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  • Librarians as Humans

    Sun, 24 Jun 2012 09:26:38 Permalink
    Walfisch. See below.Tuesday, June 18. F Street. - Im in San Diego for a gathering of more than three hundred Rare Book and Manuscript Librarians. Ive brought rare pamphlets, broadsides, and a few books and manuscripts, in a suitcase, to spread out like peacock feathers at the Dealers Showcase event tomorrow. But as I walk the streets on this fine afternoon, I am distracted, confused. From 1968 to 1970 I worked as a shipfitter on a Navy sub tender anchored out at Point Loma. I got to know the town intimately during that time, having walked it for the better Read More
  • Another Day in the Biz…

    Sun, 17 Jun 2012 03:38:55 Permalink
    The Fingerless NavigatorJust a quick one here, as Im on my way to San Diego for the Rare Book & Manuscript Librarians Preconference next week. Aside from bar and lobby schmoozing, there will be a dealers showcase on Wednesday. At this event, which lasts from breakfast to cocktail hour, dealers set out samples of their wares, and librarians drift in and out. Ive done the last few, and its a wonderful opportunity for librarians and dealers (who often, in the past, related like cats and dogs) to get to know each other another example of the benefits provided by Read More
  • Why I Bothered

    Mon, 11 Jun 2012 08:24:24 Permalink
    Insurance has been around for a long time. Back in the 19th century, as American cities began to proliferate, wood was still the primary building material, but construction standards were virtually non-existent. Catastrophic fires Chicago comes to mind were an ever present threat. Commerce, and the financial infrastructure that supported it, was undergoing explosive growth, and insurance became a necessity. But one standard for insuring a building in a city did not fit all buildings. In order to assess potential liabilities insurers needed to know, building by building, what the potential fire risk was.Fire insurance mapping began in Read More
  • I'd Rather Walk, Thanks...

    Mon, 04 Jun 2012 12:54:31 Permalink
    Sometimes I wonder if Ill ever finish writing this book. It involves a walk along the Connecticut River from Dartmouth College to Hartford, Connecticut. (See "Bookmans Log", January 29, 2012 for details.) I walked the first 70 miles of it back in April 2011. Then I went home and began writing an activity that has been frequently interrupted by urgent research trips back to my route to re-walk certain passages. So far, Ive written myself through the first day of the walk. At this rate, I calculate, it will take me 10 years to reach Hartford.Friday, on my way Read More
  • My Shop Window

    Sun, 27 May 2012 08:59:44 Permalink
    Well, its that time of year again. The ladyslippers are out.Theres a secret patch in the woods where the white ones grow. Ever see a white ladyslipper?Didnt think soIts also the time of year for the London book fairs PBFA at the Novotel, another one across from the Olympia, one at the Royal National in Bloomsbury, an Ephemera Show, also in Bloomsbury and, finally, the Big One, the London ABA International Antiquarian Book Fair at the Olympia.Back around the time of the Millennium, when I had a little money, we got a place in Ireland. My wife stayed there Read More
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