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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 fourth edition of Northampton Book and Book Arts Fair on Friday, November 30, 2018, 5 to 9 pm and Saturday, December 1, 2018, 10 am to 4 pm at the Smith College Campus Center.

In addition to an exhibition and sale, on November 30th at 4pm, the fair will feature a round-table discussion with curators of special collections from the 5-College libraries, at Graham Hall auditorium, adjacent to the Smith College Art Museum.  “There is no end to the designs, illustrations, materials, texts, genres, and fascination of fine press books.  For more than 150 years, they have been produced--and seriously collected.  This round-table will look at private and institutional collecting of these amazing books,” says moderator and rare book librarian Sidney Berger.  An opening reception will follow at the Campus Center Wilson Atrium. 

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

Sponsored by Smith College Libraries. Produced by Book Arts Promotions.  Media Sponsor:  New England Public Radio  

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

Northampton Book and Book Arts Fair Exhibitors by Location

Massachusetts:

L&T Respess Books, Double Elephant Press, and MJS Books & Graphics, Northampton    

Bear Hollow Antiques, Florence             

White Square Fine Books & Art, Warwick Press, Easthampton

Shelburne Falls Booksellers, Monroe Bridge Books, and Wiggins Fine Books, Shelburne Falls

New England Auctions, Deerfield

Swamp Press, Northfield

Messenger Press, North Adams

29 Press, of Cheshire

Willow Bindery, Shrewsbury

Peter L.  Stern & Co., Boston

Laurie Alpert, Brookline

Original Antique Maps, Framingham

Sheryl Jaffe, Papermaker, Wellfleet

 Vermont:

Book Arts Guild of Vermont, Charlotte, VT

Country Bookshop, Plainfield, VT

Shattuck Studio, Rutland, VT

New Jersey:

Le Bookiniste, Hopewell, NJ

Jeffrey Bergman Books, of Fort Lee, NJ

Pied Oxen Printers, Hopewell, NJ

New York:

Caliban Press, Ogdensburg, NY

Connecticut:

Colebrook Book Barn, of Colebrook, CT

John Bale Books, of Waterbury, CT

Yesterday’s Gallery, of East Woodstock, CT

Pennsylvania:

William Hutchinson, of Mendenhall, PA

Maryland:

Grampy’s Attic Books, of Ellicott City, MD

Maine:

Design Smith, Camden, ME

Artisan Books & Bindery, Islesboro, ME

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

 

d040c985-d19e-4e9f-a3ea-4988136c0168.jpgLondon—Welcome to Chelsea. Not a boot, bun or soccer match but the friendliest book fair. The ABA Chelsea Rare Book Fair returns to the beautiful and historic Old Town Hall for its 28th edition.

Over eighty exhibitors - from seven European countries and the USA - who specialise in vintage and rare books, first editions, maps, prints, manuscripts and all kinds of ephemera will gather in Chelsea Old Town Hall on 2 & 3 November for the 2018 edition of The ABA Chelsea Rare Book Fair.

With prices starting at just a few pounds, visitors can add something wonderful to an existing collection, find that extra special Christmas gift, or even start a new collection. 

On display will be classics like Dickens' A Christmas Carol, George Eliot's rarest book Scenes of Clerical Life, Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, Austen's Northanger Abbey and Persuasion,  Shelley's Frankenstein and Enid Blyton's children's magazine; photography and art books including photos of the royal family, the first edition of Philippe Halsman's Jump Book, David Hockney's early illustrations from his time at Bradford Grammar School, Edward Burne-Jones The Flower Book containing 38 watercolour designs; maps of London and way beyond;  expedition adventures such as the first printed record of Cook's first voyage with 'Endeavour'; beautifully bound editions including an example of Scottish 'wheel' binding; poetry from Heaney and Coleridge, and a scarce collection of poems written by Sylvia Pankhurst during one of her numerous terms in prison, Writ on Cold Slate;  and much, much more.

The ABA will also be commemorating the centenary of the end of the First World War. Exhibitors will be displaying related works including a scarce photogravure on india of 'Jutland Jack' - at 16 years old one of the first recipients of the Victoria Cross, editions of poetry by Siegfried Sassoon  and Rupert Brooke, a handwritten letter on the first day of the Somme, a woman's manuscript of working for the War Victims' Relief Committee of the Society of Friends, an edition of Peace in Our Time with dust jacket designed by E McKnight Kauffer, a rare volume of poetry by Vera Brittain, Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks and novels by Pat Barker.

Have a wander round and seek out your favourites, join a free Guided Tour led by expert dealers on topics such as 'Eating Books', 'Modern Firsts and Children's Firsts', 'From Aldous to Zadie: Writers of the Modern Era', bookbinding and an introduction to collecting rare books.  Come to the Book Signing, enjoy tea and cake in the café.

Opening Times
Friday 2 November         2pm - 7pm
Saturday 3 November   11am - 5pm

Entry is free if visitors pre-register at www.chelseabookfair.com 

FREE GUIDED TOURS

FRIDAY 2 Nov
5:30pm: Introduction to Rare Books
Andrea Mazzocchi, a specialist in Medical, Gastronomy and Travel books from Bernard Quaritch, will be providing an introduction to the world of rare book collecting.

6pm: From Aldous to Zadie: Writers of the Modern Era
Anke Timmermann from Type & Forme will share the stories behind rare editions and beautiful dustwrappers, modern classics and forgotten bestsellers of the 20th and 21st centuries.

SATURDAY 3 Nov
1pm: A Whistle Stop Introduction to the History of Bookbinding
Antiquates' bookseller Tom Lintern-Mole will take you through how books were bound from their earliest appearance right through to the 20th century.

1:30pm: Introduction to Rare Books
By Sophie Schnedierman, a specialist in private press and illustrated books for over 28 years. For novice collectors or those with a keen interest in book collecting.

2pm: Highlights of Modern Firsts and Modern Children's
Dr Les Ashton of Ashton Rare Books will be discussing a wide and varied range of Modern Firsts and Modern Children's titles to reveal what makes them so special.

2:30pm: Beautiful Bindings
Andrew McGeachin of Heywood Hill Books will be taking us through the history of the decorated book, from the illuminated manuscript to the modern day.

3pm: Eating Books
First time exhibitor at Chelsea, Ben Kinmont from the USA, will be giving a delicious talk about collecting books on Gastronomy.

BOOK SIGNING

Friday 2 Nov 4.30pm

Rare dealer David Batterham will sign copies of Dear Howard, a hugely enjoyable collection of letters to the painter Howard Hodgkin, with an Introduction by Barry Humphries and described by Alan Bennett as portraying 'a gallery of eccentrics with Batterham himself the most notable, drunk, often penniless...'.

Image: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, reprint of the 1921 2nd edition (World's End)

Boston Satellite Fair Celebrates 7 Years

BBPEIMG_9125.JPGBoston--When Bernice Bornstein started the Boston Book Print and Ephemera Show twenty years ago, she called it a “shadow show” because it was in a garage across the street and literally in the shadows of the ABAA’s Boston International Book Fair. Bornstein grew the show and moved it to the Radisson Hotel and then to the Park Plaza Castle. When Marvin Getman purchased the show in 2013, he moved it into a much brighter space closer to the Hynes Auditorium and the ABAA Fair. At the same time, he started to promote his fair as the Satellite Fair. “I remember thinking that I was going to lift the show out of the shadows and launch it into orbit. I always felt that my fairs should be able to stand on their own without being dependent on another fair. I think I’ve proven that with my Brooklyn fair which now attracts dealers, curators, and librarians from all over the country. I am pleased that the Boston fair has proven that, by attracting a good quality group of dealers, it stands on its own as a fair that collectors and dealers love to attend.”

This year the fair has attracted several dealers who have not exhibited before, namely, Detroit dealer Evan Bates of Evan bates books and documents, Massachusetts bookbinder Christine Carpenter of Green Dragon bindery, ephemera dealer Al Malpa of Chester, CT, James McBride and Teri Osborn of newly established McBride Rare books based in New Haven, CT, Burton Miller of Books of Yore, Purcellville, VA, Boston dealer Robert Minnocci of RJM Autogtraphs and Antiques, Cincinnati dealer Ted Twyman of The First Edition Rare Books, and Ralph Galo of Eclectibles, Tolland, CT.

These dealers will join 60 others at this one-day fair on Saturday November 17, at the Back Bay Events Center, 180 Berkeley St. just 4 walkable blocks from the ABAA fair. Hours are 8am-4pm. Discounted admissions are available online at bookandpaperfairs.com.

BIABF_Anonyme regla y constitutiones de la cofradia_Courtesy Rare Books Le Feu Follet.jpgBoston - 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 42nd year, November 16-18, 2018.  Featuring the collections and rare treasures of 130 booksellers from the U.S., England, Canada, Netherlands, France, Germany, Russia, Denmark, and Argentina, the Boston Book Fair gives visitors the opportunity to see, learn about, and purchase the finest in rare and valuable books, illuminated manuscripts, autographs, graphics, maps, atlases, photographs, fine and decorative prints, and much more.

Special events at this year’s Fair include Documentary Filmmaker Frederick Wiseman on the making of Ex Libris: The New York Public Library; political guru Michael Goldman on 1968: The Year of the Century; Aji Yamazaki from the Kyoto Book Artists Society in discussion with Charles Vilnis on Japanese art books; Editor Peter K. Steinberg on Sylvia Plath; and the 17th annual Ticknor Society Roundtable panel discussion on starting a collection. Visit www.bostonbookfair.com for complete event listings.

One of the oldest and most respected antiquarian book shows in the country, the event offers a top selection of items available on the international literary market. Attendees have the unique chance to get a close look at rare and historic museum-quality items, offered by some of the most prestigious participants in the trade.  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—all appealing to a range of bibliophiles and browsers.

