The Quiet Season

Late summer: a quiet season in the book trade. No one’s in town. No one’s in the office. But don’t be fooled: we are hard at work here in Brooklyn. Stay tuned for the fall reveal!


Summertime Slideshow

The site’s been quiet for a couple of weeks. I’ve been away, gathering books and inspiration for this fall’s Honey & Wax catalog. Here are some travel slides, for those who like to follow along at home.ChurchyardBookseller and Buckinghamshire native Simon Beattie gave me a tour of some local literary highlights. This is the churchyard in Stoke Poges where Thomas Gray wrote “Elegy in a Country Churchyard” (1751).MiltonHouseAnd this is the cottage in Chalfont St Giles where the blind John Milton completed Paradise Lost in 1667. MiltonIndianThe Indian takeaway across the road from Milton’s cottage, where the great poet got his weekly vindaloo fix. Dahl PetrolThe petrol pumps on Great Missenden High Street, the inspiration for the filling station in Roald Dahl’s Danny, The Champion of the World (1975), my favorite of all his novels. Photographer Simon is visible in the reflection.Hazel'sWoodSimon in the field behind Roald Dahl’s house. The woods in the distance inspired Victor Hazell’s poaching grounds in Danny, The Champion of the World. DahlHutRoald Dahl’s private writing cottage, constructed behind his house in Great Missenden. He claimed that savage wolves lived there to keep the family away while he was working. This plan would not have deterred my child. BristolAfter our whirl through Buckinghamshire, Simon and I teamed up with Elisabeth Grass (late of Quaritch) for the journey to the first ever PBFA book fair in Bristol.TempleMeadsThere were singers! dancers! mimes on stilts! And scores of PBFA dealers. I was lucky enough to land the plush guest bedroom at the headquarters of Bristol bookseller Steve Liddle.LiddleThen on to Oxford, to pick up Lily and spend a night in Jesus College, the only college at Oxford founded during the reign of Elizabeth I. The queen was an imposing presence over our breakfast table. Lil ate Rice Krispies, unfazed, under her imperial gaze.JesusCollegeWe continued on to Paris, where we moved into the Hotel du Vieux Paris on the Left Bank. Once known as the Beat Hotel, it was home to Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William S. Burroughs decades ago. Now it’s full of modern comforts, but the old raftered ceilings remain.TimbersWe visited Shakespeare & Company a few blocks away, where Lil befriended the bookstore cat, Kitty.S&CoAnd I visited the rare book room (hello, Ben Brown!) and the Sylvia Beach Memorial Library, where a young Englishman noodled on a piano dating back to the Lost Generation:SBMLThe bookstore window scene in Paris was aspirational.BooksellerAnd we enjoyed running into the greats every time we turned a corner. I give you Montaigne, outside the Sorbonne. Students rub his right shoe for luck before their exams:Montaigne

And Voltaire, quietly amused in the Panthéon:VoltaireI’ll be back in the bookroom next week, and Honey & Wax will resume regular business hours — until then, bon voyage!Goodbye

My Bookish Valentine

Just returned from a wet weekend of book-buying in Oakland, at the California International Antiquarian Book Fair, to a frozen week of book-cataloguing here in Brooklyn. New acquisitions are up every day now at Honey & Wax.

Do you need a complete set of embossed Shakespearean valentines, circa 1907, for this weekend? Probably. Pick them up here.

Or come see the new books for yourself next weekend at the Greenwich Village Antiquarian Book Fair, February 20-22!


Merry Merry

It’s 3:15 in the afternoon on December 23, and the last of these has shipped. Happy holidays to everyone, and thanks for making 2014 such a great year for Honey & Wax!

(Bookish requests for 2015 welcome, but give me a few days.)


Holiday Gifts, Part Two

And in happy local news: this Saturday, December 6, jump-start your holiday shopping at the Third Annual Brooklyn Holiday Book Fair, featuring rare, vintage and out-of-print books from independent booksellers all over Brooklyn.

Cara Schlesinger of Faenwyl Bindery will run an all-ages bookmaking demonstration at 12 PM. And at 2 PM, the brilliant Maira Kalman will be on hand to sign her new book, My Favorite Things, a tribute to the power of special objects, and the ideal holiday gift for the collector (or hoarder) on your list.

Hope to see you all Saturday!


Holiday Gifts, Part One

Just home from a packed, rushed expatriate Thanksgiving in London, where I spent 72 hours shopping for holiday gifts (yours, mine, everyone’s) and restocking the Honey & Wax shelves. Keep an eye on the website as the new books arrive!

VF CoverOn the flight home, I settled in with Vanity Fair’s 2014 holiday gift guide, featuring our signed variorum edition of Yeats.IMG_2276Honey & Wax: standing by, for all your seasonal poetry needs.

Eight Hours in Boston

Why am I formatting show cards and updating the Honey & Wax blog at 3:25 AM? There can be only one reason: the Boston Shadow Show, officially known as the Boston Book, Print, and Ephemera Show, is happening this Saturday, November 15, from 8 AM to 4 PM at the Back Bay Events Center. Come say hello! I’ll be drinking coffee in Booth D42.

Boston Shadow Show, 2014.

Boston Shadow Show, 2014.

Following Honey & Wax

One of my new year’s resolutions has come to pass, a mere eight months into 2014. You can now follow Honey & Wax on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram:


Twitter: @honeyandwaxbks


Instagram: honeyandwaxbks

All Honey & Wax, all the time, on these four platforms.

No kids or cats will be posted, unless they are bookish and/or for sale.

Instagram’s probably the best. Seriously. Check it out:


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