Boston Preview III: The “Satellite Show”

If you’ve been following along on the blog this week, we’ve been previewing items on offer in Boston this weekend. Today we focus on the Boston Book, Print & Ephemera Show, which will take place on Saturday from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at the Back Bay Events Center (within walking distance of the ABAA fair at Hynes Auditorium). Presenting a diverse cache of antiquarian books and ephemera, a “satellite show” can be a picker’s paradise. Here are three interesting finds proffered this year:  

8590-2 Three Cross Country Auto Trips.jpgA photograph album documenting three cross-county automobile trips through the United States and Canada, 1930-[1933]. Comprising more than 275 mounted photographs, this album highlights a vast expanse, from big cities to national parks and all the tourist sites in between, plus early cars, roads, and campsites. Offered by Read ‘Em Again Books of Montclair, Virginia, for $2,000.

1.JPGThe C programming language booklet, 1975. The C programming language was first published internally at Bell Labs. “It is the most significant programming language today, that directly or indirectly contributes to most all computer software products that we use today, such as your iPhone, your Windows operational system, the list goes on and on,” said bookseller Hai Nguyen. Offered by Cultural Heritage Books of Waltham, Massachusetts, for $9,000.

Melville 1.JPGHere we have Herman Melville’s first two books, Typee and Omoo, in the rare first British editions, beautifully bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe in matching early leather bindings and slipcases. “A very attractive set.” Offered by Different Drummer Books of Niantic, Connecticut, for $3,750.      

Images Courtesy of the Boston Book, Print & Ephemera Show.

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