Among the highlighted items for sale at this year’s fair will be: the legendary Blue Map of China from the 19th century Qing Empire-one of the rarest, largest, and most aesthetically magnificent maps ever made!; Sylvia Plath’s own proof copy of The Bell Jar; America's National Game by A.J. Spalding, published in 1911-a classic in baseball collecting; an original handwritten manuscript by Martin Luther King Jr. for his first book, Stride Toward Freedom; a newly discovered and never published fourteenth century commentary on The New Testament, published in Paris around 1350; the original unpublished 1980 typescript of Luis Buñuel's last screenplay, Agón o El Canto del Cisne [Struggle or Swan Song]; a rare collection of documents evoking the climax and the dawn of decay of the mighty Medici dynasty, the most influential family of the Italian Renaissance; a rare copy of the first printed Sea Chart to correctly locate Boston, 1647; an elaborately illustrated 16th century gilded vellum folio from Spain of Regla y constitutiones de la cofradia del Sanctissimo sacramento de la yglesia de San Christoval de Granada; autographed letters and memorabilia from the 1960s of Ethel Kennedy and Richard Nixon; a wondrous work of fin de siècle art and occultism-Austin de Croze’s unpublished illustrated poetic collection La Lumière Magique, created in 1920s Paris; and rare and first editions of works by Margaret Atwood, James Baldwin, William Blake, Charlotte Bronte, Albert Camus, Albert Einstein, Charles Dickens, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Betty Friedan, Beatrix Potter, Marcel Proust, Ayn Rand, Sir Walter Scott, Kurt Vonnegut, and Edith Wharton.

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. The Fair is an opportunity to learn tips on how to start a collection and talk to dealers who are experts in their specialties.

On Sunday from 1:00-3:00pm, attendees are invited to bring in their own books for FREE APPRAISALS!

Tickets are $20 for Friday night’s exclusive Opening Night 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.

Friday, November 16              5:00-9:00pm             Tickets: $20.00 - Opening Night (valid all weekend)   

Saturday, November 17          12:00-7:00pm          Free Admission 

Sunday, November 18             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

Kyoto Book Artists Society-Aji Yamazaki & Charles Vilnis

Saturday, November 17, 1:00 pm

Learn about the world of Japanese art books with Aji Yamazaki, one of Kyoto’s top dealers, in discussion with Boston Book Company Principal Charles Vilnis, an expert in the field of Japanese printing. 

Ticknor Society Roundtable: Starting a Collection

Ken Gloss, Luke Kennedy Kelly, Alexander M. Koch

Saturday, November 17, 2:30 pm

This year’s Ticknor Society’s Collectors Roundtable will discuss the best ways for new and young collectors to begin a book collection. The panel will feature Ken Gloss, proprietor of Boston’s iconic Brattle Book Shop; Luke Kelly, Harvard University student and award-winning book collector; and Alexander Koch, book collector and Maine Conservation Task Force member.  Ticknor Society Board Member and former president, Chris Morgan will moderate.

Ex Libris: The New York Public Library with Director Frederick Wiseman

Saturday, November 17, 4:00 pm

In Ex Libris, famed director Frederick Wiseman, goes behind the scenes of one of the greatest institutions in the world, The New York Public Library, revealing it to be a place of cultural exchange, learning and community. With 92 locations through Manhattan and the boroughs, The New York Public Library affirms the deeply-held American belief that individuals have a right to know and be informed. Wiseman, arguably one of the greatest living documentary filmmakers, will discuss the making of Ex Libris and will be available for questions on this and other highlights of his brilliant career.  The film will be shown at the BPL Copley Branch prior to Wiseman’s talk, details TBA.

1968: The Year of the Century-Michael Goldman

Sunday, November 18, 1:30 pm Exhibit Hall Theater

Political and cultural historian Michael Goldman has been collecting books on 1968 for decades, to the point where the local monthly publication The Improper Bostonian once opined that the two best places to relive the spirit of the late 1960s were Harvard Square and the book cases in Michael Goldman’s basement! For this presentation, Goldman will explain what it is about the year 1968 that continues to fascinate and frustrate those who remember it, as well as those who missed it, and also why many of its events, music, books, and films remains the focal point of so many in our culture right into 2018.

Sylvia Plath’s Letters & Traces-Peter K. Steinberg

Sunday, November 18, 3:00 pm

Join Peter K. Steinberg for a discussion on the editorial role he served in the recently published two-volume Letters of Sylvia Plath (Faber, 2017; HarperCollins, 2018). He will discuss finding, transcribing, and annotating the more than 1,400 letters in the books. The talk will conclude with the discovery of two lost Plath poems on a piece of carbon typing paper. Steinberg maintains the oldest, continuously updated websites about Plath: (www.sylviaplath.info) and the Sylvia Plath Info Blog (http://sylviaplathinfo.blogspot.com). 

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!

Image: Anonyme regla y constitutiones de la cofradia. Courtesy Rare Books Le Feu Follet.

Sm9obiBMZW5ub24ucG5n.pngPeter Harrington, one of the world’s largest rare booksellers, is attending the Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair this October with 75 of its finest rare books, each of which has a fascinating history. The Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair is being held at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall from 10am - 6pm on Saturday October 13th and from 11am - 4pm on Sunday October 14th.

Pom Harrington, the owner of Peter Harrington, says “We are bringing with us some absolutely fascinating rare books which we have specially selected to be of interest to visitors to this fair. Do come and visit us if you can to see these incredible historic books and to talk to our experts on the stand.”

Items on display will include:

The Second Folio of Comedies, Histories & Tragedies by William Shakespeare (1632) which is the earliest practically obtainable edition of the greatest single volume in English literature ($358,000); 

A first edition of Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1934) which is inscribed by the author to his sometimes lover Margaret Case Harriman “For Margaret Harriman, who has inspired all my books this tale of our life together in Switzerland, France & USSR from Her Chattel F. Scott Fitzgerald July 1935” ($42,300);

A first edition of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885) inscribed by the author Mark Twain “To Miss Annie Price from the Author, with Merry Christmas 1887.” Annie Price was the niece of Twain’s fellow author Charles Dudley Warner ($117,000);

One of the 5,150 paperback first editions of Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone (1997) by JK Rowling ($6,500); 

A Tribute in Words & Pictures by Margaret Thatcher (2005) inscribed to her son, “Mark Lots of love Mum”. The book was produced for Margaret Thatcher’s 80th birthday but this copy wasn’t presented to Mark and was retained in her personal library ($5,800);

African Game Trails by Theodore Roosevelt (1910) first edition, inscribed by Roosevelt ($4,200);

A first edition of In His Own Write by John Lennon (1964). This was his first book, which was also illustrated by him and was signed by him too and is therefore exceedingly rare. It was also the first solo project by a member of the Beatles ($9,750);

Death in the Afternoon by Ernest Hemingway (1932). This first edition is inscribed by Hemingway, “To Bob Kriendler with best wishes from his friend Ernest Hemingway”. The recipient was Robert “Bob” Kriendler, who ran, with his brothers, the iconic speakeasy 21 Club, one of Hemingway's favorite New York watering holes. Bob Kriendler persuaded his brother Jack to stock the books of their famous author-customers and often, a customer who bought a book discovered that the author was in the club, so he could depart not only having eaten a good meal, but with a signed first edition ($19,500);

In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway (1924) which is his first collection of short stories. This is a first edition numbered 69 of the 170 copies printed ($71,600).

Image: A Signed First Edition of In His Own Write by John Lennon, 1964 ($9,750)

f2c121dd-67be-4844-82c9-81a94c2b77e3.jpgPrinted Matter, Inc. presents THE NY ART BOOK FAIR, September 21-23, 2018

Preview: Thursday, September 20, 6-9pm (Purchase preview tickets here)

MoMA PS1

Long Island City, Queens
Free entrance

Printed Matter presents the thirteenth annual NY Art Book Fair (NYABF), from September 21-23, 2018, at MoMA PS1. The NY Art Book Fair is the leading international gathering for the distribution of artists’ books, celebrating the full breadth of the art publishing community. 

Free and open to the public, the event draws more than 35,000 individuals including book lovers, collectors, artists, and art world professionals each year. In 2018, the NYABF will host 365 exhibitors from around the world featuring a wide variety of works - from zines and artists’ books to antiquarian books and contemporary art editions. The NYABF offers countless opportunities to attend free programs including artist-led discussions, performances, interactive workshops, and curated exhibitions. 

THE NY ART BOOK FAIR PREVIEW

Join us on Thursday, September 20 from 6-9 pm, at MoMA PS1 for the opening night preview. The evening will feature special live performances from DJ Monchan, Roe Enney, and Odwalla1221, presented by Blank Forms. Ticket is $20 and includes a limited edition work by artist Ryan Gander.  Purchase here

NYABF 2018 FUNDRAISING EDITIONS
Printed Matter presents new limited-edition artworks by Laylah Ali, Ryan Gander, and Eileen Quinlan

Comfort with Rage (shown right) is a 4-color silkscreen print by artist Laylah Ali. The new work is based on a recent drawing emblematic of the artist’s interest in creating narratives and imagery that question the stability of fixed cultural, racial, and sexual definitions. Signed and numbered in an edition of 100.

Accelerated Logic by Ryan Gander is this year's ticket edition. This laser die-cut stencil in orange acrylic contains annotations made by the artist to page 11 of John Berger’s Ways of Seeing. The annotations select, highlight, and censor the still in-print publication. Mirroring the mass production of the book, the work considers the possible multiplication of a personal perspective through the function of the stencil. Produced in an edition of 2000.

Artist Eileen Quinlan releases two new gelatin silver prints, Cleaved Crow and Pole Position. These photographic editions utilize images found online, each printed and rephotographed, then manually manipulated through analog processes. In Cleaved Crow, the bird is representative of Quinlan's interest in non-human intelligence and what constitutes "being" in relation to the emergence of artificial intelligence on a mass scale. In Pole Position, the artist reworks a rendering of a supernova in which the star and surrounding sky evoke existential questions about our place in the universe. Center points (apertures, orifices, bullet holes, vanishing points, and the eyes of storms) are a recurring motif for the artist. Signed and numbered in an edition of 20 each.

