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  • 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
  • Words None of Us Thought We'd Ever Hear

    Mon, 05 Jun 2017 02:28:17 Permalink
    (We’ll get to those words in just a minute, but first things first) It being that special time of year again I went down to my secret lady slipper patch to visit this year’s crop of lovely, white, wild orchids in bloom. Usually they come in varying shades of pink, so white lady slippers are […]The post Words None of Us Thought We’d Ever Hear appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Memorial Day, 2017

    Mon, 29 May 2017 12:46:57 Permalink
    This past weekend was my 50th college reunion. I would’ve liked to see my old college pals, but there was one memory that gave me pause. Back in 1967, when I was a senior, hanging around campus until graduation day, the class of 1917 had their 50th reunion. The highlight of this event was the […]The post Memorial Day, 2017 appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Sometimes…

    Tue, 23 May 2017 08:26:06 Permalink
    This is a picture of the library I bought Sorry to be a little late with this week’s entry. I was on the road yesterday, going to buy a collection of about 200 books that were right in my wheelhouse. Three or four power items, a number of important titles, and a good foundation of […]The post Sometimes… appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Mixed Media

    Sun, 14 May 2017 06:18:49 Permalink
    Looking toward New Bedford from my Fairhaven motel I’ve written occasionally about how much I enjoy nudging my way outside the box – visiting and exhibiting in shows that feature items other than books and manuscripts. It’s good for the imagination, and seeing how such material is displayed, priced, and described provides a broader context […]The post Mixed Media appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Progress Report

    Mon, 08 May 2017 09:41:16 Permalink
    Kinda bleak up here in Cape Breton at the beginning of May. A little frost on the ground some mornings, snowbanks lingering under trees. But my grub is staying plenty cool. And it’s nice and warm in the shack, where the umpteenth draft of my latest book was completed May 6. Now, off to the […]The post Progress Report appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Fun House of Masons

    Sat, 29 Apr 2017 02:10:21 Permalink
      Old friend Tucker Respess, having fun At least according to our jovial lobby guard who, as were remarking on the comfortable surroundings and interesting architectural features of our new venue in the Sphinx Club volunteered, “Oh, yes, this place is the fun house of Masons.” I’d say most of us had fun at this, […]The post Fun House of Masons appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Pressing Matters

    Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:38:17 Permalink
    Much to my delight, the opening party for “Drawn from the Sea” turned out to be quite a success. The weather couldn’t have been finer, and Jay and Louie Howland had the gallery looking great. Flatrocks proprietors Cynthia and Anne Marie stood back in awe, and became increasingly excited by what Jay and Louie were […]The post Pressing Matters appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Waxy

    Mon, 17 Apr 2017 05:09:10 Permalink
    They might look like guys in a Depression-era food line, but they’re actually bibliophiles Don’t know how he does it, but Marvin Getman, of Impact Events Group, came through with another excellent effort this past weekend. Given that the so-called Boston Book & Ephemera Fair (this is actually the descendant of the MARIAB spring book […]The post Waxy appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Oyster Stew, Sherkin North Shore

    Sun, 02 Apr 2017 03:54:31 Permalink
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  • Vanity, Pride, and Stupidity

    Sun, 26 Mar 2017 10:59:23 Permalink
    This is the site of the slip where the 885 foot Titanic was built After a few days in London cadging meals from our English colleagues, we moved on to Dublin, then up to Belfast, a part of Ireland that, somehow, we’d never yet visited. There, Anne Marie found us a flat in the so-called […]The post Vanity, Pride, and Stupidity appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Chickens I'm Currently Counting

    Mon, 20 Mar 2017 12:33:29 Permalink
    It’s getting harder and harder to write in any meaningful way about book events produced by Marvin Getman and Impact Events Group. He’s developed such a reliable product, with a such a consistent look and feel, that there’s rarely anything to squawk about. So, that’s the sum total of my report on last weekend’s Ephemera […]The post Chickens I’m Currently Counting appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • What if They Were Right… Whoever They Were?

    Mon, 13 Mar 2017 12:46:02 Permalink
    The life of a journeyman major league book dealer (any one who makes his or her living in the trade as a hunter-gatherer, anyone not named Bill, Jim, Pom, Ed, or Don, or anyone not from the other side of the Atlantic whose shoes are worth more than most of your books)… this journeyman life, […]The post What if They Were Right… Whoever They Were? appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Hoping for a Better Trip

    Mon, 06 Mar 2017 11:13:37 Permalink
    Isn’t it strange that all the big New York controversies of years past have gone by the way? Remember the Book Fair Wars of several years past? Now here we are with Sandy, Marvin, and the Flamingoz all sorted out. Or what about the “Who Will Replace Sandy?” brouhaha, or last year’s shameful Sandy Smith/Park […]The post Hoping for a Better Trip appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Drawn from the Sea

    Mon, 27 Feb 2017 03:35:35 Permalink
    Just a short one today. I’m busy. Trying to get myself and my material ready for the big New York Antiquarian Book Fair which will take place March 9-12, and the National Ephemera Society Conference and Fair the week after that, followed by a few weeks in Ireland, visiting old friends, working on my next […]The post Drawn from the Sea appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Metrics, Anyone?

    Sun, 19 Feb 2017 04:35:39 Permalink
    Last week we had a Boston Book Fair Committee meeting – seven of us, with several hundred combined years of book fair experience, earnestly discussing the 2017 edition of the ABAA Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair. What were the problems last year? How can we fix them this year? How, within the constraints of venue […]The post Metrics, Anyone? appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Hatchet Hannah

    Mon, 13 Feb 2017 01:44:07 Permalink
    Over the years book dealers tend to accumulate books about the places in which they live. You don’t even have to be interested in local history. You could be a specialist in the history of science, but somehow books, documents, and ephemera relating to the local scene just seem to pile up – leakage, perhaps, […]The post Hatchet Hannah appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Gaga

    Mon, 06 Feb 2017 05:13:59 Permalink
    So, as the third quarter begins, I say to Gordo and Butch, “We got ’em just where we want ’em.” Rueful chuckles ensue. Had as pretty good blog post lined up, but I think I’ll take the day off.  I’m all wrung out.The post Gaga appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • Lab Notes

    Mon, 30 Jan 2017 08:33:35 Permalink
    Well, the dust has settled and the cheap book catalog experiment didn’t come off quite as smoothly as I’d planned. I screwed up a couple of orders (told one of my frustrated customers I couldn’t fire the idiot packer because then I’d be out of a job), which gobbled up an hour or so, and […]The post Lab Notes appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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