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The Joslin Hall Rare Books Newsletter
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April 11th, 2006

We're getting ready for Patriot's Day, a holiday not familiar to many folks outside Massachusetts. It commemorates the Lexington- Concord Battle of 1775 (remember the Longfellow poem? "By the rude bridge which arched the flood, their flag to to April breeze unfurled", etc.)

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In Massachusetts many towns have companies of volunteer Minutemen who dress up in colonial-era garb and march on their town greens on April 19th. For many years the Book Elves have amused themselves by going one better- they dress up as Minutemen and Redcoats and recreate the battle on the front lawn. This was fine until someone introduced the concept Hollywood-style pyrotechnics to the festivities... However, before they began repairing last year's scorch marks in their costumes and Googling the phrase "really big cannon" on the internet, the Book Elves finished a new printed catalog of Books on Silver & Silversmiths, which is now ready to mail-


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New Catalog-


"BOOKS ON SILVER & SILVERSMITHS" is now ready, and going into the mail. If you'd like a copy please send us your mailing address.

Highlights include books on American, English, European, Asian, ancient & other silver and silversmiths, including standard studies, rare monographs, scarce exhibition and auction catalogs, new books on Tiffany flatware, needlework tools, & much more!




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Cummins, Genevieve."Antique Boxes -Inside and Out. For Eating, Drinking and Being Merry, Work, Play and the Boudoir." Woodbridge; Antique Collectors’ Club: 2006.

All right boxing fans, have we got a book for you! You really have to see this book to believe it. It’s big, it’s beautiful, and it’s packed with fantastic antique boxes- boxes for eating, drinking, “being merry” (oh my), work boxes, alms boxes, boxes for play, hobbies, sewing, gaming, knives, tea, salt, betel boxes, cricket boxes, hat boxes, writing boxes, perfume boxes -if somebody put it in a box, the box is here. And Cummins is not only concerned with outward appearances- one of the most valuable aspects of this book is that most of the boxes are also shown opened- with their original, or nearly original, contents. “Boxes are beguiling,” the jacket says, “because they can have the double delight of an enticing exterior and the anticipation and satisfaction of a fully fitted interior.” There’s a lot of satisfaction to be had from this book. Hardcover. 9.5”x12”, 439 pages, packed with color and b/w illustrations, dj; bibliography. New. [90166] $69.50

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If you'd like copies of any of these, please let us know.

* Recent Acquisitions for Spring, 2006 (april)

* Auction Catalogs (may)




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Stern, Bill. "Contemporary Silver. Commissioning. Designing. Collecting" London; Merrell Publishers: 2000. A sumptuous feast of a book for the silver lover, filled with gorgeous photographs of unique and surprising fantasies on the theme of the broad-bladed silver server. Rabinovitch, author of a book on antique broad-bladed silver servers, commissioned more than 60 new servers from a variety of working silver craftsmen, and the results are stunning and provocative. The text describes each server and the silversmiths' ideas in creating it, and also explores the relationship between artist and patron, and even how to become a patron, on a large or small scale, yourself. A fun book which silver lovers will spend hours going through again and again. Hardcover. 9.5"x10", 160 pages, color illustrations, dj. New. [95026]

Published at $49.95
Publisher's overstock
available for a limited time for- $



We hope you find a few books here that you need, and if you are ever in the area, remember that we’re close to the Massachusetts Turnpike and Interstate 91, just down the road from Deerfield, over the bridge from Amherst, and many other points of interest... so if you find yourself going by one day, give us a call and drop by.

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There’s always tea or coffee in the pot, cider in the fridge and various other libations and snacks available as well. When you have a chance, drop by "Foggygates", our new blog, and until next time, enjoy our catalog and enjoy the Spring!

-Forrest, Betty, Amy, Freckles, Pywackett & Ike


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