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Euclid (John Windle).jpgBOSTON, MA--The annual fall gathering for booklovers, the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair returns to the Hynes Convention Center in Boston’s beautiful Back Bay for its 41st year, November 10-12, 2017. More than 120 dealers from the United States, Argentina, Australia, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, and Russia will exhibit and sell a vast selection of rare, collectible and antiquarian books, illuminated manuscripts, autographs, maps, atlases, modern first editions, photographs, and fine and decorative prints.  

Special events at this year’s Fair include Ricky Jay, the world’s greatest sleight-of-hand artist discussing Magic, Cheaters & Remarkable Characters; a hands-on bookbinding demonstration by British book artist Mark Cockram; curators Christine Nelson of the The Morgan Library & Museum in New York and David Wood, curator of the Concord Museum, on the largest exhibition on American icon Henry David Thoreau ever mounted; and the 16th annual Ticknor Society Roundtable panel discussion. Visit www.bostonbookfair.com for complete event listings.

One of the oldest and most respected antiquarian book shows in the country, the event offers the ‘crème de la crème’ of items that are available on the international literary market. Whether just browsing or buying, the Fair offers something for every taste and budget—books on art, politics, travel, gastronomy, and science to sport, natural history, literature, music, and children’s books—that will appeal to the serious collector and the curious browser.

Among the highlighted items for sale at this year’s fair will be the David Powers Collection of John F. Kennedy speeches and manuscripts, spanning the statesman’s political career from his first race in 1946 to his 1960 nomination for president. Most of the material in this collection has never been published and is among the largest cache of original JFK documents remaining in private hands (Powers was a JFK confidant and longtime director of the JFK Library); a one-of-a-kind edition of Michel-Guillaume-Saint-Jean de Crèvecoeur’s Letters from an American Farmer, which is justly famous for its vivid picture of a colonial world slipping into the chaos of war, revolution, and nationhood (this is the author’s own working copy from 1782); a rare complete portfolio of botanical flower prints by Japanese artist Murakami Sadao; Oliver Bryne’s 1847 vividly illustrated version of Euclid’s Geometry; the sole surviving example of the Santa Fe Capitulations, a printed pamphlet containing the transcription of the letter confirming the privileges accorded to Columbus by the Catholic monarchs Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile in 1492; and rare and first editions of works by Albert Einstein, Edward Gorey, Edith Wharton, James Baldwin, William Blake, Cervantes, Elena Ferrante, Ansel Adams, Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keefe, Henri Matisse, and Maxfield Parrish.

The Fair gives visitors the opportunity to see, learn about, and purchase the finest in rare and valuable books and ephemera. For attendees wanting to start a collection without breaking the bank, there will be dealers offering “Discovery” items priced at $100 or less, including a selection of children's books and decorative cloth bindings. On Sunday from 1:00-3:00pm, attendees are invited to bring in their own books for free appraisal.

Tickets are $20 for Friday night’s exclusive Opening Night preview event, an opportunity for the public to get a first look at items for sale at the Fair; admission is free on Saturday and Sunday. 

“We were so thrilled with last year’s attendance that we’ve decided to continue to offer free weekend admission at this year’s event,” said show producer Betty Fulton. “We especially saw an increase in younger audiences, who find that holding a book in their hands with an amazing history is a uniquely satisfying experience.”

Friday, November 10              5:00-9:00pm           Tickets: $20.00 - Opening Night (valid all weekend)   

Saturday, November 11          12:00-7:00pm          Free Admission 

Sunday, November 12             12:00-5:00pm         Free Admission

Hynes Convention Center
900 Boylston Street
Boston, MA
www.mccahome.com

The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair is sponsored by the New England Chapter of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America. A portion of the ticket sales will benefit the Boston Public Library and the American Antiquarian Society. Tickets are for sale at www.bostonbookfair.com and at the show’s box office during Friday evening show hours. For more information, please visit www.bostonbookfair.com or call 617-266-6540.

The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair is produced by CommPromo, Inc. www.commpromo.com

EVENTS AT THE FAIR

The Ticknor Society Collectors’ Roundtable

Saturday, November 11, 1:00pm

The Ticknor Society Collectors’ Roundtable - Collectors talking about their own personal travel collections: Laura Davis, travel books; Robert Stephenson, books on Antarctica; and Mary Warnement, travel guides from the 1950s. 

Of Books and Wild Beasts: Thoreau’s Wilderness Library

Saturday, November 11, 2:30pm

Christine Nelson, Curator at the Morgan Library & Museum, New York, marks the bicentenary of the birth of American icon Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) by exploring his lifelong journal and his fantasy of a library reachable “only after adventures in the wilderness, amid wild beasts and wild men.”

Ricky Jay: Magicians, Cheaters & Remarkable Characters

Saturday, November 11, 4:00pm

Ricky Jay, the renowned sleight-of-hand artist, author, and actor speaks about his esteemed collection of books and images of magicians, cheaters, and remarkable characters. Limited capacity. Free admission. Reservations required. Visit www.bostonbookfair.com for details.

Bookbinding with Mark Cockram

Sunday, November 12, 1:00pm

Demonstration - Mark Cockram has been a professional bookbinder, book artist, and teacher for over 25 years all over the UK, Europe, and further afield. He combines techniques from his training in fine art, design, and bookbinding to create stunning, distinctly non-traditional books. Join him for a hands-on demonstration.

This Ever New Self: Thoreau and His Journal

Sunday, November 12, 2:30pm

In part two of our discussion on Thoreau, David Wood, Concord Museum Curator, uses Thoreau’s journal to introduce the many facets of this extraordinary man—the student, reader, writer, worker, thinker, Concord neighbor, and keen observer of the world. Learn how Thoreau used his journal to cultivate “and constantly renew” his very self.  

FREE Expert Appraisals!

Sunday, November 12, 1:00-3:00pm

Bring in your own books, maps, and ephemera and discover what they’re worth. Get free expert appraisals from the best in the industry. Learn about details that determine the value of your item and whether or not it would interest collectors and dealers. You might find you have a valuable treasure!

Screen Shot 2017-10-17 at 9.38.30 AM.pngBefore the iPhone and Google maps, the must-have portable geographical gadget was the pocket globe. 

Daniel Crouch Rare Books will offer a collection of 18 of such cartographic gems at TEFAF New York Fall 2017. 

The collection will be on sale en bloc for $300,000. 

Pocket globes are a miniature (c3” diameter) representation of the cosmos: a small terrestrial globe housed in a shagreen (shark skin) case lined with celestial gores. 

The earliest mention of such globes is made in Joseph Moxon’s sales catalogue of 1657 “Concave hemisphere of the starry orb, which serves for a case to a terrestrial globe 3” diameter made portable for the pocket. Price 15s”. 

The globes in the collection provide a broad overview of their production during the “long eighteenth century”. They demonstrate the rapid pace of new cartographic information during the period, brought back by the likes of William Dampier, George Anson, James Cook, and George Vancouver, which transformed European understanding of, most notably, Australasia, North America, and the Arctic. As well as geographic changes, the globes also record new political realities, from the birth of the United States, and the fledging Mexican Republic, to the naming of Australia. 

Daniel Crouch says: “Not until the mobile phone and advent of Google Earth would there be an instrument that so neatly epitomized the globe and the heavens in the palm of your hand”. 

Crouch has unearthed a nineteenth century poem sent, accompanying a pocket globe, to a young gentleman going on board the Amethyst man-of-war. The poem suggests that pocket globes were not only as an educational tool for young ladies and gentlemen, but were also Georgian Britain’s must-have executive toy. 

To England ere you bid adieu,

My friend and sailor, gallant Hugh, Proud to exchange, at Honour’s call, Your cricket for a cannon-ball,

This globe accept - so like, we know, One whirl’d six thousand years ago,

By Him whose fiat rules the tide,

And bids our fleets in triumph ride!

Who smote the French by valiant Howe, And crown’d with laurel Duncan’s brow, Bade Jervis Spain’s armada foil,

Bade Nelson thunder at the Nile,

Bade England humble Gallic pride, 

That scatters blood and ruin wide.

On this small Globe, exulting, see Great Britain in epitome;

Britain, our consequential speck, Whose sailors keep the world in check; They, who to shores of Iceland roam, In either India are at home. 

Learn, here, to study daring Drake,

There Raleigh voyaged, here fought Blake; Contemplate Cooke’s eventful story, 

Or follow Anson’s path to glory;

See Rodney, deck’d with flags, advance From vanquish’d Holland, Spain and France! But vain the task to number o’er

These heroes of the British shore...

--“H.M.C.”
Published in the Gentleman’s Magazine, May 1799. 

All 18 globes will be on exhibition at TEFAF NY Fall 2017 displayed on a brass globe tree. 

A fully illustrated colour catalogue is available in both printed and pdf format. 

 

Northampton, Massachusetts--The region’s leading used & antiquarian booksellers and fine letterpress printers, book binders, paper makers, and artist book makers will be showcased at the third edition of the Northampton Book and Book Arts Fair on Saturday, December 2, 2017, 1 to 5 pm and Sunday, December 3, 2017, 10 am to 4 pm at the Smith College Campus Center. 

In addition to an exhibition and sale, the fair will feature a keynote address, “Among the Gently Mad,” on December 2nd at 5:15 pm by Nicholas A. Basbanes at Smith College Graham Hall Auditorium in the Brown Fine Arts Center.  Basbanes will sign copies of his books from 3:00 to 4:00 pm at the Smith College Campus Center.  

Admission to the book fair and the event program is free and open to the public. 

For more information, go to: www.northamptonbookfair.com

Keynote Talk by Nicholas A. Basbanes: Among the Gently Mad. Saturday, December 2, 5:15 pm at Smith College, Brown Fine Arts Center, Graham Auditorium 

Basbanes, is an acclaimed bibliophile and independent scholar of book culture and history. His talk is a reflection drawn on thirty years of in-the-field research conducted among a variety of book people:  collectors, booksellers, librarians, conservators, and readers -- people he affectionately refers to as the "gently mad." 

Basbanes is the author of nine critically acclaimed works of cultural history, with a particular emphasis on various aspects of books and book culture. His first, A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books (1995), was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction, and was named a New York Times Notable Book. His most recent, On Paper: The Everything of Its Two Thousand Year History (2013) was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities research fellowship, and was one of three finalists for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction. 

The author will sign copies of his books on Saturday, December 2 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm at the Northampton Book and Book Arts Fair at the Smith College Campus Center.

In 2015 Basbanes was awarded a Public Scholar research grant by the NEH in support of his work-in-progress for Knopf, Cross of Snow: The Love Story and Lasting Legacy of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.  He also writes the “Gently Mad” column for Fine Books & Collections magazine, lectures widely on book related subjects, and is a frequent contributor to Humanities magazine. 

Northampton Book and Book Arts Fair Exhibitors by Location

Massachusetts:

L&T Respess Books, of Northampton

Double Elephant Press, of Northampton     

Zea Mays Printmaking, of Northampton             

White Square Fine Books & Art, of Easthampton

Warwick Press, of Easthampton 

Shelburne Falls Booksellers 

Wiggins Fine Books, of Shelburne Falls 

New England Auctions, of Deerfield

Brier Hill Gallery, of Ashfield and West Roxbury

Swamp Press, of Northfield 

Monroe Bridge Books, of Greenfield

Messenger Press, of North Adams

29 Press, of Cheshire 

Willow Bindery, of Shrewsbury

Third Year Studios, of Boston

Herringbone Bindery, of Boston 

Laurie Alpert, of Brookline

Vermont:

Auger Down Books, of Brattleboro, VT

Book Arts Guild of Vermont

Country Bookshop, of Plainfield, VT

Shattuck Studio and Gallery, of Rutland, VT

Maine:

Design Smith Creative Ventures, of Camden, ME

New Jersey:

Le Bookiniste, of Hopewell, NJ

Jeffrey Bergman Books, of Fort Lee, NJ

Memory Press, of Plainsboro, NJ

New York: 

Furious Day Press, of New York

Connecticut: 

Colebrook Book Barn, of Colebrook, CT

John Bale Books, of Waterbury, CT

Yesterday’s Gallery, of East Woodstock, CT

Robin Price, of Middletown, CT

Pennsylvania:

William Hutchinson, of Mendenhall, PA

The Northampton Book and Book Arts Fair is produced by Book Arts Promotions, in association with community sponsor Smith College Libraries. Media sponsor is New England Public Radio, WFCR-FM and WNNZ-AM.  Book Arts Promotions is a collaboration between Mark Brumberg, of Boomerang Booksellers and Duane A. Stevens, of Wiggins Fine Books.  

 

Manhasset, NY—The Congregational Church Of Manhasset and Flamingo Eventz are pleased to announce that the 67th Annual Manhasset Antiques, Vintage Books & Ephemera will be held Saturday & Sunday, October 28 & 29 in the Church School at 1845 Northern Boulevard (Rt. 25A), Manhasset, NY 11030. 

A benefit for the Ladies Club of the Church, and acknowledged to be one of the finest and longest running shows on Long Island, it is renowned for it’s presentation of the Classical Antiques, China, Pottery, Porcelain, Jewelry, Silver, Textiles, and exceptional Decorative Accessories. This year we are very pleased to include Vintage and Antiquarian Books alongside Vintage Paper & Ephemera!

Selected professional Exhibitors from New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Arizona, Maine, and Pennsylvania will present these exceptional items in designed displays and individual rooms throughout the Church school.

Items offered include 19th & 20th Century Porcelain & China; Vintage Books from Classical Literature to Modern Firsts; Vintage Paper & Ephemera from Advertizing to Manuscripts to Postcards; Furniture from Aesthetic to Victorian to Edwardian to Art Deco to Mid-Century Modern; 19th & 20th Century Glass from Commercial to Utilitarian to Depression-Era to Tiffany to Art; Bronze Statuary and Items of Design; Stained Glass from Lamps to Illuminated Windows to Decorative Panels; Asian Fine Arts from China, Japan, India, and beyond; 19th & 20th Century Paintings, Watercolors, and Photography;  Vintage Toys & Dolls; Fine and Antique Jewelry and Personals from Native American to European & Asian; and much, much more.

Special Features found only at Flamingo shows include antiques appraisals by well-known appraiser, television personality, and Star of Market Warriors on PBS; John Bruno, on Sunday 1-3pm at $5/item.

Show Hours: Saturday, October 28: 10am-5pm; Sunday, October 29: 11am-4pm.

Admission: $7/person, under 12 free with adult.

Directions: LIE to Exit 36N, Searingtown Road, to Northern Blvd. (Rt. 25A) west approximately 1/2 mile to the Church on the North side of Northern Blvd, directly opposite the Americana Shopping Center.

Appraisals: Non-jewelry appraisals provided by John Bruno, Star of PBS’s Market Warriors, Sunday, 1-3pm at $5/item.

Background: Flamingo Eventz, LLC presents the finest, most innovative and respected Antiques Shows, Book & Ephemera Fairs, and Antiques Appraisal Events in the Northeast. They have over 50 years experience as antique dealers and over 25 years experience as professional event promoters. They are members of the Antiques & Collectibles National Association, and John Bruno is an antiques appraiser and television personality who most recently appeared on Market Warriors on PBS.

Alice Adams.jpgNorthhampton, MA - Flamingo Eventz and the Southern New England Antiquarian Booksellers have joined forces to present the 13th Annual Pioneer Valley Book & Ephemera Fair on Sunday, October 15, 10am - 4pm at Smith Vocational School, 80 Locust St (Rt. 9), Northampton, MA. Exhibitors from across the Northeast will fill the school’s cafeteria, stage, corridors, and lobby with collectible, rare, antique, modern, fine, scholarly and used books, manuscripts, prints, maps, autographs, photographs, postcards and every other sort of printed ephemera.

Exhibitor Specialties include: Advertising Covers, African American, Americana, Architecture, Art, Art Deco, Auctions, Autographs, Aviation, Baseball, Books, Bibles, Black History, Black Power, Calendars, Calling Cards, Christmas, Circus, Civil War, Cook Books, Charts, Children’s Books, Cocktails, Design, Dogs, Die Cuts, Documents, Engineering, Engraving, Ephemera, Erotica, Esoterica, Fantasy, Fashion, Fishing, Floridiana, Folklore, Folk Music, Foreign Language, Furniture, Games, Gardens & Horticulture, Graphics, Historic Documents, Horses, Hunting, Illustrated Books, Interior Design, Japan, Judaica, Letters, Logbooks, Manuscripts, Maps, Maritime, Medicine, Middle East, Military, Modernism, Music, Native American, Natural History, Nautical, Naval, New York City, New York State, New Jersey, Novelties, Olympic Games, Pacifica, Photographs, Photography, Pochoir, Polar, Pop-Ups & Moveable Books, Poetry, Postcards, Posters, Presentation Copies, Presidential Archives, Press Books, Prints, Pulitzer Prize Winners, Psychedelica, Puppetry, Puzzles, Railroad, Reference, Revolutionary War, Russia, Scholarly, Science, Science Fiction, Sports, Sporting, Technical, Theatre, Theology, Trade Cards, Trade Catalogues, Travel & Exploration, Travel Brochures, Typography, U.S. Coastal History, Vanity Fair Prints, Valentines, Voyages, Watercolors, Whaling, Wine, Yachting. These, and many other specialties, will be found at this event. Be sure to check our website, FlamingoEventz.com, for a full Exhibitor List and complete details.

The Pioneer Valley is a primary foliage destination in the fall, with many scenic hikes and drives, and you can pick your own apples and stock up on cider, pumpkins and chrysanthemums while visiting. Northampton and nearby Pioneer Valley towns provide a great variety of restaurants and entertainment. The Five Colleges, Smith College, University of Massachusetts, Amherst College, Hampshire College, and Mount Holyoke College offer library and museum exhibits and cultural events, but if it is Parents Weekend, hotels may fill quickly, so book early. Old Deerfield is nearby, Yankee Candle, too.

The school is on Route 9, near Cooley-Dickinson Hospital; there’s plenty of free parking. The event is catered by Black Sheep Deli from Amherst. Admission is $6, $1 off with a card or advertisement; $3 ages 12-21; under 12 free with paid Adult. Click flamingoeventz.com and pioneervalleybooks.com for more information as many local SNEAB members always exhibit. All are cordially invited.

Dates/Hours: Sunday October 15, 2017; 10am-4pm.

Location: The Smith Vocational School, 80 Locust Street (Rt. 9), Northampton, MA 01060.

Admission: Adults: $6, Students & Young Collectors 12-21: $3, under 12 free w/Paid Adult.

Directions: I-91 Exit 18, left on Pleasant Street, left on Rt. 9, Elm St, follow Rt. 9, it becomes Locust St.

Miscellaneous: Plenty of free parking and Refreshments will be available at an on-site café during show hours.

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Background: SNEAB was born in 2014 as an expanded incarnation of Massachusetts and Rhode Island Antiquarian Booksellers, which began in 1976. Southern New England Antiquarian Booksellers encompasses Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The organization's members include bookselling firms founded as early as 1825. Our booksellers offer books from the 16th through the 21st Centuries, plus broadsides, maps, manuscripts, prints and ephemera. You can find an index of specialties on their website: www.sneab.org. Many of their members also purchase books and other material, and you are invited to contact them directly. 

Flamingo Eventz, LLC presents the finest, most innovative and respected Book & Ephemera Fairs, Antiques Shows, and Antiques Appraisal Events in the Northeast. They have over 50 years experience as antique dealers and over 25 years experience as professional event promoters. They are members of the Antiques & Collectibles National Association, and John Bruno is an antiques appraiser and television personality who most recently appeared on Market Warriors on PBS.

 

WOPchabot 1 copy 2.jpg“Bill Kent is the world’s greatest living carver of wood.  There is not anyone else even close,” wrote the New York Times in rare superlative praise for a contemporary artist.

Born in 1919 in Kansas City, William Kent, the son of hard-working, modest-income parents, often felt himself a loner artistically and out of sync with mainstream art. He lived and worked, for much of his life, in a barn in Durham, Connecticut, where each year he created five or six large works often standing taller than he, carved from single pieces of wood purchased at local sawmills.  His subjects were morphic, life size figures, insects and sea creatures, and much later in his career, surreal political effigies and quirky monumental everyday objects such as giant shoe-horns, scissors, rubber chickens, light bulbs and spark plugs.

Deeply affected by the political and social upheaval of the early 1960s, Kent was driven to express his moral outrage, dissent and activism through his art. He created low relief slate carvings combining pithy slogans and political imagery, inking and pulling graphically striking colored prints from them with titles such as “Who Killed Kennedy “, “Mob Control, and “Chiefs of Staff”, along with nature many themed and erotic prints as well. Through the over 100 slate prints he created between 1963-1976, William Kent strove to express universally recognizable truths, condemn false or hypocritical political statements, and memorialize iconic moments in American history and American popular culture. 

At the upcoming Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair, September 8-10 at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint, over twenty colorful slate prints by William Kent from the 1960s-70s will be available from exhibitor Marc Chabot, of Marc Chabot Fine Arts.  Among these is “Nation is in Good Shape,” based on a newspaper press photo with from left: House Speaker McCormack, Senate President pro tem Hayden and Senate majority leader Mansfield after meeting with President Johnson on U.S. security affairs.  A seismic graph below the text seems to reflect the steady pulse of the nation; or at least no inbound missiles. Over 50 years later the subjects of Kent's prints remain as fresh and relevant as when they were created. 

Image: HUAC (House Un-American Activities Committee) slate print by William Kent, is as relevant today as when it was created a half century ago.  Photo courtesy of:  Marc Chabot Fine Arts, an exhibitor in the new Works on Paper gallery section of the Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair.

LOCATION:

Brooklyn Expo Center

79 Franklin Street

Greenpoint, Brooklyn

ADMISSION PRICES:

Friday Night Preview Benefit $25.00

General Admission Weekend Pass for $15 or $10 on Sunday

HOURS:

Friday Preview, benefiting Rare Book School, September 8 - 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Saturday, September 9 -11:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Sunday, September 10 - 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

 

Ukranian postcards - The children's book illustration.jpg“Two bears, two bears, thrashed the peas,

  Two roosters, two roosters took it to the mill,

  And the sparrow, a fine fellow, played the fiddle.”

Where had he seen them before?  Among the collection of a thousand books Emil Allakhverdov acquired at auction was a little gem - a children’s book titled “Fun World, A Folk Song,” The drawings, illustrating a song in the book, “Two Bears, Two Bears,” looked very familiar. And then, it dawned on him. 

Of the seven drawings in the children’s book, five were used as templates for a series of Ukrainian propaganda postcards entitled “Fun Work, A Folk Song in a New Way,” which Emil had acquired some time ago.  When Emil compared the postcard illustration to those in the children’s book, the resemblance was quite startling!  

The postcards seemingly cheerful illustrations for children were actually powerful anti-Soviet and Anti-Nazi political cartoons printed shortly after the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945 - a time when Ukrainian nationalists were equally intent on seeing the demise of the Soviet regime as well.  Their origin had been unknown to Emil.  Here was a piece of the puzzle. 

At the upcoming Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Show, Emil will be making this historically important set of Ukrainian language propaganda postcards available to the public.  The cover postcard in the set shows two tattered bears, symbolizing Russia and Germany, carrying Bolshevism and Nazism to the trash heap of history. These delicate, exquisitely drawn illustrations, printed on the front side of the postcards, carry a heavy message of moral resistance.

It was thought that the artist of these propaganda postcards was likely Sudomora, the same illustrator of the small children’s book, although it was uncertain.  A Ukrainian born in 1889, Sudomora was a celebrated illustrator, having studied at the Kiev Art School.    He worked with Kiev publishers on a wide variety of books and magazines, including “Oktober” and the Soviet youth organization’s “Pioneer” magazine. 

He moved to Lviv, but after the city was captured by the Soviet army, continued his commercial artistic work in Kharkov.  He was arrested in 1949 on charges of anti-Soviet activities and sentenced to 25 years in prison.  He was granted amnesty in 1955 and returned to Kiev where he lived with his wife and children until his death in 1965.

The unique and beautifully illustrated set of postcards may have been inspired by a charming children’s book, but the underlying message is a serious call to resistance.  The Ukraine’s liberation in 1945 by the Russian army brought no relief for the hard-pressed Ukrainians.  The long struggle for independence, not yet achieved today. The postcards, marrying art and history, document a pivotal time in Ukrainian 20th century experience. 

Image: The children’s book illustration on the left and a vivid example on the right of how the drawing was altered for propaganda purposes.  The Russian bear (right), identified by the hammer-and-sickle armband, is threshing victim nations like the Ukraine, Bulgaria, Lithuania, among others.  The Anti-Nazi, Anti Soviet Ukrainian postcard collection will be available at the upcoming Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair, September 8-10 at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint.

Unknown-1 copy.jpgThe oldest, continually running regional Antiquarian Book Fair in the U.S. takes place in downtown Rochester, N.Y. at the Main Street Armory on Saturday, September 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

            Presented by the Rochester Area Booksellers Association (RABA) and RIT Press, annually the Fair attracts an increasing number of visitors and exhibitors. Currently, nearly 50 dealers from across the nation and Canada will bring rare antiquarian titles along with good secondhand books of wide subject breadth and reader interest, including scholarly texts. Additionally, exhibitors will feature prints, maps, photographica and collectible ephemera embracing equally diverse subject categories.