PRINTED MATTER @ NYABF

Visit us this weekend in the MoMA PS1 Lobby, where we'll present an offering of recent contemporary favorites from the bookstore, as well as at our Out of Print booth (L03), featuring an exciting selection of rare and out of print materials. Highlights at the OP booth include two issues of the classic mimeograph artists' periodical 0 to 9, Seth Siegelaub's famed the Xerox Book, vintage Marcel Broodthaers exhibition posters, print multiples by Barbara Kruger from the 80s and 90s, a complete set of the experimental fiction periodical by women authors Top Stories, and a broad selection of artists' books from the 60s and 70s by Mel Bochner, Ed Ruscha and Lawrence Weiner, and more.

PRINTED MATTER SIGNING EVENTS

Printed Matter hosts book signings throughout the NYABF at the main booth (LOBBY)

9/22, 2PM - Signing of Weaving Language II by Francesca Capone 

9/22, 3PM - Signing of Passion by Bernhard Kleber. Published by Walter de Gruyter GmbH. More.

9/22, 4PM - Launch of The Mysterious Tale of Gentle Jack and Lord Bumblebee. Signing with Stephen Ostrowski. Published by Small Press. More.

SPECIAL PROGRAMMING

A History of Zines!

Printed Matter proudly presents a wide-reaching historical exhibition of zine publishing across the 20th century and onward, beginning with science-fiction and underground horror publications of the 1920s, and concluding with new works created on occasion of this year’s NYABF. A History of Zines! gathers more than 400 self-published works and related archival materials, spanning genres and offering an unmediated view into various subcultures and grassroots activism, including LGBTQ, punk, hip-hop, the Mimeo Revolution, photography, skateboarding, the Beats, and feminism. A selection of zines will be available for browsing. A History of Zines! is dedicated to the memory and legacy of Shannon Michael Cane. Curated by 8-Ball Community and Johan Kugelberg/Boo-Hooray.

The Classroom

The Classroom provides space for informal lectures, readings, screenings and other activities by artists, writers, designers and publishers. The program highlights exciting new releases at the Fair and fosters dialogue around important themes for contemporary art publishing and the broader community. Participants include: Ann Butler, Johanna Drucker, Lia Gangitano, Nontsikelelo Mutiti, Tammy Nguyen, Jeanine Tang, Lynne Tillman, Ruth van Beek, and Martha Wilson, among many others. Organized by David Senior, Head of the Library and Archives, SFMOMA.
See the full Classroom schedule here

Friendly Fire

A component of the NYABF since its inception in 2006, Friendly Fire features presses and artists' collectives that practice different forms of cultural, social and political activism. This year's participants include 8-Ball Community, Allied Productions, Inc, Interference Archive, Justseeds Artists' Cooperative, True Laurels, and Visual AIDS among others. Curated by Printed Matter’s Executive Director Max Schumann.

See the full Friendly Fire list here

Exhibitor Project Spaces

The 2018 NY Art Book Fair features a number of special exhibitor projects, including an immersive interactive reading room of The Free Black Women’s Library by 3 Dot Zine , a presentation of posters and drawings from Richard McGuire by Alden ProjectsTM, a project space in collaboration with choreographer William Forsythe presented by Gagosian, an exhibition of works and notebooks by Dan Asher from Martos Gallery, an installation of new limited edition artists’ book editions from onestar press and Three Star Books, new screenprint portfolios by artists Shio Kusaka and Nicolas Party from Karma, and the return of the special Boiler Room installation from Netherlands-based Werkplaats Typografie.  See full Exhibitor Project Details here

Project Focus: Press Press & We the News

Press Press and We the News develop two new projects for the NY Art Book Fair in the MoMA PS1 courtyard, addressing questions around immigration and the immigrant experience in the US. Baltimore based printing studio and storefront Press Press present an interactive exhibition and program series around Sentiments: Expressions of Cultural Passage, a new publication compiling conversations, artist projects, and writings that explore cultural passage, immigrant identity, and notions of sanctuary. Meanwhile, We the News, a project by artist and designer Lizania Cruz, presents a newstand featuring zines by black immigrants and first-generation black Americans. See more on these projects here

Shannon Michael Cane Award

The Shannon Michael Cane Award is granted to four first-time NYABF exhibitors (artists, artists' book publishers, or collectives) in the early stages of their career. The inaugural year winners are backbone books, Ian Giles, MonoRhetorik, and Sming Sming Books.

SMC Bulletin Board & Program 

Throughout the Fair weekend, visitors are invited to contribute memories, thoughts, illustrations, and other personal expressions to a bulletin board located in the Basement to remember our dear friend and colleague Shannon Michael Cane (1974-2017). Printed Matter hopes to compile and publish these pages, online or in print, in remembrance of Shannon’s lasting impact.  We invite you to gather in the Basement Theater from 11am -1pm, Sunday, September 23, to share memories, stories, or simply reflect. 

Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference (CABC)

This year the Conference (Friday and Saturday) relocates to the newly opened Book Culture space at 26-09 Jackson Ave, just a few blocks away. Planned session topics include queer and trans perspectives in artist publishing, migration and diasporic community-based publishing, vernacular photography with poetry and prose, the history and influence of Avalanche magazine, and the relationship of comics and graphic novels to artists’ books and the fine arts.

See the full CABC schedule here

Courtyard Stage

The Courtyard Stage has a ten year history of showcasing emerging talent alongside legendary artists and will host performances from musicians and sound artists to poets and performance artists running throughout the fair weekend. This year's programs are presented by Blank Forms, Printed Matter, Inc., Heavy Trip, and Pioneer Works. See the full list of Fair performances here.

Montez Press Radio
Montez Press Radio will present a day-long live broadcast (Friday, September 22, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Basement Theater) featuring performances, conversations, and recordings with a focus on the benefits of piracy, small presses, and alternative forms of distribution. In the spirit of pirate radio and its history, the station will broadcast from an onsite RV for the remaining duration of the fair. 

Social Media

Follow the NYABF on Instagram to stay up to date with everything that's going on @printedmatter_artbookfairs. Tag us #nyabf2018

HOURS AND LOCATION

Preview Thursday, September 20, 6-9pm (Ticketed)
Friday, September 21, 1-7pm
Saturday, September 22, 11am-9pm
Sunday, September 23, 11am-7pm

MoMA PS1 is located at 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, NY

Image: Jesse Winter

Betty Crocker copy.jpgWashington, D.C. - Visitors have the rare chance to flip through and purchase a piece of history at the 43rd annual Washington Antiquarian Book Fair: September 28­-29, 2018 at Holiday Inn Rosslyn. 

WABF is the D.C. region’s only curated festival of rare and collectible books, manuscripts, autographs, maps, drawings and other fine ephemera. 

Among this year’s highlights:

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  • 1st edition of Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897): bound in publisher’s original cloth
  • ­ Limited­ edition copy of Betty Crocker’s Picture Cook Book: signed by the author
  • ­ 1st edition of Thunderball (1961): Ian Fleming’s first novel featuring notorious James Bond villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld
  • ­ 1st printing of Thomas Pynchon’s 1973 novel, Gravity’s Rainbow 

You needn’t be a veteran collector - or a gazillionaire - to enjoy WABF. More than 60 exhibitors will offer items for all budgets and interests. 

WABF director Beth Campbell says the personal nature of WABF is something worth celebrating, especially “with the advent of doing business online.” She calls WABF “an active museum, a forum to access diverse knowledge gathered in one place.”

WABF is “about connectedness and discovery,” Campbell 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.”

Special features at the 43rd annual WABF include personalized impromptu haikus from “wordsmith minimalists” Haiku Gals, and the chance to make bookmarks and bind pamphlets with renowned bookbinder and conservator Jill Deiss of Cat Tail Run Hand Bookbinding.

What: 43rd Annual Washington Antiquarian Book Fair (www.wabf.com) 

When: Friday, September 28, 2017: 5pm - 9pm; Saturday, September 29, 2017: 10am - 5pm

Where: Holiday Inn Rosslyn: 1900 Fort Myer Dr., Arlington, VA, 22209

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

Find Us: Twitter: @theWABF (#WABF18) / Facebook: facebook.com/thewabf 

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

Alexander Vetro -Suzdal Evening-.jpgIt appears that revolutionary ideas in society and revolutionary ideas in art develop simultaneously, “observes OLesya Koenig, co-owner with her husband Jerry Koenig of the From Russia with Art gallery. “Political ideas emanating from the 1917 Russian Revolution quickly found their way into art movements such as Constructivism and Suprematism, producing startling new original works of enduring quality, while maintaining realism in art -an important vision of everyday life.

From Russia with Art will be featuring a curated collection of works on paper by leading artists from this important time period at the upcoming Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair, (BABF), Sept. 8 & 9 at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint. The Cambridge, Mass art gallery will have on display and for sale, etchings and prints from such major artists as Stanislav Nikireev, Alexander Vetrov, and Vladimir Vorobyov, in the BABF’s new fair-within-a-fair section, “The Brooklyn Print & Photo Fair.  “Some of Russia’s best artists have focused their creative energy mastering printmaking, particularly etching - and the results are breathtaking, but hard to find in this country,” says Ms. Koenig.  From Russia With Art is helping to change that.  

Stanislav Nikiereev (1932-2007), known as the “People’s Artist of Russia,”  was one of the most remarkable Masters of modern Russian Fine Arts. Experts consider his incredibly detailed works as a unique phenomenon in current landscape art and etching technique, to be compared only with the legacy of old Masters, such as Albrecht Durer, Rembrandt van Rijn and especially Pieter Brueghel the Elder.  

Etchings, aquatints and dry points (an engraving or print made with a dry point needle), rarely seen in the United States, by “Honored Artists of Russia” - Aleander Vetrov, an outstanding colored-etching craftsman; Vladimir Vorobyov and Irina Makoveeva; will also be presented as part of the BABF exhibition. Vetrov, Vorobyov and Makoveeva have had exhibitions in America and Europe. From Russia with Art will also feature rarely seen original works on paper (pastels, mixed media, drawings) by an important Italian-American modernist August Mosca (1909-2002,) created by the artist in the 1940s-1970s,  as well as the rich color oil paintings by St. Petersburg artist, Grigory Samson, who explored a variety of styles throughout his life from Cubism to Surrealism.  

