[JHRB News] Newsletter for Sept. 21st, 2004

Joslin Hall Rare Books office at joslinhall.com
Tue Sep 21 13:39:59 EDT 2004

SPEAKING of Books...

The Joslin Hall Rare Books Newsletter
  September 21st, 2004
To see an illustrated version, go to

- - - - - NEW ON THE WEBSITE - - - - -
    "Just Catalogued" Pages Updated!


Our Just Catalogued pages have just been updated, with a good selection of 
books about glass, furniture, silver, ceramics, textiles and other 
decorative arts and a smattering of Americana and other matters.

Highlights include-

* A nice set of the first seven issues of the noted journal "The Glass Circle".

* Cole's 1899 study "Ornament in European Silks"

* A nice copy of the 1914 history of the Dietz Ligthing Company

* The rather uncommon 1922 study of English china fragments- "Analysed 
Specimens of English Porcelain" by Eccles & Rackham.

* O'Doherty's elegant tribute to Maxim Karolik.

* A scarce study of American Kasten (what the heck, you ask, is a "Kasten"? 
well, go over and find out!)

* Charles Montgomery's limited-edition essay on American silver collections 
& collectors.

* An uncommon and interesting undertaker's memoir published in 1900.

* The fine tribute "Israel Sack, A Record of Service", inscribed by Israel 
to a collector.

* An 1838 book about "Pennsylvania Hall" in Philadelphia which was burned 
just four days after its opening by a rabid pro-slavery mob.  Illustrated 
with a beautiful colored plate of the Hall after completion, and a dramatic 
plate of the Hall in flames.

* An interesting 1916 pamphlet on the effectiveness of German Zeppelin 
raids on London.

and much more!

- - - - - - FREE BOOKS - - - - - -

"Wine Journeys" by Stuart Oliver (Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1949) "is a 
record of journeys in search of fine wines, of wine-gathering not as a 
business but as a hobby...  What, it may be asked, is more human than a 
great wine? The first few twelvemonths they froth as uselessley as cradled 
babies; then come early youth and the glow of rich promise; full maturity 
follows; then a slow advance to middle span, a deeper rich texture the 
while; finally, old age and soft, velvety reminiscent charm... The finest 
wines are nice people".    Hardcover, moderate wear, some soil, lacks the 
front endpaper.

If you would like this, send us an email at office at joslinhall.com with the 
subject line "Wine".  We only have one copy, so we will randomly draw the 
name of one of you on Thursday and send it out to the lucky winner!


"Books on Furniture -Part One"
[and] "Part Two"
Bookin! 227 & 230

Featuring almost 200 books and catalogs about antique furniture, 
cabinetmakers,tools, woods, and much more. Request your free copies today!

- - - - - - FREE BOOKS - - - - - -

"Military Errors of World War Two" by Kenneth Mackseyis a scholarly 
examination of the errors made by commanders and politicians in some of the 
epic campaigns of the Second World War, from the North Atlantic to the 
skies over Europe, to the North African Desert and the waters of Leyte 
Gulf.  From the Cassell Military Paperback series (2002). Softcover, some wear.

If you would like this, send us an email at office at joslinhall.com with the 
subject line "Errors".  We only have one copy, so we will randomly draw the 
name of one of you on Thursday and send it out to the lucky winner!

- - - - - - SUMMERTIME - - - - - -

It's the last day of Summer, time to put away the beach chairs and get out 
the jackets and sweaters.  Time for canoeing down rivers with the red and 
gold leaves shining on each bank.  For some reason that mental picture made 
me think of my old fishing friend, "Cap'n Bob".  Bob isn't into canoeing, 
but he does have a power boat that he likes to use for fishing off Cape Cod.

A few years ago I was visiting Bob and he showed me a new fishing lure he 
had bought- it looked like some sort of deranged Addams-family chandelier, 
with several "levels", and huge, sharp hooks and little rubber fish 
sticking out everywhere.  When I expressed, ever so gently, the opinion 
that he had lost his mind, he explained that it was a Bluefish lure.

Oh, I said... "Ok".  I knew about Bluefish.   Smoked Bluefish, broiled 
Bluefish... I knew all about Bluefish.  But I'd never caught a Bluefish, so 
we went out on his boat in Cape Cod Bay off the shores of Truro and 
Provincetown.  Bluefish are, the experts say, "voracious" feeders, meaning 
they will bite at anything in the water, including careless fingers (we'll 
skip that particular story today).

I caught several, and they are, indeed, "voracious", and have very sharp 
teeth.  And there is no better eating than freshly caught blues.  "But", 
you say "I have never eaten Bluefish".  Well, you have missed a treat. 
Bluefish are "fishy", which is to say they have a strong, oily flesh and 
taste like, well... fish.   Go figure.

Bluefish are best cooked simply. A little olive oil, a few garlic cloves, a 
pat or two of butter, and not too much time under the broiler, and you have 
a real feast.  Smoked Blue is also a great treat, though not easy to find 
away from the coast.

While searching for a few new Bluefish recipes on the 'net (I found a few, 
but none to beat the simple one above) I found the website of the Atlantic 
League baseball team, the Bridgeport Bluefish

You gotta love their logo (see the illustrated version of this newsletter 
at <http://www.joslinhall.com/speaking_current.htm>). It captures the True 
Bluefish Spirit. Though it won't completely replace my Red Sox sweatshirt, 
I think I'll probably break down and buy a Bluefish one to match.   And 
maybe a cap, too...

Go Bluefish!

That's going to do it for today.  Thanks to our readers we got some very 
nice recipes for zucchini over the last few days which we'll be testing a 
few in the kitchen and posting here in a week or two.  Until then, please 
take a look at our Just Catalogued pages-

and have a great first day of Fall!


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