            The Book Fair also features readings and book signings by local authors. And, for the second time, displays by several special collections libraries will be presented. For six hours, the Armory reverberates with a lively, festive atmosphere populated by those who appreciate the aesthetic and intellectual dimensions of the book.

            The Fair’s venue is the castle-like turn-of-the-century Armory. Spacious (35,000 square feet) and well-lit, the building’s assembly room - originally used as a drill floor - comfortably accommodates the casual reader as much as the fussiest and most demanding collector.

            The Rochester Antiquarian Book Fair is co-sponsored by the 10-member Rochester Area Booksellers Association and RIT Press. The scholarly book publishing enterprise of the Rochester Institute of Technology, RIT Press will feature selections from their impressive catalogue of books on typography, printing and the history of the book.

            The Rochester Antiquarian Book Fair is held at the Main Street Armory, 900 East Main St., Rochester, N.Y. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5, and is free to students who present a current student ID. Coupons offering a $2 discount on admission are available at area libraries, bookshops and cafes.

            This year advance admission tickets are available online through RABA’s website: (www.rochesterbooksellers.com) . And discount tickets for couples and families are available.

            For more information, visit www.rochesterbooksellers.com or call Jonathan Smalter (of Yesterday’s Muse Books) at 585-265-9295.

Image: A customer peruses one exhibitor’s inventory at last year’s Rochester (N.Y.) Antiquarian Book Fair. (Photo by A. Sue Weisler)

Shanghai Luggage Label copy.jpgIn the mid-1850s, ocean liners began attaching labels to passenger luggage to indicate the passenger’s cabin class and travel destination, making it easier for porters to sort luggage upon arrival. Hotels quickly followed suit, particularly Grand hotels in exotic cities that provided great comfort, elegance and luxury for their guests. The hotel label not only facilitated baggage handling, it became a status symbol. Functional labels quickly evolved into beautiful, sophisticated graphic design.  

A single collection of over three thousand international travel labels, selected for their graphic appeal and quality, from grand hotels, luxury steamship lines and romantic train routes such as the Orient Express, will be featured at the Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair, September 8-10, 2017 at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint. Exhibitor Sheryl Jaeger of Eclectibles is showcasing labels from the private collection of Jane Goodrich, world traveler and co-founder of Spectrum Publishing. 

Ms. Goodrich’s collection of 3,550 labels, dating from the 1920s to World War II  include colorful labels from such wonderful old hotels as the Luna House in Venice, the Grand  Continental Hotel in Cairo, the Mayfair Hotel in London, and many more. Lovers of Agatha Christie’s famous novel, Murder on the Orient Express, will find a label from this iconic line, which epitomized the ultimate in luxury train travel. 

The 1920s marked the Golden Age of luggage labels due to a huge economic boom just prior to the Wall Street Crash of 1929. It was the age of the steamer trunk and travel was associated with comfort, luxury and adventure.  Many of the artists who designed these distinctive and beautiful labels belonged to the Art Deco period. Italian painter and decorator Mario Borgoni, for example, designed labels for the Swiss printing firm of Richter and Co. during this period.  His use of elegant lettering and red/orange shading became a trademark of the Richter Co. 

Labels helped not only to promote hotels and steamship lines, but attracted tourists to great cities such as Cairo and the pyramids, St. Moritz in the Winter snow, Luxor amid the ruins, and the hotel Le Meurice in the City of Light, Paris. It could be said that travel labels became advertisements for the location more than the hotels themselves. For example, a Hotel Viking label depicts a colorful streetscape with a crossing guard stopping traffic for a family of ducks. The title is “Wonderful Copenhagen.”

Image: International luggage labels, such as this one from the Cathay Hotels in Shanghai, circa 1920s, makes one dream of faraway lands with their iconic sites and luxurious grand hotels.  A single collection of over 3,000 luggage labels will be made available by exhibitor Sheryl Jaeger, at the upcoming Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair, which returns to the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint, Sept. 8-10, 2017.

BOSTON, MA - The annual fall gathering for booklovers, the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair, will return to the Hynes Convention Center in Boston’s beautiful Back Bay for its 41st year, November 10-12, 2017. More than 120 dealers from the United States, England, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Denmark, Argentina and Australia will exhibit and sell a vast selection of rare, collectible and antiquarian books, as well as illuminated manuscripts, autographs, maps, atlases, modern first editions, photographs, and fine and decorative prints.   

One of the oldest and most respected antiquarian book shows in the country, the event offers the top selection of items that are available on the international literary market. Whether you are buying or just browsing, the Fair offers something for every taste and budget—books on art, politics, travel, gastronomy, and science—to sport, natural history, literature, music, children’s books, and an increasing representation of graphic and art works on paper.

The Fair gives visitors the opportunity to see, learn about, and purchase the finest in rare and valuable books and ephemera. Attendees who want to start collecting without breaking the bank can browse the booths of select dealers offering “Discovery” items priced $100 or less and attend a “Discovery” panel on Saturday to learn tips for starting a personal collection.  

Tickets are $20 for Friday night’s exclusive Opening Night preview event, an opportunity for the public to get a first look at items for sale at the Fair, and admission is free on Saturday and Sunday.

“We were so thrilled with last year’s attendance, that we’ve decided to continue to offer free weekend admission at this year’s event,” says show producer Betty Fulton. “We especially saw an increase in younger audiences, who are discovering that holding a book with an amazing history in their hands is a uniquely satisfying experience.“

Seminars and events will be featured throughout the weekend, including the annual Ticknor Society Collectors’ Roundtable. More events will be announced in early fall, and folks can visit www.bostonbookfair.com for up to the minute details.

Friday, November 10           5:00-9:00pm           Tickets: $20.00 - Opening Night

Saturday, November 11     12:00-7:00pm          Free Admission
Sunday, November 12       12:00-5:00pm         Free Admission

Hynes Convention Center
900 Boylston Street
Boston, MA
www.mccahome.com 

The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair is sponsored by the New England Chapter of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America. A portion of the ticket sales will benefit the Boston Public Library and the American Antiquarian Society. Tickets will be sold online at www.bostonbookfair.com and at the show’s box office during Friday evening show hours. For more information, please visit www.bostonbookfair.com or call 617-266-6540

Maurice Sendak.jpgAt the upcoming Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair, September 8-10 at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint, the world of Maurice Sendak comes vividly alive. In celebration of the inauguration of a new Works on Paper section, the fair will mount a gallery-style exhibition and sale of Sendak’s original works - his first solo show to be held in his native Brooklyn, now more than five years after his death in 2012.

He is considered the most important children’s book artist of the twentieth century.  When his iconic book, “Where the Wild Things Are,” was published more than fifty years ago, his editor commented that it was “the first American picture book for children to recognize that a child has powerful emotions - anger and fear, and after the anger is spent, to be where someone loves him best of all.”

Show goers will see first-hand why Sendak’s illustrations continue to be internationally beloved by children and adults all over the world. This special event will feature original drawings, watercolors, vintage posters, signed prints and etchings, most of which have never been offered for public sale. They have been collected over a period of more than a half century and largely acquired directly from the artist himself. This is an unprecedented opportunity to own a fine art print, actually produced under the artist’s supervision in 1971 from some of his favorite book images. A selection of first edition books will also be available, many of them hand-signed by Mr. Sendak, including a signed first printing of his 1963 Caldecott Award masterpiece.

His love of books began at age four when he was confined to bed with scarlet fever, and he approached his early illustration work with deep attention to accuracy and close observation of nature and animals.  He also knew that every book must have a dimension of the fantastic, where the mundane and the magical freely mix.  In “Where the Wild Things Are,” Max’s rambunctiousness, the fearful “Wild Things” themselves and the poetry in Sendak’s writing all have contributed to the book’s popularity and longevity.  

The son of Polish immigrant parents, Sendak decided to become an illustrator at age 12, after watching Walt Disney’s Fantasia.  He came of age as an illustrator in the 1950s when the market for children’s books was growing due to an historic surge in the birthrate.  When “Where the Wild Things Are” was first published, the illustrations created some controversy, as they were so different.  Little could he have foreseen the book’s enormous success and the influence he would have overall. 

Comedian Stephen Colbert spoke for the world when he said, “we are all honored to have been briefly invited into his world.”

Image: Ink and watercolor original drawing of two “Wild Things” viewing an exhibition of their creator Maurice Sendak, 11-3/4 x 10-1.4 inches. Copyright © The Maurice Sendak Foundation. The exhibition and sale of works by internationally beloved children’s book author, Maurice Sendak, at the upcoming Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair, September 8-10 at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint, is the first to be held in his native Brooklyn. 

Boxborough Paper Town Show, Sept. 16

Startling Stories.jpgBOXBOROUGH, MA - SEPTEMBER 16, 2017: Flamingo Eventz is pleased to announce the return of the popular Boxborough Paper Town - The Vintage Paper, Books & Advertising Collectibles Show. This is the original Boxborough Paper Show where you’ll find all things Paper - from classic Ephemera to Books, Board Games, Postcards, Advertising, Classic Vinyl, and more! A long time favorite of both dealers and customers, we continue to make changes and improvements to ensure continued growth and success. We’re bigger, better, more diverse, and with lots of new dealers…this is the paper show to attend for the rare, unusual and hard-to-find treasure!

Scheduled for Saturday September 16, 2017 at the Boxborough Regency Hotel & Conference Center - previously known as the Holiday Inn - in Boxborough, MA, Exhibitors from across the Northeast will gather to present an outstanding array of fine, rare & unusual old books, maps, postcards, autographs, prints, posters, advertising, and much, much more. Plus, we have appraisals by well-known appraiser John Bruno, star of the PBS series Market Warriors, and guest appraisers from 12-2pm. Interested parties - both dealers & customers - should contact Flamingo Eventz at 603.509.2639 / info@flamingoeventz.com.

Exhibitor Specialties include: Advertising Covers, African American, Americana, Architecture, Art, Art Deco, Auctions, Autographs, Aviation, Baseball, Books, Bibles, Black History, Black Power, Calendars, Calling Cards, Christmas, Circus, Civil War, Cook Books, Charts, Children’s Books, Cocktails, Design, Dogs, Die Cuts, Documents, Engineering, Engraving, Ephemera, Erotica, Esoterica, Fantasy, Fashion, Fishing, Floridiana, Folklore, Folk Music, Foreign Language, Furniture, Games, Gardens & Horticulture, Graphics, Historic Documents, Horses, Hunting, Illustrated Books, Interior Design, Japan, Judaica, Letters, Logbooks, Manuscripts, Maps, Maritime, Medicine, Middle East, Military, Modernism, Music, Native American, Natural History, Nautical, Naval, New York City, New York State, New Jersey, Novelties, Olympic Games, Pacifica, Photographs, Photography, Pochoir, Polar, Pop-Ups & Moveable Books, Poetry, Postcards, Posters, Presentation Copies, Presidential Archives, Press Books, Prints, Pulitzer Prize Winners, Psychedelica, Puppetry, Puzzles, Railroad, Reference, Revolutionary War, Russia, Scholarly, Science, Science Fiction, Sports, Sporting, Technical, Theatre, Theology, Trade Cards, Trade Catalogues, Travel & Exploration, Travel Brochures, Typography, U.S. Coastal History, Vanity Fair Prints, Valentines, Voyages, Watercolors, Whaling, Wine, Yachting. These, and many other specialties, will be found at this event. Be sure to check our website, FlamingoEventz.com, for complete details and easily downloaded Discount Coupons.

Date/Hours: Saturday, September 16, 2017, 9am-3pm

Location: The Boxborough Holiday Inn, 242 Adams Place, Boxborough, MA 01709. Directly off I-495, exit 28.

Admission: Adults: $7 ($1 Discount with Ad or Website Coupon), Young Collectors 12-21: $4, plenty of free parking.

Appraisals: By John Bruno, Star of Market Warriors, and guest appraisers 12-2pm at $5/Item.

Directions: I-495 Exit 28, East on Massachusetts Ave (Rt. 111), right on Adams Place to Hotel. Check our website: flamingoeventz.com for easily downloaded maps.

Miscellaneous: Food & refreshment available at the Hotel restaurant during show hours.

Information: For Dealer or Customer information, please call or click 603.509.2639 / info@flamingoeventz.com

Background: Flamingo Eventz, LLC presents the finest, most innovative, successful, and respected Book & Ephemera Fairs, Antiques Shows, and Vintage Flea Markets in the Northeast. The Brunos have over 25 years experience as antique dealers and over 22 years experience as professional show promoters. They are members of the Antiques & Collectibles National Association (ACNA), and John Bruno is an antiques appraiser and television personality who can be seen on the PBS series Market Warriors.

old ny photo 1.jpgThere’s even more to experience, more to enjoy and - best of all -- more to buy, when the Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair returns to the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint, September 8-10, 2017. One of New York City’s most eagerly awaited fall events, the 100-exhibitor fair, produced by the Impact Events Group, is among the largest regional antiquarian book fairs in the country.  

This year show goers will be introduced to a whole new world of collectible treasures with the debut of a “Works on Paper” gallery. Sunlight from the exhibition hall’s large windows will flood into individual gallery spaces where exhibitors have brought together outstanding collections of prints, drawings, etchings, engravings, lithographs and photography to add to the fair’s abundance of rare and vintage books from top dealers from across the U.S., Canada and Europe. Whether you’re looking for a book under $50, a rare edition, or a fine print to cherish for years to come, you’ll find it at this fair. With the addition of the Works on Paper gallery, the Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair’s expanded offerings make it feel like two great shows in one!

To celebrate the debut of the Works on Paper gallery, the Fair will mount an exhibition and sale of works by the late Maurice Sendak, beloved children’s author and illustrator. The first gallery-style showing and sale to be held in the artist’s native Brooklyn, this special event will feature original drawings, watercolors, vintage posters, signed prints and etchings, most of which have never been offered for public sale. 

These have been collected over a period of fifty years and were largely acquired directly from the artist himself. This is an unprecedented opportunity to own a fine art print, actually produced by the artist in 1971 from some of his favorite book images, for as little as $25.  For the serious collector, an exceptional signed first edition of the artist’s most famous children’s book, “Where the Wild Things Are,” is being offered by Enchanted Books for $22,500.  

If the work of Matthew Carter looks familiar, it’s because you might use it yourself - on your computer. The Center Street Studio is bringing a dramatic exhibit of a print portfolio by the renowned digital type designer, who has seven of his designs in the collection at the Museum of Modern Art. This portfolio consists of the 26 letters of the alphabet in his favorite typefaces of his own creation, which will be displayed on a 24-foot wall.  Some of the fonts include his best known, such as Verdana and Georgia, as well as some from type designs still in progress. 

Pop-up Mania is a series of events devoted to books filled with characters that pop right up out of its pages. Ellen Rubin, known as the Pop-Up Lady, is an expert on the history of moveable paper and will give an informative talk, “A History of Pop-up Books: 900 Years of Paper Engineering” on Saturday. She will also present an amazing exhibit from her massive collection of rare pop-up books from around the world.  On Sunday, parents and children alike will enjoy joining her for a 20-minute dramatic reading of the pop-up book, The Three Little Pigs. Fun for the entire family!

Joining her on Sunday is Matthew Reinhart, a world-renowned children's book author, illustrator and paper engineer. He will share the secrets of how to transform paper into magical, moving, three-dimensional structures that defy imagination in his demonstration, “Cut, Fold And Repeat.” Matthew is known best for designing the impossible in his acclaimed pop-up books, among them the New York Times bestselling “Star Wars: A Pop-Up Guide To The Galaxy, Cinderella: A Pop-Up Fairy Tale, Dc Super Heroes: The Ultimate Pop-Up Book and Mommy ?, produced with the legendary Maurice Sendak.. 

For people new to collecting rare books or prints, two talented professionals will present informative talks on Saturday. The History Channel’s “Pawn Stars” personality and rare book specialist, Rebecca Romney, will talk on “The ABC’s of Starting a Rare Book Collection,” and sign copies of her newly published book, “Printer’s Error:  Irreverent Stories from Book History.”  Art appraiser and renowned print specialist Jeannot R. Barr will share the fine points of getting started on a print collection in his presentation, “Starting a Print Collection on Any Budget. It’s a unique opportunity for collectors at all levels to learn directly from experts.

One of the signatures of this show is its depth of variety. Visitors could spend hours combing the aisles for personal favorites:  nostalgic snapshots of early New York from the vast collection of Stacy Waldman, owner of the House of Mirth; Brooklyn-based bookseller Lizzy Young’s vintage cookbooks and ephemera, including menus from the ocean liner RMS Lusitania. A collection of beautifully bound books from Austin Abbey Rare Books, has gilt-embossed covers that turn into glowing miniature works of art under direct light; and a huge collection of vintage luggage labels from Sheryl Jaeger of Eclectibles is sure to induce romantic visions of faraway places. World War II history buffs will be drawn to two important and very rare propaganda postcard collections that demonstrate how history unfolds on paper. Exhibitor Kurt Sanftleben’s Black Album, a collection of ten propaganda postcards, is the earliest depiction of Nazi atrocities against Poland’s Jewish citizens. Emil Allakhverdov’s Anti-Nazi, Anti-Soviet postcards, were reconfigured illustrations from a Ukrainian children’s book, published after the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945. 

A Friday evening preview benefiting Rare Book School, is a must for those wanting to get first pick from the fair’s thousands of rare items before doors open on Saturday.  

LOCATION:

Brooklyn Expo Center

79 Franklin Street

Greenpoint, Brooklyn

HOURS:

Friday Preview - 5:00-9:00 pm (benefit for Rare Book School)

Saturday, September 9 -11:00 am to 7:00 pm

Sunday, September 10 - 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

ADMISSION PRICES:

Friday Night Preview Benefit -- $25.00

General Admission Weekend Pass for $15 or $10 on Sunday 

Visit: www.brooklynbookfair.com for more information and discount admission tickets.

One of America’s oldest bookseller trade associations, the Midwest Antiquarian Booksellers Association (MWABA), will hold its annual fair featuring fine antiquarian, rare and collectible First Editions and a universe of books on topics such as: Americana, Art & Photography, Literature, Poetry, Children's Books, Cookbooks, Science & Technology, Transportation, Railroadiana, Civil War, Illustrated Books, Chicago History & Authors.

This year’s fair will be held at Local 130 Plumbers Union Hall, 1340 W. Washington Blvd. in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood. Admission is $6 and parking is free. The fair runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 17.

“Our fairs give you the rare chance to view and purchase books as they were first introduced to the world,” said MWABA President Hank Zuchowski. “Holding an historically significant book is a unique experience that can’t be duplicated in this digital age.”

Besides collectible and general interest books, the fair features maps, leather bindings, autographs, broadsides, vintage paperbacks and pulps, prints, posters, photos & ephemera.

For more information, visit http://mwaba.com or contact Book Fair Manager Chris Rohe at (847) 722-8949 or chicagobookfair2014@gmail.com

Oxford Book Fair Set for April 22-23

The annual PBFA Oxford Book Fair is one of the largest events in the British antiquarian, rare and second-hand book, map, print and ephemera calendar. 

In 2017 around 100 dealers will offer tens of thousands of rare and collectable items, ranging in price from £2 to £35,000+. 

In the same venue as last year, the Oxford Brookes Wheatley Campus offers good national transport links via rail and road, with ample free on-site parking. 

In the past, the Oxford Book Fair has attracted the attention of national media with notable highlights, such as an archive of the First World War aviator who coined the term ‘joystick’ and some of the earliest photographic images of the Thames. 

Venue: Oxford Brookes Wheatley Campus, Wheatley, Oxford OX33 1HX, Admission: £2 or free via the website
Opening hours: Sat 22nd April Noon-6pm, Sun 23rd April 10am-4pm 

For more information please contact Tom Lintern-Mole on 07921 151496 or tom@lintern-mole.com 

HIGHLIGHT TO BE EXHIBITED AT THE FAIR 

Screen Shot 2017-04-04 at 8.34.41 AM.pngThe first edition of Howard Carter’s definitive work on the discovery of Tutenkhamen’s tomb, inscribed by the American photographer and subject of recent BBC4 Documentary Harry Burdon, offered at the 2017 Oxford Book Fair by Michael S. Kemp. 

CARTER, Howard and MACE, A.C. The Tomb of Tut-Ankh-Amen discovered by the late Earl of Carnarvon and Howard Carter. INSCRIBED BY THE PHOTOGRAPHER. Cassell, 1923 - 33. 3 Volumes. 1st. Editions. Large 8vo. pp. xvi, 231: xxxiv, 269: xvi, 247: photographic plates. Original pictorial cloth, Fine. First volume inscribed "with the compliments of Mr. Harry Burton." £5000 

Having resigned as first chief inspector of antiquities in 1905 Howard Carter was unable to return to Egypt until early 1909 when he began his association with George Herbert, fifth earl of Carnarvon. For the next five years they excavated in the Theban necropolis making important, if unspectacular, discoveries. In 1915 Carnarvon was encouraged by Carter to apply for the concession for the Valley of the Kings, one that had been surrendered by Davis and thought by Maspero to be unpromising. Carter thought otherwise. 

It was not, however, until 1917, after a spell as a civilian employed by the intelligence department of the War Office in Cairo, that Carter was able to conduct annual campaigns in the Valley of the Kings. Few positive results were achieved and in the summer of 1922 Carter had to use all his powers of persuasion to be allowed to conduct one final campaign in the valley. On 4 November 1922, starting work at first light, Howard Carter opened the stairway that led to the tomb of Tutankhamun. His excitement was reflected in the now famous telegram to Carnarvon. "At last have made wonderful discovery in Valley. A magnificent tomb with seals intact." Carnarvon hurried to Luxor and the tomb was entered on 26 November. 

The discovery astounded the world: a royal tomb, full of spectacular objects. On 16 February 1923 the burial chamber was opened to reveal the unplundered body and funerary equipment of the dead king. Despite "handling the technical processes of clearance, conservation, and recording with exemplary skill and care" and presiding over a discovery which reverberated across the world, Carter received no formal honours from his own country. 

One of the first people Carter contacted after entering the tomb was Harry Burton, an accomplished art photographer who had gained valuable experience working on the Metropolitan Museum's excavations in Thebes. It proved to be an inspired choice. For not only was Burton able to create a series of remarkable images with what would now be considered as primitive equipment, these images, some 1400 in number, illuminate the excavations and excite the imagination in a way which transcends the text. Burton's photos are more than just a record of the excavation of the tomb. His attention to lighting, texture and composition make them works of art in their own right, capturing as they do the excitement of the greatest archaeological discovery of the twentieth century. 

Although we have handled several copies of this work which have been inscribed by Carter, we have been unable to locate a copy bearing Burton's name. 

 

Washington, D.C. - March 28, 2017 - In an era torn by partisan division and “fake news,” the Washington Antiquarian Book Fair is offering a welcome antidote: its 42nd annual celebration of books, knowledge and learning, April 28-29, 2017, in the heart of our nation’s capital.

WABF is the D.C. region’s only curated festival of rare and collectible books, manuscripts, autographs, maps, drawings and other fine ephemera (think personal letters from First Lady Jackie Kennedy and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle). Among this year’s literary highlights: Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, signed by Lee and members of the motion picture cast (including Gregory Peck), and the title and dedication pages of Allen Ginsberg’s HOWL, 1st edition, signed by such famed Beat poets as Ginsberg, Gary Snyder and Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

You don’t have to be a veteran collector - or millionaire - to enjoy WABF. At the historic Sphinx Club, more than 60 exhibitors will offer thousands of items for all budgets and interests: art, science, travel, sports, music, children’s books and more. WABF director Beth Campbell calls it “an active museum, a forum to access diverse knowledge gathered in one place.” WABF is “about connectedness and discovery,” she says. “The exhibitors are connected to their collections, each other and the fairgoers. The fairgoers are connected to a particular genre, author or time. We all discover more when we connect and converse with one another.”

Plus, says Brian Cassidy - one of many WABF exhibitors without a brick-and-mortar shop - “there are fewer and fewer bookstores and fewer and fewer opportunities to handle books in-person.” That’s why WABF is an invaluable “shared experience,” says Campbell, “a unique opportunity for folks to touch, discover and collect tactile objects that mean something to them.”

Special features this year: a night of fast-paced literary games on 4/28, care of Labyrinth Games and Puzzles (“Best Board Game Store,” Washington City Paper). On 4/29, Austin-based troupe Typewriter Rodeo will offer custom poems typed at lightning-speed on vintage typewriters.

WABF is sponsored by BookStore Movers (“Best Movers”, Washington City Paper).

What: 42nd  Annual Washington Antiquarian Book Fair (www.wabf.com)

When: Friday, April 28, 2017: 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, April 29, 2017: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Where: The Sphinx Club: 1315 K Street NW, Washington, D.C., 20005

Tickets: Fri. and Sat.: $15. Sat. only: $10 ($5 for students and librarians with valid ID). Children 12 and under free. Purchase tickets at wabf.com or at the door.

Social Media:  Twitter: @theWABF (#WABF17) / Facebook: facebook.com/thewabf 

Contact: Beth Campbell: bcampbell@wabf.com / (202) 363-4999

sheaff 1.jpgMark your calendar for what will undoubtedly be the finest celebration of all things ephemera in North America this year! The Ephemera Fair will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Old Greenwich, CT on Saturday, March 18th and Sunday, March 19th. Ephemera are items made from paper that were not made to stand the test of time, and have since become collectible. Popular categories include correspondence, advertising materials, historical documents, posters, tickets, scores and scripts, cards, and many others.   