One hundred years ago, Russian art brought a revolutionary vision to the world and was eagerly grasped and appreciated by American and European artists working throughout the world.  It was a major contribution and endures today.  As Olesya Koenig says, “Art is organically interwoven into the fabric of life, whether in times of political change and uncertainty, or more stable eras in which we can contemplate how, so often, art shows the way.

Fair hours are:  Sat., September 8th, noon-7pm; Sun. September 9th, 11am-4pm; Admission:  Weekend pass:  $15 for adults; Sunday admission $10. Contact:  info@brooklynbookfair.com, 781-862-4039

TS Eliot - The Cocktail Party.jpgNorthhampton, MA—Flamingo Eventz and the Southern New England Antiquarian Booksellers have joined forces to present the 14th Annual Pioneer Valley Book & Ephemera Fair on Sunday, October 14, 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 14, 2018; 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.

Nakki_Photobooth_1 copy.jpgBefore the i-phone and “selfies”, there was the photobooth—the forerunner of instant photography. Baby Boomers will  remember sitting in the photobooth , primping, making faces, squeezing in friends. But, surprisingly, it is Millennial who are rediscovering the fun of the Photobooth. Invented by Siberian émigré, Anatol Josepho and first introduced in 1925, the photobooth is enjoying renewed popularity. Today, they’re a “must” for wedding receptions and would you believe - even made an appearance at the Academy Awards and the Emmys!  

At the upcoming Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair, Sept. 8 & 9 at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint, the fascination of the photobooth will be explored in both a one-of-a-kind exhibit and talk by film and dark room photographer Nakki Goranin. The author of the American Photobooth, published by W.W. Norton and Co., and a long-time collector of fascinating photobooth images, Ms. Goranin will present her talk ,” The Photobooth: A Short History and Conversation about a Photographic Revolution,” on Saturday, Sept. 8th at 4:00 pm.  At the same time, show goers won’t want to miss the photobooth exhibit she has created especially for this Fair. It features a dozen blow-ups of her own work, including both photobooth and tintype art. 

Ms. Goranin, whose interest in photography started in childhood, spends hours at the computer, taking small vintage photos, not much larger than a quarter, enlarging them, playing with the tones and transforming  them. What was a vernacular shot becomes fine art. “What is so wonderful about the photobooth was the changing world it represented, and the fact that it made photography available to everyone,” notes Ms. Goranin.  

As many as 7,500 people a day would line up to have their photos taken for 25 cents in Josepho’s Photomaton Studio on Broadway in the 1920s. The 1953 film The Band Wagon saw Fred Astaire dancing into and out of a Photomatic booth.   Four years later, Esquire magazine lugged an art deco photobooth into Richard Avedon’s NYC studio for a stunning photo essay that included images of Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Truman Capote and Ethel Merman. Andy Warhol became fascinated with photobooth images in the 1960s, envisioning the color and sense of movement the artist could achieve by combining a variety of poses from the booth. 

“I think about the people in the Photobooth,” adds Ms. Goranin, “who they were on that day,  the time in which they lived. My favorite photobooth images are the most tender ones -- couples shyly kissing for the first time; images in which you can see genuine affection between people, as well as portraits that show humor, such as a blowup of three ‘wise guys’ - young men puffing on their cigars. I love each photo. I fall in love with the people in them. I strive to convey this feeling to the viewer.”

Ms. Goranin’s exhibit will also feature tintypes - a wet-plate process whereby a photograph is taken as a positive and applied on a thin tin plate.  An outstanding example is a photographic panorama of the Chicago Exhibition of 1893, which Ms. Goranin created from two separate images she purchased twenty years apart -- two of the few tintypes to survive from the Exhibition. Admission to the talk is free with online registration and purchase of a Fair ticket.

Image: This vintage Photobooth image from Nakki Goranin’s exhibit at the Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair came from the Midwest and was probably made in the era of the great farming migration and the dust bowl days.  Most likely they were farmboys in town for a Saturday adventure, getting their photo taken in a Photobooth for a quarter. Ms. Goranin, author of American Photobooth, will also offer a special talk on The Photobooth and its Revival of Memories at the fair on Saturday, September 8th, at 4 pm. 

7ebdd6be-2a80-4c5c-8bad-429d6aeca74a.jpgThe second weekend of June 2019 promises to be unmissable for book lovers as a major new fair will open every day between Thursday 6 and Sunday 9 June. For the first time the flagship summer book fairs of the ABA and PBFA will coincide with the annual London Map Fair and Etc Fairs' Bloomsbury Book Fair. 

 

For many years the fairs have been days or even weeks apart. 2019 will mark a return to traditional June dates which will not clash with Bank or School Holidays. Collectors, dealers and curators from around the world will not have to make tough decisions about which fairs to attend.

Book, map and print lovers can start this special weekend with an extravaganza of books at the PBFA London Antiquarian Book Fair. Opening at noon on Thursday June 6, and running through Friday June 7, the IBIS hotel in Lille Road will welcome over 100 dealers from all around the world.  This guarantees a wide range of material to suite every interest and pocket.

Opening on Friday June 7 and running through to Sunday June 9: Firsts - London’s Rare Book Fair, the ABA’s annual flagship event and one of the most prestigious rare books fairs in the world, will be staged in beautiful Battersea Park and will welcome over 170 international exhibitors.

Opening at noon on Saturday June 8: The London Map Fair. Held annually at the Royal Geographical Society, SW7, with over 40 leading international exhibitors, this is the largest as well as the oldest specialist antique map fair in the world. 

The Bloomsbury Book Fair, organised by Etc Fairs will be held on Sunday June 9 from 10am - 3.30pm. With over 120 dealers from the UK, Europe and further afield, the summer fair is a key event in their fairs calendar, always drawing an excellently diverse selection of buyers and booksellers.

Image: Photo credit Iona Wolff

 

The Phantom in Skanor by De Geer.jpgIt’s the largest known collection of artwork and photography produced by the leading Swedish and Scandinavian artists of the 1960s and 70s counterculture. The Swedish Underground Exhibition, one of the finest examples of the shift in post-war art in Sweden, is coming to the Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair, Sept. 8 & 9 at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint. The exhibition will be on view both days of the Fair during show hours in the Center’s exhibit room.   

Organized and curated by Johan Kugelberg, founder of Boo-Hooray, the organization he formed to formalize his archival collections of hip hop, punk and counter culture art,  the exhibition features major artistic voices of the time. At the center of the movement is Carl Johan De Geer, the Swedish artist and photographer, who began taking photographs in the 1960s that captured the grit of everyday Swedish life. De Geer’s photographs serve as a visual record of the era’s societal and cultural upheaval in otherwise conservative Sweden.

Like many artists of the time, De Geer became associated with Galleri Karlsson, considered the epicenter of the countercultural movement. The gallery exhibited artists such as De Geer and his wife, Mari-Louise De Geer, an accomplished artist in her own right;  Lars Hillersberg, Lena Svedberg, and Oyvind Fahlstrom - all of whom are represented in the upcoming exhibition.

In the late 60’s, De Geer, along with Svedberg, Hillersberg, and two other Swedish artists were associated with the leading Swedish underground publication of the Time, Puss magazine, contributing to its satire-driven, progressive content. The work of Lars Hillersberg, often employed humor and caricature in his political cartoons. Oyvind Fahlstrome served as New York correspondent, covering the city’s underground art scene.

Lena Svedberg (1946-1972) is cited as the greatest political artist associated with Puss. A compulsive draftsman, she avoided gallery shows, making her work difficult to sell.  De Geer’s documentary, “ I Remember Lena Svedberg is a masterful tribute to the artist, who committed suicide at age 16. The Swedish Underground Exhibit contains several original Svedberg artworks, as well as reproductions in prints and publications such as Puss.

Johan Kugelberg, who teaches and hosts symposiums at Yale and Cornell Universities, as well as Rare Book School at the University of Virginia, will conduct a tour of the exhibit and give a talk, humorously titled, “Why is The Swedish Underground Important:  I Don’t Speak Swedish,” on Sunday September 9th at  2pm. The tour and talk is free with pre-registration on the Fair’s website - www.brooklynbookfair.com.  

Show hours are: Saturday noon-7pm; Sunday 11am-4pm.   Admission:  Weekend pass $15 for adults; Sunday admission $10. An opening “Bagels & Books,” preview is scheduled for Saturday, 10am on.  The preview benefits scholarships at the University of Virginia’s Rare Book School. Tickets are $30 and available online at a discounted price at brooklynbookfair.com

Image: Like many artists of the time, De Geer, a talented painter, photographer, illustrator and filmmaker, became associated with Galleri Karlsson, considered the epicenter of the countercultural movement. The Swedish Underground Exhibition opens Sept. 8 & 9 at the Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair. It is largest known collection of counterculture artwork and photography produced by  leading Swedish and Scandinavian artists of the 1960s and 70s. The 100-exhibitor Fair is held at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint.

BIABF-cloth bindings_Courtesy Brattle Book Shop copy.jpgBoston - 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 42nd year, November 16-18, 2018. Featuring the collections and rare treasures of 130 booksellers from the U.S., England, Canada, Netherlands, France, Germany, Russia, Denmark, and Argentina, the Boston Book Fair gives visitors the opportunity to see, learn about, and purchase the finest in rare and valuable books, illuminated manuscripts, autographs, graphics, maps, atlases, photographs, fine and decorative prints, and much more.

One of the oldest and most respected antiquarian book shows in the country, the event offers a top selection of items available on the international literary market. Attendees have the unique chance to get a close look at rare and historic museum-quality items, offered by some of the most prestigious participants in the trade.  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—all appealing to a range of bibliophiles and browsers.

“We’re seeing a marked increase in dealers participating in this year’s event, including many dealers who are participating for the first time, “ said show producer Betty Fulton. “We’re very excited to see the array of items they will be bringing with them to Boston.”

