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Retirement & Growing Older Little Book and Envelope

  • $9.25

 According to the compilers’ introduction, this tiny handmade letterpress book, subtitled “Here I come, ready or not”  had its beginnings as a present given to a friend named Gerry “who started talking retirement while still in his prime. We called the collection 'Gerry-atrics,' and it grew as other 'youngsters’ of our acquaintance suddenly started talking about hanging it up…These pages contain some thoughts going back a couple of thousand years, others are relatively newborn; in tone they range from dyspeptic to confidently hopeful. We hope you find something sympathetic on at least every other page. If not, please check your pulse—or ours.”

A collaborative project among an editor, artist, and printer, it is filled with more than 80 intelligent and humorous quotes. Each book comes with an ivory envelope, letterpress imprinted on the front with this quote: “I have sought for happiness everywhere but I have found it nowhere except in a little corner with a little book.” Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471). With original end papers and cover designs, the book is a diminutive work of art. 

A selection of the quotes: 

For years I have wanted to be older, and now I am.—Margaret Atwood

It’s wonderful to be married to an archaeologist—the older you get the more interested he is in you.—Agatha Christie

I am enjoying to the full that period of reflection which is the happiest conclusion to a life of action.—Willa Cather

You can’t put off being young until you retire.—Philip Larkin

I never feel age. If you have creative work, you don’t have age or time.—Louise Nevelson

I don’t plan to grow old gracefully. I plan to have face-lifts until my ears meet.—Rita Rudner

 If I’d known I was gonna live this long I’d have taken better care of myself.—Jimmy Durante

 The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.—Madeleine L'Engle

Made in New England.  One 5" x 3.5” booklet with letterpress printed envelope

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