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This file is a collection of various messages having a common theme that I  have collected from my reading of the various computer networks. Some messages date back to 1989, some may be as recent as yesterday.


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Thank you,

    Mark S. Harris                  AKA:  THLord Stefan li Rous

                                          Stefan at florilegium.org



From: DRS%UNCVX1.BITNET at MITVMA.MIT.EDU ("Dennis R. Sherman")

Date: 3 Jul 90 11:53:00 GMT


Amanda Walker requested a source of Dansyre.  Assuming you mean

the one by Tielman Susato (the only one I know of), both volumes

are available by mail from

Kelischek Workshop

Rt. 1

Brasstown, NC   28902


I've been quite pleased with the service I've gotten from Kelischek,

and they seem to have their entire catalog in stock.

     Robyyan Torr d'Elandris                Dennis R. Sherman

     Kapellenberg, Windmaster's Hill        Chapel Hill, NC

     Atlantia                               drs at uncvx1.bitnet



From: folo at prairienet.org (F.L. Watkins)

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

Subject: Re: Scholar's Bookshelf Info Needed

Date: 25 Mar 1994 01:47:29 GMT

Organization: University of Illinois at Urbana


We have a virtual infestation of these catalogs (mainly because

we keep buying so much stuff from them), so it's fairly easy to

find one and tell you the address is:

      The Scholar's Bookshelf

      110 Melrich Road

      Cranbury, NJ 08512


Highly recommended.


Yrs, Folo


Damin de Folo - F.L. Watkins - Folo at Prairienet.edu

Baron Wurm Wald (MK), SCA - Commander Baldwin's, NWTA



From: Beth.Appleton at f4229.n124.z1.fidonet.org (Beth Appleton)

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

Subject: Calligraphy Book

Date: Fri, 12 Mar 1993 22:20:14


(this post is also on Fido_Medieval.... )

Here's a good book for those of you who are

interested in calligraphy:

   _Medieval_Calligraphy_, by Marc Drogan

It's available from Barnes & Noble, catalog no. 1782143

for $10.95 + $2.50 shipping & handling.

    Barnes & Noble

    126 Fifth Ave

    NY, NY  10011


I also noticed in the blurb that it's now printed by

Dover, so those of you with the Dover address can order

it directly, or get it from a willing bookstore.

              * W * A * R * N * I * N * G *

Being on B&N's mailing list can be fatal to the delicate

budget.  Members of Book Buyers Anonymous should NOT get

on their mailing list.  I ran a quick total of books I'd

like to have, and quit when I got to $200.

     They're like Publisher's Clearing House, only with a

far better/more extensive medieval history section.  I

don't have the address handy, but Edward Hamilton is very

similar.  When I got both catalogs (EH drops you quicker

& doesn't take plastic), I always checked availability and

pricing.  There might be a $2-3 difference, which wasn't

always going the same way (sometimes EH was cheaper, sometimes

B&N).  Oh, and EH tends to have some even harder to find and

more expensive books.  The highest priced book in my $200

total above was $14.98, and they very rarely have a book

priced over $30.  EH, OTOH, has some books priced $50-100,

which you *won't* find in B&N.  I bought my copy of

_Hortus_Deliciarum_ from them quite a while back ($60).


        Gwenllian Cwmystwyth



From: pat at lloyd.com (Pattie McGregor)

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

Subject: Old Books available; email address of vendor

Date: 14 Jul 1994 19:57:25 -0700

Organization: Lloyd Internetworking, Cameron Park, CA 95682

Keywords: old books, antiquarians


I ran across this on the Early modern culture mailing list:



Date:    Thu, 14 Jul 1994 22:38:47 -0400 (EDT)

From:    BREEBOOKS at aol.com

Subject: Informational Question



We would be very interested in participating in this mailing list.  Would it

be acceptable for us to occasionally offer a book from our stock that we feel

is potentially of interest to members?  We sell old, rare, scarce, sometimes

antiquarian books in science, political science, radical feminism, anarchy,

natural history, etc.