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.  The Fair is an opportunity to learn tips on how to start a collection, and talk to dealers who are experts in their specialties.

Special events at the Fair will include The Ticknor Society’s annual Collectors’ Roundtable, free appraisals, and other talks and demonstrations to be announced early this fall.  Visit www.bostonbookfair for updated event listings.

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.

Friday, November 16              5:00-9:00pm             Tickets: $20.00 - Opening Night (valid all weekend)   

Saturday, November 17          12:00-7:00pm          Free Admission 

Sunday, November 18             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.

MoserNoFatherMLM71811_73495v_0002-hpr(1).jpg“It’s alive, It’s alive! cried the crazed scientist, Dr. Frankenstein, looking up from his operating table and exulting at the success of his scientific experiment.  And, in fact, the hated and lonely, yet fabulous creation of the mad scientist is alive and thriving in 2018 - two hundred years later!

Mary Godwin Shelley’s iconic novel, Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus,” written when she was just 21 years old -  a remarkable literary feat for a young woman just finding her way in the world-- is 200 years old this year.   It’s an anniversary that is soon to be the subject of a major exhibition this Fall at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York City, appropriately titled, “It’s Alive:  Frankenstein at 200.”

A special preview of this exhibition, will be featured at the upcoming Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair, September 8 & 9 at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint - a not-to-be-missed event for all those who continue to be fascinated  and drawn to this world classic novel.  The exhibition’s curators,  the Morgan Library’s John Bidwell, and New York Public Library’s Elizabeth Denlinger, are scheduled to present a talk on Sat. Sept 8th at 5pm that previews the Morgan exhibition and looks at the enduring legacy of Mary Shelley’s novel.  It is a wonderful opportunity to sample some of the excitement of the upcoming exhibition a month before its actual opening at the Morgan Library.

Mary’s own life echoed some of the estrangement of the monster she created.  The wife of Percy Bysshe Shelley, one of England’s most renowned 19th century poets, Mary was the daughter of philosopher and political writer, William Godwin, and early feminist writer, Mary Wollstonecraft, who died shortly after Mary’s birth in 1797.  Mary was raised  in London by her father and stepmother.  It was a difficult childhood, not much enlightened by love nor formal education.  Mary escaped her challenging home life by reading and daydreaming.

At age 17, she entered into a relationship with Shelley, a devoted student of  Mary’s father.  Although still married to his first wife, he and the teenaged Mary fled England to travel throughout Europe for the next two years.   Perpetually poor, they ended up in Switzerland with a group of similarly poor friends, including Lord Byron, who had rented a house at Lake Geneva.  The friends entertained themselves one rainy summer day by reading a book of ghost stories.

“Let’s write our own ghost story,” Byron suggested.  This was the impetus for Mary to begin work on what would become her most famous novel, the incomparable “Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus.” Thus,  the legend of this frightening, yet very human monster was born.  The book, published anonymously in 1818,  proved to be a huge success  and is read world-wide to this day. 

The struggle between a monster and its creator has been reincarnated in the theatre, other books, comic books and especially in film (the iconic Boris Karloff movie of 1931; Gene Wilder’s spoof, Young Frankenstein;” Kenneth Branagh’s film adaptation in 1994; and the modern thriller, “I, Frankenstein” in 2015).

Aside from the classic story that appeals to both children and adults, the enduring relevance of Frankenstein lies in its basic human emotions.  Immediately recognizable as part of the human condition, is the monster’s need to be loved.   “You made me,” says the monster reasonably.  “All I ever wanted was your love.  Or at least acceptance.  But I am so ugly that everyone flees in disgust.  I’m lonely, an outcast, hated.  So I take my revenge.  I have learned, in the absence of love, to hate.”  Perhaps Frankenstein’s ultimate message today remains exactly what it was 200 years ago:  give love, not unkindness.

Hours for the Brooklyn Antiquarian Fair are:   Sat., September 8th, noon-7pm; Sun. September 9th, 11am-4pm; Admission:  Weekend pass:  $15 for adults; Sunday admission $10.   The Frankenstein talk is free with  online registration and tickets to the fair at www.brooklynbookfair.com.  

Image: Barry Moser, “No Father Has Watched My Infant Days” illustration in Mary Woolstonecraft Shelley, Frankenstein, West Hatfield, Mass.:  Pennyroyal Press, 1983. Morgan Library & Museum.  Photography by Janny Chiu 2017 @ 1984 Pennyroyal Press. 

Highway Map - Seattle World's Fair 1962.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 15, 2018 at the Boxborough Regency Hotel & Conference Center in Boxborough, MA, Exhibitors from across the Northeast will gather to present an outstanding array of fine, rare & unusual old ephemera, 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 15, 2018, 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

The 46th Annual Rochester Antiquarian Book Fair, the oldest continually running regional antiquarian book fair in the U.S., will take place on Saturday, September 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Main Street Armory, 900 East Main Street, Rochester, New York.

Presented by the Rochester Area Booksellers Association (RABA), the event features dealers from across the nation. 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.

The fair represents a unique opportunity for book and print enthusiasts to converse with numerous professionals in the field all in one place, some of whom do not maintain ‘brick and mortar’ shops. The diversity of vendors ensures that there is something for everyone, from affordable curiosities to valuable treasures.

The Main Street Armory, a spacious building with a historical feel that complements this event well, has hosted the event for the last several years. Ample parking is available in the vicinity, and concessions will be available during the fair.

Admission to the Book Fair is $5, or free to students who present a current student ID. This year advance admission tickets are available online through RABA’s website: (www.rochesterbooksellers.com). You can also buy tickets through their event page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rochesterantiquarianbookfair. 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.

BH-425 - SWEDISH UNDERGROUND POSTERS - 5-16-14_Page_038_Image_0001.jpgIt's big! Book lovers by the hundreds, will be heading to Brooklyn this Fall for what has become one of the largest and most popular literary events in the country.  Brooklyn Book Week, as it is informally known, is a week-long celebration of books both old and new. It kicks off with the return of the Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair (BABF) to Greenpoint's Brooklyn Expo Center, September 8 & 9.    

The 100-exhibitor Fair is the largest regional book fair of its kind. The depth and diversity of exhibitors, talks and galleries makes it a showcase for the best of the best in vintage and rare books; prints, photos and ephemera. This is the Fair where rare book librarians from top libraries and museums mix with collectors and fair-goers of all ages.  Exhibitors, heralding from 20 states, Italy, England and Canada, will have on display and for sale over 50,000 items!    

This year the BABF features a fair-within-a-fair --The Brooklyn Print & Photo Fair, highlighting exhibitors of fine prints, vernacular and found photos. Six new gallery exhibits devoted to fine prints are featured in the new section, with works ranging from prints by such well-known artists as Milton Avery, and Paul Cadmus to Russian art that spans the early 1900s to 2007. In the exhibit room show-goers will find the largest known assembly of artwork produced by leading Swedish and Scandinavian artists of the 1960s and 1970s counterculture -- the Swedish Underground Exhibition. Exhibition organizer, Johann Kugelberg, founder of Boo-Hooray, which is known for its archival collections of pop, punk and underground art, will conduct a tour of the exhibition and a talk humorously titled, "Why is the Swedish Underground Important: I Don't Speak Swedish, Sunday at 2:00pm."  

The Fair is also celebrating a special birthday--Frankenstein is 200 years old this year! Mary Shelley's famous novel was first published in 1818 when she was eighteen and there is lots of activity surrounding the occasion. New York City's Morgan Library will mount an exhibition this coming October, titled It’s Alive! to commemorate the anniversary. The Morgan Library’s John Bidwell and New York Public Library curator Elizabeth Denlinger will present a preview of the exhibition at the BABF on Saturday at 5pm. Find out why the book's message is a relevant today as it was when it was written. 

Another Fair "first" is an exhibit of historic photo booth images compiled by film and darkroom photographer, Nakki Granin. Russian immigrant, Anatol Josepho, built the first curtain-enclosed photo-booth in 1925 and "quickie photography" took off. Goranin, author of "The American Photobooth," has brought together images from her vast photobooth collection, curated especially for this event. If you have a family album or box filled with family photos, you are certain to enjoy this exhibit.

Love learning more? Don't miss BABF’s series of exciting talks throughout the weekend. Exhibitor Lorne Bair will discuss how to collect ephemera of the 20th and 21st century social movements. Anna Jozefacka, Lyda Klich and Juliana Kreinik, authors of "The Propaganda Front: Postcards from the Era of World Wars," will cover what makes the perfect propaganda postcard, illustrated with examples from the late 19th century through WWII. On a lighter note, exhibitor Garrett Scott will present a talk, "From Aristotle to Asa K. Butts, or the Literature of Earth Closets, Troublesome Monkeys, Sex and Reform in 19th century America. Heather O'Donnell, founder of Honey and Wax Booksellers in Brooklyn, gives us a look at "New Directions in Book Collecting." Lectures and exhibits are free with pre-registration online.

And here's another new BABF feature that's sure to be popular. Been cleaning your attic or basement and want to know what that old book or document your found is worth? Bring up to three items to the Fairs' appraisal clinic in the Brooklyn Expo Center's lobby on Sunday from 11am-1pm. There is no charge for the appraisal and admission to the BABF is not required.

Don't miss the Fair's "Bagels & Books," opening preview Saturday from 10am, benefiting scholarships at the University of Virginia's Rare Book School.  It's a great way to get a jump start on all of the fun and great shopping. Tickets are $30 and available online at a discounted price at brooklynbookfair.com.  

Fair Hours:  Sat., September 8th, noon-7pm; Sun. September 9th, 11am-4pm

Admission:  Weekend pass:  $15 for adults; Sunday admission $10

Contact:  info@booklynbookfair.com, 781-862-4039

Image: The Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair will present The Swedish Underground Exhibition in the Brooklyn Expo Center’s Exhibit Room.  Curated by Johan Kugelberg, founder of Boo-Hooray this is one of the largest assemblies of artwork and photography produced by leading Swedish and Scandinavian artists of the 1960s and 1970s counterculture.