The Ephemera Fair, the highest quality show of its type in the country, features 77 dealers from 12 states selling an amazing selection of historically significant ephemera.

The Ephemera Fair, open to the public, Saturday and Sunday features an international group of sellers who specialize in items ranging from A to Z. Care to learn more about Valentine cards or documents signed by presidents? Or perhaps posters or vintage advertising call to you. Attendees interested in entertainment will enjoy the fair's selections of original movie scripts, manuscripts, and music scores. Photographers will appreciate the daguerreotypes, stereo-views, cabinet cards, and photos on offer. Other areas include broadsides, maps, catalogs, and design related materials, among practically countless others.   

According to Marvin Getman, producer of The Ephemera Fair, "Even people who don’t "officially" collect ephemera will love this event. And odds are, they will leave with at least one item that catches their fancy! Walking through this fair is walk through history. Visitors get to see how people lived before the digital age—long before our smartphones and computers shaped the way today people define friends, correspondence, and communication."

The Ephemera Fair will be held at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich, located at 1800 East Putnam Avenue, Old Greenwich, CT, and is open to the public on Saturday, March 18th from 10am-5pm and Sunday, March 19th from 11am-4pm. The hotel offers free parking. Tickets at the door for the two-day show are $15 for adults; college students with ID and children under 18 are free with an adult admission. Sunday admission is only $8. Discounted online tickets are available on the website http://www.bookandpaperfairs.com. This event is held in conjunction with the Ephemera Society of America's annual conference, Ephemera37. Collectors and museum curators travel from all points of the country to attend this conference. The theme for this year’s conference is American Ingenuity-What’s The Big Idea?  Speakers at the conference, which include museum curators as well as independent collector and scholars will present images of inventors and invention, focusing on innovative ideas and how they were disseminated for good (the freedom of bicycle travel) or ill (the chicanery of patent medicine). For more information on the conference programs see www.ephemerasociety.org.

Image: 1870s book Harpel’s Typograph, the groundbreaking 19th century book on printing, presented by R. Dana Sheaff & Co. Bethel VT.

isabeau-de-croix-boh-177v-178r copy.jpgLes Enluminures is celebrating its 24th year exhibiting at TEFAF Maastricht!

For this prestigious event, the leading specialists in medieval manuscripts will be presenting an array of important acquisitions. Notable highlights include a glittering unseen Book of Hours with 69 miniatures, an exceptional illuminated leaf by Sano di Pietro representing the Adoration of the Magi and a leaf from the illustrious Chester Beatty Hours.

Of the upmost importance, the Hours of Isabeau de Croix is one of the finest Books of Hours to have ever entered the Tefaf Maastricht fair. Dr. Sandra Hindman, CEO and President of Les Enluminures, claims “This is by far one of the best Books of Hours I have ever handled as a dealer, and it is certainly the most extensively illuminated with page after page of dazzling miniatures in perfect condition”. It is of exceptional size, in flawless condition, illustrated with nearly seventy large and astonishing pictures, by all three of the great-est artists working in Parisian the second quarter of the fifteenth century. Dr. Christopher de Hamel, Senior Vice-President, comments “It is only when one is familiar with routine Books of Hours that the supreme mas-terpieces stand out as being utterly exceptional. The Hours of Isabeau de Croix is one of those manuscripts which almost defies belief”.

Equally to be exhibited for the first time is a fine miniature by Sano di Pietro, one of the most influential and prolific artists in Siena in the middle of the fifteenth century. Thought to have been trained by Sassetta and to have been active in the workshop of the Master of the Osservanza, Sano inherited the gift for storytelling from his masters. His engaging narrative style was rich in decorative effects. Representing the scene of the Adoration of the Magi, his leaf is likely from the series of opulent choir books for the Hospital of Santa Maria della Scala, Siena.

The third highlight comes in the form of a leaf from the Chester Beatty Hours, one of the most important manuscripts associated with the Boucicaut Master Group. Contemporary with the Limbourg Brothers, the Boucicaut Master and his workshop were active in Paris and worked for some of the greatest patrons of the age, including Jean, Duke of Berry. Les Enluminures will present a leaf depicting St John the Baptist, in remarkable condition and with distinguished provenance.

March 10th to 19th
Preview: Thursday March 9th STAND 276

Image: THE HOURS OF ISABEAU DE CROIX France, Paris, circa 1425-50. In Latin and French, illuminated manuscript on parchment. With sixty-nine large miniatures by the Master of the Harvard Han- nibal (active circa 1415-1430), the Master of the Munich Golden Legend (active circa 1420-1460), and the Dunois Master (active circa 1435-1450’s).

NEW YORK, Feb 3, 2017 - In its 38th year, the Greenwich Village Antiquarian Book Fair is a West Village neighborhood tradition that brings together some of the world’s best known dealers, collectors, and community members to benefit PS3 The Charrette School. This year’s event will take place on Feb. 18-19 at the historic school. 

Those with a keen eye for rare and vintage books, first editions, ephemera, posters, art books, unique children’s books, manuscripts, and hard-to-find collections are sure to uncover something coveted. Collectors will be on hand to help everyone navigate the items for sale, and no previous knowledge is necessary.

“We’re thrilled to gather some of the world’s preeminent dealers under one roof for a fair that has become a touchstone of this tightknit community,” said Marvin Getman, founder of Book and Paper Fairs, who is managing this year’s event. “While the fair has its roots in this neighborhood, it’s an opportunity for anyone with an interest in starting or growing a collection, or finding a one-of-a-kind gift.”

The Greenwich Village Antiquarian Book Fair is one of many fundraisers that help to provide exceptional academic and extracurricular activities for students in grades pre-k through 5.

“We’re thrilled to have ‘Russian Avant-Garde’ by Rare-Paper, a first time dealer at the Fair, as well as a Book Making Workshop for kids Sunday 1-2pm by Esther K. Smith, author of making books with kids” said Aari Ludvigsen, a PS3 parent who is organizing this year’s fair. 

The public is welcome to visit the fair on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Sunday, Feb. 19, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 per person on Saturday, and $5 on Sunday. Children under 16 are free. The school is located at 490 Hudson St.

ABOUT BOOK AND PAPER FAIRS

Lexington, Mass.-based Book and Paper Fairs specializes in the production  of rare book and ephemera fairs in the Northeast United States. The company organizes notable events such as the New York City Book and Ephemera Fair, the Ephemera 37 Fair in Greenwich, Conn., the Boston West Book Print and Ephemera Fair, the Granite State Book and Ephemera Fair in Concord, N.H., the Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair with the new Works on Paper Gallery, and the Boston Book Print and Ephemera Fair.

Dealers interested in participating in the 38th Annual Greenwich Village Antiquarian Book Fair may contact Marvin Getman at info@bookandpaperfairs.com

ABOUT PS3

The first public school known as PS3 was established in the 1820s, when the visiting Marquis de Lafayette toured this model of progressive American education. The current PS3, also known as the John Melser Charrette School, was founded in 1971 as a progressive and experimental school. The PS3 of today came into being through a community workshop process known as a charrette, at which parents and other community members, teachers, administrators, public officials, social planners, and educational consultants arrived at a vision of child-centered learning in open multi-age classrooms, with a nonhierarchical structure, active parent involvement, and an emphasis on the arts. 

For more information about PS3 The Charrette School, please visit http://www.ps3nyc.org/

For more information about the book fair, please visit The website is www.gvabf.com

Appointment in Smara.jpgNEW YORK, NY - MARCH 11, 2017: Who Knows The Best Book Fairs In New York City? The Shadow Show Knows! Flamingo Eventz and Lamont Cranston step out of the shadows to celebrate Rare Book Week in New York City by announcing the return of The Manhattan Vintage Book & Ephemera Fair and The Fine Press Book Fair! Known as The Shadow Show because it is held in conjunction with the well-known New York Antiquarian Book Fair at the Park Avenue Armory, this year it will be held on Saturday March 11, 2017.

A couple years ago we moved the show uptown, directly across the street from the Park Avenue Armory to The Church of St. Vincent Ferrer, 869 Lexington Avenue at 66th Street, and everyone agreed; this was the smart move! We are pleased to be returning to St. Vincent’s again this year with another exciting field of exceptional Exhibitors.

This show has grown steadily since its inception in 2009 to present some of the finest Vintage & Antiquarian Book and Ephemera Dealers in America, Canada and Europe - many of whom are members of ABAA, ILAB, ESA, PADA, MARIAB, MABA, LIABDA and other professional groups - all gathered together for one fabulous weekend to offer an incredible Vintage Book & Ephemera adventure! The inclusion of The Fine Press Book Fair in 2014 added an exciting new dimension to the show and brought it to a new level of prominence. Now, with this move to the doorstep of the Armory and the New York Antiquarian Book Fair, we bring an unprecedented opportunity and ease of enjoyment to the Vintage Book World.

As always, the fair will present an outstanding array of fine, rare & unusual old books, as well as poetry, prose, political, social, historical, children's series, maps, postcards, autographs, prints, posters, World’s Fair, and much, much more. A special feature found only at Flamingo Shows will be Antiques Appraisals by John Bruno and guest Appraisers 1-3pm at $5/item!

Exhibitor Specialties include: African American, Americana, Architecture, Art, Art Deco, Auctions, Autographs, Aviation, Baseball, Books, Bibles, Black History, Black Power, Calendars, Calling Cards, Christmas, Circus, Civil War, Cook Books, Charts, Children’s Books, Cocktails, Design, Dogs, Die Cuts, Documents, Engineering, Engraving, Ephemera, Erotica, Esoterica, Fantasy, Fashion, Fishing, Floridiana, Folklore, Folk Music, Foreign Language, Furniture, Games, Gardens & Horticulture, Graphics, Historic Documents, Horses, Hunting, Illustrated Books, Interior Design, Japan, Judaica, Letters, Logbooks, Manuscripts, Maps, Maritime, Medicine, Middle East, Military, Modernism, Music, Native American, Natural History, Nautical, Naval, New York City, New York State, New Jersey, Novelties, Olympic Games, Pacifica, Photographs, Photography, Pochoir, Polar, Pop-Ups & Moveable Books, Poetry, Postcards, Posters, Presentation Copies, Presidential Archives, Press Books, Prints, Pulitzer Prize Winners, Psychedelica, Puppetry, Puzzles, Railroad, Reference, Revolutionary War, Russia, Scholarly, Science, Science Fiction, Sports, Sporting, Technical, Theatre, Theology, Trade Cards, Trade Catalogues, Travel & Exploration, Travel Brochures, Typography, U.S. Coastal History, Vanity Fair Prints, Valentines, Voyages, Watercolors, Whaling, Wine, Yachting. These, and many other specialties, will be found at this event. Be sure to check our website, FlamingoEventz.com, for complete details and easily downloaded Discount Coupons.

Date/Hours: Saturday March 11, 10am-5pm.

Location: The Church of St. Vincent Ferrer, 869 Lexington Avenue at 66th Street, New York, NY 10065

Admission: Adults: $15, Youths 12-21: $7, under 12: free w/Paid Adult.

Appraisals: 2-4pm, $5/item by John Bruno and Guest Appraisers.

Directions: Check our website: FlamingoEventz.com for easily downloaded point-to-point maps.

Miscellaneous: There are parking garages throughout the neighborhood & subway stops nearby.

CA Book Fair_credit JosephDriste copy.jpgOAKLAND, CA - The 50th California International Antiquarian Book Fair recognized as one of the world's largest and most prestigious exhibitions of antiquarian books, returns to Northern California to celebrate its 50th Anniversary, Friday, February 10 through Sunday, February 12, 2017 at the Oakland Marriott City Center. 

Sponsored by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) and featuring the collections and rare treasures of nearly 200 booksellers from over 20 countries around the world, the three-day Fair gives visitors the opportunity to see, learn about and purchase the finest in rare and valuable books, manuscripts, maps, autographs, graphics, photographs, fine bindings; children's and illustrated books, and ephemera from many centuries and countries.

This year’s Book Fair will include a special exhibit from The Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley, which has a long history of collecting the literary fiction of California. In more recent years, that scope has expanded to include mystery and detective fiction, fantasy and science fiction, and western fiction. This special exhibit will highlight California authors’ notable contributions in genre fiction and will emphasize recent donations to the library by featuring materials from the extensive collection of influential author, critic, and literary mentor Anthony Boucher, first editions by early members of the Northern California Chapter of Mystery Writers of America, selections by popular western and adventure writer Kenneth Perkins and MWA Grand Master Ross Macdonald, and more. 

The Book Fair will work with local “book art” artists and organizations to create an interactive, informative, and entertaining area at the Fair. Local libraries and universities will be exhibiting one-of-a-kind works from their collections. Calligraphers, bookbinders and a small press operator will once again be creating unique souvenirs for attendees to take home. Fun for all ages!

The Book Fair’s schedule will also include the following events and special exhibits, free with Fair admission:

Saturday, February 11

9:00 am - 10:30 am: California Rare Book School presents: “The Other Book: The Ames Almanack Opens a Window on Colonial America.” Two books were commonly found in eighteenth century households in North America: the Bible and the Other Book, or the Almanach.  Susan M. Allen, who teaches "History of the Book, 200-1820,” at California Rare Book School, will share an illustrated lecture from her course demonstrating how to “read” almanachs, both bibliographically and culturally, and how to decipher their puzzling tables.

11:00 am - 12:30 pm: California Rare Book School presents: Bound for El Dorado: Collecting California and the Far West. Presented by Gary F. Kurutz, Director of the Special Collections Branch, California State Library.

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm: Meet Mr. Blake, An illustrated lecture on the life, work, and influence of William Blake, given by John Windle, ABAA specialist in the literary and artistic output of this English genius. Jointly presented by the ABAA and the Bibliographical Society of America.

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm: California Rare Book School presents: Printers, Collectors, Bibliographers, and the Inquisition: A Brief Introduction to the History of the Book in Hispanic America. Presented by Daniel J. Slive, Head of Special Collections at the Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University and David Szewczyk, proprietor, Philadelphia Rare Books & Manuscripts Co. 

Sunday, February 12

12:30 - 1:15 pm: Book Collecting 101, Learn from ABAA member Vic Zoschak, Jr., Tavistock Bookshop to create a strategy for collecting books, as well as how to spot a “first edition,” judge a book’s condition, and learn bookish terms and jargon.  

1:15 - 2:00 pm: What’s This Book Worth? - Vic Zoschak, Jr., Tavistock Books will discuss the primary factors that give books commercial and monetary value, as well as strategies for appraising and selling books.

2:00 - 3:30 pm: Discovery Day is the public’s chance to discover if those old books gathering dust are worth something.  The public will receive free, expert oral appraisals on up to three books. Appraisals are limited to a first come, first served basis - within the scheduled times. 

The Book Fair’s venue in downtown Oakland is an added convenience for bibliophiles. The Oakland Marriott City Center is just steps away from the 12th Street BART Station, making it easily accessible to attendees from San Francisco and all over the East Bay.  Out-of-town visitors will appreciate staying onsite at the Marriott, plus fair visitors arriving at both Oakland and San Francisco airports can take BART directly to the new venue. 

Moreover, downtown Oakland is within easy walking distance to diverse and eclectic cuisine, hip nightspots, historic Old Oakland, museums, Lake Merritt and the waterfront at Jack London Square.  

Sponsors for the Book Fair include: Michals Insurance Agency, Inc. Media sponsors for the book fair include: ABC7, BART, Interiors California, SF Gate and The San Francisco Chronicle. 

Tickets and Information

The 50th California International Antiquarian Book Fair will be held at the Oakland Marriott City Center at 1001 Broadway in downtown Oakland from 3 p.m. - 8 p.m. on Friday, February 10; 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 11; and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Sunday, February 12.

Tickets are available online or at the door. Friday admission tickets are $25; Saturday and Sunday tickets are $15 and all tickets allow return admission for the remainder of the fair. For more information about tickets or exhibiting, visit www.cabookfair.com. Pre-sale ($13-$23) and student passes ($10-$20) are available online now.

For more information about the 50th California International Antiquarian Book Fair, please visit the website at www.cabookfair.com or the ABAA website at www.abaa.org; or contact Fair Managers, White Rain Productions at, cafair@whiterainproductions.com, (800) 454-6401. 

Image: Credit Joseph Driste. 

Northampton Book and Book Arts Fair, Dec. 2

Michael Kuch, Double Elephant Press, Opera Mortis, 2016.jpgNorthampton, Massachusetts - The region’s leading used & antiquarian booksellers and fine letterpress printers, book binders, paper makers, and artist book makers will convene at the second edition of Northampton Book and Book Arts Fair on Friday, December 2, 2016, 5 to 9 pm and Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10 am to 5 pm at the Smith College Campus Center. 

In addition to an exhibition and sale, the fair will feature a keynote address on December 2nd at 4 pm by Ruth R. Rogers, Curator of Special Collections in the Wellesley College Library.   Rogers will talk on Layers of Perception: The Unwritten Language of Artists’ Books at the Smith College Nielson Library Browsing Room.  An opening reception will follow at the Campus Center Wilson Atrium.  

On December 3rd,  Readers and Writers, Live will feature  a day-long series of readings, talks and book signings by fiction writers, poets, children’s book writers & illustrators, publishing and culinary historians, and independent publishers.  There will be demonstrations of letter carving & displays of other books arts, including hand papermaking, custom bookbinding, and letter press printing.  

Admission to the book fair and the event program is free and open to the public. 

For more information, go to: www.northamptonbookfair.com

Keynote Talk by Ruth R. Rogers:  Layers of Perception: The Unwritten Language of Artists’ Books.  Friday, December 2, 4 to 5 pm at Smith College, Nielson Library, Browsing Room

Ruth R. Rogers:  Layers of Perception: The Unwritten Language of Artists’ Books

Rogers says she, “will examine the contemporary artist book as provocateur and siren, offering multiple modes of reading -- through text and image, and material and form. Book historian Roger Chartier has emphasized that our understanding of a text is mediated through complex paratexts: physical form, language, typography, image, and cultural nuance. At a time when the dissociation of text and physical book is rapidly expanding through digital media, artists’ books continue to engage the reader’s senses in ways that are both ancient and novel: meditative, haptic, and associative.”

Ruth R. Rogers is Curator of Special Collections in the Wellesley College Library where she develops the collection and lectures on the evolution of the book as material culture, visual communication, and artistic form. Her interests include the critical reading of artists' books and their research potential in the academic curriculum, and she has curated several national exhibitions, including Seductive Alchemy: Books by Artists. March 24-April 15, 2016, Lesley University College of Art and Design, March 2016, "Reading with the Senses."  In May 2016, Rogers delivered the Arthur P. Williams Lecture at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia. 

Readers and Writers, Live!  Saturday, December 3, 10am - 5 pm at Smith College Campus Center and The Poetry Center at Wright Hall 

A day-long series of readings, talks and book signings by fiction writers, graphic novelists, poets, children’s book writers & illustrators, publishing and culinary historians, and independent publishers.  There will be demonstrations of letter carving & displays of other books arts, including hand papermaking, custom bookbinding, and letter press printing.  

Schedule of Events

10am: Pioneer Valley’s celebrated children’s book writers and illustrators will read from and sign their latest books:

Mordicai Gerstein, The Sleeping Gypsy, Holiday House and I Am Peter Pan, Roaring Brook Press

Richard Michelson, Fascinating: The Life of Leonard Nimoy, Knopf Books for Young Readers

Leslea Newman, Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed, Candlewick Press 

Heidi Stemple, You Nest Here With Me (written with Jane Yolen), Boyds Mill Press

Jane Yolen, On Bird Hill, illustrated by Bob Marstall, Cornell Laboratory Publishing Group

11am: Novelist John Crowley, of Conway, will read from Chemical Wedding by Chrstian Rosencrentz, a November release from Small Beer Press, of Easthampton.  

Noon: Antiquarian bookseller and Culinary Historian Tom Nealon, of Roslindale, MA, will read from his first book: Food Fights and Culture Wars: A Secret History of Taste, published by the British Library and Overlook Press.

1pm: Children’s book historian Leonard Marcus, of Brooklyn, NY,  will talk about his new book: Comics Confidential: Thirteen Graphic Novelists Talk Story, Craft and Life Outside the Box, just published by Candlewick Press, in a panel discussion with graphic novelists.  

3pm: Jedediah Berry and Emily Houk, Editors of Nine Pin Press, of Amherst, MA and Catskill, NY will introduce contributors for a tasting menu of micro-readings from their first two publications: The Family Arcana , a story published in the form of a poker deck and Cosmogram, an anthology of horoscope stories. 

4pm: Paris Press publisher and poet Jan Freeman, of Ashfield will read from her new collection Blue Structure, just published by Calpyso Editions with Zoe Darrow, longstanding member of The Fiddleheads and the Trio de Pumpkintown, playing the fiddle in her inimitable frenzied style that blends Celtic and old-time fiddling feels somewhat like punk music.

Northampton Book and Book Arts Fair Exhibitors by Location

Massachusetts:

Boomerang Booksellers, L&T Respess Books, Double Elephant Press, of Northampton                  

White Square Fine Books & Art, Warwick Press, of Easthampton 

Chena River Marblers, of Amherst

Sheryl Jaffe, Papermaker, of Ludlow

Brier Hill Gallery, of Ashfield and West Roxbury

Shelburne Falls Booksellers and Wiggins Fine Books, of Shelburne Falls 

New England Auctions, of Deerfield

Swamp Press, of Northfield 

Monroe Bridge Books, of Greenfield

Shelter Bookworks, of Orange 

The Lone Oak Press, of Petersham

Messenger Press, of North Adams

29 Press, of Cheshire 

Pazzo Books, of Roslindale

North Bennett Street School, of Boston

Third Year Studios, of Boston

Laurie Alpert, of Brookline

Marsolais Press & Letter Carving, of Millbury

21st Editions, of South Dennis

New Jersey:

Le Bookiniste, of Hopewell, NJ

Jeffrey Bergman Books, of Fort Lee, NJ

New York: 

Furious Day Press, of New York

Intima Press, of New York

Tideline Press, of West Sayville 

Connecticut: 

Colebrook Book Barn, of Colebrook, CT

John Bale Books, of Waterbury, CT

Yesterday’s Gallery, of East Woodstock, CT

Robin Price, of Middletown, CT

Pennsylvania:

William Hutchinson, of Mendenhall, PA

Virginia:

Austin Abbey Rare Books, of Mount Vernon, VA

Florida:

Little Sages Books, of Cooper City, FL 

For more information on exhibitors, go to: www.northamptonbookfair.com/exhibitors

The Northampton Book and Book Arts Fair is produced by Book Arts Promotions, in association with community sponsors Smith College Libraries and the Massachusetts Center for the Book. Media sponsors are: New England Public Radio, WFCR-FM and WNNZ-AM, and the Valley Advocate. Book Arts Promotions is a collaboration between Mark Brumberg, of Boomerang Booksellers and Duane A. Stevens, of Wiggins Fine Books. 

Image: Opera Mortis, 2016, designed by Michael Kuch, of Double Elephant Press of Northampton http://www.michaelkuch.com.

Northampton, Massachusetts - The region’s leading used & antiquarian booksellers and fine letterpress printers, book binders, paper makers, and artist book makers will be showcased at the second edition of Northampton Book and Book Arts Fair on Friday, December 2, 2016, 5 to 9 pm and Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10 am to 5 pm at the Smith College Campus Center.

In addition to an exhibition and sale, the fair will feature a keynote address on December 2nd at 4 pm by Ruth R. Rogers, Curator of Special Collections in the Wellesley College Library. Rogers will talk on Layers of Perception: The Unwritten Language of Artists’ Books at the Smith College Nielson Library Browsing Room. An opening reception will follow at the Campus Center Wilson Atrium.

On December 3rd, Readers and Writers, Live will feature a day-long series of readings, talks and book signings by fiction writers, graphic novelists, poets, children’s book writers & illustrators, publishing and culinary historians, and independent publishers. There will be demonstrations of letter carving & displays of other books arts, including hand papermaking, custom bookbinding, and letter press printing.

For more information, go to: www.northamptonbookfair.com

Keynote Talk: Friday, December 2, 4 to 5 pm at Smith College, Nielson Library, Browsing Room Ruth A. Rogers: Layers of Perception: The Unwritten Language of Artists’ Books.

Rogers’s talk will focus on how we “read” artists’ books by deconstructing them to understand how they affect our perception. Rogers says she, “will examine the contemporary artist book as provocateur and siren, offering multiple modes of reading--through text and image, and material and form. Book historian Roger Chartier has emphasized that our understanding of a text is mediated through complex paratexts: physical form, language, typography, image, and cultural nuance. At a time when the dissociation of text and physical book is rapidly expanding through digital media, artists’ books continue to engage the reader’s senses in ways that are both ancient and novel: meditative, haptic, and associative.”

Ruth R. Rogers is Curator of Special Collections in the Wellesley College Library where she develops the collection and lectures on the evolution of the book as material culture, visual communication, and artistic form. Her interests include the critical reading of artists' books and their research potential in the academic curriculum, and she has curated several national exhibitions, including Seductive Alchemy:

Books by Artists. March 24-April 15, 2016, Lesley University College of Art and Design, March 2016, "Reading with the Senses." In May 2016, Rogers delivered the Arthur P. Williams Lecture at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia.

