Boston Beckons

Booksellers and book buyers are gearing up for next weekend’s book bonanza in Boston. The ABAA’s 34th International Antiquarian Book Fair runs from Friday, Nov. 12-Sunday, Nov. 14 at the Hynes Convention Center in the Back Bay section of town. More than one hundred rare gentlemen_prefer_blondes[1].jpgbook dealers will be there with their best wares, including this lovely first edition of Gentleman Prefer Blondes by Anita Loos, inscribed to editor Ray Long, who suggested the title for the book. Offered by Babylon Revisited Rare Books & Yesterday’s Gallery in East Woodstock, CT.

What else is on the slate? One of the high points will surely be the keynote address presented by Michael Suarez, director of the University of Virginia’s Rare Book School, at 1:00 on Sunday. His talk is titled “The Ecosystems of Book History: Local Actions, Global Analysis.” Also, the Northeast Document Conservation Center is offering a workshop on “How to Cure Smelly Books ... and Other Common Problems for Book Collectors” on Saturday at 1:00. For more information, and to see the exhibitor list (Bauman, Between the Covers, Bromer, Brian Cassidy, Lux Mentis, Maggs, Oak Knoll, William Reese, Royal Books, Ken Sanders, Veatchs, John Windle, and more, oh so many more!) visit the Fair’s website.

But that is not all, bookish friends -- while you’re in town, there are other events for book collectors and book lovers to consider, including the Boston Book, Print & Ephemera Show on Saturday the 13th at the Park Plaza Castle (just five blocks away from the Hynes Center). The following day, Skinner holds its annual fine books and manuscripts auction, where a rare contemporary broadside printing of the Declaration of Independence will be up for grabs.

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