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The Joslin Hall Rare Books Newsletter
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November 7th, 2005

Well, the Book Elves love it here in Western Massachusetts. They've been busy capsizing themselves in kayaks on the Connecticut River and raking leaves into big piles on the front lawn and then jumping into them and landing on each other's heads. For Halloween they all dressed up as their favorite Rennaissance poets, drank a little too much hard cider, and treated the neighbors to an unexpurgated version of "Waltzing Matilda" on the front lawn.

We now have an opening for a new Book Elf or two, if anyone is interested.

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However, before they ran amok and decorated the Cataloging Cave with rolls of Priority Mail packing tape, they prepared a new printed catalog, packed full of Fallish Treasures-


New Catalog-

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"Books for Fall -Recent Acquisitions & other interesting books" is now ready, and going into the mail. This catalog does not appear on the web, so if you'd like a copy, please send us your mailing address and we'll put one in the mail.




Alcorn, Ellenor M.English Silver in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Volume 1- Silver before 1697.Boston; MFA / Northeastern University Press: 1993. 

The MFA's tradition of producing elegant catalogs continues with this effort, which illustrates part of the MFA’s collection of early English silver, recognized as one of the finest in the world. The catalog features extremely fine photography, and extensive and scholarly entries which fully describe and discuss each piece. Many of these pieces had not previously been published elsewhere. Marks are illustrated with each item. Hardcover. 9"x11.5", 236 pages, 16 color and 362 b/w illustrations, dj. New. [95017]

Published at $55.
Publisher’s overstock available at
this price for a limited time -

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We have a new “Books on Furniture” catalog coming up soon, and a new issue of our “Going Once… Going Twice…” catalog of vintage auction catalogs. We even have a new issue of the oft-promised “A Grave Affair”, catalog (books related to mourning and gravestones), in the works.

As soon as all that's done we go back on the road to ferret out more treasures for the Winter issue. Did someone say Winter? It does snow in Western Massachusetts, doesn’t it??? I’ve heard stories that it does…

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But there’s no snow yet. At the moment, despite rather soggy weather, the leaves are turning orange and yellow, and the pumpkins are being harvested from the fields. The very last of the late summer tomatoes and raspberries have been replaced by winter squash and cider at the local farmstands, and you can smell wood smoke in the early mornings and evenings. 11-2005-d.jpg (22035 bytes)

The books are all unpacked and on new shelves, so if you find yourself going by one day, give us a call and drop by. There’s always tea or coffee in the pot, cider in the fridge and various other libations and snacks available as well. Until next time, enjoy our catalog and enjoy the Fall!

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


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