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  • Four Book Fairs in Five Weeks - 14 March 2017

    Tue, 14 Mar 2017 08:31:33 Permalink
    It’s been a busy month, but we’ve now returned from New York, and things should be back to normal by the end of the week.This year we decided to do both California book fairs and follow those up with the two New York satellite-shadow shows.  Gail and I couldn’t be more pleased with the results; we sold well into the low five figures at each of the first three book fairs and did very well in the fourth. For the first time in a long time, customers--to include average collectors--weren’t timid when it came to buying.  What did they buy?  Well, Read More
  • A New Show Venue for November and A Winter Catalog Preview - 22 October 2016

    Sat, 22 Oct 2016 06:33:55 Permalink
    Pretty soon we’ll be on the road, heading north on I-95, to set up at Marvin Getman’s Book, Print & Ephemera Show in Boston.  As usual, it will likely be a little crazy right at opening when a crowd of dealers who are doing the ABAA show rolls down the steps like an avalanche so they can get their buying done and make it back to the Hynes before that show opens at noon.If you come to the show, you won't be able to miss us, we’ll be in Booth A101, right inside the entrance to the main exhibit hall Read More
  • It's been a Fun but Busy Summer; Now on to Boston - 18 September 2016

    Sun, 18 Sep 2016 10:49:22 Permalink
    Long before I became a bookseller, I was really into stamps.  I was a serious collector, a competitive exhibitor, and at times a part-time dealer.  Even today I make it a point to stop by the regional American Philatelic Society (APS) exhibitions held once each year in Washington and Baltimore.   Anyway, once every decade, the United State hosts a gigantic week-long international stamp show under the auspices of the Fédération Internationale de Philatélie (FIP).  This year, World Stamp Show NY2016 was held at the Javits Center.  While the exhibits were terrific, the best part of the show for me was shopping Read More
  • It's been a Fun but Busy Summer; Now on to Boston - 18 September 2016

    Sun, 18 Sep 2016 07:59:11 Permalink
    Long before I became a bookseller, I was really into stamps.  I was a serious collector, a competitive exhibitor, and at times a part-time dealer.  Even today I make it a point to stop by the regional American Philatelic Society (APS) exhibitions held once each year in Washington and Baltimore.   Anyway, once every decade, the United State hosts a gigantic week-long international stamp show under the auspices of the Fédération Internationale de Philatélie (FIP).  This year, World Stamp Show NY2016 was held at the Javits Center.  While the exhibits were terrific, the best part of the show for me was shopping Read More
  • It's been a Fun but Busy Summer; Now on to Boston - 18 September 2016

    Sun, 18 Sep 2016 07:00:01 Permalink
    Long before I became a bookseller, I was really into stamps.  I was a serious collection, a competitive exhibitor, and at times a part-time dealer.  Even today I make it a point to stop by the regional American Philatelic Society (APS) exhibitions held once each year in Washington and Baltimore.   Anyway, once every decade, the United State hosts a gigantic week-long international stamp show under the auspices of the Fédération Internationale de Philatélie (FIP).  This year, World Stamp Show NY2016 was held at the Javits Center.  While the exhibits were terrific, the best part of the show for me was shopping Read More
  • Rare Books, Manuscripts, Librarians, and Booksellers at a Mediterranean Masterpiece - 25 June 2016

    Sun, 26 Jun 2016 05:09:09 Permalink
    We just got back from exhibiting at the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Rare Book and Manuscript Section (ACRL-RBMS) Conference held at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Florida.  The Biltmore, not to be confused with George Vanderbilt’s North Carolina estate, was built in 1924 by the Florida land-developer, George E. Merrick, and the famed hotel magnate, John McEntee Bowman, at the height of the Florida land boom.  Not content with simply building a 400-room grand hotel with impeccable service and magnificent interior details, their project also included a country club, a championship golf course, polo fields, tennis courts,  and Read More
  • Rare Books, Manuscripts, Librarians, and Booksellers at a Mediterranean Masterpiece - 25 June 2016

    Sat, 25 Jun 2016 07:43:51 Permalink
    We just got back from exhibiting at the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Rare Book and Manuscript Section (ACRL-RBMS) Conference held at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Florida.  The Biltmore, not to be confused with George Vanderbilt’s North Carolina estate, was built in 1924 by the Florida land-developer, George E. Merrick, and the famed hotel magnate, John McEntee Bowman, at the height of the Florida land boom.  Not content with simply building a 400-room grand hotel with impeccable service and magnificent interior details, their project also included a country club, a championship golf course, polo fields, tennis courts,  and Read More
  • Getting Ready for the VABA Book Fair in Richmond - 25 April 2016