Thank you for your response.






Siobhan Medhbh O'Roarke / Pat McGregor


Sharing her time between Crosston &                   3331 Kimberly Road

  Mountain's Gate/Golden Rivers                       Cameron Park, CA 95682

  pat at cygnus.com                                       (916) 677-6607

  siobhan at lloyd.com                                     (415) 903-1448 (days)



From: 0003900943 at mcimail.COM (Marla Lecin)

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

Subject: source for books

Date: 12 Oct 1994 16:40:12 -0400


Greetings, from Jessa d'Avondale!


One of the books recommended on the Rialto recently by Master Arval,

"Tournaments: Jousts, Chivalry and Pagents in the Middle Ages" (Barber

& Barker), is available from Daedelus Books.  They sell it for $12.98;

it lists at $29.95.


Daedalus Books can be contacted at 800-395-2665, Mon-Fri, 9-6 Eastern time.

They carry remainders offered by commercial publishers and university






From: zoeholbr at rs6a.wln.com (M Zoe Holbrooks)

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

Subject: Scholar's Bookshelf

Date: 21 Apr 1995 02:42:52 GMT

Organization: WLN


I have just received the Spring Fine Arts Books catalogue from Scholar's

Bookshelf, 110 Melrich Road, Cranbury, NJ 08512.  It has **wonderful**

things for the illumination folk!  They *don't* have an 800# but do now

take visa/mc/access-eurocard/personal checks.  Over the years, I've been

happy with everything I've obtained from them.  And once you get on their

mailing list, you'll get all their catalogues (the history one is spiffy,






From: WJMICHALSKI <wjmichalski at delphi.com>

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

Subject: Re: Re(2): Chainmail Automation

Date: Wed, 31 May 95 23:18:55 -0500

Organization: Delphi (info at delphi.com email, 800-695-4005 voice)


RE: purchasing "Best of the Hammer"

Centaur Forge used to carry the series, but they may be out of stock.

Their phone # is 1-800-666-9175; you can call & see what volumes they still





From: Bill McNutt <mcnutt at gateway.ce.utk.edu>

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

Subject: Company for Ordering Out-Of-Print Books, was Re: HELP WITH BOOKS NEEDED

Date: 11 Oct 1995 15:56:26 GMT

University of Tennesee at Knoxville


vezeau at ctron.com (Michael E. Vezeau) wrote:

>I have attempted to acquire the following books without success:


I use a company called the "Printer's Mark Bookstore," and they have had slow, but very successful results every time I have asked them to hunt up and out-of-print book.


The Printer's Mark Bookstore

30 Market Square

Knoxville, TN 37902


(423) 524-1259


I have no association with PMB other than satisfied customer.



From: Gerekr at aol.COM

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca


Date: 9 Oct 1995 20:04:14 -0400


"Mike" requested information on Shire Publications (among other things).


Their address is Shire Publications Ltd, Cromwell House, Church Street,

Princes Risborough, Aylesbury, Bucks. HP17 9AJ, UK.


If you haven't looked at their publications, I highly recommend them.  They

have at least two series: Shire Archaeology and Shire Albums.


Meistari Gerekr

Gerekr at aol.com



From: medievalbk at aol.com

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

Subject: BOOKS: G.F. Amoury Books

Date: 22 Nov 1996 18:37:07 GMT


I'm here.  This is my e-mail address:  medievalbk at aol.com   This is the

number of used books I can search through: 1,700,000   This is how many

used bookstores there are on Interloc: 1,500+  This is how many titles I

am currently searching:  5,100   And this may be how much I know about

your interests:  0


Vilyehm the Merchant



From: medievalbk at aol.com (Medievalbk)

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

Subject: Re: help! looking for arthur books

Date: 7 Jan 1997 22:00:17 GMT


The best of the Arthurian bibliography has been placed into my wants.

See my web page for details.




