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  • Mon, 08 Sep 2014 09:46:14    Permalink
    The traditional day of rest was a busy one for me. I spent most of it fooling around with the first blog entry for my new e-commerce site, Unexpected! - Hope you'll check it out. I think I've tapped into a booming business with a great future.
    Then I finished wrapping orders from Maritime List 225, then I went across the street to Flatrocks Gallery where Anne Marie and Cynthia have curated a wonderful end-of-the-summer show called “Afloat.” A lovely mixture of painting, collage, and sculpture that evoke the sea. Today's highlight was another splendid garden party (guess who the gardener is) 
    followed by a talk by local novelist JoeAnn HartShe told us about her award winning novel titled, fittingly enough, Float, “... a wry tale of financial desperation, conceptual art, insanity, infertility, seagulls, marital crisis, jellyfish, organized crime, and the plight of a plastic-filled ocean. JoeAnn Hart’s novel takes a smart, satirical look at family, the environment, and life in a hardscrabble seaside town in Maine.” and how the themes of her fiction related to what we saw on the walls around us.
    A splendid afternoon, ruined only by the sorry-assed performance of Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. But hey, I should be enjoying these lovely Indian Summer days while I can. Winter will be here soon enough.
    Here's a charming little item I picked up last week. It will be accompanying a load of more high-powered fresh stock down to the much-anticipated BrooklynAntiques & Book Fair - the scene of next week's blog entry. Tune in then for a full report.The Life, Voyages and Sea Battles of That Celebrated Seaman, Commodore Paul Jones. Derby: Thomas Richardson, n.d. (ca. 1830). Fldg. color frontis. 24 pp. Scarce English pamphlet portraying our national hero as a smuggler and an ambitious turncoat, only to finally give him his due as a brave and tireless officer. Seitz, p. 222, citing the “brilliantly colored frontispiece” which is entitled “Paul Jones Shooting Lieutenant Grub.” There are several different versions of this famous moment in naval history, in which Jones shoots Grub for attempting to surrender the "Bon Homme Richard" during a battle. The best part of the legend is that the event never took place. It was invented by an earlier pamphleteer. The advertisement on the back cover offers other publications of Thomas Richardson of Derby. Bound in original wrappers, with wrappers and folding plate laid down. Text clean and untrimmed.$750.00

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