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  • Dealer's Showcase RBMS, Baltimore, 2019

    Sun, 16 Jun 2019 05:05:23 Permalink
    Here, in no particular order, are a few of the things I’ll be bringing for the amusement of 200 rare book and manuscripot librarians from across the country.Manuscript. Whaling Journal of William A. Washburn, Aboard Ship Benjamin Rush, 1849 – 1851; Bark Virginia 1851 – 1852. Folio, unpaginated. About 150 pages of manuscript entries. [40749]This journal, kept by 3rd mate William Washburn, is quite typical of a certain kind of career in the whale fishery.Continue reading Dealer’s Showcase RBMS, Baltimore, 2019 at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • A Map of Moby Dick

    Tue, 11 Jun 2019 07:46:23 Permalink
    Here’s a neat item I bought last weekend at the Concord Book Fair. I think I’ll take it to the ABAA Bookseller’s Showcase at the RBMS Conference in Baltimore next week. Think any librarians have ever heard of Moby Dick? The Voyage of the Pequod from the Book Moby Dick. Cleveland: Harris-Seybold Co., 1956. Color lithograph on heavy paper, 24 x 17 1/2 inches. Being a Melville geek, I keep my eye out for interesting Moby Dickianna, and I’ve had pretty good luck finding offbeat items, like the copy of Moby in Hebrew that turned up a couple of years Read More
  • Unsellable Books

    Mon, 03 Jun 2019 10:33:35 Permalink
    Richard Mori took over the venerable New Hampshire Book Fair, and I’m relieved to say it was pretty much like the last 45 iterations or so, only slightly less. Fewer of the same old crowd of dealers and attendees. Fewer photos, too. I got distracted and failed to snap a single shot. For those of you who need visuals, I suggest you go to last year’s report of this event. With the exception of Joe Phillips and wife, who didn’t make it this year, things were exactly the same.Continue reading Unsellable Books at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Memorial Day

    Mon, 27 May 2019 07:55:04 Permalink
    This is a copy of my DD-214, the document that signifies your discharge from the Armed Forces. It shows that, between 1967 and 1971, I served three years and nine months, two and one-half of which were at sea. It also shows that I made Shipfitter, Second Class – an E-5 government rating.What it doesn’t show is how I got there.I’d just graduated from college. Grad school would have gotten me a deferment from military service but I had no desire to pursue an academic career.Continue reading Memorial Day at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Newspaper Quiz

    Tue, 21 May 2019 03:48:57 Permalink
    I’m swamped this week, but old friend Vince Golden of AAS has stepped in to fill the void with some fun quizzes. He writes,Below is a list of newspaper titles.  Can your clever readers pick out the three titles that are fake?Sucker and Farmer’s Record  (Pittsfield, IL) Widow’s Bite and Lincoln Advocate  (Cleveland, OH) Horseneck Truth-Teller and Gossip Journal (Greenwich, CT) Criminal Life of Albany  (NY) Honest Politician  (Washington, D.C.) Estabrook’s Great Public Chowder  (Boston, MA) Stephen H.Continue reading Newspaper Quiz at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Lagoda

    Sun, 12 May 2019 05:55:45 Permalink
    Last Thursday and Friday I set up and exhibited at the Marine Antiques Show at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. The show kicks off the museum’s annual Scrimshaw Weekend, during which scrimshaw collectors from all over America gather to attend lectures, chew the fat, and brag about their acquisitions.Scrimshaw is expensive and you have to be pretty well-heeled to collect it, so this was a good crowd for me.Continue reading Lagoda at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • It's a Hard-Kock Life

    Tue, 07 May 2019 09:40:22 Permalink
    Whaling Journal of William A. Washburn, Aboard Ship Benjamin Rush, 1849 – 1851; Bark Virginia 1851 – 1852. Folio, unpaginated. About 150 pages of manuscript entries.This journal, kept by 3rd mate William Washburn, is quite typical of a certain kind of career in the whale fishery. Washburn, from a small town in New York state, was about 24 years old when he signed aboard the “Benjamin Rush,” a 384 ton ship built in 1814.Continue reading It’s a Hard-Kock Life at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • How I Got To Be So Damn Smart

    Mon, 29 Apr 2019 10:24:41 Permalink
    In 1975 I moved to my second shop, a cute little building that had been a fish market in East Gloucester, Massachusetts. I was so enthralled with my fantasy of the perfect location that I failed to take full advantage of my earliest opportunities for true enlightenment in the art of book scouting. As in a Greek myth, these Godly offerings were delivered in human form.Chief among them was Matthew Needle, a legend in the book scouting trade.Continue reading How I Got To Be So Damn Smart at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Canadian Refrigerator

    Tue, 23 Apr 2019 11:20:54 Permalink
    Canadian RefrigeratorI’m up here in my shack working at my “other job”writing an article about keeping schools safe by giving guns to teachers.It’s pretty nasty outsidebut cozy in  here.And don’t worry, you faithful maritime book lovers. The long-awaited co-op catalog with Howland and Company will be out at the beginning of next week.Continue reading Canadian Refrigerator at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Wild Things