IMG_1056 copy.jpgHartford, CT—Advertising and paper lovers, rejoice! Papermania Plus, the Northeast’s largest vintage advertising and ephemera show, returns to the XL Center Saturday, August 25, 2018 for the 74th time. The show has been running continuously in Hartford since 1975 and is one of the top shows for advertising, paper and memorabilia collectors in the country. 

Papermania Plus offers serious collectors and the merely curious a treasure trove of vintage items, including postcards, movie posters, photographs, rare books, fine art prints, baseball cards, maps, sheet music, autographs, and much more. Even items such as old stock certificates from long-bankrupt companies — valuable for their design, not the company they represent — can be found. Then there’s the “Plus” part: pins, tin-types, vintage bottles, metal and wooden sign, and advertising samples of all kinds. 

“[Papermania Plus] showcases the importance of printed material before the Internet,” says show promoter Gary Gipstein. “The breadth and depth of material on display here is staggering. I can’t believe some of the things that our vendors bring in. Just the availability of old postcards alone is amazing; tens of thousands of postcards with historic scenes of places around the world. It’s amazing. And that’s just a start.” 

The show is one of the largest on the circuit. Dozens of vendors from across the country will bring items to sell, share, and display. The public is encouraged to bring in their own treasures for an appraisal from 11 am to 2 pm. Among the appraisers this year is Gary Sohmers, famous for his appearances on the 7-time Emmy nominated PBS-TV program “Antiques Roadshow.” “We are extremely fortunate to have Mr. Sohmers at Papermania Plus again this year,” Gipstein said. 

"A show of this sort is an invitation to an old-fashioned swap session," Gipstein said. “You know, the kind where you have a chance to pick up a rare Topps Baseball Card you’ve been looking for, or a backstage pass and poster from that Grateful Dead concert you were at. You can also search for a mint copy of the first Batman comic book, Stephen King’s Castle Rock newsletters, rare Civil War pictures or WWII insignias and combat ribbons, and even rare LP’s. There are stereo view cards, stock certificates and many kinds of eccentricities of interest to everyone.” 

Papermania Plus at the XL Center in Hartford runs from 9 am - 5 pm Saturday, August 25, 2018. Tickets are $9. Seniors and students with a valid ID card can get half-price admission. 

Complete information can be found at www.papermaniaplus.com, or by joining the PaperMania Plus community on Facebook. You can follow @PapermaniaPlus on Twitter and Instagram. 

Baltimore, Maryland - The Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show, now in its 38th year, is Maryland’s largest antiques event and one of the most important and anticipated shows of the summer for dealers and collectors. With countless international exhibitors drawn from the United States, Canada, France, Italy, England, China and Japan, the Baltimore Show attracts tens of thousands of patrons including knowledgeable collectors, museum curators, dealers, decorators and shoppers from all over the World. Show guests can discover many great items ranging from $100 to museum quality treasures with values of more than $1,000,000.

The Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show returns Labor Day Weekend (August 30 - September 2, 2018) transforming the Baltimore Convention Center into an epic experience for all who attend. From the lush carpet lined aisles, to the lavish floral arrangements and full-service restaurants located in the center of the show, the Baltimore Show is a must attend event for the novice buyer to the serious collector. 

The show attracts fine art dealers and serious collectors from around the globe and is known as the most important silver show in the nation, with leading silver specialists ranging from early coin, Georgian, Irish, Russian and Victorian to local Baltimore Stieff, modern Louis Tiffany and George Jensen. The quality and quantity of antique and fine estate jewelry on offer is the attraction for many knowledgeable patrons seeking bargains for both personal use and resale inventory. In addition, the show boasts quality dealers specializing in Japanese and Chinese art and antiques.

There are more than 200,000 individual items in the show, including vintage and estate jewelry, American and European silver, furniture of all kinds, crystal, art glass, ceramics, quilts, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, lamps, ethnic art, paintings, decoys, Chinese export, bronzes, music boxes, sewing collectibles, oriental rugs, textiles, posters, country store, antique armor and military, political memorabilia and much more. Everything is for sale.

Highlights will include a Norman Rockwell painting titled “Boy Graduate,” offered by M.S. Rau Antiques; a vintage antique 1941 Bally Quarter Reliance slot machine offered by Maryland dealer, Larry Debaugh; and a wheel thrown, carved sculpted, high-fired porcelain with Celadon glaze titled “Double Dragon with Ruby Eyes” on display by Lee Gallery & Studios.

The Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show is much more than a retail show, with an extensive array of prominent estate jewelers, antiquarian book dealers, and exhibitors offering everything from majolica to contemporary art and fine crafts, there is truly something for everyone at the show.

"We are thrilled to be bringing the show back to Baltimore for the 38th consecutive year. Each year the Baltimore show expands the variety of genres on offer which reinforces its reputation as the largest art, antique and jewelry show, not only in Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic region, but in the United States" stated Scott Diament, CEO of the Palm Beach Show Group.

p1canfig4712k01snvt7c1ggq8g35.001.jpegIn a document presented at the most important annual rare book sale in Paris this week, April 13-15 we discover a fifteen-year-old Marcel Proust, in love with a 13-year-old Russian girl, torn between feelings, dreams and intelligence.

The teen-aged Proust condemns narrow-mindedness and wants to understand everything and read everything. He did not omit any answer when filling in a personality game questionnaire popular at the time. 

For many of the questions asked Proust finds the space provided too limited and his writing, already ‘Proustian’, overflows into the margin. The questionnaire was an English designed personality game that became very popular in Britain and France.

According to Proust’s biographer, Jean-Yves Tadié, the future writer was nearly 16 when he answered this questionnaire and he was in love with a young girl, aged 13 whom he used to meet every day on the Champs-Elysées. Marie Benardaky was the daughter of Nicolas de Benardaky, former master of ceremonies at Russia’s Court. The family lived at 65 rue de Chaillot in Paris. Hence Proust’s reference, in the Questionnaire, to Russian people, the nicest, and to his favorite activity: to love. The significance of the questionnaire is that it offers the earliest insight into his double inclination of the romantic and the intellectual.

This is a major discovery for all Proust fans and the academic community. It is being shown in public for the first time at the Paris International Rare Book and Fine Art Fair on April 13-15.

The Fair is one of the most important international gatherings in the field of written heritage. It is also the only salon in the world that brings together experts in objets d’art in 40 subjects from archaeology to contemporary art through jewellery, haute époque, tribal art, antique weapons and clockmaking .

Beneath the nave of the Grand Palais it gathers 150 booksellers and 50 experts, receives 20,000 visitors in three days and presents some 100,000 documents and objects.

This year sees the 30th edition of the International Rare Book Fair organized by SLAM, the Syndicat national de la Librairie Ancienne et Moderne (National Union of Old and Modern Bookshops). In April 2017 it was joined by the CNES, Chambre Nationale des Experts Spécialisés (National Chamber of Specialist Experts), to create the Rare Book and Fine Art Fair, an event uniting French expertise at its highest level! 

Exhibitors save their best discoveries for this salon. This is evidenced by Laurent Coulet, Parisian bookseller, who will exhibit a totally unknown Proust questionnaire that he has just discovered, the first completed by Marcel Proust, on 25 June 1887, the year he turned fifteen.

The questionnaire was a game aimed at revealing one’s personality. It originated in 19th century England and was made famous by the witty replies of universally recognized writer Marcel Proust. For sale in stationary shops, in English or French, these worldly questionnaires were full of indiscreet questions. 

There are two other questionnaires known to be filled out by the hand of Proust before Laurent Coulet discovered this latest one, which is the first to be fully completed by the author, and also the one with the most abundant answers, undoubtedly the one in which he confided the most.

Another, dated 4 September 1887, filled in at the request of his friend Antoinette Faure, comprised 24 questions printed in English on an A4 page; it was acquired at auction in 2003 by the Gérard Darel Company for the sum of €120,000. The other questionnaire known to date, comprising 31 questions in French, had appeared in 1936, published in a catalogue of Galerie Pierre Bérès, and then seen in 1965 for the last time, on the occasion of an exhibition at the Bibliothèque Nationale, France’s national library.

This is, of course, a major discovery, which will be shown for the first time at the Paris International Rare Book and Fine Art Fair.

The Fine Art Fair is the only expert fair in the world and is gaining momentum. By creating this fair in 2017, the CNES, Chambre Nationale des Experts Spécialisés en objets d’art et de collection (National Chamber of Experts Specialising in Objets d’Art and Collectible art) intended to show the public the role of the expert in discoveries, advice and heritage protection. 50 experts (compared to 40 last year) will show their latest discoveries and expertise in objects in all domains: from jewellery to furniture to twentieth century art, modern paintings, clockmaking, silverware, archaeology, tribal art and military memorabilia. 

Throughout the show you can attend a guided tour and conferences, participate in the manufacture of special paper and in bookbinding workshops, learn about bibliophilia, and meet artists, experts and Maîtres d'art (Masters of Art, awarded this title by the French Ministry of Culture to distinguished arts and crafts professionals, for their exceptional expertise and ability to pass on their knowledge).

Image: An unknown Proust questionnaire dated 27 June 1887 ©Librairie Laurent Coulet

Sir David Attenborough, the much-loved and admired veteran naturalist and television presenter, is an avid collector of rare books and will be opening the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (ABA) flagship 61st Fair, which takes place this May in Battersea. For the last 20 years the Fair, which is one of the largest and most prestigious rare book fairs in the world, has taken place at Olympia but this summer it is moving to its new home - the attractive Battersea Evolution venue in Battersea Park. 

As Sir David Attenborough says “You could say that, after so many years at Olympia, the Fair has indeed evolved. Most living organisms do.” 

Sir David Attenborough will open the Fair at 12pm on Thursday 24th May 

The 160 plus British and international exhibitors will be showcasing a wide range of rare books, manuscripts, maps, prints, ephemera and original artwork which will include Medieval museum quality manuscripts to modern day first editions such as Harry Potter. Prices will range from tens of pounds to hundreds of thousands of pounds, and the ABA are sure there will be something which will appeal to everyone from serious collectors to those who are new to book collecting. 