Readers and Writers, Live! - Saturday, December 3, 10am - 5 pm at Smith College Campus Center and The Poetry Center at Wright Hall

A day-long series of readings, talks and book signings by fiction writers, graphic novelists, poets, children’s book writers & illustrators, publishing and culinary historians, and independent publishers. There will be demonstrations of letter carving & displays of other books arts, including hand papermaking, custom bookbinding, and letter press printing.

10am: Some of the Pioneer Valley’s most celebrated children’s book writers and illustrators will be reading from and signing their new books, including: Mordicai Gerstein, The Sleeping Gypsy (Holiday House) and I Am Peter Pan (Roaring Brook Press) Richard Michelson, Fascinating: The Life of Leonard Nimoy (Knopf Books for Young Readers) Leslea Newman, Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed (Candlewick Press) Jane Yolen, On Bird Hill, illustrated by Bob Marstall (Cornell Laboratory Publishing Group)

11am: Novelist John Crowley, of Conway, will read from Chemical Wedding by Chrstian Rosencrentz, a November release from Small Beer Press, of Easthampton.

Noon: Antiquarian bookseller and Culinary Historian Tom Nealon, of Roslindale, MA, will read from his first book: Food Fights and Culture Wars: A Secret History of Taste, published by the British Library and Overlook Press.

1pm: Children’s book historian Leonard Marcus, of Brooklyn, NY, will talk about his new book: Comics Confidential: Thirteen Graphic Novelists Talk Story, Craft and Life Outside the Box, just published by Candlewick Press, in a panel discussion with graphic novelists.

2pm: Paris Press publisher and poet Jan Freeman, of Ashfield will read from her new collection Blue Structure, just published by Calpyso Editions.

3pm: Jedediah Berry and Emily Houk, Editors of Nine Pin Press, of Amherst, MA and Catskill, NY will introduce contributors for a tasting menu of micro-readings from their first two publications: The Family Arcana , a story published in the form of a poker deck and Cosmogram, an anthology of horoscope stories.

The fair is produced by Book Arts Promotions, in association with community sponsors Smith College Libraries and the Massachusetts Center for the Book. Media sponsors are: New England Public Radio and the Valley Advocate. Book Arts Promotions, based in Shelburne Falls, is a collaboration between Mark Brumberg, of Boomerang Booksellers and Duane A. Stevens, of Wiggins Fine Books.

For more information, go to: http://northamptonbookfair.com

BOSTON, MA—The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair is gearing up for its 40th annual event, October 28-30, 2016, which will feature an appearance of The Typewriter Rodeo, a group of poets who create custom poems on vintage typewriters. They will be on hand to type personalized original poems on any subject on Saturday, October 29, 2-5pm.  Poems are free!

Founded in 2013, The Typewriter Rodeo are a group of writers/performers based in Austin, Texas.  At the Fair, attendees will have the opportunity to give the Typewriter Rodeo poets a topic, and they will create and type on a vintage typewriter a personalized, original poem in minutes. Besides a mutual love of verse, the group shares a fondness for the machines, including a 1970s typewriter used at Penthouse and a vintage Belgian model with a frowning face key, and maintains them like serious collectors. They have made appearances at over 50 events nationwide. 

Other special events at this year’s Fair includes Collecting the Boston Music Scene: 1976-2016, a curated exhibition of local music ephemera from the vast David Bieber Archives; a talk by Boston College English professor Paul Lewis on Edgar Allen Poe and the rediscovery of Boston’s citizen poets after the American Revolution; the 15th Annual Ticknor Society Roundtable, a panel discussion of professional librarians from New York and New England talking about their own personal collections; and a Free Appraisals afternoon. Visit www.bostonbookfair.com for complete event listings.

The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair, held at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston’s beautiful Back Bay, October 28-30, 2016, is one of the oldest and most respected antiquarian book shows in the country. Whether just browsing or buying, the Fair offers something for every taste and budget—books on art, politics, travel, gastronomy, and science to sport, natural history, literature, music, and children’s books—that will appeal to the serious collector and the curious browser.

HOURS, TICKET PRICES & CONTACT INFORMATION

Friday, October 28       5:00-9:00pm           Tickets: $20.00 - Opening Night
Saturday, October 29     12:00-7:00pm        Free Admission
Sunday, October 30       12:00-5:00pm       Free Admission

Hynes Convention Center
900 Boylston Street
Boston, MA
www.mccahome.com 

The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair is sponsored by the New England Chapter of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America. A portion of the ticket sales will benefit the Boston Public Library and the American Antiquarian Society. Tickets will be sold at the show’s box office during show hours and online at www.bostonbookfair.com.

BOSTON, MA—The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair will present a special exhibition, Collecting the Boston Music Scene: 1976-2016, in celebration of the event’s 40th Anniversary, October 28-30, 2016.  David Bieber, formerly of WBCN and the Phoenix Media Group, will display a selection of highlights from his extensive archives of rock posters, albums, and ephemera chronicling 40 years of Boston’s vibrant music scene-featuring items from supergroups such as Aerosmith, The J. Geils Band, and The Cars, as well as many quirky one-of-a-kind pieces.

Boston has always been known as a music town, giving birth to groups of all genres—rock, folk, jazz, blues—and a spate of legendary venues that hosted them—The Boston Tea Party, Paul’s Mall and the Jazz Workshop, Club Passim, the Underground, and the Paradise, to name a few. That music scene was aided and abetted by WBCN, “the Rock of Boston,” which dominated the airwaves, followed by other stations over the years which carved out different musical niches—WEEI, which virtually invented soft rock; WXKS, for disco and dance music; and WFNX, Boston’s first radio station dedicated solely to alternative rock.

The items on view in this exhibition are a small selection of Bieber’s extensive archives, offering viewers a deeper look behind the scenes of Boston’s evolving music history over four decades.  As a Boston music insider, Bieber has been amassing the collection since his days as Director of Creative Services at WBCN and later, as Director of Special Projects for the Phoenix Media Group. Bieber is the curator of a rock‘n’roll memorabilia collection that is a permanent part of the décor of The Verb Hotel lobby. 

”With this show I want to pay tribute to Boston music and acknowledge the many performers who have made the city a significant contributor to music history,” Bieber says. “Coinciding with the 40th Anniversary of the Book Fair, this exhibition will uniquely place these selections from my collection within a broader historical context. ”

“David has been a regular attendee at the Book Fair, and we have a shared history in the Boston music business,” said Betty Fulton, show producer. “With the renewed interest in collecting vinyl, I thought that a look back at the Boston music scene through his collection would be appealing to both our traditional attendees and audiences unfamiliar with our event. That these items are now collectibles is a testament to the fact that the passage of time renders extraordinary value to ordinary things.” 

Other special events at this year’s Fair includes The Typewriter Rodeo, a group of poets who create custom poems on vintage typewriters; a talk by Boston College English professor Paul Lewis on Edgar Allen Poe and the rediscovery of Boston’s citizen poets after the American Revolution; the 15th Annual Ticknor Society Roundtable, a panel discussion of professional librarians from New York and New England talking about their own personal collections; and a Free Appraisals afternoon. Visit www.bostonbookfair.com for complete event listings.

The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair, held at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston’s beautiful Back Bay, October 28-30, 2016, is one of the oldest and most respected antiquarian book shows in the country. Whether just browsing or buying, the Fair offers something for every taste and budget—books on art, politics, travel, gastronomy, science, sport, natural history, literature, music, and children’s books—that will appeal to the serious collector and the curious browser.

HOURS, TICKET PRICES & CONTACT INFORMATION

Friday, October 28       5:00-9:00pm           Tickets: $20.00 - Opening Night
Saturday, October 29     12:00-7:00pm       Free Admission
Sunday, October 30       12:00-5:00pm       Free Admission

Hynes Convention Center
900 Boylston Street
Boston, MA
www.mccahome.com 

The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair is sponsored by the New England Chapter of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America. A portion of the ticket sales will benefit the Boston Public Library and the American Antiquarian Society. Tickets will be sold at the show’s box office during show hours and online at www.bostonbookfair.com

For more information, call 617-266-6540 or visit www.bostonbookfair.com.

EVENTs at the Fair

SPECIAL EXHIBITION!  Collecting the Boston Music Scene: 1976-2016

On display all weekend

David Bieber, formerly of WBCN and the Phoenix Media Group, displays highlights from his extensive archive of rock posters, albums, and ephemera chronicling 40 years of Boston’s music scene. View items from Aerosmith, The J. Geils Band, The Cars, and many one-of-a-kind pieces.

DISCOVERY: Starting Your Own Collection

Saturday, October 29 1:00pm

Panel Discussion - A rare opportunity to ask the experts the best way to start your own collection. Afterwards, shop the Fair and visit our “Discovery” exhibitors for items $100 and under to help you begin your collection.

Typewriter Rodeo

Saturday, October 29, 2:00-5:00pm

The Typewriter Rodeo poets will be on hand to write an original poem for you on any topic you choose on their eclectic collection of vintage typewriters.

Librarians Who Collect: Ticknor Roundtable

Saturday, October 29, 3:00pm

The Ticknor Society collectors’ roundtable will feature Mindell Dubansky (The Metropolitan Museum of Art) on her collection of blooks (objects that look like books), Christian Dupont (Boston College), Silvia Dupont (Newton North High School) collection of 18th and 19th century Italian grammar books and Joshua Lupkin (Harvard University) on a collecting books about cats and dogs - discussing interesting collections outside of their institutional holdings. 

Adventures in Literary Archaeology - Edgar Allen Poe & Boston’s lost poets 

Sunday, October 30, 12:30pm

Paul Lewis, professor of English at Boston College and president of the Poe Studies Association, discusses his work on Edgar Allan Poe’s relation to Boston’s literati and on recovering a generation of poets who published in Boston during the early national period.

FREE Expert Appraisals!

Sunday, October 30, 1:00 - 3:00pm

Bring your books & ephemera to get expert free appraisals. You might find you have a valuable treasure!

BOSTON, MA - The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair celebrates its 40th Anniversary at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston’s Back Bay, October 28-30, 2016. For the anniversary, organizers are offering free admission on Saturday and Sunday to encourage a broader audience to attend this rare literary event that happens in only two other U.S. cities annually. Attendees will experience a vast selection of rare and collectible books, modern first editions, fine and decorative prints, photographs, manuscripts and pop culture ephemera that has been delighting loyal audiences for years.

More than 120 dealers from the United States, England, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Denmark and Australia will exhibit and sell all weekend. Whether just browsing or buying, patrons will find something for every taste and budget—books on art, politics, travel, gastronomy, science, sport, natural history, gardening, literature, music, and children’s books—that will appeal to bibliophiles and first-timers alike. 

Special events at this year’s Fair includes Collecting the Boston Music Scene: 1976-2016, a curated exhibition of a select group of one-of-a-kind items from the vast David Bieber Archives of Boston music memorabilia; the popular Typewriter Rodeo, a group of poets who create custom poems on vintage typewriters; a talk by Boston College English professor Paul Lewis on Edgar Allen Poe and the rediscovery of Boston’s citizen poets after the American Revolution; and The 15th Annual Ticknor Society Roundtable, a panel discussion of professional librarians from New York and New England talking about their own personal collections. Visit www.bostonbookfair.com for complete event listings.

Among the highlighted items for sale will be rare and first editions of works by James Baldwin, Jonathan Swift, Stephen King, Toni Morrison, Lewis Carroll, and Sylvia Plath; a souvenir program and scorecard for the 1915 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies, won by Boston in five games and Babe Ruth’s first as a rookie; a rare original watercolor drawing by British artist Arthur Rackham; one of the earliest printed works in the world, Hyakumanto Dharani, a 1250 year old relic of East Asian high culture; Albert Einstein’s childhood building blocks; signed photos from the horror films The Exorcist, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Psycho; Elvis Presley’s first record; two sketchbooks by the renowned Ukrainian-born Jewish-American sculptor and graphic artist Chaim Gross; a very unusual autographed press book for the 1968 legendary film Night of the Living Dead; the original watercolor painting depicting Hogwarts, for the British edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets; a masterfully illustrated Japanese version of Don Quixote; and a signed & inscribed photo of legendary illusionist Harry Houdini.

For attendees wanting to start a collection without breaking the bank, there will be dealers offering “Discovery” items, including a selection of children's books and decorative cloth bindings, priced at $100 or less. On Saturday, an expert “Discovery” panel will give tips on the best ways to shop a book fair and start your own collection. And on Sunday from 1-3pm, attendees are invited to bring in their own books for free appraisal.

The Fair gives visitors the opportunity to see, learn about, and purchase the finest in rare and valuable books and ephemera. Tickets are $20 for Friday night’s exclusive Opening Night preview event, an opportunity for the public to get a first look at items for sale at the Fair. In celebration of the Book Fair’s 40th Anniversary, organizers have decided to offer free admission on Saturday and Sunday in order to attract a larger audience of book-loving attendees.

Friday, October 28                 5:00-9:00pm             Tickets: $20.00 - Opening Night                      
Saturday, October 29              12:00-7:00pm         
Free Admission
Sunday, October 30                12:00-5:00pm          
Free Admission

Hynes Convention Center
900 Boylston Street
Boston, MA
www.mccahome.com

The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair is sponsored by the New England Chapter of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America. A portion of the ticket sales will benefit the Boston Public Library and the American Antiquarian Society. Tickets will be sold online at www.bostonbookfair.com and at the show’s box office during Friday evening show hours. For more information, please visit www.bostonbookfair.com or call 617-266-6540.

The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair is produced by CommPromo, Inc. www.commpromo.com

EVENTS AT THE FAIR - CALENDAR LISTINGS

SPECIAL EXHIBITION!  Collecting the Boston Music Scene: 1976-2016

On display all weekend - October 28-30

David Bieber, formerly of WBCN and the Phoenix Media Group, displays highlighted selections from his extensive archive of rock posters, albums, and ephemera chronicling 40 years of Boston’s music scene. View items from Aerosmith, The J. Geils Band, The Cars, and many one-of-a-kind pieces.

DISCOVERY: Starting Your Own Collection

Saturday, October 29 1:00pm

Panel Discussion - A rare opportunity to ask the experts the best way to start your own collection. Afterwards, shop the Fair and visit our “Discovery” exhibitors for items $100 and under to help you begin your collection. 

Typewriter Rodeo

Saturday, October 29, 2:00-5:00pm

The Typewriter Rodeo poets will be on hand to write an original poem for you on any topic you choose on their eclectic collection of vintage typewriters.

Librarians Who Collect: Ticknor Roundtable

Saturday, October 29, 3:00pm

The Ticknor Society collectors’ roundtable will feature Mindell Dubansky (The Metropolitan Museum of Art) on her collection of blooks (objects that look like books), Christian Dupont (Boston College), Silvia Dupont (Newton North High School) collection of 18th and 19th century Italian grammar books and Joshua Lupkin (Harvard University) on a collecting books about cats and dogs - discussing interesting collections outside of their institutional holdings.

Adventures in Literary Archaeology - Edgar Allen Poe & Boston

Sunday, October 30, 12:30pm

Paul Lewis, professor of English at Boston College and president of the Poe Studies Association, discusses his work on Edgar Allan Poe’s relation to Boston’s literati and on recovering a generation of poets who published in Boston during the early national period.

FREE Expert Appraisals!

Sunday, October 30, 1:00 - 3:00pm

Bring your books & ephemera to get expert free appraisals. You might find you have a valuable treasure!

Another fun-filled, action-packed Library of Congress National Book Festival is underway at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. This, the 16th annual event, was notable for several debuts - the first major public appearance of newly-sworn-in Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, and the festival debut of best-selling author Stephen King, who was recognized for his contributions to literacy.

Hayden introduced King on the festival’s first ever Main Stage. The 2,500-seat auditorium, the largest in festival history, featured authors across genres ranging from fiction to contemporary life to graphic novels.

"Stephen has continuously brought us spellbinding fiction that makes us read, keeps us reading, and fixes us to the edges of our seats," Hayden said. "What you might not know is how devoted Stephen has been all these years to promoting the indispensable tools of reading and literacy. We are proud to single him out now. An individual who not only gives back to his readers, but ensures that the number of readers grows."

In another festival first, the presentation was streamed live on Facebook to more than 150,000 viewers.

The Main Stage also featured Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shonda Rhimes.

Hayden also presented the Library’s Prize for American Fiction to author Marilynne Robinson to open the day’s activities.

Nodding to the festival poster art, depicting a small boat filled with books floating in a sea of blue by painter Yuko Shimizu, Hayden noted the year’s them of journeys. "Books are journeys, and a story is a voyage unto itself, taking us places we otherwise might never go," she said.

The 2016 event continues into the night, but news about next year’s festival was broken early. The date for the 2017 event was revealed to be September 2, 2017. While thanking festival benefactor and co-chairman David M. Rubenstein, Hayden announced next year’s date.

The National Book Festival is made possible by the generous support of private- and public-sector sponsors who share the Library’s commitment to reading and literacy, led by National Book Festival Co-Chairman David M. Rubenstein. Charter Sponsors are AARP, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, The Washington Post and Wells Fargo; Patron sponsors, The James Madison Council and the National Endowment for the Arts; the Contributor-level sponsors are FedEx, The Junior League of Washington and Scholastic Inc.; and in the Friends category, Centro Primo Levi, the Marshall B. Coyne Foundation Inc., GEICO, the Embassy of Italy, the Embassy of Latvia, the Embassy of Sweden and the Swedish Arts Council, the Embassy of Uruguay, the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, The Hay-Adams, Mensa Education and Research Foundation, the Mexican Cultural Institute, Lissa Muscatine and Bradley Graham, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Small Press Expo, SPAIN arts & culture and Split This Rock. Media Partners are C-SPAN2’s Book TV, PBS Book View Now and NPR. Those interested in supporting the National Book Festival can contact the Library at devofc@loc.gov.

The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States—and extensive materials from around the world—both on site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. Explore collections, reference services and other programs and plan a visit at loc.gov, access the official site for U.S. federal legislative information at congress.gov, and register creative works of authorship at copyright.gov.

OAKLAND, CA - The 50th California International Antiquarian Book Fair, recognized as one of the world's largest and most prestigious exhibitions of antiquarian books, returns to Northern California to celebrate its 50th Anniversary, Friday, February 10 through Sunday, February 12, 2017 at the Oakland Marriott City Center.

Sponsored by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) and featuring the collections and rare treasures of nearly 200 booksellers from over 20 countries around the world, the three-day Fair gives visitors the opportunity to see, learn about and purchase the finest in rare and valuable books, manuscripts, maps, autographs, graphics, photographs, fine bindings; children's and illustrated books, and ephemera from many centuries and countries.

This year’s Book Fair will include a special exhibit from The Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley, which has a long history of collecting the literary fiction of California. In more recent years, that scope has expanded to include mystery and detective fiction, fantasy and science fiction, and western fiction. This special exhibit will highlight California authors’ notable contributions in genre fiction and will emphasize recent donations to the library by featuring materials from the extensive collection of influential author, critic, and literary mentor Anthony Boucher, first editions by early members of the Northern California Chapter of Mystery Writers of America, selections by popular western and adventure writer Kenneth Perkins and MWA Grand Master Ross Macdonald, and more.

The Book Fair will work with local “book art” artists and organizations to create an interactive, informative, and entertaining area at the Fair. Local libraries and universities will be exhibiting one-of-a-kind works from their collections. Calligraphers, bookbinders and a small press operator will once again be creating unique souvenirs for attendees to take home. Fun for all ages!

The Book Fair’s schedule will also include the following events and special exhibits, free with Fair admission:

Saturday, February 11

9:00 am - 10:30 am: California Rare Book School presents: “The Other Book: The Ames Almanack Opens a Window on Colonial America.” Two books were commonly found in eighteenth century households in North America: the Bible and the Other Book, or the Almanach.  Susan M. Allen, who teaches "History of the Book, 200-1820,” at California Rare Book School, willshare an illustrated lecture from her course demonstrating how to “read” almanachs, both bibliographically and culturally, and how to decipher their puzzling tables.

11:00 am - 12:30 pm: California Rare Book School presents: Bound for El Dorado: Collecting California and the Far West. Presented by Gary F. Kurutz, Director of the Special CollectionsBranch, California State Library.

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm: Meet Mr. Blake, An illustrated lecture on the life, work, and influence of William Blake, given by John Windle, ABAA specialist in the literary and artistic output of this English genius. Jointly presented by the ABAA and the Bibliographical Society of America.

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm: California Rare Book School presents: Printers, Collectors, Bibliographers, and the Inquisition: A Brief Introduction to the History of the Book in Hispanic America. Presented by Daniel J. Slive, Head of Special Collections at the Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University and David Szewczyk, proprietor, Philadelphia Rare Books & Manuscripts Co.

Sunday, February 12

12:30 - 1:15 pm: Book Collecting 101,Learn from ABAA member Vic Zoschak, Jr., Tavistock Bookshop to create a strategy for collecting books, as well as how to spot a “first edition,” judge a book’s condition, and learn bookish terms and jargon. 

1:15 - 2:00 pm: What’s This Book Worth? - Vic Zoschak, Jr., Tavistock Books will discuss the primary factors that give books commercial and monetary value, as well as strategies for appraising and selling books.

2:00 - 3:30 pm: Discovery Day is the public’s chance to discover if those old books gathering dust are worth something.  The public will receive free, expert oral appraisals on up to three books. Appraisals are limited to a first come, first served basis - within the scheduled times.

The Book Fair’s venue in downtown Oakland is an added convenience for bibliophiles. The Oakland Marriott City Center is just steps away from the 12th Street BART Station, making it easily accessible to attendees from San Francisco and all over the East Bay.  Out-of-town visitors will appreciate staying onsite at the Marriott, plus fair visitors arriving at both Oakland and San Francisco airports can take BART directly to the new venue.

Moreover, downtown Oakland is within easy walking distance to diverse and eclectic cuisine, hip nightspots, historic Old Oakland, museums, Lake Merritt and the waterfront at Jack London Square.

Tickets and Information

The 50th California International Antiquarian Book Fair will be held at the Oakland Marriott City Center at 1001 Broadway in downtown Oakland from 3 p.m. - 8 p.m. on Friday, February 10; 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 11; and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Sunday, February 12.

Three-day admission tickets are available at the door on Friday for $25.  Tickets purchased on Saturday and Sunday are $15 and all tickets allow return admission for the remainder of the fair. For more information about tickets or exhibiting, visit www.cabookfair.com. All tickets will be available to purchase online for a pre-event discount.

For more information about the 50th California International Antiquarian Book Fair, please visit the website at www.cabookfair.com or the ABAA website at www.abaa.org; or contact Fair Managers, White Rain Productions at, cafair@whiterainproductions.com, (800) 454-6401.

Kesey-Cuckoos.jpgNORTHAMPTON, MA - OCTOBER 16, 2016: Flamingo Eventz and the Southern New England Antiquarian Booksellers have joined forces to present the 12th Annual Pioneer Valley Book & Ephemera Fair on Sunday, October 18, 10am - 4pm at Smith Vocational School, 80 Locust St (Rt. 9), Northampton, MA. Exhibitors from across the Northeast will fill the school’s cafeteria, stage, corridors, and lobby with collectible, rare, antique, modern, fine, scholarly and used books, manuscripts, prints, maps, autographs, photographs, postcards and every other sort of printed ephemera.

Exhibitor Specialties include: Advertising Covers, African American, Americana, Architecture, Art, Art Deco, Auctions, Autographs, Aviation, Baseball, Books, Bibles, Black History, Black Power, Calendars, Calling Cards, Christmas, Circus, Civil War, Cook Books, Charts, Children’s Books, Cocktails, Design, Dogs, Die Cuts, Documents, Engineering, Engraving, Ephemera, Erotica, Esoterica, Fantasy, Fashion, Fishing, Floridiana, Folklore, Folk Music, Foreign Language, Furniture, Games, Gardens & Horticulture, Graphics, Historic Documents, Horses, Hunting, Illustrated Books, Interior Design, Japan, Judaica, Letters, Logbooks, Manuscripts, Maps, Maritime, Medicine, Middle East, Military, Modernism, Music, Native American, Natural History, Nautical, Naval, New York City, New York State, New Jersey, Novelties, Olympic Games, Pacifica, Photographs, Photography, Pochoir, Polar, Pop-Ups & Moveable Books, Poetry, Postcards, Posters, Presentation Copies, Presidential Archives, Press Books, Prints, Pulitzer Prize Winners, Psychedelica, Puppetry, Puzzles, Railroad, Reference, Revolutionary War, Russia, Scholarly, Science, Science Fiction, Sports, Sporting, Technical, Theatre, Theology, Trade Cards, Trade Catalogues, Travel & Exploration, Travel Brochures, Typography, U.S. Coastal History, Vanity Fair Prints, Valentines, Voyages, Watercolors, Whaling, Wine, Yachting. These, and many other specialties, will be found at this event. Be sure to check our website, FlamingoEventz.com, for a full Exhibitor List and complete details.

