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  • Look What I Found!

    Sun, 19 Aug 2018 10:47:40 Permalink
    Hoola van Nooten, Berthe. Fleurs, fruits et feuillages choisis de la flore et de la pomone de l’ile de Java. Brussels: Faubourg de Louvain, 1866. Large folio. (6) pp. plus 40 chromolithograph plates with text descriptions by van Nooten. $7500 As a specialist book dealer I walk a kind of tightrope. I need to conserve my limited resources to purchase items within my specialty. At the same time I have to be able to take advantage of a good deal when I see one, even if the item is beyond the pale in terms of subject matter. Continue reading Look Read More
  • This Isn't About That

    Mon, 13 Aug 2018 08:33:17 Permalink
    No books all week, nary a one. Unless you want to count the two texts I ordered on eBay for my gun studies. (I love buying stuff on eBay because I can buy it with PayPal dollars which, because they come to me for rare book and manuscript sales through the Interweb, aren’t real dollars, so I can spend as much of them as I want. Until they run out, which is another blog for another time…) No books all week because I was down in Atlanta GA, teaching and auditing classes at Gun Sense University, which is the annual Read More
  • Pleasing Everyone

    Sun, 05 Aug 2018 02:45:49 Permalink
    Some years ago, in a burst of marketing inspiration, I stopped charging for postage and insurance on orders shipped within the US. I thought it would be a classy thing to do, and that my customers would appreciate it. And, for the most part, they have.My rationale was as follows: Back when my catalogs were full of $25 books, shipping costs (say, $3.50 media or $7.50 first class) represented a large percentage of the total.Continue reading Pleasing Everyone at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Tour de Greg

    Mon, 30 Jul 2018 05:54:53 Permalink
    As you may or may not know, I paint one side of my house each summer. This has been going on for 20 or 25 years; I think I’ve worked my way around the house 6 times. The painting ritual is timed to begin with the opening of the Tour de France, allowing me to paint (or scrape) a little, then retire to the air-conditioned TV room to watch a little bike racing. Over the years, the ratio of bike racing to painting has increased until it’s now at the point where I spend most of the morning watching the Read More
  • Hen Ship

    Sun, 22 Jul 2018 02:50:58 Permalink
    Sunny days, cool evenings. It’s been a classic July and I’ve been engaged in my classic July pastimes – painting the house, riding my bike around, working in the garden, and watching the Tour de France.Inevitably this idyll gets disrupted by one thing or another. Perhaps it’s the unannounced appearance of a distant relative, or a week of cold winds and lashing rain. Maybe the car breaks down or one of the grandchildren gets sick.Continue reading Hen Ship at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • How I Spent My Sunday

    Sun, 15 Jul 2018 04:18:25 Permalink
    Top Finishers: 23MBIKE Place Male Finisher Age Gun Time Diff 1 JOHN MOORE 37 1:13:05.4 +:00 / +:00 2 ILYA SHESTOPALOV 37 1:13:06.3 +:02 / +:02 3 CHARLES GOLUB 37 1:13:13.3 +:02 / +:04 4 GREG GIBSON 73 1:13:38.4 +:18 / +:22 5 MICHAEL AHERN 51 1:17:53.0 + 4:16 / + 4:38 6 DAVID SURETTE […] Read More
  • Anyone's Right to Sex or, Notes Toward the Development of Survivor Theory

    Wed, 11 Jul 2018 07:11:08 Permalink
    I have a pamphlet tacked to my wall called Eldridge Cleaver: At Exile’s End. On the cover of this pamphlet is a black and white photograph of Cleaver regarding the viewer with his usual, hard, knowing, slightly paranoid gaze, as if to say, “You’re not putting one over on me, Whitey.” His arms encircle the waist of his wife Kathleen who, with her striking facial features and giant dome of an Afro, looks like a beauty queen from another galaxy.Continue reading Anyone’s Right to Sex or, Notes Toward the Development of Survivor Theory at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Writer's Camp

    Tue, 03 Jul 2018 03:07:51 Permalink
    Back here in my shack until July 9, and so distracted that I forgot to post this week’s blog. I think it was supposed to be about some interesting items I have in Maritime List 261, which is prepared for publication upon my return. Oh, it’s gonna be a GOOD catalog! But now it’s all about this piece I’m trying to write about the secrets of my family, and how and why we kept those secrets – from one another and from the world – and how that shaped what our family became. Continue reading Writer’s Camp at Ten Pound Read More
  • What Works?