Visitors of all ages, who wish to buy and sell books, are expected to come from all over the British Isles, Europe and the world to visit the three-day long Fair for which admission is free of charge.

Exhibition Highlights 

Some of the exhibition highlights include an original, signed and inscribed illustration by EH Shepard which was first used for AA Milne’s The House at Pooh Corner, a first edition of The Federalist essays by Alexander Hamilton, a collection of theatre designs by Eugene Berman for Don Giovanni performed by the Metropolitan Opera and an inscribed copy of Grace and Favour by Loelia Duchess of Westminster with forward by Noel Coward. 

Sir David Attenborough 

Sir David is an Honorary member of the ABA and as he says in the introduction of this year’s Fair catalogue: 

“For me, a book brings more than the cumulative meaning of its sentences. It can seduce me by the feel of its paper and the smell of its binding. I delight in recognising whether or not the copy I hold was the work’s first appearance and treasure the misprints or bound-in advertisements that tell me whether or not that was so. And I rejoice if I can discover who once owned it and whose eyes once scanned the printed lines just as mine do.” 

Fair Sponsorship - NEW Vintage Corner 

For the second year running AbeBooks will be sponsoring the Fair as well as Vintage Corner which is new for the 2018 Fair. In Vintage Corner visitors can find out what makes a book rare, listen to talks on all aspects of book-collecting, be signposted around the Fair to the subjects of their choice and meet for Guided Tours of the Fair. 

Live Book Craft Demonstrations 

Visitors will also be able to take part in a series of hands-on workshops in fine printing, book binding and calligraphy run by craftspeople, some of which will be suitable for children. 

Location 

The Fair is being held at Battersea Evolution, Chelsea Bridge Gate, Battersea Park, London SW11 which is just over Chelsea Bridge in Battersea. 

There will be frequent shuttle buses from Sloane Square tube station and Pay & Display parking in and around Battersea Park. 

Opening Hours 

The Fair will be open on Thursday 24th May from 12pm - 8pm; on Friday 25th May from 10am-7pm; on Saturday 26th May from 10am - 5pm. 

 

Hamilton Hair with Seal w.jpgNew York City - Here on display are the bold and innovative ideas of the American Revolution and Founding, shown through official and personal letters, reports, and documents of its central players detailing the flashes of genius, passions, & foibles of our founding fathers.

“Deciding what highlights to exhibit out of the 1,100 plus documents in The Alexander Hamilton Collection was a tortuous process,” related Seth Kaller. A leading collection-builder and dealer in rare historic documents based in White Plains, N.Y., Mr Kaller has been in the history business since 1989. Documents he acquired for the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History are being used in 12,000 schools.

Making the cut for exhibit at booth A40 at the INTERNATIONAL ANTIQUARIAN BOOK FAIR, MARCH 8-11 at the PARK AVENUE ARMORY:

• A very rare July 8, 1776 Declaration of Independence imprint - the first book printing - bound with a very early copy of Common Sense.

            The first printing of the Declaration in book form, bound together with other significant pamphlets of the American Revolution compiled by Thomas Paine. The first owner, Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu, served as Aide-de-camp to the French at Yorktown.

• One of Hamilton’s most revealing love letters to Eliza 

            He writes, “You are certainly a little sorceress…and have rendered me as restless and unsatisfied with all about me, as if I was an inhabitant of another world.”

            According to Kaller, he’s seen all kinds of people look at this letter and start singing Lin Manuel Miranda’s lyrics -“I have never been satisfied…”.

• George Washington’s letter transmitting Act Establishing the Treasury 

            On the same day that Washington signed this letter, September 11, 1789, he nominated Hamilton to lead the new department. Remarkably, the Senate confirmed on the very same day.

• Hamilton’s financial plans, founding Acts of Congress, the Bill of Rights

• A document signed by Hamilton and Eliza and Angelica and a dozen other Schuyler sisters, brothers, cousins, in-laws, and even father General Philip Schuyler 

• A rare first edition of the Reynolds Pamphlet, with a scarce second edition printed by Hamilton’s enemies

The Reynold’s Pamphlet, which exposes Hamilton’s adultery, is also in the exhibit.

            Copies of this first edition are very rare, as Eliza reportedly burned all she could find.

 • letters and documents of George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Paine, Aaron Burr, the Schuyler Sisters & Brothers & patriarch, John Hancock, every signer of the U.S. Constitution, and more.

• After he left the Treasury to return to the practice of law, Hamilton’s bill for representing the government in the very first Supreme Court Judicial Review case, Hyland v. United States.

            Marbury v Madison was the first Supreme Court Judicial Review that declared a law (ironically, part of the Judiciary Act) unconstitutional. So, why isn’t the earlier Hyland v United States case as well-known? Because Hamilton won; the court affirmed the constitutionality of the carriage tax. With Hamilton no longer around to defend it, the Hyland interpretation was overturned 99 years later, but then was effectively reinstated by Constitutional Amendment.

• A lock of Hamilton’s hair, preserved in his family for generations; a unique ivory miniature; a stunning memorial painted and drawn by a student shortly after his death.

Mr. Kaller talks about the relevance today of these two hundred-year old documents:

“While our current government seems definitionally incapable of analysis, Alexander Hamilton provided our finest example of the opposite: he could see both the big picture and the gritty details of cost benefit analysis. In impossible situations, he came up with a plan that sought to use the least bad options, and then he executed as well as anyone possibly could have.”

Weighing the differences between Jefferson and Hamilton, Kaller adds, “While many gave their lives fighting for the ideals that Jefferson expounded in the Declaration, without a Hamilton to make the experiment work, the nascent Federal Government would likely have met the same fate as prior attempts at republican government.”

Kaller is hopeful that the original documents of the founders will provide lessons for today: “By looking back, we often can find the way forward. The Founding Fathers were able to transcend their personal flaws and political conflicts to lay the groundwork for our great nation.”

The Alexander Hamilton Collection: The Story of the American Revolution and Founding, is being offered for sale by Mr. Kaller, intact, for $3.8 million. A detailed catalog can be found at www.AHamilton.com (the valuable domain name is included in the offer).

Interested parties may call Mr. Kaller at (914) 289-1776, or e-mail him at info@sethkaller.com

Blancus.jpgThis March, Daniel Crouch Rare Books will exhibit the Jason C. Hubbard Collection at the Tokyo Book Fair (23 - 25 March).

Jason Hubbard bought his first map in 1971. Since then, he has built up a collection of over 800 items relating to Japan, put together over a lifetime of acquisition and scholarship.

The collection contains nearly 400 individual maps of Japan, from 1522 to 1960, with 220 of those maps printed before 1800. There are also nearly 150 regional, city and road maps of Japan, including manuscript ephemera. The main collection is supplemented by a broader collection of Asian maps featuring Japan, giving extensive coverage of eastern Asia. There is also a collection of 82 sea charts covering southeast Asia.

The entire collection is on offer for $2.2 million.

Highlights include the only known example of Christophoro Blancus and Inácio Moreira’s map of Japan, the most accurate representation of the country at the time of engraving.

The wider focus of the collection is represented by the rare first edition of Hendrik Doncker’s exquisite sea chart of the Indian Ocean. It is one of the earliest maps to show the new Dutch discoveries in Australia: previously there had been no proof of any land that far south, despite belief in a mythical “Terra Australis” at the south pole.A set of proof maps, an unusual survival, prepared by Nicholas de Fer for Jacques Robbe’s geographical text, demonstrates Hubbard’s interest in the process of cartographic history. Printed maps might go through several versions before their final published state, but the earlier proofs were normally discarded.

The collection will be offered as a whole, as a unique opportunity to obtain an astonishingly comprehensive survey of Japan in European cartography and literature from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries, focusing in particular on the evolution of European printed cartography of Japan before 1800.

The exhibition coincides with the publication of the Japanese language edition of Jason Hubbard’s book, ‘Japoniae Insulae: The Mapping of Japan’. Mr Hubbard will be at the Daniel Crouch Rare Books stand at the Tokyo Book Fair.

Image: BLANCUS, Christopher and MOREIRA, Inacio. IAPONIA, Rome, 1617.

U2NyZWVuIFNob3QgMjAxOC0wMS0zMSBhdCAxNi4zOS4yMy5wbmc=.pngPeter Harrington, one of the world’s largest rare booksellers, is attending the New York Antiquarian Book Fair this March with a selection of its finest rare books, manuscripts and photographs each of which has a fascinating history. Prices range from $5,00 to $385,000.

The New York International Antiquarian Book Fair is being held at Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue, New York from noon-8pm on Friday March 9th, noon-7pm on Saturday March 10th and from noon - 5pm on Saturday March 11th.

Peter Harrington will be on Stand A8.

Pom Harrington, the owner of Peter Harrington, says “We are bringing with us over one hundred and twenty rare books, manuscripts and photographs specially selected to be of interest to visitors to the fair. Do come and visit us to see some fascinating pieces of history if you can.”

Full details of the items Peter Harrington are bringing with them can be downloaded via the PDF attachment link at the top of this release and a series of videos about some of the items can be seen HERE. For more details about the Fair please click HERE.

Items on display will include:

A fascinating deposition for a complex patent case entirely in Abraham Lincoln’s hand and signed four times by him, from the years when he was making his reputation as “Honest Abe”, in his adopted home state of Illinois. 

This excellent first edition, in its original bright dust jacket, of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was published in New York by Charles Scribner’s Sons in 1925.

A tall and very fresh Second Folio edition of the collected Shakespeare’s plays Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies, set page-for-page from a corrected copy of the First Folio. It is estimated that only 1,000 copies of the original edition were produced and it also contains Milton’s “Epitaph”, the first of his English language poems to be printed.

This is a rare first edition of the first volume of Das Kapital of which only 1,000 copies were printed and it was the only volume to appear in Marx’s lifetime.

As Peter Harrington say "Das Kapital was the most important work published in his lifetime, a thorough critique of the classical economic theories espoused by the likes of Adam Smith. It was not seen at the time as a harbinger of revolution, but was read with interest by sober German bankers and financiers, and was even issued in serial form. 