    Mon, 25 Apr 2016 11:08:23 Permalink
    This weekend on Friday and Saturday, 29 and 30 April 2016, the annual Virginia Antiquarian Booksellers Association Book Fair will be held at the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond.  Admission is free and, as it says at the VABA site, there will be “more than 40 of the country's finest booksellers under one roof, offering books, manuscripts, maps, autographs, art and ephemera for every taste and budget.”We’ll be there in Booth 37, and we hope you stop and browse through our stock.  We’ll have a nice selection of Virginiana, Civil War material, and general books and ephemera on hand ranging in price Read More
  • Getting Ready for the VABA Book Fair in Richmond - 25 April 2016

    Mon, 25 Apr 2016 10:58:25 Permalink
    This weekend on Friday and Saturday, 29 and 30 April 2016, the annual Virginia Antiquarian Booksellers Association Book Fair will be held at the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond.  Admission is free and, as it says at the VABA site, there will be “more than 40 of the country's finest booksellers under one roof, offering books, manuscripts, maps, autographs, art and ephemera for every taste and budget.”We’ll be there in Booth 37, and we hope you stop and browse through our stock.  We’ll have a nice selection of Virginiana, Civil War material, and general books and ephemera on hand ranging in price Read More
  • Getting Ready for the VABA Book Fair in Richmond - 25 April 2016

    Mon, 25 Apr 2016 02:43:22 Permalink
    This weekend on Friday and Saturday, 29 and 30 April 2016, the annual Virginia Antiquarian Booksellers Association Book Fair will be held at the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond.  Admission is free and, as it says at the VABA site, there will be “more than 40 of the country's finest booksellers under one roof, offering books, manuscripts, maps, autographs, art and ephemera for every taste and budget.”We’ll be there in Booth 37, and we hope you stop and browse through our stock.  We’ll have a nice selection of Virginiana, Civil War material, and general books and ephemera on hand ranging in price Read More
  • Vacation is Over; Back on the Book Fair Circuit - 1 October 2015

    Thu, 01 Oct 2015 09:35:31 Permalink
    After our last show this past April, Ephemera 35, we decided to take the summer off.  No shows at all, although we did keep our on-line venues open and made a number of nice sales.  Also, we kept up our direct quotes to institutions and put out a fairly successful catalog with a lot of Americana, mostly journals, diaries, and photograph albums.  About half of the catalog listings have sold, but there is a lot of interesting material remaining, and you can browse the items that are still for sale by clicking on this link or the catalog image above.  If you see something you Read More
  • Thu, 16 Apr 2015 09:42:36 Permalink
    Three Book Fairs in the Last Month Including the New NYC Satellite Show – 12 April 2015Well, we just finished our third show in the last thirty days:  The Florida Antiquarian Book Fair in St. Petersburg, Ephemera 35 in Old Greenwich, and Marv Getman’s New York City Satellite Show on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.  Two were fantastic, and one was so-so.Hands down, the Florida book fair remains our favorite show of the year.  Susan Smith does a great job in bringing in buying customers and attending to exhibitor needs.  The venue can't be beat; the fair is held Read More
  • Mon, 13 Apr 2015 11:19:10 Permalink
    Three Book Fairs in the Last Month Including the New NYC Satellite Show – 12 April 2015Well, we just finished our third show in the last thirty days:  The Florida Antiquarian Book Fair in St. Petersburg, Ephemera 35 in Old Greenwich, and Marv Getman’s New York City Satellite Show on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.  Two were fantastic, and one was so-so.Hands down, the Florida book fair remains our favorite show of the year.  Susan Smith does a great job in bringing in buying customers and attending to exhibitor needs.  The venue can't be beat; the fair is held Read More
  • Mon, 13 Apr 2015 04:21:40 Permalink
    Three Book Fairs in the Last Month Including the New NYC Shadow Show – 12 April 2015Well, we just finished our third show in the last thirty days:  The Florida Antiquarian Book Fair in St. Petersburg, Ephemera 35 in Old Greenwich, and Marv Getman’s New York City Shadow Show on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.  Two were fantastic, and one was so-so.Hands down, the Florida book fair remains our favorite show of the year.  Susan Smith does a great job in bringing in buying customers and attending to exhibitor needs.  The venue can't be beat; the fair is held Read More
  • The California International Antiquarian Book Fair - 27 Feb 2015

    Fri, 27 Feb 2015 02:52:12 Permalink
    I’m a little slower than most when it comes to writing.  Actually, a little lazier is closer to the truth.  But, I suppose, better late than never.  Earlier this month, we exhibited at our first ABAA book fair since joining a couple of years ago.  While we’ve done hundreds of book fairs and antique shows in the past, the California International Antiquarian Book Fair was different for us for a number of reasons.  It was certainly the most expensive show that we’ve done to date; the level of dealers and quality of their materials was universally top-of-the-line; it was on the Read More
  • Our Last Book Fair for the Year - 17 Nov 2014