G. F. Armoury Books

medievalbk at aol.com



From: wgv at rci.rutgers.edu (William Vincenti)

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

Subject: Finding Rare/Out of Print Books

Date: 4 Apr 1997 14:53:23 -0500

Organization: Rutgers University




Bibliofind is the largest site for the sale of books on the World Wide Web. In our database, hundreds of booksellers from around the world list and describe the books which they have available for sale.

Folks, this site has the potential for being great for finding stuff,

but really bad for our wallets.  Looks really worth using if you happen

to have a book buying budget.




From: rengraph at ix.netcom.com

Date: Thu, 3 Jul 1997 17:57:40 -0500 (CDT)

Subject: Re: SC - cookbook web site


Well I suppose I had to put my two cents worth in

eventually.  I am Lady Constanza of the Friendly Shire of Wyrmgeist in the

Kingdom of Meridies and I have been watching and reading intently for a



In answer to the above question the correct address for

Food Heritage Press is: http://www1.shore.net/~foodbks/




Food Heritage Press

P.O. Box 163,

Ipswich, MA 01938-0163 USA


508-356-8306 or e-mail: foodbks at shore.net


and yes, they have a wealth of books any cook would be interested in.

Below is an snip from their webpage intro:


      "Welcome to the Food Heritage Press web site. The Food Heritage Press

      makes available serious books on the history and culture of food to

      professional and armchair cooks and historians. Our printed catalog

      contains over 150 titles from over 40 university presses, museums, and

      other quality publishers, from both the USA and Canada. To request a

      copy of our print catalog please send $1.00 to the address above.


Food Heritage Press titles can be divided into the following broad

      overlapping areas:


       Facsimiles and Reprints of Classic Cookbooks More new titles for the


      19th Century American Recipes

       Food and Culinary Links of interest to the serious cook

       Important Reference Books for the Culinary Historian More new titles.

       Medieval Cookery

       Important USA Regional Cookbooks

       Ethnic Cookbooks - From Armenia to the Ukraine 2 new books on the food

            of Iran

       Mushrooms Books

       Out of Print Food and Culinary Books


Anyway visit the site.  


Yours in Service to Meridies and the dream


Lady Constanza della Oriente

Connie Pettus-Duquenne



From: renfrow at skylands.net (Cindy Renfrow)

Date: Thu, 3 Jul 1997 21:03:07 -0400

Subject: Re: SC - Poison Pen Press


>Does anyone have a contact number or web page for Poison Pen Press? I

>used to order books from them in the past but lost their number. I won't

>be at Pennsic so shopping at their stand there is out.




Poison Pen Press

951 Coney Island Ave.

Suite 111

Brooklyn, NY   11230



Phone: 718-853-8121




a.k.a. Cindy Renfrow

renfrow at skylands.net




Date: Thu, 31 Jul 1997 12:28:24 -0400

From: renfrow at skylands.net (Cindy Renfrow)

Subject: SC - list of book merchants


Hello!  I think you mean Mlodin the Merchant.  Does anyone have a current

address for him?


Here are the addresses of some other book merchants who carry period cookbooks:


Poison Pen Press, 951 Coney Island Ave., Suite 111, Brooklyn, NY  11230.

Tel: 718-853-8121.


JMH Jewelry, c/o Julia Hamann, 6200 N. Oracle #151, Tucson, AZ  85704.


Francesco Sirene the Spicer, c/o David Dendy, RR#2, Site 38, Comp B.O.,

Peachland, B.C., Canada V0H 1G0.


Potboiler Press, c/o Ted Eisenstein, 3940 Hwy. H, Fayette, MO  65248,

alban at delphi.com


Scholar's Bookshelf, 110 Melrich Rd., Cranbury, NJ 08512. Tel:

609-395-6933, books at scholarsbookshelf.com, http://www.scholarsbookshelf.com

(At the moment, they only have their military history catalog online, but

their print catalog is well worth having.)


