[JHRB News] Our New MARCH Catalog of Books is Ready!
Joslin Hall Rare Books, ABAA
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Tue Mar 6 08:07:00 EST 2007
SPEAKING OF BOOKS...
The Joslin Hall Rare Books Newsletter
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March 6th, 2007.
Its going to be Saint Patricks Day soon, and since it involves food and
beer, its one of the Book Elves favorite holidays. Theyve always thrown
a big party to celebrate, but after last years mishap, and the ensuing
court costs, they decided to do a dry run a few weeks ahead of time this
year. Now heres the thing- its never a good idea to pair the phrases
Book Elves party preparations and 30,000 gallons of green,
vegetable-based food coloring, especially if you live within a quarter
mile of the Connecticut River...
But before the squadron of helicopters from the EPA Rapid Response SWAT
Team descended and started fingerprinting everyone, the Book Elves
finished this new catalog of books-
"RECENT ACQUISITIONS for March, 2007" is now available on our website or
in printed format. It features 201 books and catalogs on furniture,
silver, ceramics, glass, textiles, art, architecture and related fields,
with highlights including-
-A nice 1782 book of decorative cyphers for silversmiths & engravers.
-Several important 19th century color books by George Field.
-A lovely Victorian facsimile of a 1677 London Merchant directory.
-A 1698 catalog of ancient Egyptian amulets.
-A 1750 poem about raising silkworms, with a marvelous engraved frontispiece.
-An important 1837 book of designs for gate houses and lodges, owned by a
founder of the Boston Society of Arts & Crafts (Henry Wadsworth
-An uncommon 1862 collection of Renaissance silver designs.
-A fascinating and detailed 1840s survey of trades and manufactures in
-and much, much more!
Request a printed copy, or browse the catalog on our website-
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This month's catalog also has a special feature on fakes, forgeries and
frauds, a topic which has always fascinated me. Whats real and what
isnt? As Frank Arnau notes in his book The Art of the Faker-
"According to the enlarged edition of his
oeuvre catalogue, Corot painted over two
thousand pictures. Of these, more than five
thousand are in the United States".
We issued a catalog a few years ago completely devoted to this topic
(fakes, not Corot), and are looking towards a new issue of it, but in the
meantime, we hope you enjoy this months special section (items 35 through
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We recently got two great new publisher-overstock titles in about Japanese
copper smelting and caviar-
Tsuna, Masuda. "KODO ZUROKU. ILLUSTRATED BOOK ON THE SMELTING OF COPPER"
Norwalk; Burndy Library: 1983. This is a facsimile edition of Masuda
Tsuna's 1801 treatise on copper smelting, with its original color woodcuts
by Niwa Motokuni Tokei. It is translated by Zenryu Shirakawa and edited
and introduced by Cyril Stanley Smith, with a preface by Bern Dibner. This
volume is from the Burndy Library of books on the history of science and
technology, founded by engineer and industrialist Dibner at the Burndy
Engineering Company in Norwalk, Connecticut. Softcover. 8x10.5, 96
pages, color and b/w illustrations. New. 
Available for a limited time for $15.00
Carey, Richard Adams. "THE PHILOSOPHER FISH. STURGEON, CAVIAR, AND THE
GEOGRAPHY OF DESIRE" New York; Counterpoint: 2005. Since the days of the
Persian Empire, caviar has trumpeted status, wealth, prestige, and sex
appeal. In this remarkable journey to caviars source, the author immerses
himself in the world of the sturgeon, the fish that lays the golden eggs.
Ancient, shrouded in mystery, inexplicable in several of its behaviors,
the sturgeon has a fascinating biologic past- and an uncertain future...
Hardcover. 6.5x9.5, 333 pages, dj. 
Published at $26.00.
Available for a limited time for $10.00
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Weve finally begun to get some Winter weather here at Foggygates, with
several snow storms in the last three weeks. As soon as it gets cold
enough for the local bears to start hibernating, we put bird feeders out
in the side yard and by the back deck. (We know its time to take them
away in the Spring when we find one of the pole feeders flattened and
ripped up by the bear, but thats another story).
At this time of year we have a huge crowd of birds at the feeders, from
early in the morning until dusk. But the three pairs of cardinals, several
woodpeckers, bunches of wrens, finches, doves and other assorted little
birds (plus half a dozen fat squirrels) are now being joined on a regular
basis by a young red-tailed hawk. He first showed up a week or so ago,
sitting in the tall tree behind the carriage house, and has lately taken
to sitting on the railing of the deck, or in the small fruit tree we hang
the feeders on just beside it. I am afraid he may not be here for the
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