Fairs | April 2012 | Rebecca Rego Barry

NY Book Fair(s), Day 2

Last year I vowed to get to the 'Shadow Show' earlier, and this year I did it. The so-called Shadow Show, or Manhattan Vintage Books & Ephemera Fair, run by Flamingo Eventz, happens downtown and has that great downtown accessibility to it. I vowed to get there at 9 a.m. on Saturday because last year I witnessed dealers from the ABAA show at the Armory loading bags of books from the Shadow Show into cabs on their way back uptown. So there is great stuff to be found, at prices that are affordable to even the newest, youngest collector.

I enjoyed chatting there with two of our recent 'Bright Young Things': Dan Whitmore of Whitmore Rare Books and Jonathan Smalter of Yesterday's Muse. My husband purchased a first edition John Muir from Jonathan's boothmate, another young bookseller, Elizabeth Svendsen of Walkabout Books. So it was a successful morning.

At noon, I returned to the NYABF at the Armory. On Friday, I had perused for five hours in a daze, but on Saturday I got a closer look at a few items that really piqued my interest. Adrian Harrington had a lovely four-volume set of Middlemarch that I really wanted to take home. Pickering & Chatto was offering an incredible limited edition of Til Vietnam, a collection of Danish poems and illustrations published in 1967, signed by Jean Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. And the Kelmscott Bookshop booth, full of beautiful things, had a whimsical and wonderful Caliban Press book, Lecon des Livres pour Calyban...

I also met up with an old friend and a few new ones -- exactly why the New York book fairs are so much fun. Can't wait til next year.

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