    Mon, 17 Nov 2014 04:48:16 Permalink
    We just got back from Boston after a very successful book fair; not the ABAA fair at the Hynes, we did Marvin Getman’s Shadow Show at the Back Bay Events Center.  You have to hand it to Marvin; his Boston show is by far the best organized show (book or antique) that we've ever attended--from start to finish.  From the time you pull into the loading area, it takes his porters no more than five minutes to have all of your stock out of your van and loaded onto their dollies.  Then, by the time you park your vehicle at Read More
  • Ten Days in Colorado - 18 Aug 2014

    Mon, 18 Aug 2014 09:08:42 Permalink
    We drove out west a couple of weeks ago and set up at the Rocky Mountain Book & Paper Fair in Denver.  While traveling, we still stop at antique malls to scrounge for “treasures;” it’s a habit from our early years of bookselling that’s hard to break even though we seldom find anything to buy for resale.  That’s partially because we no longer sell the same type of materials that we did fifteen years ago, however it’s also because the establishments along Interstates 81, 64, and 70 (east of the Mississippi) seem to be pretty well picked clean of sellable Read More
  • Our Summer So Far - 10 July 2014

    Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:35:38 Permalink
    We've been pretty busy over the last several months, which, of course, is a poor excuse for not keeping up with this blog.  But . . . it’s the only excuse that I have.  Most of what we've been doing over the last three months hasn't been book related, although we did fit in some scouting in the Shenandoah Valley while spending time at our cabin and also while on the way to a family gathering at Disney World.  However, I did attend a terrific Rare Book School course on The Printed Book in the West to 1800 that was taught by Martin Antonetti, the Read More
  • Our Summer So Far - 10 July 2014

    Thu, 10 Jul 2014 04:02:56 Permalink
    We've been pretty busy over the last several months, which, of course, is a poor excuse for not keeping up with this blog.  But . . . it’s the only excuse that I have.  Most of what we've been doing over the last three months hasn't been book related, although we did fit in some scouting in the Shenandoah Valley while spending time at our cabin and also while on the way to a family gathering at Disney World.  However, I did attend a terrific Rare Book School course on The Printed Book in the West to 1800 that was taught by Martin Andretti, the Read More
  • In the Middle of a Run of Book Fairs - 10 March 2014

    Mon, 10 Mar 2014 02:00:18 Permalink
    We are almost always busy doing shows in March and April, and this year is no exception.  We just finished the Washington Antiquarian Book Fair at the Holiday Inn in Rosslyn, Virginia, and although it wasn’t gangbusters, we were satisfied with the result.  This is the first year we’ve done this fair as we usually set up at a big antiques and collectibles show near Dulles airport instead.  But, since we’ve cut down on that side of our business, we thought we’d give this one a try.   Greg Gibson was right on the money in his blog about the opening Read More
  • New Stock for the End of the Year - 22 Dec 13

    Sun, 22 Dec 2013 10:12:03 Permalink
    Although sales have been good during the run up to the holidays, our buying, quite frankly, has been pretty crummy; almost non-existent.  That is . . . until just recently. We broke the drought with the purchase a nice grouping of early bicycle material with a few wagon, motorcycle, and baby buggy items thrown in as a bonus.  I’ve always loved old bicycle and motorcycle ephemera and snap it up whenever I can.  Even if it doesn’t sell right away, I like having it around. Two of my favorite pieces are an 1897 Rambler advertising cover featuring an American Indian Read More
  • I Really Need to Post More Often - 22 Nov 13

    Fri, 22 Nov 2013 08:49:04 Permalink
    It's been a while since my last update, but in my defense we've been a little busy and haven't spent all that much time back here in Virginia. Since my last posting, we've set up booths at four book fairs: the Georgia Antiquarian Book Fair in Marietta, the Mid-Michigan Antiquarian Book Fair in Lansing, the York Book & Paper Show in Pennsylvania, and the shadow show in Boston.  Additionally, we decided to combine a family visit to the East Bay Area with some shopping at the Serendipity close-out sale. The buying was great in Georgia and York, and we added Read More
  • Buried in Books - 18 Sep 13

