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.