The Pioneer Valley is a primary foliage destination in the fall, with many scenic hikes and drives, and you can pick your own apples and stock up on cider, pumpkins and chrysanthemums while visiting. Northampton and nearby Pioneer Valley towns provide a great variety of restaurants and entertainment. The Five Colleges, Smith College, University of Massachusetts, Amherst College, Hampshire College, and Mount Holyoke College offer library and museum exhibits and cultural events, but if it is Parents Weekend, hotels may fill quickly, so book early. Old Deerfield is nearby, Yankee Candle, too.

The school is on Route 9, near Cooley-Dickinson Hospital; there’s plenty of free parking. The event is catered by Black Sheep Deli from Amherst. Admission is $6, $1 off with a card or advertisement; $3 ages 12-21; under 12 free with paid Adult. Click flamingoeventz.com and pioneervalleybooks.com for more information as many local SNEAB members always exhibit. All are cordially invited.

Dates/Hours: Sunday October 16, 2016; 10am-4pm.

Location: The Smith Vocational School, 80 Locust Street (Rt. 9), Northampton, MA 01060.

Admission: Adults: $6, Students & Young Collectors 12-21: $3, under 12 free w/Paid Adult.

Directions: I-91 Exit 18, left on Pleasant Street, left on Rt. 9, Elm St, follow Rt. 9, it becomes Locust St.

Miscellaneous: Plenty of free parking and Refreshments will be available at an on-site café during show hours.

A.SueWeisler.DSCF1229.jpgThe oldest, continually running regional Antiquarian Book Fair in the U.S. takes place on Saturday, September 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Main Street Armory in downtown Rochester, N.Y.

Presented by the Rochester Area Booksellers Association (RABA) and RIT Press, the event is a contrarian example to trends otherwise observed in the antiques industry. In the past three years, the Fair experienced a growing number of exhibitors (about 50, currently) and an increasing number of visitors.

This year advance admission tickets are available online through RABA’s website: (www.rochesterbooksellers.com) at a discount price (click on the “Discount Admission” tab under the Book Fair navigation at top).

The Fair’s dealers are from across the nation and Canada. Beyond the rare and antiquarian books, collectors can expect to find good secondhand titles of wide breadth and interest including scholarly texts, as well as prints, maps, photographica and collectible ephemera embracing an equally broad range of subject categories.

Additionally, the Book Fair features readings by local poets whose books will be available for sale, as well as live music and book signings. For the first time, this year displays of special collections libraries will be presented.

The Fair’s venue is the castle-like turn-of-the-century Armory. Spacious (35,000 square feet) and well-lit, the building’s assembly room - originally used as a drill floor - comfortably accommodates the casual reader as much as the fussiest and most demanding collector.

The Armory reverberates with a lively, festive atmosphere populated by those who appreciate the aesthetic and intellectual dimensions of the book.

The Rochester Antiquarian Book Fair is co-sponsored by the 10-member Rochester Area Booksellers Association and RIT Press. The scholarly book publishing enterprise of the Rochester Institute of Technology, RIT Press will feature selections from their impressive catalogue of books on type, printing and the history of the book.

The Rochester Antiquarian Book Fair is held at the Main Street Armory, 900 East Main St., Rochester, N.Y. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the Book Fair is $5, and is free to all students who present a current student ID. Advertisements in local publications can be redeemed the day of the Fair for discount admission.

For more information, visit www.rochesterbooksellers.com or call Jonathan Smalter (of Yesterday’s Muse Books) at 585-265-9295.

Image: The booth of long-time exhibitor Peter Dzwonkoski at the 2015 Rochester Antiquarian Book Fair. Credit: A. Sue Weisler.

BOSTON, MA - The annual fall gathering for booklovers, the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair, will return to the Hynes Convention Center in Boston’s beautiful Back Bay, October 28-30, 2016. More than 120 dealers from the United States, England, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Denmark and Australia will exhibit and sell a vast selection of rare, collectible and antiquarian books, illuminated manuscripts, autographs, maps, atlases, modern first editions, photographs, and fine and decorative prints.  

One of the oldest and most respected antiquarian book shows in the country, the Fair celebrates its 40th Anniversary in 2016!  The event offers the ‘crème de la crème’ of items that are available on the international literary market. Whether just browsing or buying, the Fair offers something for every taste and budget—books on art, politics, travel, gastronomy, and science to sport, natural history, literature, music, and children’s books—that will appeal to the serious collector and the curious browser.

The Fair gives visitors the opportunity to see, learn about, and purchase the finest in rare and valuable books and ephemera. For attendees wanting to start a collection without breaking the bank, there will be dealers offering “Discovery” items priced at less than $100. 

Tickets are $20 for Friday night’s exclusive Opening Night preview event, an opportunity for the public to get a first look at items for sale at the Fair. In celebration of the Book Fair’s 40th Anniversary, organizers have decided to offer free admission on Saturday and Sunday in order to attract a larger audience of book-loving attendees.

Seminars and events will be featured throughout the weekend as well as The Annual Ticknor Society Roundtable, a panel discussion of collectors talking about their collections.  More events will be announced in early fall, and folks can visit www.bostonbookfair.com for up to the minute details.

Friday, October 28*                 5:00-9:00pm           Tickets: $20.00 *Opening Night                      
Saturday, October 29              12:00-7:00pm          Free Admission
Sunday, October 30                12:00-5:00pm          Free Admission

Hynes Convention Center
900 Boylston Street
Boston, MA
www.mccahome.com

The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair is sponsored by the New England Chapter of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America. A portion of the ticket sales will benefit the Boston Public Library and the American Antiquarian Society. Opening Night Tickets will be sold online at www.bostonbookfair.com and at the show’s box office during Friday evening show hours. For more information, please visit www.bostonbookfair.com or call 617-266-6540.

The 6th Biennial CODEX Book Fair and Symposium will take place February 5-8, 2017, at the Craneway Pavillion, in Richmond, California. 

For information, please visit www.codexfoundation.org 

Digital is dead! At least for one week this coming February. Over 200 of the world’s most accomplished book artists, private presses, and fine art publishers will exhibit their work from 25 countries from as far away as China, Russia and Australia.

CODEX IS THE LARGEST BOOK FAIR OF ITS KIND IN THE WORLD. 

This event has been enormously popular with local, national, and global audiences. The CODEX Book Fair now in its 12th year is the highlight in the book art world. Artists have been active in printing and book production for centuries, but book arts is a unique late 20th and early 21st century art form. This year CODEX will feature contemporary book arts in China—featuring Xu Bing, Lu Jingren and Leilei Guo 

“We are at each successive CODEX Fair witnessing the emergence of brilliantly conceived, innovative and exceptional books that are at once synaesthetic, pan-linguistic, and multi-disciplinary works of art and language. These books are being made in very limited editions in private ateliers and workshops that are often capable of surpassing most of the technical limits of the past century,” to quote Peter Rutledge Koch, Berkeley artist/printer and founder of the CODEX Foundation. 

Indeed, the gathering has transcended a traditional trade fair to become, as Koch notes, “a unique happening in which the collector is allowed a personal encounter with the artist. It generates a kind of energy that both collectors and artists crave.” 

Charles Faulhaber, former Director of The Bancroft Library, has called CODEX “a feast for bibliophiles unmatched anywhere in the world.” This will once again be an exceptional book-week in the grand San Francisco tradition, a veritable art phenomenon in itself. Visitors have been overwhelmed, some returning two or three times... typically exclaiming, “Wow! I had NO idea how rich and unique this fair would be!” 

The Craneway Pavillion, formerly a Ford Assembly Plant and now an historic landmark, is located on the waterfront in Richmond, California. With floor to ceiling windows along its wharf side, and spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay as a backdrop, the Craneway is an ideal location to spend a day among some of the world’s most exciting books. 

Tickets are $10 to attend the CODEX 2017 Book Fair and will be sold at the door. 

THE CODEX FOUNDATION  2205 Fourth Street, Berkeley, California 94710 USA

Startling Stories.jpgBOXBOROUGH, MA: Flamingo Eventz is pleased to announce the return of the popular Boxborough Paper Town - The Vintage Paper, Books & Advertising Collectibles Show. This is the original Boxborough Paper Show where you’ll find all things Paper - from classic Ephemera to Books, Board Games, Postcards, Advertising, Classic Vinyl, and more! A long time favorite of both dealers and customers, we continue to make changes and improvements to ensure continued growth and success. We’re bigger, better, more diverse, and with lots of new dealers…this is the paper show to attend for the rare, unusual and hard-to-find treasure!

Scheduled for Saturday September 17, 2016 at the well-known Holiday Inn in Boxborough, MA, Exhibitors from across the Northeast will gather to present an outstanding array of fine, rare & unusual old books, maps, postcards, autographs, prints, posters, advertising, and much, much more. Plus, we have appraisals by well-known appraiser John Bruno, star of the PBS series Market Warriors, and guest appraisers from 1-3pm. Interested parties - both dealers & customers - should contact Flamingo Eventz at 603.509.2639 / info@flamingoeventz.com.

Exhibitor Specialties include: Advertising Covers, African American, Americana, Architecture, Art, Art Deco, Auctions, Autographs, Aviation, Baseball, Books, Bibles, Black History, Black Power, Calendars, Calling Cards, Christmas, Circus, Civil War, Cook Books, Charts, Children’s Books, Cocktails, Design, Dogs, Die Cuts, Documents, Engineering, Engraving, Ephemera, Erotica, Esoterica, Fantasy, Fashion, Fishing, Floridiana, Folklore, Folk Music, Foreign Language, Furniture, Games, Gardens & Horticulture, Graphics, Historic Documents, Horses, Hunting, Illustrated Books, Interior Design, Japan, Judaica, Letters, Logbooks, Manuscripts, Maps, Maritime, Medicine, Middle East, Military, Modernism, Music, Native American, Natural History, Nautical, Naval, New York City, New York State, New Jersey, Novelties, Olympic Games, Pacifica, Photographs, Photography, Pochoir, Polar, Pop-Ups & Moveable Books, Poetry, Postcards, Posters, Presentation Copies, Presidential Archives, Press Books, Prints, Pulitzer Prize Winners, Psychedelica, Puppetry, Puzzles, Railroad, Reference, Revolutionary War, Russia, Scholarly, Science, Science Fiction, Sports, Sporting, Technical, Theatre, Theology, Trade Cards, Trade Catalogues, Travel & Exploration, Travel Brochures, Typography, U.S. Coastal History, Vanity Fair Prints, Valentines, Voyages, Watercolors, Whaling, Wine, Yachting. These, and many other specialties, will be found at this event. Be sure to check our website, FlamingoEventz.com, for complete details and easily downloaded Discount Coupons.

Date/Hours: Saturday, September 17, 2016, 9am-3pm Location: The Boxborough Holiday Inn, 242 Adams Place, Boxborough, MA 01709. Directly off I-495, exit 28. Admission: Adults: $7 ($1 Discount with Ad or Website Coupon), Young Collectors 12-21: $4, plenty of free parking. Appraisals: By John Bruno, Star of Market Warriors, and guest appraisers 12-2pm at $5/Item. Directions: I-495 Exit 28, East on Massachusetts Ave (Rt. 111), right on Adams Place to Hotel. Check our website: flamingoeventz.com for easily downloaded maps. Miscellaneous: Food & refreshment available at the Hotel restaurant during show hours. Information: For Dealer or Customer information, please call or click 603.509.2639 / info@flamingoeventz.com

Background: Flamingo Eventz, LLC presents the finest, most innovative, successful, and respected Book & Ephemera Fairs, Antiques Shows, and Vintage Flea Markets in the Northeast. The Brunos have over 25 years experience as antique dealers and over 22 years experience as professional show promoters. They are members of the Antiques & Collectibles National Association (ACNA), and John Bruno is an antiques appraiser and television personality who can be seen on the PBS series Market Warriors.

BABF-PostersMarch24.jpgBrooklyn, NY, July 2016 - What happens when you combine a world-class selection of the antique books and ephemera with three days of special displays, live literary-related entertainment, and family fun?  The third annual Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair, of course!  This highly anticipated event will be held at the Brooklyn Expo Center, located at 79 Franklin St., in Greenpoint, Brooklyn on Friday, September 9th through Sunday, September 11th, 2016.

The Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair features more than 100 top-tier dealers from all over the world who will present a full spectrum of collectible and antique books and quality ephemera.  Ephemera are items made from paper that were not made to stand the test of time, and have since become collectible.  Popular ephemera categories include correspondence, advertising, historical documents, posters, tickets, brochures, cards, and others.   

In addition to the breathtaking array of works on paper available, this celebration also features many special events and exhibits designed to reflect Brooklyn’s distinctive personality, quirkiness, and central roles in American literary history.  You won’t want to miss these outstanding highlights!

Opening Preview Night Celebration to Benefit 826NYC

The fair opens with a bang on Friday, September 9th with a preview event to benefit 826NYC, a local organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.  From 6:00pm-9:00pm, guests will have first dibs on the event’s 25,000 items on offer while enjoying locally sourced refreshments, including treats from Jessy's Pastries.  Jessy’s is known for their home-made, fresh empanadas and alfajores, Peruvian cookies which the Huffington Post calls “the best cookie you've never heard of.” And, as a special thank you, each preview guest who purchases their ticket in advance online will receive a free limited edition fair poster.  

The Haiku Lounge

The Haiku Guys & Gals and Pop Productions will present “The Haiku Lounge,” an immersive, poetic hideaway featuring interactive performances, artful food and drink selections, curiosities, crafts, and other analog and antiquarian delights.  These remarkable Haikuists will be authoring free, one-of-a-kind poems and spreading the syllable love through their unique blend of performance, audience interaction, and humor.  

Book Shots

Book Shots and Photography Expert Panel Discussion

Stacy Waldman, from House of Mirth, will present a lovingly curated, exclusive exhibit of vintage snapshots featuring books, readers, libraries, and other literary themes.  In addition Stacy will be moderating an expert panel discussion entitled Lost Souls Found Photos: Obsessive New Yorkers Talk About The Insanity Of Collecting Snapshots.   This conversation will focus on the collection of vintage photographs, those “everyday” shots we all took with our Kodak and Polaroid cameras of our friends and relatives at family gatherings, at the beach, or wherever our camera happened to be. What was it in these collector’s lives that prompted them to start collecting vintage photos of people they have never met and what is the thought process which goes into assembling their collections?    Participants in this discussion include: WM Hunt, Brian Wallis, Jane Hammond, Billy Parrott, and Barbara Levine, all well-known experts in the field of vintage photography. 

Book Signing

Rebecca Rego Barry, the editor of Fine Books & Collections, will be greeting visitors and signing her newest book, Rare Books Uncovered: True Stories of Fantastic Finds in Unlikely Places, on Saturday, September 10th from noon to 3:00 pm.  This book recounts extraordinary discoveries from the world of book collecting, like a stash of vintage comic books worth $3.5 million long forgotten in a basement closet or a first edition of To Kill a Mockingbird purchased at a Philadelphia flea market for a few dollars.  The Washington Post called Barry’s book "…a welcome gift for a passionate reader or collector.”

Free Drop-in Family Make-a-Book Workshop

Book author and artist Esther K. Smith will present her latest book, Making Books with Kids: 25 Paper Projects to Fold, Sew, Paste, Pop, and Draw, and will give a hands-on demonstration of simple pop-ups and movable books on Saturday, September 10th from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. Smith’s publications have been on display at the Metropolitan and the Victoria & Albert museums, and are in international collections including the MoMA, Whitney, Tate, Cooper Hewitt, and The National Gallery of Art, among many others. 

Special Exhibit by The Center for Book Arts 

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Visitors will be treated to a remarkable display of artist books highlighting a variety of form and content from the permanent collection of this esteemed Manhattan based contemporary arts organization.  The Center for Book Arts, the first not-for-profit organization of its kind in the nation, was founded in 1974 and the only location in New York City where visitors can view book arts exhibitions in the context of an active, working studio. The exhibit, which will on display throughout the three day event, will highlight works by Tadasha Mitsui, Shana Agid, and others. 

According to Marvin Getman, producer of The Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair, "It’s not too early to mark your calendars for what undoubtedly will be one of the most exciting, interesting, and quality book and paper events of the fall season.  Although this show is only in its third year, its number of national and international dealers, as well as range of items on offer, confirm its location and format as the perfect fit for Brooklynites and their borough neighbors.  It’s going to be a great show indeed.”

The third annual Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair will be held at the Brooklyn Expo Center, on Friday, September 9th from 6-9pm; Saturday, September 10th from 11am-7pm; and Sunday, September 11th from 11am-5pm.  A variety of ticketing options are available ranging from $7 for a Sunday only ticket to $25 for the preview opening benefit; for more information and to purchase tickets please click here.  The Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair is sponsored by AbeBooks and brought to you by Book and Paper Fairs.  

Book and Paper Fairs produces the top book and ephemera fairs in the Northeast US.  Our professionally managed events have a long history of bringing together the finest buyers and sellers in the industry, and are held in major locations including Boston, New York City, Brooklyn, Concord, NH, and Lexington, MA. For more information and a calendar of our shows, please click here or visit www.bookandpaperfairs.com.

Image Credit: Tadasha Mitsui. 

Granite State Fair logo.jpgConcord, NH, May 11, 2016 - Book and Paper Fairs is excited to announce that this can’t-miss event, sponsored by the NH Antiquarian Booksellers and ABEBooks, will be held on Sunday, June 5th, 2016 at the Everett Arena in Concord, NH.  This highly anticipated show is one of the high points in the annual book fair circuit among booksellers and collectors alike. Come see for yourself!  Admission to this family-friendly event is FREE! Please click here or visit www.bookandpaperfairs.com/nh-book-fair for more information. 

The Granite State Book and Ephemera Fair presents a full spectrum of antique books and quality ephemera.  Ephemera are items made from paper that were not made to stand the test of time, and have since become collectible.  Popular categories include correspondence, advertising, historical documents, posters, tickets, brochures, cards, and others.   Many dealers at this show are members of New Hampshire Antiquarian Booksellers Association, a professional society advocating the study, preservation, and celebration of fine books and ephemera in a wide range of specialties.   

All that makes “New Hampshire” great is a prominent theme among dealers presenting their treasures at this show.  And no author better embodies all that makes the state so distinct than favorite son, Robert Frost.  These Frost related show highlights are certain to warm the hearts of all collectors.  

  • • Larry Druckenbrod, of Holly Books, will present a first edition, first printing of the “expanded version” of Frost’s Selected Poems from 1923.  This rarity, one of only 3,473 copies printed, is signed by Frost on the title page.   
  • • Deborah Lavoie, of Deborah Lavoie Fine Books & Paper Treasures, will feature a fifth printing of The Complete Poems of Robert Frost.  It is inscribed, “To Anna Carelton Hurd, from Hervey's Friend, Robert Frost, Boston, Nov 30, 1955."  
  • • Richard Thorner, of Resser-Thorner Antiques, will offer a signed copy of Frost’s The Book of Knowledge.  
  • • John Townsend, of Towns End Books, will spotlight several Frost selections, including a first edition of A Boy's Will, one of only 750 copies printed; a first edition, signed copy of West-Running Brook; a signed, limited edition of Collected Poems, one of only 1,000 printed; and a first edition of Steeple Bush in its original dust jacket.  
  • • Ben Koenig, of The Country Bookshop, will offer a signed, first edition of Frost’s  In The Clearing in its original dust jacket.  
  • • And Susan Liebegott of Enchanted Books will bring a small collection of picture books authored by Lesley Frost Ballantine, daughter of Robert Frost.  

Other rock-solid, “Granite State” themed showstoppers include…

  • • A scrap book “time capsule” from c. 1920-1950, featuring a plethora of notes, clipped recipes, and newspaper articles assembled by a NH housewife and a late 19th century print advertisement from the Portsmouth, NH Stovene Stove Polish Company, both from by Lizzy Young of  Lizzyoung Bookseller.
  • • A complete set of White Mountain Appalachian Mountain Club guides from 1908 through 1976 and a group of rare immature Sawyer hand painted photographs made into decorative pins, both from Richard Mori of Mori Books.

According to Marvin Getman, producer of The Granite State Book and Ephemera Fair, “It’s safe to say that this NH show is a perfect way to kick off the summer season!  And for the first time ever, admission is free in order to encourage as many people to attend as possible.  With a record breaking 70 dealers presenting an extraordinary range of world-class antique books and ephemera, there is truly something for everyone.  You won’t leave empty handed!”

The Granite Book and Ephemera Fair will be held at the Everett Arena, located at 15 Loudon Rd., Concord NH. on Sunday, June 5th from from 10am to 4pm.  The venue, conveniently located right off of I-93 at exit 14, offers ample free parking.  Admission to the 2016 Granite Book and Ephemera Fair is free for all attendees. 

The Granite State Book and Ephemera Fair is sponsored by the New Hampshire Antiquarian Booksellers Association and ABEBooks and brought to you by Book and Paper Fairs.  Book and Paper Fairs produced the top book and ephemera fairs in the Northeast US.  Our professionally managed events have a long history of bringing together the finest buyers and sellers in the industry, and are held in major locations including Boston, New York City, Brooklyn, Concord, NH, and Lexington, MA. For more information and a calendar of our shows, please see www.bookandpaperfairs.com.
 
Contact:
Marvin Getman
781-862-4039
mgetman@bookandpaperfairs.com

Image:: show logo, from Book and Paper Shows.

 

ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN—The 38th annual Ann Arbor Antiquarian Book Fair returns to the Ballroom of the Michigan Union at 530 S. State Street on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor on SUNDAY, MAY 22, 2016 from 11:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

At the Ann Arbor Antiquarian Book Fair even a casual browser can pick up a real piece of history in this digital age.

In one room, for one day, you will find one of the best book shops in the Midwest: antiquarian booksellers from across the country offering everything from sixteenth century books to 1960s radical posters, or literature ranging from shining leather-bound sets to classic children’s literature to Beat poets. You can also get your hands on manuscripts and autographs, old photographs, maps, and prints.

$5 admission benefits the William L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan.

Find out more at annarborbookfair.com or on Twitter, @asquarebookfair

Nearly 100 British booksellers in Oxford harness the Power of 1,800 colleagues Worldwide on UNESCO’s World Book and Copyright Day Saturday April 23, 2016

PBFA OXFORD BOOK FAIR, 23-24 April 2016. Oxford Brookes Wheatley Campus, Wheatley OX33 1HX WWW.OXFORDBOOKFAIR.ORG

On Saturday April 23 nearly 100 booksellers in Oxford will take part in a unique worldwide event. For 24 hours a worldwide chain of rare book events will occur. Starting on the East Coast of Australia running through Asia and Europe and ending on the West Coast of the United States, booksellers in 15 countries and nearly 30 locations will hold quick and often quirky events that celebrate rare books, autographs and manuscripts, maps and other paper items. Booksellers will show and talk some of the rarest and most interesting items they own while raising funds for literacy.

“Fill an Empty Bookcase and change our world!” Fair manager Tom Lintern-Mole from rare booksellers Antiquates Ltd said today. “We are raising funds for the Forest Whitaker Initiative for Peace and Development’s work in South Sudan. “Literacy rates in South Sudan are appalling. 84% of women are illiterate and 70% of men - what hope is there for these individuals, this country or even the world as whole with literacy rates like this?”

We invite book lovers, librarians and anyone who cares about literacy will come to the fair at Oxford Brookes Wheatley Campus, Wheatley, OX33 1HX Saturday the 23rd Noon-6pm (continuing Sunday 24 10am-4pm) between. For a small amount you can purchase a symbolic book spine and help us fill the symbolic Empty Bookcase. Just £3 buys a book and £15 buys a whole set of 12 specially written for the children of Sudan addressing issues they face in daily life. In 2015 Pop Up Rare Book Events organized by the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) raised enough to buy 1,930 books and 500 pens and paper. This year we hope to raise even more!

For more information:

Tom Lintern-Mole, 07921 151496, tom@lintern-mole.com www.oxfordbookfair.org

Follow the worldwide events for 24 hours live in the internet on ilabpopupbookfairs.blogspot.de!

Oxford Book Fair 2016

The annual PBFA Oxford Book Fair (www.oxfordbookfair.org) is one of the largest events in the British antiquarian, rare and second-hand book, map, print and ephemera calendar.

In 2016 around 100 dealers will offer tens of thousands of rare and collectable items, ranging in price from £2 to £35,000+.

In a new venue for 2016, the Oxford Brookes Wheatley Campus offers good national transport links via rail and road, with ample free on-site parking.

This year the fair coincides with 400th anniversaries of the deaths of William Shakespeare and Miguel Cervantes, and also with UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day.

In the past, the Oxford Book Fair has attracted the attention of national media with notable highlights, such as an archive of the First World War aviator who coined the term ‘joystick’ and some of the earliest photographic images of the Thames.