    Wed, 18 Sep 2013 12:39:17 Permalink
    And trying to dig my way out.  At least, thats how I feel right now.  It started about two weeks ago, when I my wife, Gail, and I spent some time at our cabin just west of the Shenandoah Valley up in the hills approaching the West Virginia border.  The cabin is west of Broadway, Virginia five miles from the West Virginia border, just the other side of North Mountain..We were looking for something to do on a Friday morning and decided to visit an old, country-style auction that's just down the road off I-81.  While it always has interesting things--as well as some pretty Read More
  • A Revolutionary Declaration of War - 31 July 2013

    Fri, 02 Aug 2013 08:36:45 Permalink
    Our cause is just. Our union is perfect. Our internal resources are great, and, if necessary, foreign assistance is undoubtedly attainable. . .  We will, in defiance of every hazard, with unabating firmness and perseverance, employ for the preservation of liberties, being with one mind resolved, to die Freemen rather than live Slaves.Im always on the lookout for interesting Americana, and recently I stumbled on a really wonderful piece.  It is a newspaperNew-England Chronicle: Or, The Essex Gazette, Volume VII, Number 365; From Friday, July 21, to Thursday, July 27, 1775.  Printed by Samuel and Ebenezer Hall in Stroughton Hall, Read More
  • A Revolutionary Declaration of War - 31 July 2013

    Wed, 31 Jul 2013 10:51:48 Permalink
    Our cause is just. Our union is perfect. Our internal resources are great, and, if necessary, foreign assistance is undoubtedly attainable. . .  We will, in defiance of every hazard, with unabating firmness and perseverance, employ for the preservation of liberties, being with one mind resolved, to die Freemen rather than live slaves. Im always on the lookout for interesting Americana, and recently I stumbled on a really wonderful piece.  It is a newspaperNew-England Chronicle: Or, The Essex Gazette, Volume VII, Number 365; From Friday, July 21, to Thursday, July 27, 1775.  Printed by Samuel and Ebenezer Hall in Stroughton Hall, Read More
  • "And Nobody Cares If He Rests for a While"

    Thu, 27 Jun 2013 01:33:21 Permalink
    Although I don't have any in stock right now, I always enjoy taking Little Golden Books, Wonder Books, Tell-a-Tale Books, and Bonnie Books to book fairs and antique shows.  Although only a relatively small handful of them are in big demand (like Tex with his tape, Lulu with her Kleenex, and Dan with his Band-Aids), whenever I set a box of them on a table for customers to flip through, they always generate a lot of reminiscing.It seems that almost everyone of a certain age has a story about their favorite title, and I'm no exception.  When I was very, very young, my Read More
  • "And Nobody Cares If He Rests for a While"

    Thu, 27 Jun 2013 01:33:21 Permalink
    Although I don't have any in stock right now, I always enjoy taking Little Golden Books, Wonder Books, Tell-a-Tale Books, and Bonnie Books to book fairs and antique shows.  Although only a relatively small handful of them are in big demand (like Tex with his tape, Lulu with her Kleenex, and Dan with his Band-Aids), whenever I set a box of them on a table for customers to flip through, they always generate a lot of reminiscing.It seems that almost everyone of a certain age has a story about their favorite title, and I'm no exception.  When I was very, very young, my Read More
  • It's Been a Busy Three Months - 22 Nov 12

    Mon, 24 Jun 2013 05:56:30 Permalink
    Its been a number of weeks since I last posted anything, but that isnt because nothing has been going on around here.  Rather, its been just the opposite.  First, after running the Marine Corps General Alfred M. Gray Research Center for the last fifteen of years and totaling over almost forty years of combined military and civilian service, I decided to retire.  It was surprising how time-consuming the retirement process was; not all that difficult, but it did require a considerable amount of information to be gathered, telephone calls to be made, accounts to be transferred, forms to be filled, Read More
  • Riding a Sales Wave of African-American Material - 12 June 2013

    Sat, 22 Jun 2013 03:35:12 Permalink
    I havent posted anything in a while, but that doesnt mean I havent been keeping busy.  Unfortunately, I had to focus on some family issues stemming from the death of my father, so I simply havent had time to write.  Anyway, I hope to get back on track and crank out a post every week or so beginning today. It always strikes me as odd the way I can have quality books and ephemera on hand for months with nary an on-line query, a single catalog response, nor a brief look-see from a show patron, and thenBang!the stuff seems to Read More
  • Riding a Sales Wave of African-American Material - 12 June 2013

    Wed, 12 Jun 2013 07:14:24 Permalink
    I havent posted anything in a while, but that doesnt mean I havent been keeping busy.  Unfortunately, for a month or two I had to focus on some family problems, including the death of my father, so I simply havent had time to write.  Anyway, I hope to get back on track and crank out a post every week or so beginning today. It always strikes me as odd the way I can have quality books and ephemera on hand for months with nary an on-line query, a single catalog response, nor a brief look-see from a show patron, and Read More
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