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NYC Rare Book Week Book Fairs

Join us for Rare Book Week in New York City! From March 4 to March 11, dozens of antiquarian book fairs, auctions, exhibitions, and opportunities for ‘bibliotourism’ await. There’s so much to see and do—here’s a short guide to the book fairs.
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New York International Antiquarian Book Fair

Sponsored by the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, the NYIABF opens with a preview Thursday evening, March 5, and runs through Sunday, March 8, at the Park Avenue Armory at 643 Park Ave. Over 200 American and international dealers will display an astonishing array of rare books, fine art, maps, manuscripts, and ephemera. "Discovery Day" appraisal event on Sunday, 1–3 p. m. Admission: $60 for preview pass, $45 run of show, $25 daily, $10 for students carrying a valid school ID. For more information, visit NYAntiquarianBookFair.com.

Highlights
Alexandre Antique Prints, Maps & Books
Sanford Smith & Associates
Toronto's Alexandre Antique Prints, Maps & Books will display the eye-catching "Prospetto dell'alma Città di Roma visto dal Monte Gianicolo," Giuseppe Vasi's magnificent panorama of Rome, ca. 1765. Price: $20,000
Peter Harrington
Sanford Smith & Associates
London's Peter Harrington will showcase a first edition, first impression of Graham Greene's 1938 thriller, Brighton Rock, in its lurid pink "exceedingly rare dust jacket," which might just be enough to peel your eyes away from their Third Folio. Price for the Greene: £87,500 ($115,000); Price for the Shakespeare: £500,000 ($655,000)
Triolet Rare Books
Sanford Smith & Associates
Triolet Rare Books of Ohio, which specializes in "idiosyncratic and uncommon literary revenants," puts the spotlight on this understated gem: Jean Cocteau's L'Ode à Picasso (Paris, 1919) in the original printed wrappers and inscribed by the author. Price: $7,500
Les Enluminures
Sanford Smith & Associates
Les Enluminures, the international manuscript dealer founded by Dr. Sandra Hindman, will exhibit this charming, thirteenth-century illuminated psalter previously owned by women in the seventeenth century, and perhaps made for Premonstratensian nuns. Price: $48,000
Max Rambod Rare Books
Sanford Smith & Associates
With the suffrage centennial on our minds, this highlight from California's Max Rambod Rare Books is "on trend," as they say, offered amongst a vast selection of related material. This is a collection of press photos of female athletes, 1910–1950. Price: $2,200
Lawbook Exchange
Sanford Smith & Associates
From its deep stock of antiquarian law books, the Lawbook Exchange will bring a subscriber's copy of the first American edition of Blackstone's Commentaries (Philadelphia, 1771–1772) in its original binding. Price: $12,500

The New York City Book & Ephemera Fair

The New York City Book & Ephemera Fair—In its sixth year, this Rare Book Week "Satellite fair" will run two days: Friday, March 6 from 9 a.m.–5 p.m., and Saturday, March 7 from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Sixty exhibitors will showcase antiquarian books, manuscripts, ephemera, book art, and works on paper. Located at Wallace Hall, Church of St. Ignatius, 980 Park Avenue at 83rd St., with free round-trip shuttle bus service to the Armory available. Admission: $15 for adults, free for students with ID. For more information, and to purchase a VIP discounted ticket, visit bookandpaperfairs.com.

Highlights
Fred Pajerski
Book & Paper Fairs
New York bookseller Fred Pajerski, who deals mainly in photography books, will draw attention to his booth with the Bierstadt Brothers' rare view book, Stereoscopic Views among the White Mountains in New Hampshire (1862), which contains forty-eight plates. Price: $4,500.
First Edition Books
Book & Paper Fairs
Guess the theme: In addition to a signed book from the personal library of General George S. Patton, First Edition Books in Cincinnati will offer a first edition of Joseph Heller's Catch-22. Price: $2,800.
Doyle's Books
Book & Paper Fairs
Bob Dylan is in the spotlight again—this time via Doyle's Books, which will offer a signed limited edition of his Nobel Lecture from 2017. One of 100 signed copies, unopened in the original box, with a letter of authenticity from his publisher. Price: $15,000
Wm. H. Adams Antiquarian Books
Book & Paper Fairs
Straight out of Hobart, New York's booktown, bookseller Wm. H. Adams Antiquarian Books is bringing English Liberties or The Free-born Subject's Inheritance, printed by Eliz. Nutt and H. Gossling, 4th Edition, 1719. Price: $5,000
Stan Gorski Books
Book & Paper Fairs
Pennsylvania's Stan Gorski Books will put the spotlight on this first edition of Isaac Asimov's Foundation (Gnome Press, 1951). Currey binding A, in dust jacket, with a signed postcard related to the title tipped in. Price: $2,400

The Manhattan Vintage Book, Ephemera & Fine Press Book Fair

The Manhattan Vintage Book, Ephemera & Fine Press Book Fair, aka "The Shadow Show," will be held on Saturday, March 7 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m., at the Church of St. Vincent Ferrer, 869 Lexington Avenue at 66th Street—just across the street from the Armory. Appraisals by John Bruno and guest appraisers from 1–3 p.m. Admission: $15 for adults, $7 for youths aged 13–21, and free for those under 13 with paid adult. For more information, visit flamingoeventz.com.

Highlights
Bottomless Books
Flamingo Eventz
A first edition of William Faulkner's 1929 novel, The Sound and the Fury, featuring its distinct dust jacket, can be found in the Bottomless Books booth. Price: $6,000.
C. Rose Books
Flamingo Eventz
A selection of modern firsts will be exhibited by C. Rose Books, including a first edition in dust jacket of Tender is the Night, the fourth and final novel by American writer F. Scott Fitzgerald. Price: $5,500.
V. Kaufman Books
Flamingo Eventz
A Song Catcher in Southern Mountains by Dorothy Scarborough is a book of American folk songs of British ancestry published in 1937. This uncommon book will be showcased by V. Kaufman Books. Price: $500.

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