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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show

Buffalo Bill was the most famous producer of Wild West Shows.   He brought the performance to venues around the world and even performed the Queen of England in London.

He earned his name through reputation as a Buffalo hunter and became the impresario of the shows that bore his name.

Much like circus acts, programs were created for the show featuring pictures of the "wild west" stories and legends.  The show was known as a great spectacle with elaborate staging, costumes, and theatrics.

Our Buffalo Bill show poster is from the back cover of one of those shows--specifically the Brooklyn New York show.  There were 126 performances of the show in Ambrose Park (Brooklyn) on a 24 acre leased site.   This specific show was staged after his largest and most famous show at the World's Fair in Chicago.   The 1894 Show was staged during a period of decline and economic hardship, however the shows continued for another decade.

18" x 24" Poster 
Our poster is a delightful memory of the time and the show and a fine reproduction of the cover of a show catalog!

You can purchase it by clicking here! 

You may also be interested in a piece put together by the Museum of the City of New York that provides a fair amount of history and background to Buffalo Bill's  shows in the Metropolitan area.   To see the Blog Post from the Museum of the City of New York click here!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Ms. Magazine Rare First Issue - Spring 1972 Preview Issue

Front Cover of the Preview Issue

Ms. Magazine 

The magazine commenced publication in 1972.   It started as a monthly in July 1972.   

The preview issue (as shown) came out in Spring of 1972, cosequently it is often overlooked as it did not have a volume or issue number.

Publisher:  Majority Enterprises
Elizabether Forsling Harris

President:  Gloria Steinem

Gloria Steinem on Sisterhood
Letty Pogrebin:  On Raising Kids without Sex Roles
Sylvia Plath's Last Major Work
Women Tell the Truth aboutTheir Abortions
Jane O'Reilly on the Housewife's Moment of Truth

Table of contents

Featured in the magazine was a section entitled:  Marcia and MarviBoys and Girls, Girls and Boys, by Eve Marriam.  It was a detachable illustrated children's story (excerpted from the then forthcoming book.

Back Cover - Preview Issue

Available for purchase:   CLICK HERE

Monday, July 10, 2017

The Lengendary Blackwing - Limited Edition Only Available From Us!!!

The Blackwing 530

Sometimes it's not just books that go out of print!

Our friends at the Califronia Pencil company build a great pencil - the Blackwing.  It has a legnedary history as it was always a low production, top quality, wood cased pencil.  Steinbeck, Frank Lloyd Wright, Stephen Sondheim, and Chuck Jones were among the adherents.  The pencil has developed a loyal following and fan base, it's present incarnation has kept the excitement going.

As part of building a unique pencil the company has started issueing certain pencils in a limited edition.   The Volume Series.

We're glad to the only retailer around that still has some of those limited edition sets.  Each boxed set contains 12 pencils and the packaging is about as delightful as the pencil itself.

The BLACKWING Volume 530 which is a celebration of the California Gold Rush.

The company has been making efforts to celebrate history as well as writing with their pencils.   They even make donations to art and literacy based on sales.

So this the Eureka! I've found it pencil.   Now not easy to find, unless you come to the right place -- like ours

You can pick up a box or two at the shop in New Paltz, or call us to order over the phone (845-255-2635) or order directly from our webpage by 

Barner Books Blackwing Collection

Visit our BLACKWING Collection
for a wide selection of Blackwing Pencils

Monday, June 26, 2017

Bookstore Magic - a call for experiences

Magic In the Bookshop - and ongoing series

Those of us who work the shelves in used bookstores are often in a place where we experience magic.  The most typical of this occurs when a customer comes in looking for a specific title,  and sadly we don't have it.   But alas, following on said customer's heels is a person selling us that self same title.   It happens enough to be more than random, albeit unpredicatable.

It occurs to me that documenting some of these bookstore enchantments might be both entertaining as well as keeping the potential for magic in the air.

If you are inspired, or have examples of bookstore magic to share, feel free to do so.   We'll be happy to share the experience.

October 31, 2017

We're looking forward to an evening with Owen King.   Owen and his father Stephen, collaborated and wrote Sleeping Beauties together.

As part of the promotion for the book Owen and Stephen were on Good Morning America.   Owen asked his dad where his best ideas came from, and Stephen replied:

"I used to tell people there's a little used idea shop in New Paltz. . ."   We'd certainly like to think of that as us!

L.C. Smith Corona Typewriter
August 20, 2017

Books/Typewriters - it's all about the magic!

Sometimes it's not just the books!

A customer was in talking to me about typewriters.   His son joined in the conversation, and it turns out that he actually has started a collection of typewriters.  He even shared some Tom Hanks (avid typewriter collector) stories.

It was a fun conversation, but the magic happened when Kevin, our typewriter repair person, stopped by with a couple of typewriters that he had just finished working on.   Kevin's shop is in a nearby town, and we never really know when he's going to show up.  Somehow or other the universe put together the conversation and his visit!

He brought back a vintage Remington that needed attention, and now is a fine working typewriter.

Medallion on the '32 
I showed our typewriter aficionados that very typewriter -- and as magic would have it, our two recent additions became one.   The vintage Remington is now off to a new home.   The L. C. Smith Corona shown above is a gem.  Kevin has restored it to near showroom prime!   A unique feature on this machine is the company medallion on the top.  It helps date the machine (along with the serial number) to 1932.  

So the the L. C. Smith Corona joins others in the shop -- plenty of magic left in the air!

If you happen to be interested in the Smith Corona---we do have it available on line as well - Click here

June 21, 201

A customer came in with a variety of art books to sell.  Some catalogs, some books, and a rather interesting assortment.   Among the lot was a French Fold Folio style book of photographs.  The plates were intriguing and definitely showed a unique photographic style.   Typically, even on difficult to figure out books we often have some clue to help us in our pursuit.   Nothing on this one.   As I lamented the issue to the seller, another customer walked by and realized what was going on.
She quickly announced the she could read Cyrillic letters and offered to transliterate.   With those clues, we fairly quickly found out that the Photographer was Sergey Ivanov-Alliluyev, a noted Russian Photographer.   It was only a short matter of time that we had the bibliographic information on the piece and could make a rather informed decision on whether it warranted us purchasing it.

Sometimes it's magic in the air, but sometimes it's the magic of the time.