David Brown Book Co., dba Oxbow Books, P.O. Box 511, Oakville, CT 06779.

Tel: 800-791-9354, oxbow at patrol.i-way.co.uk, http://www.oxbowbooks.com

(They also have an enormous print catalog.)


Chivalry Sports, 7718 E. Wrightstown Rd., Tucson, AZ 85715. Tel:



Dover Publ., Inc., 31 East 2nd St. Mineola, NY 11501.


Green Duck Designs, 731 Los Robles Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94306-3160. Tel:

415-493-7756, theducks at greenduck.com, http://www.greenduck.com


Food Heritage Press, P.O. Box 163, 15 Kimball Ave., Ipswitch, MA  01938.

Tel: 508-356-8306, foodbks at shore.net, http://www.shore.net/~foodbks


SCA Marketplace, PO Box 360789, Milpitas, CA 95036-0789. Tel: 800-789-7486,



Cariadoc's Miscellany



G. F. Armoury Books, http://host.interloc.com/~medieval/


Amazon.com Books, http://www.amazon.com


Amanda Anderson, Bookseller, 830 W. Main #150, Lake Zurich, IL 60047.

acanthusbk at aol.com


Krystar, c/o J.A. Low, 2500 Fontaine Rd., Greensboro, NC 27407.


Cindy Renfrow, 7 El's Way, Sussex, NJ 07461.

http://www.alcasoft.com/renfrow/  (only 2 titles: Take a Thousand Eggs or

More (currently available only through SCA Marketplace) and A Sip Through




aka Cindy Renfrow

renfrow at skylands.net



Date: Thu, 10 Oct 1997 17:13:02 GMT

From: "Kirsten Garner  at  Archaeology" <kgarner at hsy1.ssc.ed.ac.uk>

To: sca-arts at raven.cc.ukans.edu

Subject: Source for unusual books


I've been using this place for a while to get books from France and

the rest of Europe. Just so you know..I don't get anything from this

- it ain't an ad for me. Just thought I would share the info if

anyone feels they need something from Europe. Most things are not in

English but they're still really useful references for those of us

with good linguistic / dictionary skills. :)


The web page is:



She primarily handles books on archaeology (pre- and proto-history)

but she's got a fair range of Medieval stuff too. :)





Date: Tue, 28 Apr 1998 13:42:21 -0600

From: Mike Lambert <mlambert at frii.com>

Subject: Re: SC - Re: SC- Books


May I suggest the following merchant.  She is, I believe, SCA and her

list is very extensive and her service excellent.


Small Churl Books:



Gwilim de Glamorgan



Date: Sun, 25 Oct 1998 16:58:41 -0500 (EST)

From: ALBAN at delphi.com

Subject: SC - Potboiler Press (c'est moi)


I've gotten copies of certain recent posts about what I carry and

don't carry. . .

No, I don't carry Constance Hieatt; Poison Pen Press does, in addition

to other cookbooks published by mundane people, like Terence Scully

and (I think I bought it there) Elizabeth David. And An Ordinance

of Pottage, too.


I _do_ carry Cariadoc's Cookbooks and Miscellany. I also carry

Falconwood Press reprints (Digby, Platina (On Honest Indulgence),

Le Viandeir de Taillevent), and a smattering of other cookbooks.


Unfortunately, I do not do mail order; so anyone interested would

have to catch me at either Pennsic or at Calontir's Kris Kinder

market on the second weekend of December.


Poison Pen's a good place. Buy from them. I have.


Alban St. Albans, proprietor of Potboiler Press,

Shire of the Standing Stones,



(mundanely, Columbia, Missouri)



Date: Wed, 4 Nov 1998 13:41:27 -0500 (EST)

From: "Greg Lindahl" <lindahl at pbm.com>

To: sca-arts at raven.cc.ukans.edu

Subject: Re: Out of Print Booksellers


> I am currently searching for a number of books on leatherwork that are now out

> of print.  I have been able to find these books listed at amazon.com but

> wanted to do some comparison shopping (Also I'm not really excited with the

> idea of giving my credit card number before i know they have the book). Can

> anyone recommend any out of print/rare booksellers that are availible on the

> internet?


