March 2015 | Rebecca Rego Barry

Rare Book Week NYC 2015

image001.pngToday FB&C launches the second annual Rare Book Week, a coordinated effort to focus attention on the antiquarian book fairs, book & manuscript auctions, rare book & fine art exhibits, and bookish browsing available in New York City from April 7-15 this year.

Don McLean's "American Pie" manuscript will be offered at Christie's on April 7, and Alan Turing's notebook will be turned over to a new owner at Bonhams on April 13. Each are expected to reach $1 million--it's a show you don't want to miss! 

And then there are the book fairs. In addition to the ABAA's New York Antiquarian Book Fair, which opens for a preview night on Thursday, April 9, and runs all weekend, two 'shadow shows' will entice collectors on Saturday, April 11.

If you're looking to go exhibit-hopping, there are at least a dozen to choose from, e.g., the Grolier Club celebrating Aldus Manutius; the New York Society Library showcasing marginalia; and the New-York History Society's Final Flight of Audubon watercolors.

For browsers, there are clearly several great bookstores to choose from in New York, but what about the more "offbeat" places, like Printed Matter, the Center for Book Arts, or Bowne & Co. Stationers? Check them out.

All this & more on the Rare Book Week site. The spring issue of Fine Books, in mailboxes now, also contains an illustrated guide to Rare Book Week, featuring a selection of highlights from booksellers and auction houses.

Book your plans for Rare Book Week 2015!