    Sun, 24 Jun 2018 07:53:56 Permalink
    I’m having a hard time these days figuring out what works and what doesn’t. Here’s a case in point:The annual RBMS Dealer’s Showcase took place in New Orleans last Tuesday and Wednesday. I spent a couple of days preparing for this event – selecting alluring manuscripts and ephemeral items that would represent the range of my stock while fitting into and surviving transit in a hard-sided suitcase.I made sure they were in fresh plastic envelopes or wrappers, with terse and easily visible descriptions attached.Continue reading What Works? at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Ain't Seen Nuthin' Yet

    Mon, 11 Jun 2018 02:06:08 Permalink
    Slammed this week. Gun stuff in DC, Restorative Justice Retreat at Norfolk Prison, and I’m still trying to get that catalog out. So no blog post for you Bookman’s Logophiles. Sorry.But here’s an encouraging note from promoter Marvin Getman, in response to something I’d written about the London Book Fair, comparing its potential to Brooklyn: New comment on your post “Battersea Evolution, 2018”Author: Marvin GetmanEmail: mgetman@bookandpaperfairs.comURL: http://www.bookandpaperfairs.comComment:Thanks Greg,You ain’t seen nuthin’ yet.Continue reading Ain’t Seen Nuthin’ Yet at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Not Exactly a Day at the Beach

    Mon, 04 Jun 2018 01:18:12 Permalink
    All that’s missing is a little sun and sand. Mr. & Mrs. Phillips of Commonwealth Books relax on the concreteAh, yes. If it’s the first week in June, we must be in New Hampshire for the Granite State Book and Ephemera Fair. Held each year in Everett Arena, formerly home to the Budmen (a semi-pro hockey team), and still an event center for contact sports such as hockey and book scouting.Continue reading Not Exactly a Day at the Beach at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Battersea Evolution, 2018

    Sun, 27 May 2018 05:04:50 Permalink
    A pleasant walk to work each day. London canines are impeccably trained. No fighting, no biting. I encountered no dog mess on the sidewalks or capacious lawns, and have come to believe that these city dogs have been taught by their owners to poop in proper doggie toilets.The entrance to the fairgrounds was marked thusGot into town last Tuesday afternoon and went right to work, calling on colleague Anthony Simmonds out in Greenwich.Continue reading Battersea Evolution, 2018 at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • To Be Continued…

    Sun, 20 May 2018 10:52:43 Permalink
    After a week in Cork we headed to Sherkin Island, a windswept jewel of a place just off the southern coast of West Cork. Just to maintain a professional aspect to the trip, I stopped in to see Holger at The Time Traveller’s Book Shop in Skibbereen. But he wasn’t there, so we ate at the Church Restaurant instead. The sun was warm; the beer was cold. Then on to the Port of Baltimore and the ferry to Sherkin where our dear old friends Kathy and Mike run an an event centre called Sherkin North Shore – sort of a Read More
  • Just a Dream

    Sun, 13 May 2018 11:11:53 Permalink
    Anne Marie and I are back in Cork City, just around the corner from where we stayed the first time we came here, in the summer of 1998. My first book, Gone Boy, was about to come out, and Anne Marie didn’t want any part of the publicity that was sure to ensue. She decided that she and our daughter Celia would spend Celia’s third year of high school somewhere in Ireland.Continue reading Just a Dream at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Oops!

    Tue, 08 May 2018 05:51:21 Permalink
    This is the main entrance to the Whaling Museum. It used to be a quaint little place, but now it has expanded to occupy an entire city block. Whaling museums flourish in inverse proportion to the whales themselves.I forgot to blog about this past weekend’s show at the New Bedford Whaling Museum! Sorry.It was a good show, featuring good eats.This is Elizabeth’s Restaurant in Fairhaven, just down the street from where I stay.Continue reading Oops! at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • The Absolute Coolest Thing

    Mon, 30 Apr 2018 06:20:30 Permalink
    As readers of this blog or subscribers to my online catalogs probably know, I’m nuts about clipper ship sailing cards. I buy too many, pay too much, and have a hard time selling them for more than I paid. This might be acceptable for a collector, but it is a bad idea for a dealer. It creates a situation in which Collector Greg is competing against Book Dealer Greg. A lose-lose proposition if ever there was one.Continue reading The Absolute Coolest Thing at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • A Day (and-a-half) in the Life