First off, you can always use www.acses.com to comparison shop for any

book. You'll find that Amazon often isn't the cheapest. I suspect

there are other similar services... www.addall.com, for example.


Second, there's a database for trading out-of-print books that Amazon

uses. Amazon is often charging much more than other people for the

same books. www.interloc.com allows you to search this database, but I

think there are many other places which allow you to access it.


-- gb



Date: Wed, 4 Nov 1998 14:32:10 -0500 (EST)

From: Jenne Heise <jenne at tulgey.browser.net>

To: sca-arts at raven.cc.ukans.edu

Subject: Re: Out of Print Booksellers




  * Bibliofind at <http://www.bibliofind.com/>;

  * Antiquarian Book Exchange at <http://www.abebooks.com/>;


Jadwiga Zajaczkowa (Shire of Eisental; HERMS Cyclonus), mka Jennifer Heise

jenne at tulgey.browser.net



Date: Thu, 5 Nov 1998 02:43:55 -0500

From: Melanie Wilson <MelanieWilson at compuserve.com>

To: "INTERNET:sca-arts at raven.cc.ukans.edu" <sca-arts at raven.cc.ukans.edu>

Subject: Out of Print Books


If you can't find what you want via those excellent internet search

engines, may I humbly suggest an Out of print search such as I conduct, UK

based so UK titles usually found quite quickly





Date: Thu, 05 Nov 1998 09:52:17 +0100

From: Anna Troy <Anna.Troy at bibks.uu.se>

To: sca-arts at raven.cc.ukans.edu

Subject: Re: Out of Print Booksellers


Here are four comparision shoping browser some are for older books some are

new but they're all good to use :-)


Anna de Byxe







[note:MX Bookfinders is now BOOKFINDER.com


  -Erik Button]





Date: Mon, 21 Dec 1998 01:03:00 -0600 (CST)

From: <kgarner1 at ix.netcom.com>

To: sca-arts at raven.cc.ukans.edu

Subject: Irish books source


With all the discussion lately about Irish personnas and such, and due to

the fact that I just got their new releases list in the mail yesterday, I thought I would mention a source for books. It's a publication house in Dublin called Four Courts Press.


Their web page is http://www.four-courts-press.ie


I'm not affiliated with them in any way, so no worries there. :) They tend to have lots of *scholarly* works on Ireland, Wales, Scotland and Scandinavia (in the context of its relationship with these countries). The latest list I just got includes: Ireland and Scandinavia in the early Viking Age, Women in Rennaissance and Early Modern Europe, & Ireland and her Neighbours in the

Seventh Century, just to name a few.


They have an outlet in the US,  so there's no problem there. ;) I got one of

their new books a while back on medieval horse-breeding and I'm really happy with it. :)


Julian ferch Rhys



Date: Tue, 23 Feb 1999 18:07:52 -0800 (PST)

From: "Mark A. Sharpe" <yb867 at victoria.tc.ca>

Subject: SC - book searches


The next time you are looking for a cooking or any type of book check out



You enter in the title or author of the book you're looking for and the

site will check 25 online book sellers and return a chart that lists the

name of the 'store', the price of the book, the discount from the

suggested price and shipping charges. You can then click on the cheapest

price and be linked to that seller.


No, I don't work for these guys. Just thought I would pass this along and

save my friends some money.


Terrendon the Wanderer



Date: Sun, 14 Mar 1999 03:14:22 -0500

From: Marilyn Traber <margali at 99main.com>

Subject: SC - great website on books


castle books


Welcome to the Castle Bookshop Web Site. We are a specialist bookseller

dealing mainly in books about Archaeology, Local History, Architecture, Wales,

Celtic Studies and linguistics.


just about says it all, except-what is the L-$ conversion?

and  how do you get drool out of a keyboard!




