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 and early 20th centuries. They rival the best efforts of Margaret Armstrong and company.
Maybe, because those Arctic nights are so unrelievedly dreary, the people who write about them feel the need to bring some light and life to their accounts.
The literature of Arctic exploration is, in part, one of starvation, suffering, and death – all presented in the most eye-catching packages. Strange, huh?
I was cataloging these books in preparation for next weekend’s Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair. In fact, I’ve put together a short illustrated list of some of the new items I’ll be bringing to the show – a mere sampling of the hundreds of items that will be pouring out of booth 406A, the temporary home of Ten Pound Island Book Co. I hope you’ll stop by and say hello!
The Brooklyn show has been going on for four years, I think. In that time it has become one of my favorites. Greenpoint is fun, and the ambiance of the venue – the new Brooklyn Expo Center – is terrific. Old friends, new dealers, fresh material, good food and drink… what’s not to like? In terms of pleasant surroundings, low pressure, and reasonably good buying and selling, Brooklyn ranks right up with next month’s Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair as one of the best provincial shows in the country. Promoter Marvin Getman has been tireless in improving and promoting the Brooklyn show. In an email to me last week Marvin wrote, “This is the year, baby!”
Come on out and prove him right.