ARCHIVE From Mr. MALCOLM M. FERGUSON Of BROOKFIELD BOOKSHOP. Bookseller's Archive, Malcolm M. Ferguson.
ARCHIVE From Mr. MALCOLM M. FERGUSON Of BROOKFIELD BOOKSHOP.
ARCHIVE From Mr. MALCOLM M. FERGUSON Of BROOKFIELD BOOKSHOP.

ARCHIVE From Mr. MALCOLM M. FERGUSON Of BROOKFIELD BOOKSHOP.

New Hampshire / Massachusetts: (n. d.). Ca. 1930s-1950s. 288 pp. journal with roughly 90 pp. of ms text ranging from one line to 24 lines, some pages have clippings of mimeographed lists pasted in; together with numerous scraps of ephemera varying in size, some typed letters, handwritten notes, pages torn from catolgues, brochures &c. &c. Divers sizes. One cloth bound ruled journal [10-3/8" x 8"], half red cloth and half pebbled black cloth, with ms lists, together with a around 70 pieces of bookseller ephemera. A VG collection of material. Item #44710

Malcolm Ferguson ran a used/antiquarian book shop in Brookfield, New Hampshire for twelve years, he then moved to Concord, Massachusetts and pursued a career as a librarian. He was also a Thoreau scholar, a member of the Thoreau Lyceum and Thoreau Society.

This a small archive of Ferguson's working papers as a bookseller, including his journal comprised mainly of miscellaneous want lists catagorized by author, illustrator, publisher or subject (i. e. Japan, Rackham, Sex, Stone & Kimball, Robert Frost &c.), together with clippings from Antiquarian Bookman magazine as well as articles from a few other related publications, and numerous book lists and want lists, from contemporary book sellers such as Barnes & Noble, The Woodford Press, Jack Hellar, Del's Book Service, H.I. Shap, John Masefield, Duttons, Inc., et al.

An excellent primary source documenting the [then] paper-orientation of the antiquarian book trade, where books met their future owners through employment of lists such as these. Further, these lists offer a brief glipse into the collecting mindset of the time, showing books 'in demand', topics of interest, etc.

Price: $850.00

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