Date: Sun, 28 Mar 1999 21:15:50 EST

From: Acanthusbk at aol.com

Subject: Re: SC - Re: sca-cooks V1 #1313 - Amazon.com - ot


Find urls for hundreds of independent booksellers at the American Bookseller's

Association home page at www.bookweb.org. University Press titles can be

purchased online at the American Assoc. of Univ. Presses web site,



Or you can check out my new website, www.acanthus-books.com. I have a lot of

the books SCA cooks are always looking for.



Acanthus Books




Date: Mon, 29 Mar 1999 14:17:05 PST

From: "Bonne of Traquair" <oftraquair at hotmail.com>

Subject: SC - Re: sca-cooks V1 #1313 - Amazon.com - ot>


CorwynWdwd at aol.com writes:

> A few urls would be helpful if anyone has them.


My brother's used bookstore is listed with Advanced Book Exchange.



His store, Interim Books, specializes in military history, but carries books on other topics including cooking.  He is SCA as well, so I'll plug his site in particular.




Bonne de Traquair



Date: Wed, 23 Feb 2000 00:40:34 +0100

From: Thomas Gloning <gloning at Mailer.Uni-Marburg.DE>

Subject: SC - Apicius


In my earlier

years I followed a maxim that can be traced to the 16th century humanist

Erasmus of Rotterdam; it goes something like this:

   "In the first place buy important books. If there is anything left,

    you can buy clothes and food."

(Not a good quotation for a cooks' list, agreed...)



Date: Fri, 23 Jun 2000 19:45:56 EDT

From: allilyn at juno.com

Subject: Re: SC - middle ages, renaissance for historical reenactment,  SCA (http://users.neca.co>>has anyone used these guys? Are they reliable?


<<Absolutely!  Lady Carlein has her book stall for Small Churl Books right beside Devra's Poison Pen Press in the Bazaar by the oval, each Pennsic. While she does not specialize in costume and cookery books as Devra does, she has a very wide assortment of books, which is NOT to be missed!  Many of her books are remainders or something publishers do to make the cost more reasonable.  I have many books from her in my personal library. IIRC, such things as The Anglo-Saxon Chronicles, Europe 1492,  Giotto to Duerer, Caxton's Description of Britain, just as an example.  


Possibly of more use to the eclectic costumer, for garb painting reproductions, but with many art books, cookery related paintings may be found.  There are usually a lot of books related to chivalry, illumination, etc. I like Carlein very much.  You who have been to Pennsic have probably shopped there without realizing it.  Have not used the web listing, but will check it out.



Allison,     allilyn at juno.com



Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2001 09:01:31 -0500

To: SCA-Cooks at ansteorra.org

From: Ted Eisenstein <Alban at socket.net>

Subject: [Sca-cooks] (no subject)


Some have already asked about the Early English Text Society and

Currye on Inglische and other cookbooks. The EETS is

agailable from:

Boydell & Brewer

PO Box 41026, Rochester NY 14604

P: (716) 275-0419 * F: (716) 271-8778


email: krispayne at compuserve.com

(although this may be a person who handles only commercial accounts.)


You may also want to try


Johan & Kay Mathiesen

foodword at spiritone.com -- 503-232-3470

Box 42568, Portland, OR 97242-0568

They're the ones who handle Prospect Books, which publishes Petits

Props Culinaires, the Oxford Symposia on Food off-prints, and other

good cookbooks.





From: Drucilla Meany-Herbert <bookshop at charter.net>

Date: Fri May 9, 2003 2:27:09 PM US/Central

To: stefan at florilegium.org

Subject: Book Merchants


I was wondering if you could add me to your list of book merchants. I have been doing business as The Haunted Bookshop for 20 years and at Pennsic for the last 6 years.





(Drucilla Meany-Herbert)

The Haunted Bookshop

370 Worcester St.

West Boylston, Ma 01583

bookshop at charter.net


       - still under construction, some things listed but not all


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