    Mon, 15 Apr 2019 06:46:19 Permalink
    First things first. Wild things later…Old friend and long-time colleague Garry Austin died a couple of days ago. I met him back in the late 1970s on one of my first book scouting trips, in Merv Slotnick’s shop in Wells Maine. Merv and Doug Harding and someone else were lecturing me about the realities of the trade when a trash truck pulled up outside. As it noisily compressed its latest load, a big burly guy in coveralls ambled in and immediately joined in the discussion.Continue reading Wild Things at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Guest Blogger – David Chesanow

    Wed, 03 Apr 2019 08:00:22 Permalink
    Last time I featured a guest blog it contained a link with malware that shut my website down for months. But I’ve been too distracted of late to even remember the weekly blog so, when one of my loyal readers bugged me about it, I told him he could write it himself. He did, but then told me I probably wouldn’t want to publish it because it was too flattering. Nonsense! I told him.Continue reading Guest Blogger – David Chesanow at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Time Traveler

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 11:40:21 Permalink
    12-foot-long panorama of the Hudson River, 1846I enjoy cataloging rare books and manuscripts. It’s one of the few activities – along with mowing the lawn, stacking wood, and painting the house – in which I can actually see the result of my labors. A big, messy pile of papers and books turns into an orderly list of goods – priced, described, and expounded upon. What could be better than that?Continue reading Time Traveler at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Boiled Dinner

    Mon, 18 Mar 2019 06:28:28 Permalink
    I would like to write about boiled dinner. It being St. Patrick’s Day weekend this past weekend, and me being a huge fan of boiled dinner, I ate one each night. My first one, Thursday night, was pretty good, but a little too salty. It was served as soon as cooked, and the flavors had not sufficiently blended. However, Coleman’s mustard was available, which redeemed the evening. The second one, which I ate at the sports bar in the strip mall down the way from the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Greenwich, CT was abominable. Continue reading Boiled Dinner at Ten Read More
  • $12,840.00

    Mon, 11 Mar 2019 02:15:53 Permalink
    This was without a doubt the smoothest load-in and load-out I’ve ever experienced at the Sandy Smith New York International European Book Fair – and I’ve been doing them since the 1980s.One of the side effects of standing in your booth at the Sandy Smith New York International European Book Fair for 30 years is that people get to know you, and you get to know them.Continue reading $12,840.00 at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • The One That Got Away

    Mon, 04 Mar 2019 03:32:36 Permalink
    Uh oh… Here comes the 59th New York International Antiquarian Book Fair. Half a foot of snow in Manhattan, soon turning to slush, then to concrete-hard ice. A foot of wet snow up here. How will I get the car loaded? I don’t have a very good feeling about this…And those damn fool birds think it’s spring, chirping away from wherever they’re hiding.This year my entire New York show fits in six measly cartons.Continue reading The One That Got Away at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Having It Both Ways

    Mon, 25 Feb 2019 10:15:41 Permalink
    As I move my books from 76 to 77 Langsford St. I’m taking the opportunity to clean up my online listings. I’ve printed out an alpha list of everything I’m offering for sale online and I’m checking, book by book, the books that are on my shelves against the books that I have listed online. Of course, for reasons known only to the gods of the Interweb my printed-out alpha list isn’t precisely alphabetical (and some authors have names like “Anon.” or “Ephemera” or “Manuscript”), so if I can’t immediately locate a title on my printout, I double check the Read More
  • Done and Done

    Mon, 18 Feb 2019 07:44:41 Permalink
    Yes, I missed this year’s west coast trip…But I got rid of that pesky pile of tree trunks in the back yard.Now it’s two cords of firewood to see us through the rest of the winter.I moved most of my stock across the street – except for 45 books that somehow missed being posted on the Biblio and ABAA book websites.Continue reading Done and Done at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Message from the Back of the Car

    Mon, 11 Feb 2019 02:02:32 Permalink
    It feels strange not to be doing the 52nd California International Antiquarian Book Fair.  All the other dogs are in the doggie park barking and pooping and sniffing and humping, and I’m locked in the car with the window rolled down a crack.I skipped one New York fair several years ago, but at the time I was obsessed with writing my book about John Ledyard,so my non-participation wasn’t as traumatic.Continue reading Message from the Back of the Car at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Now A Message From Our Sponsor

    Mon, 04 Feb 2019 01:44:22 Permalink
    Click HERE to view our GoFundMe campaignTwenty years ago I began corresponding with the man who killed my 18-year-old son Galen. In the course of this correspondence he told me repeatedly that the most horrible aspect of his crime was that, when he was so disturbed he thought God was commanding him to kill people, it was still a simple matter for him to get a gun, oversized magazines and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.Continue reading Now A Message From Our Sponsor at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Survivor Apocalypse!

