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 fair) is only two years old, and that it’s being held in Lexington rather than Boston, in a rather out-of-the way location, the turnout was remarkable.
The aisles were filled from the opening bell until at least 1 pm (at which time I decamped for lunch at Waxy O’Connor’s pub a few miles down the road). When I came back there were still people nosing around.
Marvin’s new policy of free admission certainly helped, but I think he’s also managed to develop a loyal following of book lovers throughout the New England states. At almost any Marvin fair these days, I can count on seeing the same cohort of book geeks, collectors, and institutional buyers. Well done, Marvin!
Ten Pound Island had a swell time writing more than a dozen invoices, almost all for books under $30, but hey, who’s complaining?
If I didn’t want to sell any of those cheap books, I shouldn’t have bought them. I did hear a few dealers grousing about slow sales. They probably brought books costing more than $30. Well done, Ten Pound!
Buying was also good. I pigged out on paper to the tune of $8000 or so (see below).
But the best thing about the 2017 version of the Boston Book & Ephemera Fair was that it only lasted a day. (Promoters, take note.)
Here’s one of the more interesting items I bought:
Chart. U.S. Coast Survey Charts 11, 12, & 13. Monomoy and Nantucket Shoals to Block Island. This is a mammoth configuration of three separate but continuous charts showing Narragansett Bay and Newport (chart 11), Buzzard’s Bay and Martha’s Vineyard (chart 12), Nantucket and coastal waters (chart 13). They were produced by the Coast and Geodetic Survey between 1860 and 1878 and, because they are copper engravings, the level of detail is astonishing. These charts are scarce and desirable individually, especially chart 12, of Martha’s Vineyard, officially designated “From Muskeget Channel to Buzzards Bay and Entrance to Vineyard Sound Mass.” They are almost never found joined together, as this set is. The left edge is somewhat tanned, and a stain extends about six inches from the upper right corner. Otherwise they are in very good condition on original linen backing with original paper label. The three charts measure 85 x 39 inches overall. $3500
Finally, I must apologize for the brevity and tardiness of this week’s entry. For the past couple of days I’ve been wrapped up in a show Jay and Louie Howland and Anne Marie I are putting together over at Flatrocks Gallery. It’s called Drawn from the Sea
and it features walls and walls of eye-candy.
Jay and Louie Howland hard at work hanging the show
I hope you can join us for the opening party from 12-5 next Sunday afternoon at Flatrocks Gallery, 77 Langsford St. Gloucester, MA.
As soon as I get a catalog of the items up on our website, I’ll post a link on the tenpound website.