Venue: Oxford Brookes Wheatley Campus, Wheatley, Oxford OX33 1HX, 

Admission: £2 or free via the website

Opening hours: Sat 23rd April Noon-6pm, Sun 24th April 10am-4pm

HIGHLIGHTS TO BE EXHIBITED AT THE FAIR 

Original and partly unpublished illustrations for one of C.S. Lewis famous Narnia series of children’s books to be exhibited at the 2016 Oxford Book Fair by Blackwell’s Rare Books:

PARTLY UNPUBLISHED

(Lewis.) BAYNES (Pauline) Original signed drawing for Prince Caspian. [p. 157, ‘See, they carry green branches...’] [n.d., circa 1951,] black ink with pencil and ink annotations to borders, 31.7 x 19cm, original creasing from publisher storage, but none touching image, trace overlay with some pencil markings fixed with tape on verso, very good. Baynes’s drawing, with her pencilled signature beneath, shows Lords Glozelle and Sopespian looking at the Centaur, Giant Wimbleweather and Edmund. The image is the same size as published in the first edition, but gains additional interest by featuring the looked-on party carrying their green branches - only the Lords themselves are depicted in the published version, and an arrow pointing to that area of the picture marks it for deletion. The other pencil markings (some in red, numerals in pen at head) refer to sizing and place in text, with a contextual quotation in Baynes’s hand captioning her illustration. £5000

A beautifully preserved example of one of the rarest of eighteenth-century European Pomonas (fruits), printed in French and German, offered at the 2016 Oxford Book Fair by Michael Kemp, Bookseller

UNIQUE COPY OF THE RAREST POMONA
KRAFT, Johann. Pomona Austriaca, ou Arbres Fruitiers d’Autriche, Représentes en Figures, Dessinées et Peintes d’Apres Nature. [Fruit Trees of Austria Represented by figures, drawings and paintings from Nature.] Abhandlung von den Obstaumen worinn ihre Gestalt, Erziehung und Pflege angezeigt und beschreiben wird mit 100 sehr feinen Abbildungen in Kupfer gestochen und nach der Natur in Farben dargestellt. [Treatise on Fruit Trees. wherein their form, growth and tending will be shown and described, with 100 very fine illustrations engraved in copper, and depicted in their natural colours.]

Vienne [Vien]: A Baumer and Rudolph Graffer, 1796 - 7. [and 1816?]. 2 volumes. Folio. [365 x 240 mm] pp. 24 [French text], xvi, 45 [35* numbered 8 times] [German text]; hand painted frontispiece of garland of flowers heightened in gilt; 100 hand coloured plates: 20 [French text], [2], 46 [German text]; 100 hand coloured plates.

The deluxe edition in folio with the coloured hand painted frontispiece; list of 37 subscribers. Contemporary tree calf with early reback, spines gilt, margin repair to page 7/8 of Volume 1 French text. The final 20 illustrations of volume 2 are laid down onto what appears to be different versions of the plates. These final plates bear captions in both German and French whereas the first 180 plates bear German captions only. The pastedowns bear a shelf ticket and pencil note “(coll) Metternich”, possibly from the library of Prince Klemens von Metternich [1773 - 1859], Austrian politician and statesman. A Fine copy of perhaps the rarest of pomological works. £37,500 

Shaker decals copy.jpgLexington, MA, March 16, 2016 - It is no coincidence that this event, featuring world-class antique books and important works on paper, is happening in America's most historically important town, Lexington, MA!  The Boston Book and Ephemera Fair will take place at Minuteman Regional Technical High School, 758 Marrett Rd. (Rt. 2A), Lexington, MA, on Sunday, April 17th - just a day before Patriot's Day on the 18th!    It is the first time that this family-friendly and exciting annual event will be held at this convenient and easy-to-navigate venue. 

The Boston Book and Ephemera Fair features 50 top-tier dealers specializing in a full spectrum of antique books and quality ephemera.  Ephemera are items made from paper that were not made to stand the test of time, and have since become collectible.  Popular ephemera categories include correspondence, advertising, historical documents, posters, tickets, brochures, cards, and others.   Many dealers at this show are members of Southern New England Antiquarian Booksellers, a professional society advocating the study, preservation, and celebration of fine books and ephemera in a wide range of specialties. 

Attending this show is like touring a world-class history museum and experiencing time travel simultaneously!  And the fine mix of dealers and their incredible merchandise selections insure that there are just the right finds for everyone.  A dramatic show highlight would have to include a small piece of wallpaper removed from the booth in Ford's Theatre after Lincoln was assassinated.  And collectors interested in Shaker history will find a c. 1900 sheet of decals used on Mt. Lebanon, NY Shaker chairs and three c. 1850 Enfield, NH Shaker seed packets quite moving.  

Pageant of Lexington.jpgVisitors who also call Lexington home - or are fascinated with the town's critical role in the Revolutionary War - will find volumes of interesting materials at this fair. A ship's registration, signed by then Governor John Hancock, attesting that the boat is not owned by British subjects, will undoubtedly hold water with many attendees.  A 1902 pamphlet from the Lexington Historical Society entitled Guide Book to the Hancock-Clarke House, and a 1946 pamphlet of Helen Clark Fernald's Sketches of Old Lexington will render the past to life in the most authentic ways possible.  And a 1915 program from an event entitled Pageant of Lexington, Commemorating a Century of Peace between the United States and England in aid of the American Red Cross, just might set off fireworks with local history buffs.  This century-old time capsule also features advertisements from area merchants and services of the time. 

According to Marvin Getman, producer of The Boston Book and Ephemera Fair, "I am delighted to welcome first time and repeat attendees to this can't miss show.  Collectors and enthusiasts will appreciate our new venue in Lexington, which is conveniently located, welcoming and accessible, and offers ample free parking.  Our sponsors, Southern New England Antiquarian Booksellers, will have visually stunning antique books and ephemera on display and available for purchase.  If extraordinary vintage books or printed paper materials have ever caught your eye, I would strongly encourage you to attend this event.  You just may leave with a new collecting passion!"

The Boston Book and Ephemera Fair will be held at the Minuteman Regional Technical High School, 758 Marrett Rd. (Route 2A), Lexington, MA, on Sunday, April 17th from 10am to 4pm.  There is plenty of free parking. Tickets at the door are $8; students with ID and children 18 and under accompanied by and adult are free. For additional information, please see www.bookandpaperfairs.com

The Boston Book and Ephemera Fair is sponsored by the Southern New England Antiquarian Booksellers association and brought to you by Book and Paper Fairs.  Book and Paper Fairs produced the top book and ephemera fairs in the Northeast US.  Our professionally managed events have a long history of bringing together the finest buyers and sellers in the industry, and are held in major locations including Boston, New York City, Brooklyn, Concord, NH, and Lexington, MA. For more information and a complete calendar of our shows, please see www.bookandpaperfairs.com.

Images: c. 1850 Enfield, NH Shaker seed packets, from DeWolfe and Wood. 1915 Pageant of Lexington, Commemorating a Century of Peace between the United States and England in aid of the American Red Cross, from Peter Masi Books.

Screen Shot 2016-03-11 at 8.50.44 AM.pngShapero Rare Books, the London-based rare book and print dealer, will showcase its new purpose-built stand at this year’s TEFAF art fair.

Designed by Jamieson Innes, the director of JSI Design Ltd, in collaboration with Bernard Shapero, the stand will be used by the company at antiques and art fairs worldwide.

Says Shapero: ‘One of the challenges of fairs is to stand out - to hit the wow button, so to speak - and Jamieson has certainly done that! Indeed, he’s delivered something that’s not only eye-catchingly beautiful and innovative, but also engaging and immersive - the perfect balance of practicality with aesthetic excellence.

Innes, who has worked with many top brands, including Rolls Royce, Land Rover and Selfridges, says: ‘The brief was to create a holistic approach to the curation of the ‘old’ and the ‘new’, shown to their best advantage in a contemporary way, which I believe we have achieved.’

TEFAF Fair information:

11th - 20th March, 2016
Opening hours: Daily 11am - 7pm, Sunday 20 March 11am - 6pm Location: Maastricht Exhibition & Congress Centre (MECC)
Forum 100 6229 GV Maastricht, Netherlands

Shapero Rare Books can be found at Stand 231

TEFAF.jpgA unique Andy Warhol silkscreen print of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands is one of many artifacts to be found at Shapero Rare Books’s stand at this year’s TEFAF.

Made in 1985, it is a unique trial proof in an edition of 30. It comes from Warhol’s Reigning Queens series, which also featured Queen Elizabeth II. Beatrix, now 78, never met Warhol, who used an official photograph for the print, and it is not known if she owns a copy herself. It is available from Shapero Rare Books at £50,000.

Shapero are also offering a complete collection of John Gould’s magnificent bird books (below). Gould was one of the most distinguished ornithologists of the 19th Century, producing books of unrivalled beauty and scholarship. A single edition of these luxurious books would comfortably occupy any library as its centrepiece; the complete collection - 12 folio works in 44 volumes (most bound in morocco) full or half green with 3158 fine hand-coloured lithographs - is being offered for £1.5m.

2.jpgGuillaume Durandus’ Rationale Divinorum Officiorum was the first major piece of writing by a known and named author to be published. It appeared in 1459 and is a compendium explaining the mystical origins and meanings of the ceremonies, customs and interpretation of the Roman Rite. Its historical importance - only two other copies in private hands are known, one of which is not illuminated - make it hugely rare. It is being for £525,000.

Also available is John James Audubon’s last great work, The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America. The book is comprised of one hundred and fifty hand-coloured lithographic plates in three Atlas volumes make up this definitive work that prompted the noted historian William S. Reese to call it ‘the largest successful colour-plate book project of 19th Century America.’ It is being offered for sale at £400,000.

The first colour-plate book to depict the natural history of Americas, Mark Catesby’s The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands: Containing the Figures of Birds, Beasts, Fishes, Serpents, Insects and Plants’ (1729-) is a first edition and features 220 fine hand-coloured plates. It is considered the most authoritative treatment of the natural history of British North America before the American Revolution, and is notable not just for its powerful ecological view of nature, but also for the personality Catesby evokes in his animal subjects. It is being offered at £400,000.

Images:

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, 1985. 103 cm x 80 cm. 

A set of John Gould’s Magnificent Bird Books, 1831-1888. 12 folio works in 44 Volumes, with 3158 hand-coloured lithographs. 

Fair information:

11th - 20th March, 2016
Opening hours: Daily 11am - 7pm, Sunday 20 March 11am - 6pm Location: Maastricht Exhibition & Congress Centre (MECC)
Forum 100 6229 GV Maastricht, Netherlands

Shapero Rare Books can be found at Stand 231

Sunflower Slow Drag .jpgNew York, NY—The world's finest selections of antiquarian books and ephemera are headed to New York City for what undoubtedly will be a truly remarkable event celebrating the power - and beauty - of vintage paper this spring.  The New York City Book and Ephemera Fair will be held at the Wallace Hall at Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, 980 Park Avenue, New York City, on Saturday, April 9th.  The New York City Book and Ephemera Fair, a family friendly, welcoming, and exciting destination, is a featured venue of New York's Rare Book Week.  This annual celebration, being held this year from April 4th-13th, draws serious book collectors from all over the world to the Big Apple each year.  

The New York City Book and Ephemera Fair features 60 top-tier dealers specializing in a full spectrum of antique books and quality ephemera.  Ephemera are items made from paper that were not made to stand the test of time, and have since become collectible.  Popular ephemera categories include correspondence, advertising, historical documents, posters, tickets, brochures, cards, and others.   

Experiencing this event is even better than visiting a history museum!  Visitors will be able to examine remarkable rarities firsthand, enjoy educational displays, as well as talk to leading subject matter experts in person.   

Can't miss book highlights include a first edition of Oscar Wilde's Salome, published by Elkin Mathews and John Lane, London, 1894 (one of only 500 copies published); a set of first editions of Herman Melville's A Narrative of a Four Months' Residence among the Natives of a Valley of the Marquesa Islands; or, A Peep at Polynesian and Omoo: A Narrative of Adventures in the South Seas (both bound in three-quarter green calf over marbled paper boards by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, London, for Marshall Field, very early 20th century); and Anne Cobbett's wildly popular (at the time) The English Housekeeper: or Manuel of Domestic Management: Containing Advice On The Management of Household Affairs... For the Use of Young Ladies Who Undertake the Superintendence of Their Own Housekeeping from 1835.  

And for those attendees who also have a passion for important ephemera, a first edition of Scott Joplin's Sunflower Slow Drag from 1901; an 1831 first edition of Beethoven's vocal score for Fidelo; and a 1938 letter from Karl Jung - a high ranking political leader and honorary SS member - to Nazi leader Heinrich Himmler, will prove breathtaking.  

According to Marvin Getman, producer of The New York City Book and Ephemera Fair, "There is no better way to spend a Saturday in April in New York City than at this fair.  The range of extraordinary books and ephemera on display, and available for purchase, is simply astounding.  This event welcomes both diehard collectors as well as people just curious about the power and appeal of vintage books and paper. The New York City Book and Ephemera Fair is truly the best of all worlds, celebrating the remarkable intersection art, history, and imagery."

The New York City Book and Ephemera Fair will be held at the Wallace Hall at Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, 980 Park Avenue, New York City, on Saturday, April 9th from 8am to 4pm.  The event offers free, continuous shuttle bus transport to the Park Avenue Armory - location of the New York Antiquarian Book Fair - with the first trip leaving the Armory at 7:45am and the last trip leaving Wallace Hall at 3:45pm. Tickets at the door are $15 for adults and $8 for youth aged 12-21. For discount tickets, a complete list of attending dealers, and additional information, please see www.bookandpaperfairs.com/new-york-city-book-and-ephemera-fair.  

The New York City Book and Ephemera Fair is brought to you by Book and Paper Fairs, producers of the top book and ephemera fairs in the Northeast US.  Our professionally managed events have a long history of bringing together the finest buyers and sellers in the industry, and are held in major locations including Boston, New York City, Brooklyn, Concord, NH, and Lexington, MA. For more information and a complete calendar of our shows, please see www.bookandpaperfairs.com.
 
Image: 

First Edition of  Joplin's Sunflower Slow Drag from James Camner.

 

Adams Women's Work.jpgNEW YORK, NY - Who Knows The Best Book Fairs In New York City? The Shadow Show Knows! Flamingo Eventz and Lamont Cranston step out of the shadows to celebrate Rare Book Week in New York City by announcing the return of The Manhattan Vintage Book & Ephemera Fair and The Fine Press Book Fair! Known as The Shadow Show because it is held in conjunction with the well-known New York Antiquarian Book Fair at the Park Avenue Armory, this year it will be held on Saturday April 9, 2016.

Last year, we have moved the show uptown, directly across the street from the Park Avenue Armory to The Church of St. Vincent Ferrer, 869 Lexington Avenue at 66th Street, and everyone agreed; this was the smart move! We are pleased to be returning to St. Vincent’s this year with another exciting field of exceptional Exhibitors.

This show has grown steadily since its inception in 2009 to present some of the finest Vintage & Antiquarian Book and Ephemera Dealers in America, Canada and Europe - many of whom are members of ABAA, ILAB, ESA, PADA, MARIAB, MABA, LIABDA and other professional groups - all gathered together for one fabulous weekend to offer an incredible Vintage Book & Ephemera adventure! The inclusion of The Fine Press Book Fair in 2014 added an exciting new dimension to the show and brought it to a new level of prominence. Now, with this move to the doorstep of the Armory and the New York Antiquarian Book Fair, we bring an unprecedented opportunity and ease of enjoyment to the Vintage Book World.

As always, the fair will present an outstanding array of fine, rare & unusual old books, as well as poetry, prose, political, social, historical, children's series, maps, postcards, autographs, prints, posters, World’s Fair, and much, much more. A special feature found only at Flamingo Shows will be Antiques Appraisals by John Bruno and guest Appraisers Sunday 1-3pm at $5/item!

Dealers Exhibiting this year include: 6 Decades Books, New York, NY; Act 2 Books, Flemington, NJ; Austin’s Antiquarian Books, Wilmington, VT; Black Paw Books, Norwell, MA; Carpe Librum, Williamstown, MA; Cattermole 20th C. Children's Book, Newbury OH; Colebrook Book Barn, Colebrook, CT; Collectorsfolio, New York, NY; Doyle’s Books, Annandale, NJ; Eastside Books & Paper, New York, NY; Edward Bomsey Autographs, Annandale, VA; Evan Bates - Pictograph Books, LI City, NY; First Place Books, Walkersville, MD; Gryphon Books, Brooklyn, NY; J.B. Muns Musical Autographs, Berkley, CA; James Arsenault & Company, Arrowsic, ME; Jerry Showalter Bookseller, Ivy, VA; Joe Maynard, Brooklyn, NY; John Bale Book Company, Waterbury, CT; Johnnycake Books, Salisbury, CT; Kaplan & Kopelson Books, New York, NY; Nicholas D. Riccio Rare Books & Prints, Florham Park, NJ; Peter Luke Rare Books, New Baltimore, NY; Roger Friedman Rare Book Studio, Tuxedo, NY; Safka 6 Bareis Autographs, Forest Hills, NY; Stan Gorski Rare Books, Doylestown, PA; Trevian Books, Piermont, NY; Wm. H. Adams Antiquarian Books, Hobart, NY; Abecedarian, Denver, CO; Alice Austin, Philadelphia, PA; Booklyn, Brooklyn, NY; Bottle of Smoke Press, Walkill, NY; Caliban Press, Canton, NY; Craft Press Chile, Santiago, Chile; Center for Book Arts, New York, NY; Deep Word Press, Mancelona, MI; Elies Plana, Barcelona, Spain; Furious Day Press, New York, NY; Greenboat Press, Vernon, Canada; Harsimus Press, Jersey City, NY; Hirundo Press, Hamburg, Germany; Intima Press, New York, NY; Lead Graffiti, Newark, DE; Leopard Studio Editions, Rochester, NY; Leslie Gerry Editions, Gloucestershire, UK; Midnight Paper Sales, Stockholm, WI; Mixolydian Editions, Petaluma, CA; Nancy Loeber, Brooklyn, NY; Nawakum Press, Santa Rosa, CA; Ninja Press, Sherman Oaks, CA; Ol’ Chef Press, Newark, NJ; Peter Koch Printers, Berkley, CA; Pied Oxen Printers, Hopewell, NJ; Red Howler Press, Muncy, PA; Robyn Price, Publisher, Middletown, CT; Russell Marret (Gaspara Stampa, Inc), New York, NY; Sara Langworthy, Iowa City, IA; Sarah Nicholls, Brooklyn, NY; Sherwin Beach Press, Chicago, IL; Solmentes Press, Decorah, IA; supersessionspress, St.. Louis Park, MN; Swamp Press, Northfield, MA; The Hesterberg Press, Evanston, IL; The Lone Oak Press, Petersham, MA; the Naughty Dog Press, Iowa City, IA; The Old School Press, LTD, Seaton, UK; Tideline Press, West Sayville, NY; University of The Arts, Philadelphia, PA; and Whittington Press, Cheltenham, UK

Date/Hours: Saturday April 9, 10am-6pm.

Location: The Church of St. Vincent Ferrer, 869 Lexington Avenue at 66th Street, New York, NY 10065

Admission: Adults: $15, Youths 12-21: $7, under 12: free w/Paid Adult.

Appraisals: 2-4pm, $5/item by John Bruno and Guest Appraisers.

Directions: Check our website: FlamingoEventz.com for easily downloaded point-to-point maps.

Miscellaneous: There are parking garages throughout the neighborhood & subway stops nearby.

Background: Flamingo Eventz, LLC presents the finest, most innovative, successful, and respected Vintage Book & Ephemera Fairs and Antiques Shows in the Northeast. The Bruno’s have over 26 years experience as antique dealers and over 25 years experience as professional show promoters. They are members of the Antiques & Collectibles National Association (ACNA), and John Bruno is a respected antiques appraiser and television personality who has appeared on numerous national shows appraising and discussing antiques, collectibles & memorabilia. He currently appears on Market Warriors on PBS.

St. Louis, MO (February 2016) - With millions of books spanning over 150 categories, the Annual Greater St. Louis Book Fair (April 28-May 1) will once again offer volumes of great reads and bargains for book lovers and collectors across the St. Louis region and nationwide. 

One of the oldest and most popular charity book sales in the Midwest, the Greater St. Louis Book Fair will return to West County Center in Des Peres with all proceeds going to area literacy and education programs. 

“Our donations this year are really interesting and unique in many different categories,” said Marilyn Brown, Director of the Greater St. Louis Book Fair. “We also have plenty of current hot reads along with some trendy offerings such as graphic novels, vinyl records and LPS and coloring books. It’s shaping up to be another fabulous fair and we encourage everyone to peruse our aisles, buy plenty of books, while supporting local literacy and education programs.”

Now in its 67th year, the fair will feature a variety of impressive collections including limited editions, rare books, signed copies, coffee table art books, children’s books, music, cook books as well as CDs, DVDs and ephemera. The fair also has a new category of “Book Fair Recommends” books - recent publications and classics in a variety of categories: fiction, mystery, biography, literature, African-American and sports.

Popularity of Printed Books

In a digital age where American’s reading habits have changed, Brown said the popularity and staying power of the Greater St. Louis Book Fair proves there is still a high demand for printed books. Several recent studies support her.      

“Printed books remain popular and matter to a great deal of people,” said Brown. “We typically get a wide range of shoppers but all share one thing in common - a passion for printed books. E-book devices and tablet computers are great but readers want to get physical. There’s just something magical about physically possessing a copy of a book; then sharing that story you love with someone else.” 

Greater St. Louis Book Fair Schedule

To provide a more convenient, ample environment to shop, the Greater St. Louis Book Fair will hold a free, easy access shopping hour (9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, April 30) for elderly and disabled persons. Entry into the Greater St. Louis Book Fair is $10 the first day (April 28) and free the next three days (April 29-May 1). The following is the complete schedule for the Greater St. Louis Book Fair:

  • • Thursday, April 28, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • • Friday, April 29, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • • Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. 
  • • Sunday, May 1, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Greater St. Louis Book Fair is sponsored by the Clark-Fox Family Foundation clarkfoxstl.com, First Bank firstbanks.com, Hogan Transport hogan1.com, and West County Center shopwestcountycenter.com. The event takes place at West County Center I-270 and Manchester Road in Des Peres, in the Ballas Road parking structure, just off of Ballas Road. 

For more information visit StLouisBookFair.org, Facebook.com/STLBook Fair, call (314) 993-1995 or email info@stlouisbookfair.org.

About the Greater St. Louis Book Fair

Since 1950, the Annual Greater St. Louis Book Fair has been a favorite spring destination of book lovers and collectors nationwide. Volunteers work year-round gathering over one million new, gently used, and rare items from individuals, estates, businesses and other organizations. Fair proceeds assist local education and literacy programs with operational expenses, student aid, and other financial needs. 

Coster Suicide Note Detail.jpgGreenwich, CT, February 15, 2016 - Mark your calendar for what will undoubtedly be the finest celebration of all things ephemera in North America this year!   The Ephemera Fair will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Old Greenwich, CT on Saturday, March 19th and Sunday, March 20th.  Ephemera are items made from paper that were not made to stand the test of time, and have since become collectible.  Popular categories include correspondence, advertising materials, historical documents, posters, tickets, scores and scripts, cards, and many others.  

The Ephemera Fair  - the largest show of its type in the country - is worth a trip from anywhere, and is a family-friendly, exciting, and unique destination for browsing, shopping, and learning.  And there will be some absolutely amazing items on display as well.  Can't miss highlights include five pages of Braille pages typed by Helen Keller on a Braille typewriter; 100 pages of food themed sheet music from the 1900's; and an archive of materials, including a blood-stained suicide note, from pyramid-schemer Philip Musica, also known as F. Donald Coster.  Coster, who could be compared to Bernie Madoff, is the man behind the 1938 McKesson & Robbins scandal. He stole $3 million (about $50 million in today's dollars) from the drug company through forgeries, duplicate books, and massive fraud.

The Ephemera Fair features an international group of sellers who specialize in items ranging from A to Z.  Care to learn more about Valentine cards or documents signed by presidents?  Or perhaps posters or vintage advertising call to you.  Attendees interested in entertainment will enjoy the fair's selections of original movie scripts, manuscripts, and music scores. Photographers will appreciate the daguerreotypes, stereo-views, cabinet cards, and photos on offer.   Other areas include broadsides, maps, catalogs, and design related materials, among practically countless others.  

According to Marvin Getman, producer of The Ephemera Fair, "Even people who don’t "officially" collect ephemera will love this event.  And odds are, they will leave with at least one item that catches their fancy! Walking through this fair is walk through history. Visitors get to see how people lived before the digital age - long before our smartphones and computers shaped the way today people define friends, correspondence, and communication."

The Ephemera Fair will be held at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich, located at 1800 East Putnam Avenue, Old Greenwich, CT,  and is open to the public on Saturday from 10am-5pm and Sunday from 11am-4pm.  The hotel offers free parking.  Tickets at the door for the two-day show are $14 for adults; college students with ID and children under 18 are free with an adult admission. For discount two day tickets or half price Sunday only tickets, please see www.bookandpaperfairs.com/ephemera-fair. This event is held in conjunction with the Ephemera Society of America's annual convention, Ephemera36.  This year's theme is “Politics, Patriotism & Protest,” and examines the use of ephemera in promoting political, patriotic, and protest movements, emphasizing issues as race, gender, and war.  For more information on Ephemera36, see www.ephemerasociety.org.
 
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WASHINGTON - Book lovers rejoice: the Washington Antiquarian Book Fair returns to our nation’s capital! Celebrating its 41st year, the Fair returns this March 4-5, 2016 featuring new and longtime favorite exhibitors and collections. Over the course of two days, the fair will offer a chance for book lovers to celebrate and discover rare books and manuscripts, and connect with fellow enthusiasts for this rare opportunity to share conversations, discoveries, and experiences with the larger community.

