New York Book Week's Latest Addition

New York's Rare Book Week just got better. Saturday April 11 marks the arrival of the New York Book and Ephemera Fair, taking up temporary residence at Wallace Hall at St. Ignatius Church, barely a mile from the Park Avenue Armory site for the Antiquarian Book Fair (NYABF). Organizing the event is Massachusetts-based Impact Events Group, which, since 1981, has coordinated affordable satellite book and antiques shows to coincide with marquee events. (Such as the Boston Antiquarian Book Fair.) Tickets are $15 at the door, and savvy shoppers who purchase online receive a five dollar discount. (In comparison, admission to Antiquarian Book Fair is $20 per day.)  Since the Book and Ephemera Fair is a one-day event, visitors interested in attending this fair and the NYABF on the same day should start the morning at Wallace Hall, then take the free shuttle to the Armory in time for the NYABF's noontime opening.

One of the exhibitors at the Book and Ephemera Fair is Mark Brumberg, owner of Boomerang Booksellers in Northampton, Massachusetts. Brumberg is exhibiting at both the Book and Ephemera Fair and The Manhattan Vintage Book & Ephemera Fair, both organized by Impact Events, because "the shadow shows are the biggest draws for us,"  he said. "I also think Marvin Getman (president of Impact Events) is a great promoter. He knows how to bring awareness to the shows."  Brumberg specializes in modern firsts, limited editions, poetry, as well as in Pioneer Valley artists and authors such as Eric Carle, Barry Moser, and Jane Yolen. His limited edition, signed copy of L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, illustrated by Barry Moser will be available at the Fair this weekend. Published in 1985 by Moser's own Pennyroyal Press, this is one of 350 numbered volumes, signed by the illustrator and housed in a cloth clamshell box, and priced at $2,500.  Brumberg is also bringing  a beautiful first American trade edition of Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle, published in 1905 by Heinemann and Doubleday. Complete with fifty-one color plates by Arthur Rackham, this classic, in very good condition, is available for $485. 

Image courtesy of Boomerang Books.

Moser is famous for using lots of models for his work, including himself. Image courtesy of Boomerang Books.

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New York Book and Ephemera Fair April 11, 2015 Saturday 8am-4pm Wallace Hall at St. Ignatius Loyola Church 980 Park Ave. (between 83-84 sts) New York

image courtsey of Boomerang Books