This spring has been exciting: more private sales, fewer public updates, deliberate plotting of the second Honey & Wax catalog. I was going to write “chess-like” plotting, but at this point it feels more like Tetris.
One of the happiest moments, which I meant to mark and then didn’t, was an unexpected shout-out to the first Honey & Wax catalog in The Book Collector.
A venerable English quarterly, The Book Collector was founded by Ian Fleming (yes, that one) back in 1952. Nicolas Barker has been the editor since before I was born. I regard The Book Collector the way I regard women’s suffrage: a surprisingly recent institution, historically, but one that feels as though it’s been around forever.
The first Honey & Wax catalog took a couple of months to design and print, but it’s no exaggeration to say that it was years in the making: I’d thought for so long about what I wanted my first catalog to be — and exhibited such neurotic behaviors during its final production. Thanks, Nicolas Barker, for spreading the word about Honey & Wax:
A surly senior bookseller, to whom I owe a lot, recently remarked that second catalogs are always an anticlimax. Not on my watch. Stay tuned.