Our exhibitors will have specially curated collections to showcase. Some highlights from these collections include: 

  • Manual of Parliamentary Practice, Thomas Jefferson, First Edition, 1801;
  • Seventy Cantos, inscribed by T.S. Eliot, 1950; and
  • The Treasury of Ornamental Art: Illustrations of Objects of Art and Vertu, Lithographers to the Queen, 1856. 

New to the Fair this year is Typewriter Rodeo, who will bring custom, on-demand poetry written on vintage typewriters. In five minutes or less, this Austin, Texas-based travelling quartet will write ticket holders an original and personal poem as a keepsake. 

What: 41st Annual Washington Antiquarian Book Fair

When: March 4, 2016; 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm; March 5, 2016; 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Where: Holiday Inn Rosslyn at Key Bridge, 1900 North Fort Myer Drive; Arlington, VA 22209

Website: Additional information can be found at wabf.com.

Social Media: Twitter: @theWABF; Facebook: Facebook.com/thewabf; Hashtag: #WABF16

Event Information: Tickets available for purchase at WABF.com. $14 for Friday and Saturday, $8 for Saturday only. $5 for students and librarians with valid identification. Members of the public who have questions should call 202-363-4999 or email bcampbell@wabf.com.

The 35th annual Florida Antiquarian Book Fair returns to St. Petersburg’s Historic Coliseum March 11-13, 2016.
 
The book fair is the third largest in the country and features more than one hundred specialized book sellers from all over the United States. This year’s theme, “From Papyrus to Paperbacks,” celebrates the enduring influence of the written word.

Visitors will find books of every age and about every conceivable topic.  Additional materials found at the Fair include maps, prints, postcards, ephemera, autographs and other paper collectibles.  Items range in price from a few dollars to several hundred thousand dollars.

A complete list of the specialized exhibitors is available at http://www.FloridaBooksellers.com.

Friday, March 11th:  5 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

Saturday, March 12th: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Sunday, March 13th: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Friday evening’s admission, which includes a live music performance, is $10; the ticket is good for the entire weekend. Saturday’s admission is $10 for the weekend or $6 for the day.  Sunday’s admission is $6 for the day and includes a free appraisal by members of the Florida Bibliophile Society. Children 12 and under, and students with valid identification, are free. Parking is free.

Ticket sales benefit the St Petersburg Public Library. 

Discount coupons are available online at http://www.FloridaBookFair.blogspot.com or on Facebook (search: “Florida Antiquarian Book Fair”).  Discounted tickets can also be purchased online through Eventbrite using the promotional code, “saveabuck.”

Food and beverages, including cash bar, are available onsite.  St. Petersburg’s Historic Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, is known as “the finest ballroom in the South.”

Boxborough Paper Town Re-Scheduled!

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BOXBOROUGH, MA - MARCH 23, 2016: Due to the major snowstorm that struck the Northeast on January 11 & 12, Flamingo Eventz decided to reschedule the popular Boxborough Paper Town - The Vintage Paper, Books & Advertising Collectibles Show. This decision was made to ensure the safety of our Exhibitors, Customers, and Service Providers. We are pleased to announce that the new date for the show is Saturday, March 12; the location and all else remains the same.

This is the original Boxborough Paper Show where you’ll find all things Paper - from classic Ephemera to Books, Board Games, Postcards, Advertising, Classic Vinyl, and more! A long time favorite of both dealers and customers, we continue to make changes and improvements to ensure continued growth and success. We’re bigger, better, more diverse, and with lots of new dealers…this is the paper show to attend for the rare, unusual and hard-to-find treasure!

Now scheduled for Saturday March 12, 2016 at the well-known Holiday Inn in Boxborough, MA, Exhibitors from across the Northeast and Canada will gather to present an outstanding array of fine, rare & unusual old books, maps, postcards, autographs, prints, posters, advertising, and much, much more. Plus, we have appraisals by well-known appraiser John Bruno, star of the PBS series Market Warriors, and guest appraisers from 12-2pm. Interested parties - both dealers & customers - should contact Flamingo Eventz at 603.509.2639 / info@flamingoeventz.com.

Exhibitor Specialties include: Advertising Covers, African American, Americana, Architecture, Art, Art Deco, Auctions, Autographs, Aviation, Baseball, Books, Bibles, Black History, Black Power, Calendars, Calling Cards, Christmas, Circus, Civil War, Cook Books, Charts, Children’s Books, Cocktails, Design, Dogs, Die Cuts, Documents, Engineering, Engraving, Ephemera, Erotica, Esoterica, Fantasy, Fashion, Fishing, Floridiana, Folklore, Folk Music, Foreign Language, Furniture, Games, Gardens & Horticulture, Graphics, Historic Documents, Horses, Hunting, Illustrated Books, Interior Design, Japan, Judaica, Letters, Logbooks, Manuscripts, Maps, Maritime, Medicine, Middle East, Military, Modernism, Music, Native American, Natural History, Nautical, Naval, New York City, New York State, New Jersey, Novelties, Olympic Games, Pacifica, Photographs, Photography, Pochoir, Polar, Pop-Ups & Moveable Books, Poetry, Postcards, Posters, Presentation Copies, Presidential Archives, Press Books, Prints, Pulitzer Prize Winners, Psychedelica, Puppetry, Puzzles, Railroad, Reference, Revolutionary War, Russia, Scholarly, Science, Science Fiction, Sports, Sporting, Technical, Theatre, Theology, Trade Cards, Trade Catalogues, Travel & Exploration, Travel Brochures, Typography, U.S. Coastal History, Vanity Fair Prints, Valentines, Voyages, Watercolors, Whaling, Wine, Yachting. These, and many other specialties, will be found at this event. Be sure to check our website, FlamingoEventz.com, for the exhibitor List and complete details.

Date/Hours: Saturday, March 12, 2016, 9am-3pm

Location: The Boxborough Holiday Inn, 242 Adams Place, Boxborough, MA 01709. Directly off I-495, exit 28.

Admission: Adults: $7, Young Collectors 12-21: $4, plenty of free parking.

Appraisals: By John Bruno, Star of Market Warriors, and guest appraisers 12-2pm at $5/Item.

Directions: I-495 Exit 28, East on Massachusetts Ave (Rt. 111), right on Adams Place to Hotel. Check our website: flamingoeventz.com for easily downloaded maps.

Miscellaneous: Food & refreshment available at the Hotel restaurant during show hours.

Information: For Dealer or Customer information, please call or click 603.509.2639 / info@flamingoeventz.com

Background: Flamingo Eventz, LLC presents the finest, most innovative, successful, and respected Book & Ephemera Fairs in the Northeast. The Brunos have over 25 years experience as antique dealers and over 20 years experience as professional show promoters. They are members of the Antiques & Collectibles National Association (ACNA), and John Bruno is an antiques appraiser and television personality who can be seen on the PBS series Market Warriors.


Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books returns to The European Fine Art Fair (11 - 20 March 2016) for its twentieth consecutive year with an impressive collection of museum- quality Medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts, miniatures and early printed books. The gallery will occupy a new, larger stand (109) and its display will be increasingly modern using elegant glazing to frame the objects.

The highlights include a selection of important illuminated manuscripts including an exquisite Book of Hours, presumed to have been a gift from Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, to his governor Guillaume II de Croÿ. It contains 21 large miniatures executed in fine detail by Gerard Horenbout (d. 1528), one of the most famous Flemish miniaturists of his time. Scenes depicting the Virgin Mary are particularly fine, showing her in a contemporary setting for the Annunciation, and against a magnificent golden background as Queen of Heaven.

Another key work is an illuminated manuscript on vellum, once housed in the library of Raphael de Marcatellis (1437-1508). His father was Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy, a great patron of the arts, and in turn Raphael amassed a collection of fine books. Dr Jörn Günther Rare Books will display the only work from his library written in French. In one section it contains the Tresorier de Philosophie Naturelle des Pierres Precieuses by Jean d’Outremeuse, a text on the popular medieval subject of gemstones. It gives a fascinating insight into the manufacture, cutting and polishing of ancient glass or gems, and into the work of natural philosophers and alchemists.

A significant printed work on the stand will be a ‘princely’ binding made for Duke Julius at Wolfenbüttel by Lukas Weischner, counted among the most important Renaissance bookbinders in Germany. The unique and highly prized exterior features abundant gilt-tooled decoration, a plate stamp with a portrait of Martin Luther and highlights in enamel paints. The text was compiled by the important second- generation Lutheran theologian Martin Chemnitz, and is a tribute to the great reformer Luther. It contains 51 woodcut illustrations in contemporary colouring highlighted with gold.

In addition, the stand will feature a fifth edition copy of the first secular drama to be printed. Written by Jacques Millet, it tells the epic tale of the fall of Troy including scenes such as Greek soldiers emerging out of the Trojan horse. The 32 woodcuts are are counted among the finest ever produced in that medium, and among the earliest made in France. All 15th- and 16th-century editions of this work are extremely rare, and this book is one of only two copies to contain the complete set of these woodcuts.

Dr Günther comments: ‘‘We are delighted to be returning to TEFAF Maastricht, which is a highlight in the international calendar of art fairs. After a successful 2015, this presents an exciting beginning to our schedule of fairs and events for the year. We look forward to showcasing wonderful objects and meeting clients old and new.’’


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For the fourth holiday season, the independent bookshops and antiquarian booksellers of Brooklyn will fill Park Slope's historic Old Stone House with rare, vintage, and out-of-print books. Get to know your local booksellers, jump-start your holiday shopping, and be surprised by books you didn’t even know you wanted! 

This year’s literary guest, acclaimed graphic novelist and Brooklyn chronicler Adrian Tomine, will be signing copies of his latest collection, Killing and Dying, “a deft, deadpan masterpiece,” from 12:00 to 1:00 PM.

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BOXBOROUGH, MA—Flamingo Eventz is pleased to announce the return of the popular Boxborough Paper Town - The Vintage Paper, Books & Advertising Collectibles Show. This is the original Boxborough Paper Show where you’ll find all things Paper - from classic Ephemera to Books, Board Games, Postcards, Advertising, Classic Vinyl, and more! A long time favorite of both dealers and customers, we continue to make changes and improvements to ensure continued growth and success. We’re bigger, better, more diverse, and with lots of new dealers…this is the paper show to attend for the rare, unusual and hard-to-find treasure!

Scheduled for Saturday January 23, 2016 at the well-known Holiday Inn in Boxborough, MA, Exhibitors from across the Northeast and Canada will gather to present an outstanding array of fine, rare & unusual old books, maps, postcards, autographs, prints, posters, advertising, and much, much more. Plus, we have appraisals by well-known appraiser John Bruno, star of the PBS series Market Warriors, and guest appraisers from 12-2pm. Interested parties—both dealers & customers—should contact Flamingo Eventz at 603.509.2639 / info@flamingoeventz.com.

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LOS ANGELES—From February 12 - 14, 2016, thousands of book lovers, rare book dealers, and scholars will converge at the Pasadena Convention Center for the 49th California International Antiquarian Book Fair. Recognized as one of the world's largest and most prestigious exhibitions of antiquarian books, the Book Fair gives visitors the opportunity to see, learn about and purchase the finest in rare and valuable books, manuscripts, autographs, graphics, photographs and more. The 2016 edition of the Book Fair will also include a special exhibit marking the 150th anniversary of the publication of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland.

Featuring the collections and rare treasures of 200 booksellers from the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, the Book Fair will present volumes from five centuries of printing, as well as original manuscripts that predate Gutenberg. Books will cover every imaginable area of interest—from the history of travel and exploration, early science and medicine to classic literature, modern first editions, children's and illustrated books, and the arts. Items range in price from a few dollars to more than six figures.

BOSTON, MA—The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair is gearing up for its 39th annual event, November 13-15, 2015, which will feature the Boston debut of The Typewriter Rodeo, a group of poets who create custom poems on vintage typewriters. They will be on hand to type personalized original poems on any subject on Saturday, November 14, 2-5pm.  Poems are free with admission to the Fair!

Founded in 2013, The Typewriter Rodeo, are a group of writers/performers based in Austin, Texas.  At the Fair, attendees will have the opportunity to give the Typewriter Rodeo poets any topic, and they will create and type on a vintage typewriter a personalized, original poem in minutes. Besides a mutual love of verse, the group shares a fondness for the machines, including a 1970s typewriter used at Penthouse and a vintage Belgian model with a frowning face key, and maintains them like serious collectors. They have made appearances at over 50 events nationwide. This will be their first appearance in Boston.

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BOSTON, MA—The annual fall gathering for booklovers, the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair, will return to the Hynes Convention Center in Boston’s beautiful Back Bay, November 13-15, 2015.  More than 120 dealers from the United States, Australia, England, Denmark, Germany, France, Italy, Russia, and The Netherlands will exhibit and sell a vast selection of rare, collectible and antiquarian books, illuminated manuscripts, autographs, maps, atlases, modern first editions, photographs, and fine and decorative prints.  

Special events at this year’s Fair include the Boston debut of the Typewriter Rodeo, a group of poets who create custom poems on vintage typewriters; a talk by Peter Sokolowski, editor-at-large for Merriam-Webster, about the 19th century dictionary wars; a behind-the-scenes talk with Marsha Bemko, executive producer of Antiques Roadshow; and the 14th Annual Ticknor Society Roundtable, a panel discussion of collectors talking about their collections of Political Americana.

Pioneer Valley Book & Ephemera Fair

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NORTHAMPTON, MA—OCTOBER 18, 2015—Flamingo Eventz and the Southern New England Antiquarian Booksellers (an expanded incarnation of the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Antiquarian Booksellers) have joined forces to present the 11th Annual Pioneer Valley Book & Ephemera Fair on Sunday, October 18, 10am - 4pm at Smith Vocational School, 80 Locust St (Rt. 9), Northampton, MA. Exhibitors from across the Northeast will fill the school’s cafeteria, stage, corridors, and lobby with collectible, rare, antique, modern, fine, scholarly and used books, manuscripts, prints, maps, autographs, photographs, postcards and every other sort of printed ephemera. 

Many local SNEAB members always exhibit: from Northampton, Barbara Smith features children’s books, postcards, paper; Joslin Hall offers material on decorative arts; Lin & Tucker Respess, fine Americana and manuscripts; Rich West of Periodyssey old magazines; from Conway, Southpaw Books sells pamphlets on social reforms; from Amherst, Michael Muilenberg select natural history; from Huntington, Barbara Paulson brings Victorian paper and postcards; Peter Masi from Montague displays local history pamphlets; John Kuenzig of Topsfield offers scientific and technical books and instruments; from Greenfield, Steve Finer Rare Books, antique catalogs, technology, and history.

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Greenpoint, Brooklyn NY—August 2015—More than 140 dealers from 21 states and two foreign countries will display their books, fine prints, art,  photos, modern design and ephemera, at the Brooklyn Books, Art, Photos and Design Expo (BrooklynBAPD) on September 19 and 20, 2015.  Building on the success of last year’s blockbuster event, the second annual BrooklynBAPD will unfold at the Brooklyn Expo Center, a dramatic year-old, glass-walled venue in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

The Brooklyn Expo Center’s soaring windows and light-filled space is a contemporary backdrop for the time-honored books and collectibles that will be juxtaposed with the modern architecture. In addition to the exciting range of booths and dealers, the Lewis Carroll Society of North America will host two readings from Alice in Wonderland to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the celebrated classic at the organization’s booth each day at 1 pm and 3 pm.

Boxborough Paper Town, Sept. 19

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BOXBOROUGH, MA—SEPTEMBER 19, 2015: Flamingo Eventz is pleased to announce the return of the popular Boxborough Paper Town—The Vintage Paper, Books & Advertising Collectibles Show. This is the original Boxborough Paper Show where you’ll find all things Paper - from classic Ephemera to Books, Board Games, Postcards, Advertising, Classic Vinyl, and more! A long time favorite of both dealers and customers, we continue to make changes and improvements to ensure continued growth and success. We’re bigger, better, more diverse, and with lots of new dealers…this is the paper show to attend for the rare, unusual and hard-to-find treasure!

Scheduled for Saturday September 19, 2015 at the well-known Holiday Inn in Boxborough, MA, Exhibitors from across the Northeast and Canada will gather to present an outstanding array of fine, rare & unusual old books, maps, postcards, autographs, prints, posters, advertising, and much, much more. Plus, we have appraisals by well-known appraiser John Bruno, star of the PBS series Market Warriors, and guest appraisers from 1-3pm. Interested parties—both dealers & customers—should contact Flamingo Eventz at 603.509.2639 / info@flamingoeventz.com.

Brooklyn, NY—July 2015—Exhibitors from all parts of the country are heading to Brooklyn for the Brooklyn Books, Art, Photos and Design Expo (BAPD) on September 19 and 20, 2015.  The stunning, 40,000-square-foot Brooklyn Expo Center in historic Greenpoint, one of Brooklyn’s fastest-growing neighborhoods, will host the event for the second year featuring more than 130 dealers and an exciting range of books, art, ephemera, maps, prints, fine art and mid-century design.

The Expo is produced by Marvin Getman, founder of Impact Events Group, renowned for its well-attended book and antique fairs throughout the Northeast.  BAPD is a two-day “feast” for Brooklyn and Manhattan-ites alike who are known to spend hours browsing old book and antique stores.  Everything from rare books to collectible autographs to vintage photographs will be for sale at the Expo. The art and design row features dealers of fine art, prints and mid century design including fine vintage jewelry.

The world’s largest antique map fair will once again be held in the historic environs of the Royal Geographical Society on June 6 and 7.

Over 40 leading map dealers will gather from across the globe bringing an unparalleled array of original antique maps, charts, town plans, atlases and globes. Thousands of maps covering all parts of the world and every era of map-making will be on display, from the 15th century to the present day, and ranging in price from £10 to hundreds of thousands;   there’s something for everyone here, for the first time visitor as well as the seasoned collector. This is a unique opportunity to meet experts with an unparalleled depth of knowledge and breadth of material.

From May 28th to 30th the halls of Olympia will once again present an unparalleled array of literary material at the London International Antiquarian Book Fair. Now in its 58th year, this major three-day event is one of the largest and most prestigious antiquarian book fairs in the world, showcasing rare, unique and unusual items from 180 leading UK and international dealers. 

From medieval manuscripts to modern signed first editions, visitors to the fair can hold history in their hands as they view and buy museum-quality books, maps, prints, photographs, manuscripts, letters, ephemera and original artwork.  And with prices ranging from a few pounds to many, many, thousands there’s something for everyone here.

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From Sydney to Tokyo to Cape T own, from Moscow, London and all the major European capitals to New York, Washington, Chicago and the Pacific Northwest of the United States ILAB Pop Up Book Fairs, organized by the world’s expert antiquarian booksellers, will appear on 23 April, 2015.

WHERE? In a woolshed in the Australian bush, at central stations, on boats, in museums, libraries, streets, private clubs, cocktail clubs, brew pubs, on roof terraces, at the top of skyscrapers. On UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day ILAB booksellers will bring rare books to the people in the most unexpected places!

A handsome and complete copy of one of the earliest English publications to explain and illustrate the tricks and conjuring previously deemed magic as mere ‘hocus pocus’.

The lengthy title demonstrates how early texts on magic grew out of earlier ‘books of secrets’ and household receipt (i.e. recipe) books and guides. ‘To hang two Knives on the brim of a Glass’ and ‘To name a Pack of Cards and not feel ‘em’ sits alongside ‘To preserve Fruit all of the Year’.

A single manuscript page written and signed by John Shipp, the first veterinary surgeon to be commissioned into the British Army, with a list of the horses of the 23rd Light Dragoons injured at the Battle of Waterloo. Written only 2 days after the battle, at Brussels, it includes comments such as ‘wounded in shoulder’, ‘shot through near stifle, dangerously wounded’. A fascinating piece of history, priced at £750 and offered by R.E. and G.B. Way, Antiquarian booksellers specializing in books on Horses, Hunting, Racing and all Field Sports.

John Shipp was the first veterinary surgeon to join the British army (commissioned into the 11th Light Dragoons on 25th June 1796), and the founding member of the Army Veterinary Service or Veterinary Corps. This unit, the forerunner of the current Royal Army Veterinary Corps, was founded in the same year following public outrage at the brutal amateur treatment of the horses of the British Army (nicknamed ‘The Hell of Horses’). By 1815 Shipp was a veteran in the French Wars, seeing action in the Low Countries and during the Peninsula Campaign prior to the Battle of Waterloo.

It’s time to put down your e-readers and experience a bit of history! Have you ever seen a $30,000 book? Or a book that is hundreds of years old? Now is your chance when the 40th annual Washington Antiquarian Book Fair returns to the nation’s capital from March 6-7, 2015.

The Washington Antiquarian Book Fair is the rarest, most curated antique book fair in the D.C. region. Visitors can touch, discover and purchase rare books, manuscripts, autographs, maps and more, while experiencing the thrill of the hunt.

Items of Interest:

  • Most expensive book: $30,000 first American edition of world-renowned novel “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” by Mark Twain. Hailing from B&B Rare Books in New York, NY (Booth #13), attendees will have the opportunity to touch this piece of history.
  • Most expensive item: $75,000 “Pansies” painting by Elizabeth Bishop from James S. Jaffe Rare Books LLC (Booth #30). Bishop’s paintings are extremely rare - only about 40 are known and were painted privately for the poet’s pleasure. “Pansies” is perhaps the most important painting, presented by Bishop to her lover Lota de Macedo Soares.
  • Quirkiest: The Hermit of Siskiyou, or The Twice-Old Man is a 19th-century poem by L.W. Musick with one very interesting feature: it is the first mention in book form of the legend of Big Foot (Sasquatch). Brian Cassidy, local bookseller, will be bringing this unique find to the fair (Booth #10).
  • Oldest book: Icones Biblicae Veteris et N.Testamenti dates back almost three centuries (1729) and is illustrated by Jan Luyken, one of the most important illustrators of his time. The book is complete with 62 full-page engravings and is brought to the festival by Rosenlund Rare Books and Manuscripts (Booth #51).

The book fair will offer rare collections in almost every area of interest imaginable - including travel, food, the arts, science and medicine, classic literature, modern first editions and illustrated books. Whether you’re a seasoned book collector looking to complete your collection or the novice visitor, there’s truly something for everyone. 

Over the course of two days, the fair will also host a series of exciting programs including:

  • It’s like “Antique Roadshow,” but for books! Bring your own historic book and get it appraised by founding exhibitor Allan Stypeck of Second Story Books and long-time exhibitor Jeffrey Marks. Other appraisers to be confirmed soon.
  • Lecture by Beth Curren of Camel Leopold Press titled “Real and Imagined: Encyclopedias from Diderot to Borges.”
  • Lecture with Dan Paterson of the Library of Congress and President - Potomac Chapter Guild of Bookworkers.

Full schedule and program to be announced soon. 

What:              40th annual Washington Antiquarian Book Fair

When:             March 6, 2015; 5:00 - 9:00 pm

                        March 7, 2015; 10:00 am - 5:00 pm  

Where:            Holiday Inn Rosslyn at Key Bridge

                        Rosslyn Ballroom, Shenandoah Suite & Dogwood Room

                        1900 North Fort Myer Drive; Arlington, VA 22209

Website:         Additional information will be available at a later date at Wabf.com.

Social Media:  Twitter: @theWABF

Facebook: Facebook.com/thewabf

Hashtag: #WABF15

Event Information: Tickets available for purchase at Wabf.com. $14 for Friday and Saturday, $8 for Saturday only. Members of the public who have questions should call 202-363-4999 or email bcampbell@wabf.com

OAKLAND, CA—The world’s pre-eminent celebration of the written and printed word returns to Northern California at a new venue in downtown Oakland.  The 48th California International Antiquarian Book Fair will run from Friday, February 6 through Sunday, February 8, 2015 at the Oakland Marriott City Center.

Sponsored by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), the three-day event is the world’s largest antiquarian book fair with nearly 200 booksellers from the United States and around the globe.   The annual Book Fair features a rich selection of books, manuscripts, maps and other printed materials, including incunabula; literature from all centuries and nationalities; fine bindings; children's and illustrated books; ephemera; and antiquarian books on dozens of topics.

EPHEMERA: ephem·era noun \i-ˈfe-mər-ə, -ˈfem-rə\: paper items (as posters, broadsides, and tickets) that   were originally meant to be discarded after use, but have since become collectibles. Also includes other materials such as tin, plastic, metal, vellum, etc.

WHAT: Taking place March 20-22, 2015, this one-of-a-kind event features the finest vintage paper and ephemera exhibitors from across the United States, Canada and Europe. Treasures such as posters, catalogues, valentines, postcards, pamphlets, broadsides, tickets, invitations, autographs, sheet music, letterheads, manuscripts, trade cards, photographs, playing cards, political propaganda, and much more can be found at this Show. Collectors will delight in this rare merchandise while enjoying conferences, talks, discussions and presentations.

New York City—The New York City Book and Ephemera Fair will have its debut running on April 11th at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola’s Wallace Hall on Park Avenue.  Designed as a satellite event of Rare Book Week, the annual spring round-up of auctions and selling exhibitions aimed at book collectors, curators and those fascinated by historical maps, vintage photographs and ephemera, the fair will host more than 50 prominent dealers.

