Fairs | August 2012 | Rebecca Rego Barry

Books at the Baltimore Summer Antiques Show

Ninety antiquarian booksellers will be in attendance at the Baltimore Summer Antiques Show on Aug. 23-26 at the Baltimore Convention Center. We asked a few of them to share highlights of what they're bringing.

Dali.jpgKen Mallory, an ABAA bookseller in Decatur, GA, is showcasing two Dali items. One is the numbered first edition of Babaouo (pictured here at left), published in Paris in 1932, in its publisher's printed apple green wraps with onionskin jacket. This copy is signed and inscribed on the half title by Dali to a French ambassador to Russia ($3500). Another is a signed first American edition of Diary of a Genius, signed by Dali in black marker ($2,500).

Mosher Books of Ephrata, PA, sent a short-list ofMosher.jpg treasures that included a signed Memoirs of Napoleon in a superb binding ($9,500); Merian's Topographia Bavariae, c. 1664 ($7,500); and a beautiful floriated binding by Kelliegram of Tennyson's Poems, 1862 ($1,500). I was intrigued by this 1912 Mosher Press edition of Walt Whitman's Memories of President Lincoln (pictured here at right), number 5 of only 10 printed on roman vellum and bound in classic vellum ($8,500).  

And for a Baltimore tie-in, Kelmscott Bookshop of Baltimore, will have this exquisite unique artists' book. It is a hand-lettered manuscript of Edgar Annabel.jpgAllan Poe's "Annabel Lee," designed, written, gilded, and decorated by artist Maryanne Grebenstein (at left; $4,500). They'll also bring O is for Opera, an abecedarian of famous operas and opera terminology, #31 of 45 copies, from Bay Park Press/False Bay Editions ($2,500).

Two related lectures may be of interest to book collectors at the show. On Thursday, Aug. 23 Lee Temares will speak about Juvenile Series Books, and on Saturday, Aug. 25, Gerald Barkham & Steve Epstein will discuss Posters & Broadsides: From Advertising to Art Forms.