    Mon, 23 Apr 2018 10:36:56 Permalink
    Got my trunks packed for the London fair then rose at 4 am the next morning to get on a 6 am flight to the west coast, where I arrived about 9:30 am. Rented a car and drove to the house of an old customer and friend who was considering selling his collection. Looked at the collection all day. Made an offer.Next morning we discussed the offer and looked at the books again.Continue reading A Day (and-a-half) in the Life at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • The Real McCoy

    Mon, 16 Apr 2018 12:33:33 Permalink
    For a few minutes there, it looked like we were going to be in for a very long day. We’d finished setting up for the SNEAB (Southern New England Antiquarian Booksellers) spring book fair, being marketed by promoter Marvin Getman as the Boston West Book, Print, and Ephemera Fair. We had our booths all dolled up and our books, prints, and ephemera proudly displayed and we were ready to start selling. But when, about 15 minutes prior to opening, we peeked out the entrance at the line of customers, well… Sleet and freezing rain had been predicted for that day, Read More
  • Uncle!

    Sun, 08 Apr 2018 07:55:36 Permalink
    Okay, I give up…I’m going home.Continue reading Uncle! at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Lord of the Flies

    Mon, 02 Apr 2018 07:36:26 Permalink
    I’m spending some serious time up here in my shack in a distant corner of Nova Scotia. It’s cold, and quiet, and very still. I have canned goods, and jugs of drinking water, and solar powered LED lights, and plenty of sweet, dry apple wood to burn. I plan to compose a draft of the “Survivor Apocalypse Manifesto” – a document that, by its eloquence and indisputable logic, will put an end to gun violence as we know it, much as Jerry Rubin caused the Pentagon to levitate in 1967. Continue reading Lord of the Flies at Ten Pound Island Read More
  • Doing the Math

    Mon, 26 Mar 2018 08:14:22 Permalink
    My wife and I spent last Saturday afternoon in Washington, DC at the March For Our Lives. We were with other gun violence survivors, assembled from across the nation and down the years, in a bullpen near the big front stage.The sun was warm. The music was very loud. Pop idols passed through, bound to or from the stage, and we would part before them, those magical names on our lips. An iconic rapper, or the guy who wrote “Hamilton.” Miley Cyrus!Continue reading Doing the Math at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Road Kill

    Sun, 18 Mar 2018 09:12:18 Permalink
    Survived Ephemera 2018, barely,Show’s overRoad to my roomand am on the road headed toward what may be an interesting library or a complete bust.On Friday morning a minor screwup with table deliveryWhere the hell are those tables?kept us waiting around for a couple of hours longer than we should have.Continue reading Road Kill at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • How Do It Know?

    Mon, 12 Mar 2018 03:40:20 Permalink
    This entry starts out with the old joke about the thermos. You know the one… it keeps hot things hot and cold things cold. But it’s only a thermos. How do it know? That’s the story of the 2018 edition of My Big Fat New York Book Fair. Other parts of the event took place at the Park Avenue Armory As you may recall from last week’s blog entry, my prospects for this show seemed bleak – primarily because I’d sold most of my good stuff in San Francisco and Pasadena several weeks before. Continue reading How Do It Know? Read More
  • New York State of Mind

    Sun, 04 Mar 2018 07:52:27 Permalink
    It was so easy livin’ day by dayOut of touch with the rhythm and bluesBut now I need a little give and takeThe New York Times and the Daily NewsComes down to realityAnd it’s fine with me cause I’ve let it slideI don’t care if it’s Chinatown or up on RiversideI don’t have any reasonsI’ve left them all behindI’m in a New York state of mind-Billy Joel “New York State of Mind”It’s true.Continue reading New York State of Mind at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • It's Good For You!

    Mon, 26 Feb 2018 10:54:53 Permalink
    I’m cooling my heels at the Ritz Carleton in Washington DC waiting for the conclusion of the winter meeting of the Democratic Attorneys General. Following the meeting there will be a press conference featuring selected AGs, teachers, and survivors of gun violence. You can guess where I fit in.Maura Healey, the Massachusetts AG, is going to talk about gun violence in schools, and about the notion that armed teachers might “harden” school sites.Continue reading It’s Good For You! at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • My Other Job

    Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:53:07 Permalink
    I spend 10-20 hours a week volunteering for Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety. I work with fellow survivors in Massachusetts, organizing for various survivor causes, and helping with public appearances in which survivors’ stories demonstrate, first hand, the terrible costs of gun violence.Last Thursday at 5 pm I got an email from an editor at the NY Times. She needed 1000 words on the Florida shootings by 11 am the next day.Continue reading My Other Job at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • 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
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