Marvin Getman, President of Impact Events, a respected New England producer of specialty antiques and book fairs since 1981, positions the one-day event as an affordable complement to the ABAA Antiquarian Book Fair at the Park Avenue Armory.

54th Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair

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TIME TRAVEL FOR BIBLIOPHILES—23 TO 25 JANUARY 2015

“It has become trendy to declare the book obsolete in this brave new world of digitalized data rubbish”, book historian Reinhard Wittmann declares in the new “Handbook 2015/2016” published by the German Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (VDA). “It may have lost its general function and its social prestige, but it will survive as a historical and artistic object, far beyond its actual content, as a time machine for the aura of times long gone.”

The German Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association would like to invite you on a bibliophilic time voyage on the occasion of the 54th Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair from 23rd to 25th January 2015. About 80 leading antiquarian booksellers from Germany, Italy, Great Britain, the USA, Switzerland and the Netherlands will present rare and precious manuscripts, books, autographs and prints from five centuries of book printing and book art. 

Rochester, NH—January 1, 2015: Who says this is the time to tighten our belts! In a bold move that completely bucks the current trend, Flamingo Eventz, LLC is proud to announce that they are making some major changes to their Schedule and expanding nationally in this curious economy of ours! 

According to Company President, Tina Bruno: “We’re starting our 21st year in show promotion and are entering a new phase of the business—promotion of Vintage Poster, Print & Photography Fairs. This is the natural evolution of our shows which have gone from antiques & collectibles to vintage books & paper to ephemera. Friends of ours have been promoting highly successful International Vintage Poster Fairs for a number of years and, to steal a line from one of my favorite movies…’They made us an offer we couldn’t refuse.’

Boxborough Paper Town Show on January 24

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BOXBOROUGH, MA—JANUARY 24, 2015: Flamingo Eventz is pleased to announce the return of the popular Boxborough Paper Town—The Vintage Paper, Books & Advertising Collectibles Show. This is the original Boxborough Paper Show where you’ll find all things Paper—from classic Ephemera to Books, Board Games, Postcards, Advertising, Classic Vinyl, and more! A long time favorite of both dealers and customers, we continue to make changes and improvements to ensure continued growth and success. We’re bigger, better, more diverse, and with lots of new dealers…this is the paper show to attend for the rare, unusual and hard-to-find treasure!

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NEW YORK, NY—JANUARY 16 & 17, 2015: Great Caesar’s Ghost—look up in the sky! Flamingo Eventz, AAB Productions, and Perry White proudly announce the return of Metropolis! Vintage Books & Ephemera—the Winter Vintage Book & Ephemera Fair—to New York City! A long-time favorite of both Exhibitors and Customers, we have revamped, modernized, improved, revitalized, and returned it! Held on Friday & Saturday, January 16 & 17, 2015, this is the kick-off event to Bibliography Week in New York—a week-long celebration of Book History. This exceptional show presents some of the finest Vintage Book & Ephemera Dealers in America & Canada gathered together for one fabulous weekend, and offers an incredible book & ephemera related adventure!

Third Annual Brooklyn Holiday Book Fair

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Third Annual Brooklyn Holiday Book Fair At The Old Stone House

December 6, 2014, 11 AM TO 5 PM 

Featuring rare, vintage, and out-of-print books from independent booksellers all over Brooklyn. 

For the third holiday season, independent Brooklyn bookshops and antiquarian booksellers will fill Park Slope's historic Old Stone House with rare, vintage, and out-of-print books in a celebration of the borough's rich history of printing, reading, and writing. Faenwyl Bindery will be there as well, offering handmade journals and custom boxes for your favorite books.

OAKLAND, CA—The world’s preeminent celebration of the written and printed word returns to Northern California next year at a new venue in downtown Oakland.  The 48th California International Antiquarian Book Fair will run from Friday, February 6 through Sunday, February 8, 2015 at the Oakland Marriott City Center.

Sponsored by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), the three-day event is the world’s largest antiquarian book fair with more than 200 booksellers from the United States and around the globe.   The annual Book Fair features a rich selection of books, manuscripts, maps and other printed materials, including incunabula; literature from all centuries and nationalities; fine bindings; children's and illustrated books; ephemera; and antiquarian books on dozens of topics.

Marvin Getman of Impact Events Group, building on the success of his recent Brooklyn Book Fair, has announced the formation of a new Book Fair for New York. The New York City Book and Ephemera Fair will take place on Saturday April 11, 2015 8am-4pm in Wallace Hall at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola on 980 Park Ave. at 83rd St. This 60 dealer fair, less than a mile from the ABAA Book Fair at the Park Avenue Armory, takes place during Rare Book Week in New York City. The inaugural show will contain 60 dealers  featuring antiquarian books,  first editions, manuscripts, prints, ephemera, maps, autographs, posters and more. Admission to the fair is $15. Additional information is available on the website bookandpaperfairs.com or at 781-862-4039.  Impact Events Group also produces book and ephemera fairs in greater Boston and New Hampshire.

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MIAMI (September 29, 2014)—The Miami International Map Fair, the longest continuously running map fair in the world, will return to HistoryMiami February 6-8, 2015. Visitors are invited to peruse and purchase antique maps from some of the finest map dealers in the world and discover the history and future trends of cartography.

“HistoryMiami is proud to host one of the largest and enduring map fairs in the world, highlighting an ever-growing admiration for international and rare maps,” Ramiro Ortiz, President/Chief Executive Officer for HistoryMiami. “Each year, the Map Fair showcases maps, lithographs and land plans that depict the world in a unique way, and gives collectors and map enthusiasts the opportunity to come together and peruse the items that are available at the fair.”

The Pioneer Valley Book & Ephemera Fair

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NORTHAMPTON, MA—OCTOBER 12, 2014—Flamingo Eventz and the Southern New England Antiquarian Booksellers (an expanded incarnation of the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Antiquarian Booksellers) have joined forces to present the 10th Annual Pioneer Valley Book & Ephemera Fair on Sunday, October 12, 10am-4pm at Smith Vocational School, 80 Locust St (Rt. 9), Northampton, MA. Exhibitors from across the Northeast will fill the school’s cafeteria, stage, corridors, and lobby with collectible, rare, antique, modern, fine, scholarly and used books, manuscripts, prints, maps, autographs, photographs, postcards and every other sort of printed ephemera.

Baltimore, MD (August 27, 2014)—The 34th Annual Baltimore Summer Antiques Show attracted robust crowds of knowledgeable collectors and respected dealers from around the world who came to purchase from the extensive array of merchandise offered by more than 500 prominent exhibitors, many of which are the world’s foremost experts in their respective fields. Over the Show’s two day set-up and four-day tenure (August 21-24, 2014) the Baltimore Convention Center welcomed more than 35,000 collectors of all ages, cultures, educational and professional backgrounds.

Scott Diament, managing partner of the Baltimore Summer Antiques Show and President/CEO of the Palm Beach Show Group commented, “The extraordinary collections showcased at the Baltimore Summer Antiques Show cannot be found anywhere else, so this makes our show the ideal opportunity for people to view and purchase some of the most amazing things in the world."

Berkeley, CA—Digital is dead, at least for one week this coming February. Over 200 of the world’s most distinguished book artists and artisans, private presses, and fine art publishers will be exhibiting their work at the upcoming biennial CODEX International Book Fair, February 8 through 11 at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, California. THIS IS THE LARGEST BOOK FAIR OF ITS KIND IN THE WORLD TODAY!

There is no better place to find and collect the world’s greatest contemporary artist books, fine press books, and fine art editions than at CODEX. Now in it’s 10th year, CODEX has been acknowledged as the leading International Fine Press and Artist book fair. Exhibitors are coming from Germany, UK, Italy, France, South America, The Netherlands, Mexico, Israel, China, Austria, Poland, Australia, Russia, and Japan. The event also attracts special collections librarians, curators, and private collectors from all over the world. “This is THE place to see the latest work from ‘the best of the best’ “ states Peter Rutledge Koch, Founder of the CODEX Foundation.

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BOSTON, MA—The annual fall gathering for booklovers, the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair, will return to the Hynes Convention Center in Boston’s beautiful Back Bay, November 14-16, 2014.  A record-breaking 130 dealers from the United States, England, Canada, Germany, France, Hungary, Italy, Russia and The Netherlands will exhibit and sell rare, collectible and antiquarian books, illuminated manuscripts, autographs, maps, atlases, modern first editions, photographs, and fine and decorative prints.  There will be 15 first-time dealers and 25 international dealers at this year’s show, bringing a wide and diverse selection of items of interest to the serious collector or the curious browser.

Seminars and events punctuate the weekend, including talks by the Massachusetts Historical Society’s Peter Drummey and Fruitlands Museum’s Michael Volmar, as well as The Annual Ticknor Society Roundtable, a panel discussion of collectors talking about their collections.  More events will be announced, and folks can visit www.bostonbookfair.com for up to the minute details.

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BOXBOROUGH, MA—September 20, 2014: Flamingo Eventz is pleased to announce the Autumn version of the popular Boxborough Paper Town: The Vintage Paper, Book & Advertising Collectibles Show. This is the original Boxborough Paper Show—and still the best! A long time favorite of both dealers and customers, this is the vintage paper show to attend in New England!

This year we are very pleased to welcome members of the Cape Cod Postcard Club along with a number of dealers who specialize in Vintage Souvenir China.

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PHILADELPHIA, PA—JUNE 13 & 14, 2014—Flamingo Eventz, LLC is pleased to announce the return of the Philadelphia Vintage Book & Ephemera Fair. It will be held on Friday & Saturday June 13 & 14, and presents some of the finest vintage Book & Ephemera Dealers in America. Philly is a cool town, early summer is the perfect time of year to enjoy her, and this show is the perfect way to combine it all!

Held at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel in the heart of Philadelphia, PA, this is an important show for Pennsylvania and all mid-Atlantic & Northeast area book lovers. This is the only major Vintage Book & Ephemera event held in the greater Philadelphia region and offers an unparalleled opportunity for all Book & Ephemera lovers. Members of ABAA, ILAB, ESA, MARIAB, MABA, and other prominent exhibitors will gather here to present an outstanding array of fine, rare & unusual old books, along with postcards, poetry, prose, political, social, historical, children's series, maps, autographs, prints, posters, World’s Fair, ephemera, and much, much more. Collectors, scholars, students, dealers, and decorators will flock to this wonderful event for the best selection, wonderful finds, and rare treasures found only here.

On Sunday, May 18th, the Ann Arbor Antiquarian Bookdealers Association and the William L. Clements Library of the University of Michigan will host the 36th annual Ann Arbor Antiquarian Book Fair.  Since 1976* the fair attracts book collectors,  book dealers, and others that treasure the book from throughout the Midwest to Ann  Arbor. 

The fair will be held in the ballroom of the Michigan Student Union, 530 S. States St. in Ann Arbor.  The hours are 11am to 5pm and there is a $5.00 donation requested that  benefits the William L. Clements Library of the University of Michigan.

We meet on Facebook, we talk in Tweets. Why bother to travel a long way to meet real people? Why not?

Have you ever attended an ILAB Congress? Have you ever met in Bologna, Lucerne, Tokyo, Sydney, Amsterdam, Munich, London, Brussels, New York, Edinburgh, Venice, San Francisco or Scandinavia?

No? YOU MISSED A GREAT OPPORTUNITY!

ILAB Congresses and International Antiquarian Book Fairs are the real thing: They offer the chance to meet colleagues, collectors, librarians and real books, and the chance for collectors, librarians and real books to meet us! This is unique.

OAKLAND, CA—The world’s preeminent celebration of the written or printed word returns to Northern California next year at a new venue in downtown Oakland.  The 48th California International Antiquarian Book Fair will run from Friday, February 6 through Sunday, February 8, 2015 at the Oakland Marriott City Center.

Sponsored by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), the three-day event is the world’s largest antiquarian book fair with more than 200 booksellers from the United States and around the globe. The annual Book Fair features a rich selection of books, manuscripts, maps and other printed materials, including incunabula; literature from all centuries and nationalities; fine bindings; children's and illustrated books; ephemera; and antiquarian books on dozens of topics.

The Spring Long Island Vintage Paper Show

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GARDEN CITY, NY, APRIL 12 & 13, 2014—Flamingo Eventz is proud to announce that the Spring installment of the Long Island Vintage Paper Show will return to Garden City! This is the Original—and still the Only—Vintage Paper, Book & Advertising Show on Long Island! Here you can shop where the pros shop, where you’ll find truly affordable prices, knowledgeable dealers, and the very best in Vintage Works on Paper!

Once again, prominent exhibitors from across the United States will gather to present an outstanding array of the finest rare and unusual old books, maps, prints, ephemera, advertising, and much, much more! Plus, we have appraisals by John Bruno—star of the hit PBS series Market Warriors—on Sunday from 1-3pm.

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NEW YORK, NY—APRIL 5 & 6, 2014: Who Knows The Best Book Fairs In New York City? The Shadow Show Knows! Flamingo Eventz and Lamont Cranston step out of the shadows to celebrate Rare Book Week in New York City by announcing the return of The Manhattan Vintage Book & Ephemera Fair! And this year we’re very proud to announce the addition of The Fine Press Book Fair! Known as The Shadow Show because it is held in conjunction with the well-known New York Antiquarian Book Fair at the Park Avenue Armory, this year it will be held on Saturday & Sunday, April 5 & 6, 2014. This exceptional show has grown steadily since its inception in 2009 to present some of the finest Vintage & Antiquarian Book and Ephemera Dealers in America, Canada and Europe—many of whom are members of ABAA, ILAB, ESA, PADA, MARIAB, MABA, LIABDA and other professional groups—all gathered together for one fabulous weekend to offer an incredible Vintage Book & Ephemera adventure! With the addition of The Fine Press Book Fair this year we have doubled the size of the show and brought it to a new level of prominence in the Vintage Book & Ephemera world!

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LOS ANGELES (January 14, 2014)—In commemoration of the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare's birth in 2014, the California International Antiquarian Book Fair (Book Fair) will pay tribute to the Bard when it opens its doors to the public from February 7-9 at the Pasadena Convention Center.  The bi-annual Southern California rare book extravaganza that brings together the world's foremost dealers, collectors and scholars, the Book Fair will present a special exhibit featuring some of the finest expressions of Shakespeare through the centuries. 

The 53rd Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair

For Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the biggest values in life were neither the state finances nor his immense private property, but the books of his personal library. Heinrich Heine regarded the world of books as the most powerful universe mankind ever created. And for Jorge Luis Borges the library simply was his paradise. Some of the most beautiful items of this “capital”, “universe” or “paradise” will be presented at the 53rd Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair from 24th to 26th January 2014 in the elegant rooms of the Württemberg Art Museum, opposite to the Palace, next to the Palace Garden and directly in the city centre of Stuttgart.

82 leading rare book dealers from Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Switzerland, Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States will showcase bibliophile treasures from the Middle Ages to avant-garde and contemporary artists’ books. Magnificently illuminated manuscripts, milestones of science, autographs by famous artists, scientists, philosophers, and authors, first editions, children’s books, press books, musical scores, photographies, prints, and Japanese woodcuts along with beautifully illustrated accounts of adventurous voyages to the “edge of the world” (and beyond): The fascination of book collecting lies in its unlimited variety, and there is no better place to explore this unlimited variety than an antiquarian book fair.

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PHILADELPHIA, PA—FEBRUARY 28 & MARCH 1, 2014: Flamingo Eventz, LLC is pleased to announce the return of the Philadelphia Vintage Book & Ephemera Fair. It will be held on Friday February 28 & Saturday March 1, and presents some of the finest vintage Book & Ephemera Dealers in America & Canada.

Held at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel in the heart of Philadelphia, PA, this is an important show for Pennsylvania and all mid-Atlantic & Northeast area book lovers. This is the only major Vintage Book & Ephemera event held in the greater Philadelphia region and offers an unparalleled opportunity for all Book & Ephemera lovers. Members of ABAA, MARIAB, MABA, ILAB, and other prominent exhibitors will gather here to present an outstanding array of fine, rare & unusual old books, along with postcards, poetry, prose, political, social, historical, children's series, maps, autographs, prints, posters, World’s Fair, ephemera, and much, much more. Collectors, scholars, students, dealers, and decorators will flock to this wonderful event for the best selection, wonderful finds, and rare treasures found only here.

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BOXBOROUGH, MA—JANUARY 25, 2013: Flamingo Eventz is pleased to announce the return of the popular Boxborough Paper Town—The Vintage Paper, Books & Advertising Collectibles Show. This is the original Boxborough Paper Show where you’ll find all things Paper—from classic Ephemera to Books, Board Games, Postcards, Advertising, Classic Vinyl, and more! A long time favorite of both dealers and customers, we continue to make changes and improvements to ensure continued growth and success. We’re bigger, better, more diverse, and with lots of new dealers…this is the paper show to attend for the rare, unusual and hard to find treasure!

Scheduled for Saturday January 25, 2014 at the well-known Holiday Inn in Boxborough, MA, Exhibitors from across the Northeast and Canada will gather to present an outstanding array of fine, rare & unusual old books, maps, postcards, autographs, prints, posters, advertising, and much, much more. Plus, we have book binding & restoration information along with appraisals by well-known appraiser John Bruno, star of the PBS hit series Market Warriors, from 12-2pm. Collectors, scholars, students, dealers, and decorators flock to this wonderful event for the best selection, wonderful finds, and rare treasures found only here. Interested parties—both dealers & customers—should contact Flamingo Eventz at 603.509.2639 / FlamingoEventz@metrocast.net.

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NEW YORK, NY—JANUARY 18 & 19, 2014: Great Caesar’s Ghost—look up in the sky! Flamingo Eventz, AAB Productions, and Perry White take a leap of faith to announce the return of a quality Winter Vintage Book & Ephemera Show to New York City! A long-time favorite of both Exhibitors and Customers, and missing from the show circuit for a number of years, we have been asked repeatedly to bring this show back. We are very pleased to announce that it is revamped, modernized, improved and ready to go in its original location! Metropolis! Vintage Books & Ephemera will be held on Saturday & Sunday, January 18 & 19, 2014 as the kick-off Event to Bibliography Week in New York. This is a week-long celebration of Book History, and this exceptional show presents some of the finest Vintage & Rare Book & Ephemera Dealers in America & Canada gathered together for one fabulous weekend, and offers an incredible book & ephemera related adventure!

Held at the well-known and easily reached 69th Regiment Armory, located at 68 Lexington Avenue, between 25th & 26th Streets—and just a short cab ride from Penn Station, Grand Central Terminal, and the Port Authority—members of ABAA, ILAB, MARIAB, MABA, and other prominent exhibitors, will gather to present an outstanding array of fine, rare & unusual old books, as well as poetry, prose, political, social, historical, children's series, maps, postcards, autographs, prints, posters, World’s Fair, and much, much more. Collectors, scholars, students, dealers, and decorators alike flock to this wonderful event for the best selection, wonderful finds, and rare treasures found here and only here.

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TOTOWA, NJ—DECEMBER 6 & 7, 2013: Flamingo Eventz is pleased to announce the return of the totally revamped New Jersey Vintage Book & Ephemera Fair! One of the longest running Book and Ephemera Fairs in America and the only one of its kind in New Jersey; this well-known event has served the book and ephemera world long and proudly. This year we gave it a real shake-up, put it in a new location, and revitalized it for the new generations….by all accounts, the results are an overwhelming success!

Once again, a wonderful array of Exhibitors—many of whom are new to the show—will present a fabulous offering of fine, rare, old books along with unique paper & ephemera finds to a greatly expanded field of Customers—including many new, young and excited first-timers. If you’re Jonesing for a cool 1950’s science fiction movie poster, we’ve got you covered! You say you want to curl up in front of the fire with a mint copy of Stephen King’s “Carry”—check it out! From the frivolous to the sublime, a wealth of rare out-of-print books, posters, prints, and ephemera is waiting for you along with a treasure trove of other incredible finds! The cognoscenti will have nothing on you, Baby!

LOS ANGELES—From February 7-9, 2014, thousands of book lovers, rare book dealers, and scholars will converge at the Pasadena Convention Center for the 47th California International Antiquarian Book Fair. Recognized as one of the world's largest and most prestigious exhibitions of antiquarian books, the Book Fair gives visitors the opportunity to see, learn about and purchase the finest in rare and valuable books, manuscripts, autographs, graphics, photographs and more.  The 2014 edition of the Book Fair will also include a special celebration of William Shakespeare's 450th birthday.

Featuring the collections and rare treasures of 200 booksellers from the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, the Book Fair will present volumes from five centuries of printing, as well as original manuscripts that predate Gutenberg.  Books will cover every imaginable area of interest—from the history of travel and exploration, early science and medicine to classic literature, modern first editions, children's and illustrated books, and the arts. Items range in price from a few dollars to more than six figures.

This year's Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair will offer visitors an excellent opportunity to find the perfect antiquarian book among thousands brought to the Chelsea Old Town Hall by the 82 expert booksellers. The fair is open to the public on Friday, 1st to Saturday, 2nd November 2013.

On Friday, one of the world's leading experts on exploration and himself a travel book collector, Raymond Howgego, will be signing copies of his latest book Invented and Apocryphal Narratives of Travel. It is a comprehensive guide to invented, imaginary, apocryphal and plagiarized narratives of travel by land, sea and air, from the earliest times to the twentieth century. Although a separate publication, it also serves to complete the author's Encyclopedia of Exploration, a four volume, 3.7 million-word work dealing with voyages ad travels of indisputable historical reality, believed by many experts to be the largest unaided single-author work in the English language. The book costs £105 and will be available on the day. The book signing will take place at 5pm on the stage in the main hall.

BOSTON, MA — The annual fall gathering for booklovers, the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair, will return to the Hynes Convention Center in Boston’s beautiful Back Bay, November 15-17, 2013.  The offerings are wide and diverse from over 120 dealers from the United States, England, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Australia and The Netherlands who will exhibit and sell rare, collectible and antiquarian books, illuminated manuscripts, autographs, maps, atlases, modern first editions, photographs, and fine and decorative prints.

One of the oldest and most respected antiquarian book shows in the country, the Fair is an event that offers the ‘crème de la crème’ of items that are available on the international literary market. Whether just browsing, buying or poking, the Fair offers something for every taste and budget - books on art, politics, travel, gastronomy and science to sport, natural history, literature, music and children’s books.

The 25th Annual Southern Festival of Books

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The familiar marble of downtown Nashville’s Legislative Plaza will come alive this fall in celebration of the written word. The Southern Festival of Books, widely recognized as a fixture of fall in the South, is set to take place Oct. 11-13.

Activities in-and-around the plaza have ramped up in honor of the festival’s momentous 25th anniversary year, allowing festival-goers to experience their favorite authors and stories on a whole new level.

The 23rd Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair

The 23rd Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair will take place over two days on Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2, 2013 in the stunning surroundings of the Chelsea Old Town Hall, King's Road (opposite Sydney Street), London SW3 5EE.

The intimate, yet high-quality Fair is directed and managed by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (ABA), the UK's oldest association of antiquarian booksellers and part of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB). It attracts around 80 exhibitors, both local and from around the UK and abroad, who specialise in all types of books, manuscripts and ephemera. Tickets are complimentary if pre-booked in advance online, or £10 (£15 for two) if bought at the Fair.

(Baltimore, MD — June 25, 2013) The Baltimore Summer Antiques Show will once again feature the highly anticipated Antiquarian Book Fair when it returns to the Baltimore Convention Center the weekend prior to Labor Day, August 22-25, 2013. Produced by the Palm Beach Show Group, the Baltimore Summer Antiques Show is Maryland’s largest antiques event and the largest indoor antiques show in the country.

The Antiquarian Book Fair is a featured highlight of the event, presenting more than 70 dealers showcasing rare books, first editions, autographs, fine manuscripts, prints, and unusual bibliographical material.

Over 1,000 people visited the London International Antiquarian Book Fair on the first day, with a record-breaking queue when the Fair opened its doors at 3pm on Thursday June 13, 2013 at the National Exhibition Hall at Olympia, West London. This resulted in an 18% increase in visitor numbers on the first day compared to the 2012 Fair and this trend continued with visitor numbers up on both of the following two days.

Organised by the ABA (Antiquarian Booksellers' Association), the three-day fair, which is now in its 56th year, is the third largest English-speaking Antiquarian Book Fair in the world, and attracted a record 186* exhibitors from 22 countries. Sales were steady throughout the fair, and exhibitors across the board were happy with their sales figures achieved, which were only slightly down from last year's record numbers with £3.35 million of total sales this year.

The 24th Annual Antiquarian Book fair will be held again at the John Dewey Academy, (Searles Castle), 389 Main Street, Gt. Barringtoon, MA (Rt. 7), on Saturday, July 27, 2013.

This show is called "the sleeper in the Berkshires." The dealers come from all over the United States and Canada.  There will be many repeat dealers as the Venue is great, and the dealers do very well, as Gt. Barrington is in the heart of the Berkshires, with visitors having second homes and look forward to this event.  Tanglewood is the main attraction in Lenox, and the quality of the people attending are upper class, and are not afraid to spend money on their collections.  The public loves this town as there are many fabulous restaurants, great shops, etc.

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