground” – for another successful Boston Book Fair. Thanks to their efforts this has become one of the best-run shows in the country. The Hynes Convention Center is a wonderful venue […] Read More
  • Five stages of book fair death, and the things we cannot change

    Sun, 05 Nov 2017 01:55:53 Permalink
    After several days of putting the ugly task off, I started preparing for next weekend’s Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair. Monday was a symphony of groans, accompanied by gnashing of teeth. “I’ve already sold all the good stuff,” I whined to myself (the only sympathetic audience around), “There’s nothing but chowder left.” Still, I had […] Read More
  • Excuse #1

    Mon, 30 Oct 2017 05:53:17 Permalink
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  • No Chowder for You Today

    Mon, 23 Oct 2017 11:03:19 Permalink
    While waiting for my books to find their way back from Seattle, I’ve been working on Maritime List 254. Most of it is just good, solid, old stuff on maritime history and art – “chowder,” as we refer to it. But there are a few fascinating items in the lot. These have been taking up […] Read More
  • Seattle, 2017

    Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:36:43 Permalink
    Louis Collins and the Seattle book fair brain trust really outdid themselves this time. As I walked to work Saturday morning for the show’s opening, I was met by a crowd of thousands of people, all trooping down Mercer St. toward the Seattle Center! Come to find out all those people were marching for Heart […] Read More
  • This is the year, baby!

    Sun, 03 Sep 2017 09:48:56 Permalink
    Here’s an example of the old “forest for the trees” phenomenon… I’ve been cataloging books about the Arctic and Antarctic for decades (for example, see our most recent catalog, “Arctic Dreams”) but I never noticed until early this week how colorful the covers of many Arctic books are, especially those published in the late 19th […]The post This is the year, baby! appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Running on Empty

    Mon, 28 Aug 2017 12:48:58 Permalink
    I was whining to a colleague during setup at this year’s Papermania about how desperate Hartford was in the summer time. To my surprise, he offered a dissenting opinion. “Nonsense,” he told me. “The weather is beautiful. Hartford is a wonderful city to walk around in – the parks, the riverfront – especially during the […]The post Running on Empty appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Post-Zombie Apocalype

    Mon, 21 Aug 2017 09:45:31 Permalink
    This morning I put my online books on vacation, changed my answering machine message, got Maritime List 252 in the can, and all my stock for Papermania packed (paper doesn’t take up as much room as books). Now I’m getting ready to drive down to the DC area to look at a collection of rare […]The post Post-Zombie Apocalype appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Warm Bath

    Sun, 13 Aug 2017 10:47:51 Permalink
    I never cease to be amazed at how different things are these days. I post a catalog on my website, send out a mailchimp e-blast and Wham! Half the items gone in 24 hours. Then nothing except the drudgery of wrapping and shipping the goners. Usually I stretch this task out over most of a […]The post Warm Bath appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • In Memoriam: Jack Hanrahan

    Sun, 06 Aug 2017 07:53:20 Permalink
    Jack Hanrahan died last week. With his passing the trade has lost one of its finest. Jack was an excellent bookman, a mentor to many in the trade (myself included), and an inimitable character. His ABAA interview can be found here Jack and Joyce resided in Portsmouth, NH, Belgium, Short Hills, NJ, and Wells, Maine. […]The post In Memoriam: Jack Hanrahan appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • A Peek in the Cupboard

    Mon, 31 Jul 2017 02:41:02 Permalink
    It was a productive stay at writer’s camp. Finished my novel and read Diski’s What I don’t Know About Animals, Haraway’s Manifestly Haraway, and Binet’s The 7th Function of Language. Listened to Pynchon’s The Bloody Edge, and Coats’ Between the World and Me. (Tight race for first place between Coats, Gibson, and Binet.) Also, while […]The post A Peek in the Cupboard appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Sixes and Sevens

    Sun, 23 Jul 2017 08:05:24 Permalink
    Things are at sixes and sevens up here in writer’s camp. Painted the trim on the shack, mowed my lawns, limed the outhouse, started in on the stand of spruce down the bottom of the field, then got the crazy idea to paint the floor. This was a chore that has needed doing since the […]The post Sixes and Sevens appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Sit Rep

    Mon, 17 Jul 2017 08:57:08 Permalink
    Back in the day, when I was busy defending my country, I would occasionally be required to issue a “Sit Rep.” In official military parlance, the Sit Rep, or Situation Report, is a document issued by an officer to his underlings advising them of military conditions. This useful concept was immediately appropriated by us swabbies […]The post Sit Rep appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • The Mendicant Inside Me

    Mon, 10 Jul 2017 08:35:36 Permalink
    If you’ve been collecting, or selling, or trying unsuccessfully to sell – hence collecting books – for any length of time, this has probably happened to you. It involves a book you’ve owned or seen several times in the past, a book with which you think you’re familiar, a known quantity in terms of content, […]The post The Mendicant Inside Me appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Happy Birthday, Bookman's Log

    Mon, 03 Jul 2017 10:19:23 Permalink
    Each summer I paint one side of my house. When I was young and strong I’d do the whole thing at one go. But as time went on, I slowed down. I’m doing the back side this year, and seeing the ladder up against the side of the house reminded me that one of the […]The post Happy Birthday, Bookman’s Log appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Inflatable!

    Sun, 25 Jun 2017 09:53:12 Permalink
    (N.B. >Ten Pound Island Book Co. does not subscribe to any of the views put forth by material advertised in this blog entry.) Somewhen back in the 1950s the Association of College & Research Libraries formed a committee devoted to “Rare Books.” Ten years later, “Manuscripts” were added to the official designation, and it became […]The post Inflatable! appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Interesting Bookselling Career Moment Number … (whatever)

    Mon, 12 Jun 2017 10:10:37 Permalink
    Very nice summer auction in a schnoozy little town on the South Shore. Along with scrimshaw, paintings, and assorted smalls, two whaling logs are on offer. One is accompanied by a portrait of the captain who wrote the log, and by a portrait of his daughter. Except, in typical auctioneer fashion, this attractive lot is […]The post Interesting Bookselling Career Moment Number … (whatever) appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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