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Blogging, Old School

February 24th, 2009  |  by  |  published in Uncategorized


Recently discovered on our shelves, a small pamphlet describing Amateur Journalism, the 19th-century version of blogging, with participants printing their missives with lead type and using a letterpress.

To quote:

Amateur journalism is "the occupation, or perhaps pursuit, of a
fraternity of boys and girls, young men and women of America, who edit
and publish small papers of their own, for the purpose, mainly, of
self-culture, and the exchange of their ideas upon various topics, the
dissemination of amateur news, and the discussion of many interesting
questions incident to the existence of the fraternity."

satisfaction of seeing mention made of his venture is only equaled by
that experienced when beholding his own name, for the first time, at
the head of the editorial column of his journal." And when the reviews
are not good, the amateur journalist "scans the papers containing them
for any flaws they may possess, and is at once eager to issue another
number and annihilate his audacious critics."

Sounds a lot like
old-school blogging to me.

In doing research on this bit of history, I discovered that the National Amateur Press Association still exists and still exchanges printed papers among its members.

Amateur Journalism A Pamphlet Explaining Its Aims, Interest and Extent, with Instructions for Becoming Connected Therewith.

New Glasgow, Nova Scotia: Finlay A. Grant, 1884. First printing. 16 pages, printed on pink paper and bound in purple wrappers. Not in OCLC. Good only. The staples have corroded and have eaten away the paper at the spine and there is an old dampstain at the top edge. $45

How You Know Your Store Is in Humboldt County

February 17th, 2009  |  by  |  published in Uncategorized


When the box of books you bought in Southern Humboldt has this in the bottom. In the local parlance, these folks were growing "tomatoes."

A Sneak Preview of the March Arts Alive Show

February 15th, 2009  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive

Not Your Average Bookstore Event

February 14th, 2009  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive

Apple collage

Last November, we invited local apple farmers into the store for Arts Alive, a monthly Old Town arts event. They sliced apples from their orchard and one of Eureka Books' co-owners, Peggy Irvine, exhibited her wonderful colored pencil portraits of local Humboldt apples.  What a night!

Just In – World War Two Posters

January 14th, 2009  |  by  |  published in Uncategorized


We just acquired 50 or more World War II posters. What's a little sexist stereotyping if it was good for the war effort? Stop in and take a look. Priced from $15.

Local Author Barbara Kerley in the New York Times

January 11th, 2009  |  by  |  published in Books

Kudos to local author Barbara Kerley for the great review in the New York Times. We've got signed copies in the store, but we don't expect them to last, so get down here now if you want one.  With the Obama girls moving into the White House, this book is a great way to get kids interested in the new First Family, and the kids who have lived in the White House before them.

The Times says, "Kerley reveals the essence of Alice in an upbeat account of her life,
dramatizing Alice’s love of “eating up the world,” as she put it….“I give a good show,” Alice proclaimed. That she did, as Kerley and Fotheringham demonstrate with verve. "

Congrats, Barbara!

Here's a photo of our oh-so-glamorous local children's authors, Barbara Kerley, Natasha Wing, and Mary Nethery at our holiday children's book event:

Childrens authors

Botanical Atrocities

December 6th, 2008  |  by  |  published in Uncategorized


So once again, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society is teetering on the brink and has turned to selling off rare books to make ends meet (or more accurately, pay their **creditors** 30 cents on the dollar).

On December 11, at Sotheby's, at least six rare botanicals will be going on the block. This deaccessioning has been done quietly, but these six lots have Mass Hort bookplates. Nicholas Basbanes' article on a previous gutting of the MHS library (still touted on its website as "renowned for its collection of books related to early agriculture, horticulture, and landscape design.") can be read here.

**Thanks, Wystan**

We Were Robbed

October 8th, 2008  |  by  |  published in What's Up Online

While neglecting my own blog recently, I have signed on as a guess blogger at Foreword Magazine. I wrote about a recent theft at my bookstore, and the lesson I'm taking from it. Philobiblos isn't impressed.

How Cool Is Blogging

July 2nd, 2008  |  by  |  published in Uncategorized

All the big ad agencies are developing blog strategies for their clients. Apparently, if your product hasn't been mentioned in a blog, you're on the road to bankruptcy.

Yesterday, my wife and I received FIVE – count 'em, 5 – green boxes with odd labels. Actually, two were addressed to Fine Books contributors, two to my wife, and one for me. In each box we found a small bottle of Hendrick's gin, a cucumber, and a card with a web address.

Originally, we only opened the ones addressed to us, but once we realized gin – our alcoholic beverage of choice (I've had two today – it was a rough day) – was enclosed, we purloined all five. I'm sure the other Fine Books folks probably didn't want theirs, but I'm not about to ask.

It turned out to be a promotion from Hendrick's, one of our top three gins. Amy and I prefer Beefeater, which I know is a cliche, but it's also the best gin for martinis. Hendrick's is probably our second favorite. (Is anyone from Beefeater reading this – we can be bribed. Really. We once knew an employee of the firm that represented Beefeater, and we really enjoyed the relationship.)

I'm not sure what we were supposed to do with the cucumber. The cocktail recipe Hendrick's provided called for gin (which they kindly sent), mint, soda, ice, and a bit of sugar – ingredients that cost me close to $5. It was a nice cocktail. The recipe didn't include a cucumber, so I sliced one thin and floated it in the drinks.

What does this have to do with book collecting? We're featuring early cocktail books in the next issue.

Bombs away.

London Illustrated News

June 26th, 2008  |  by  |  published in Prints

Just in: Nineteen bound volumes of the Illustrated London News, the most elaborate British news magazine of the 19th century. Each weekly issue had dozens of engravings and many had large, fold-out maps and views of far-off cities. The bound volumes (dating from the 1850s, 1880s, and 1890s, each contain roughly 26 weekly issues). We’ve put a sampling on our central table. It’s hard to imagine the work that went into hand engraving each of the thousands of images in every volume.

You will also find on the central table a nice (but quickly dwindling) collection of books on Japan and Japanese art. These are flying out of the store. We also acquired this week a large collection of Talbot Mundy, a smaller grouping of Gene Stratton-Porter, and a handful of Elizabeth Goudge titles.