News | February 19, 2014

Rare Book Week Comes to New York City

February 19, 2014, Chapel Hill, NC—Antiquarian book dealers, collectors, and the intellectually curious will gather in New York City for Rare Book Week, April 1-8, 2014. Coordinated by Fine Books & Collections magazine, Rare Book Week is the largest gathering of its kind anywhere in the world.

Rare Book Week is headlined by the 54th annual New York Antiquarian Book Fair, which runs April 3-6, but is preceded by several rare book and manuscript auctions, including those at Christie’s, Heritage Auctions, Sotheby’s, and Swann Galleries. Several more auction houses, including Bonhams and Doyle New York, will offer collections to round out Rare Book Week after the fair weekend. Rare Book Week also includes The Manhattan Vintage Book & Ephemera Fair, known as the “Shadow Show,” and The Professional Autograph Dealer Association (PADA) Show.

Exhibits on tap during Rare Book Week include part two of the New-York Historical Society’s highly successful tripartite series, Audubon’s Aviary: The Complete Flock. The Rose Seder Book will be on display at the New York Public Library, and Columbia University is hosting a major exhibition focusing on the career of twentieth-century maverick publisher Samuel Roth. There will also be a total of four new exhibits at the Morgan Library & Museum including one on The Little Prince entitled The Little Prince: A New York Story. Additionally, The Grolier Club is hosting an exhibit on one of its founders, Theodore Low De Vinne, who was one of the most important American figures of the nineteenth-century book world.

According to publisher of Fine Books & Collections Webb Howell, Rare Book Week is, indeed, rare. “Throughout the year, there are book fairs, auctions, and events around the globe,” says Howell. “But you simply cannot find anywhere in the world the confluence of antiquarian book events found in New York during the first week of April.”

Fine Books & Collections will coordinate guest participation in events, including ensuring that people know when and where events are happening.

More information about Rare Book Week can be found on the web at, where events will be continuously updated and added. 


About Fine Books & Collections

Fine Books & Collections was established in 2004 and is a source of information on topics of interest to book collectors, antiquarian booksellers, special collections librarians, museum curators, and book lovers of all stripes. In addition to a printed quarterly magazine, Fine Books & Collections maintains a dynamic online presence with a website that includes a wealth of information for collectors, which is updated daily, plus two free monthly online newsletters Fine Books Notes and Mid-Month Notes. For more information about Fine Books & Collections visit

Contact: Rebecca Barry, editor, Fine Books & Collections