    Mon, 28 Jan 2019 03:46:32 Permalink
    Okay, here it is. After months of scheming and dithering, I’ve finally completed work on the foundational documents for a body of critical theory about gun violence survival that will henceforth be known as “The Survivor Apocalypse Manifesto.” You can access this document by clicking here or on the image of my North Woods shack, above.Please share freely! Continue reading Survivor Apocalypse! at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • The Last Oyster

    Mon, 21 Jan 2019 07:20:00 Permalink
    By the end of January, having just returned from the winter New York book fair, I’d be frantically preparing for the west coast book fairs – which I’m skipping this year. Then I’d come home, gather my stock, go down to DC for the Washington Book Fair, then get in the crowded van with John and Lin and all our books (my little hole in the back seat was called The Nest) and drive down to St.Continue reading The Last Oyster at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Austerity in Practice, and Other Matters

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 05:46:01 Permalink
    (Note – Owing to yet another bug in the brutally buggy WordPress platform, this iteration is being published without images – which have failed to upload. I’ll add the pics when the tech guy straightens the problem out)My son the building contractor is creating an ocean-view dream house for a rich doctor down the lane, and in the process a couple of ancient locust trees and a monster cherry had to go.Continue reading Austerity in Practice, and Other Matters at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Paper is The Future!

    Mon, 07 Jan 2019 10:16:39 Permalink
    Just kidding. It only felt that way Sunday afternoon. But Gary Gipstein let us go home at 2pm!For a review of this winter’s Papermania “Antique Paper Show Plus Advertising & Photography” – the event’s 73rd iteration, I think – I refer you to my review of last year’s winter Papermania, which contained reviews of earlier Papermanias, one of which contained reviews of still earlier ones, ad infinitum.Continue reading Paper is The Future! at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Year in Review

    Sun, 30 Dec 2018 08:56:10 Permalink
    If the NY Times can do it, why can’t TPI?January 3, 2018 – We speak bravely of cleaning the basement in preparation for our impending move across the street. (It’s still impending).February 12 – Splendid photo ops in Pasadena at the California International Antiquarian Book Fair. I snapped the view from the San Gabriel foothills that would become the branding image for Survivor Apocalypse,and got this lovely portrait of “The Three Wise Men” – Adios, Ricky and Bill.Continue reading Year in Review at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Stocking Stuffers

    Mon, 24 Dec 2018 07:58:33 Permalink
    As you may recall from last week’s entry, I set 53 good books under the tree, all for sale at half their listed prices. The results were surprisingly normal. I sold 51% of them,      which is about what I usually do, but the response was gratifying. A lot of good will came in with the orders. Some folks even offered to pay postage. Is there anything better than that?Continue reading Stocking Stuffers at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • All the Books We Cannot See – Selections from my Perrsonal Collection

    Tue, 18 Dec 2018 08:58:23 Permalink
    (NOTE – Owing to technological difficulties emanating from the crappy WordPress platform, publication of Maritime List 267 will be delayed. I was holding this post until the list was on the website, but now God only knows when that will happen…)Compared to other, bigger, operations, I turn a high percentage of my stock fairly quickly. I try to offer interesting material at reasonable prices, and my customers usually respond by snapping the “good” stuff up in short order.Continue reading All the Books We Cannot See – Selections from my Perrsonal Collection at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Signs

    Mon, 10 Dec 2018 10:24:35 Permalink
      The signature Shriner’s Camel oversees goings-on at the Shriner’s Auditorium in Wilmington, Mass. Let’s get the words out of the way first. Specifically our report on Marvin Getman’s 20th annual Holiday Antiques, Vintage, & Decorative Arts Show and Sale with “Book and Paper Row” (whew!) This is the show I look forward to every year because it’s not just books and paper. It’s got texture – a mishmosh of funky nostalgia, decorative, antique, and wonderful, strange stuff – not to mention the aforementioned “Books & Paper.” This event will never be confused with the Winter Antiques Show and, for Read More
  • Great Expectations

    Mon, 03 Dec 2018 03:44:00 Permalink
    Got the basement flood mess all cleaned up, and it wasn’t nearly as bad as it could have been. In fact there were some beneficial side effects. Everything got moved around – kinda like turning my garden over in the spring. First and most importantly, we were forced to get a dumpster in which to throw the wet paper and other water-damaged stuff.That only partially filled it. So now we’re on a throwaway binge.Continue reading Great Expectations at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • It's That Time Again… (Already!)

    Sun, 25 Nov 2018 05:07:37 Permalink
    Well, the Boston book fairs are in the rear view mirror, I’m down to my last turkey sandwich, all the wet paper has been removed from the flooded basement and is getting wetter in the dumpster, Maritime List 266 is nearly finished and, best of all, my 2019 Dayminderjust came in the mail from eBay. I’ve heard that some people keep track of appointments in their phones. But I find that hard to believe.Continue reading It’s That Time Again… (Already!) at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • This Time It's All About Me

    Mon, 19 Nov 2018 05:05:10 Permalink
    Or, as several of my colleagues have observed, it’s always about me, with a thin veneer of news from the trade applied, observing the pretense of modesty. So let’s proceed on that basis. The 2018 version of the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair was one of the best-run affairs in recent memory. Betty Fulton, Julie Roper, and the Commonwealth Promotion crew have the drill down pat, and enough of the 120-plus dealers from around the globe are familiar enough with the load-in and load-out routines that things went off without a hitch. Continue reading This Time It’s All About Me Read More
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