Marx would certainly have raised a thick black eyebrow at our price, although he understood perfectly that the capitalist system tended to produce high priced luxury goods. Marx spent most of his adult life in poverty, but he was a firm believer in the power of literature to change minds, being a prodigious writer whose collected works now fill fifty volumes.”

This first edition collection of the 85 essays by Alexander Hamilton and others, which became known as The Federalist is a very famous and influential American political work as it originated as America sought to ratify their new constitution. Hamilton was one of the Founding Fathers of the US and is the subject of the new musical. Only 500 copies of this first edition were printed and as the second volume was larger than the first most sets include a second volume which has been trimmed down making this uncut set in its original boards extremely rare.

This unusually large famous “roaring lion” signed portrait of  Churchill, captured within weeks of the US entry into World War II, is particularly sought after as bears the signatures of both Karsh and Churchill.

This exceptional photograph of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan standing in front of a portrait of Winston Churchill was signed by Reagan at Thatcher’s request. It was additionally signed by her and framed to hang at her official residence in Downing Street until her resignation, after which it was displayed in her home until her death. It is a remarkably symbolic image of the Special Relationship and is one of the best pieces of Thatcherite memorabilia in private hands.

Image: Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies by William Shakespeare, 1632 ($385,000). Courtesy of Peter Harrington. 

 

 

Ruysch.jpgDaniel Crouch Rare Books will exhibit at the 31st edition of TEFAF Maastricht, with a collection of maps, books and scientific instruments that emphasize the links between cartography, navigation and astronomy during the Age of Discovery.

This March Daniel Crouch Rare Books will explore the mapping of heaven and earth in the Age of Discovery. Exploration in this period did not simply expand European territorial knowledge, but in turn spurred improvements in scientific instruments and in astronomical observation.

The collection of six Ptolemy atlases provide a perfect example: although they are groundbreaking examples of cartography, containing the first available printed maps of America and Japan, they are based on astronomical calculations made by an ancient Greek cartographer. 

The calculations needed for cartography produced both practical and fantastic results. Day to day navigation is represented by the sextant used by the navigator George Vancouver (£75,000), whose name lives on in the city in Canada. Vancouver accompanied Captain James Cook on his second and third voyages of Pacific exploration, and was one of the men who recovered Cook’s body after he was killed in a confrontation with locals in Hawaii.

At the opposite end of the scale is an extraordinary, and possibly unique instrument named the ‘Coelometer’ by its inventor (£100,000), which can be used for astronomical calculations from the time of sunset anywhere in the world to finding longitude by observing the moon. 

The improvement of scientific instruments spurred the production of atlases of the skies as well as the earth. The exhibition contains an example of the only celestial atlas published during the Dutch Golden Age, by Andreas Cellarius (£350,000).

And while at the moment it is mainly territorial controversies that occupy our attention, the collection provides a reminder of how contentious the heavens can be. A copy of John Senex’s groundbreaking star atlas (£15,000) contains one of the most controversial maps of the century, a star chart. The data used for the chart was published without permission from the astronomer, Nicholas Flamsteed, who responded by buying every copy of the book he could find and burning them.

ImageJohann Ruysch’s fan-shaped world map from the third Rome Ptolemy, 1507.

Will_Shortz_2014 copy.jpgFew things beat the combination of a leisurely morning spent with a cup of hot coffee and the New York Times crossword puzzle.  Crossword enthusiasts the world over have long enjoyed the challenge of the puzzle considered the crème de la crème of the genre, and consider solving it their biggest accomplishment of the day.  The man behind the puzzles is Will Shortz who, for the past twenty-five years, has selected and edited the Times’ daily puzzles -- puzzles that can stump the average crossword enthusiasts and stretch the imaginations of the experts.

At the upcoming Ephemera Fair on March 17 & 18, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Old Greenwich, CT, Shortz -- who also hosts a popular puzzle show Sunday mornings on National Public Radio -- will share his passion for puzzles in a special guest appearance on Sunday, March 18th, at 9:45am.  Shortz will give a talk that traces the history of crosswords -- from the very first puzzle published in 1913 to the sophisticated art form it is today—using illustrations from his own personal collection of puzzle ephemera. 

The steps Shortz took on the path to becoming the New York Times crosswords editor fit together just like pieces in a puzzle.  Born and raised on an Arabian horse farm in Indiana, Shortz knew early on just what he wanted to do in life—become a professional puzzle maker.   His parents thought he was just going through a phase, but at age 14 he had already sold the first puzzle he created to Venture Magazine.  

At Indiana University he designed his own major, graduating with a one-of-a-kind degree in enigmatology, or the science of puzzles. His parents encouraged him to go to law school, convinced that he couldn’t make a living in puzzles.  Undaunted, Will skipped the bar exam to begin his chosen career in puzzles immediately, and he’s never looked back. He’s even one of the featured experts in “Wordplay,” the 2006 documentary film about crossword puzzles and the people who create them.

Along the way, Shortz, a long-time member of the Ephemera Society, has amassed a collection of more than 25,000 puzzle books and magazines dating as far back as 1534, including mechanical puzzles and other related items, such as a crossword bracelet from 1925 where each wooden link is a crossword square.  Highlights of his collection include the world’s first crossword puzzle, which was published in a supplement to the New York World on Dec. 21,1913 (the only known copy in private hands) as well as an original copy of the world’s first crossword book, published by Simon and Schuster in 1924.   

The Ephemera Fair, produced by Impact Events Group in Lexington, Mass., is the largest fair of its kind in the country.  It is held in conjunction with the Ephemera Society of America’s 38th annual conference.  More than 80 exhibitors from all over the country and Europe will be showcasing and selling what collectors have come to call “eye candy” - delicious discoveries in categories that include correspondence, advertising materials, posters, historical documents, posters, tickets, scores, scripts and cards.  If you’ve ever saved Valentines from long-ago sweethearts, or treasured theater stubs or matchbooks from restaurants you’ve patronized over the years, then you’re already an ephemera enthusiast.

Here is a quick look at just one of the delicious "eye candy" categories to sample at the upcoming Fair.  Colorful, printed advertisements have existed ever since craftsmen, shopkeepers and other business people realized the advantage in promoting themselves and their products.  Today, advertising ephemera is much in demand.   From exhibitor, Richard West, of Periodyssey in Northampton, Mass. comes a fine example -- an advertisement for a famous literary magazine called "The Chap-Book," the first little magazine of its kind.  Published from 1894-1898 by Stone & Kimball, contributors included such luminaries as H.G. Wells, Henry James, Hebert Beerbohn and Eugene Field.  The Chap-Book advertisement that Periodyssey is featuring is from an 1896 edition.

Advertising candy, from Richard D. Sheaff of Bethel, Vermont, includes an early chromolithography American flag advertising hop bitters with the line, “…try the bitters before you sleep. Take no others.”   Richard is also bringing a delightful advertisement for Silver Gem Chewing Gum to the Fair, in which a flying female figure dispenses a cornucopia of silver gem pieces to eager school children scooping them up in their hats.  And who could doubt the color printing talents of Hinds, Ketchum of Chicago when their advertisement for their services, in the shape of a label, is so colorful itself.    Then, there is the bright blue advertising poster for Town's Hotel in Bellows Falls, Vermont, advertising all of the modern improvements -- steam heating and electric bells!

Fair hours are:  Saturday, March 17 from10am-5pm; and Sunday, March 18 from 11am-4pm.  Ticket price is $15 for adults (children under 16 are admitted for free with adult ticket).  Students with an I.D. are also admitted for free. Discount coupons are available on the website www.ephemerafair.com.  Tickets for the Will Shortz presentation on Sunday are limited and must be ordered in advance from the Ephemera Fair website or are included with the conference fee at www.ephemerasociety.org

Boxborough Paper Town Returns on March 31

Startling Stories.jpgBoxborough, Massachusetts — 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 March 31, 2018 at the Boxborough Regency Hotel & Conference Center 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, March 31, 2018, 9am-3pm

Location: The Boxborough Regency Hotel & Conference Center, 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.

New York — In its 39th year, the Greenwich Village Antiquarian Book Fair is a West Village neighborhood tradition that brings together some of the country’s best known dealers, collectors, and community members to benefit PS3 The Charrette School. This year’s event will take place on Feb. 17-18 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 for the second time. “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 pleased to be featuring a section for photo dealers specializing in snapshots, ambrotypes, daguerreotypes, cyanotypes, cabinet cards, tintypes, CDVs, and photo albums. 

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. Half price coupons are available on the website  GVABF.com. Children under 16 and students with a college I.D.are admitted 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 Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair,  The Ephemera  Fair in Greenwich, CT, the Boston West Book Print and Ephemera Fair, the Granite State Book and Ephemera Fair in Concord, NH, and the Boston Book Print and Ephemera Fair.

Dealers interested in participating in the 39th 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

Remarque - All Quiet On The Western Front.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, & 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 10, 2018.

A few 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, and our Facebook Page, facebook.com/manhattanvintagebookfair for complete details and easily downloaded Discount Coupons.

Date/Hours: Saturday March 10, 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 and our Facebook Page, facebook.com/manhattanvintagebookfair for easily downloaded point-to-point maps.

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

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:

Boomerang Booksellers, of Northampton 

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 

Grey Matter Books, of Hadley 

Sara Krohn Papermaker, of Holyoke

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

Carol Spack Original Antique Maps, of Framingham

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

For more information and digital images of exhibitors, go to:  www.northamptonbookfair.com/exhibitors

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.  

BF-18-Postcard.jpgLos Angeles, CA—From February 9-11, 2018, Southern California hosts the nation's largest rare book exhibition as thousands of book lovers, booksellers, and scholars converge at the 51st California International Antiquarian Book Fair.  The 2018 Book Fair also celebrates the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus with a special exhibit spotlighting holdings from the special collection libraries of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Occidental College, and University of California Riverside's Eaton Collection of Science Fiction & Fantasy.

Recognized as one of the world's pre-eminent exhibitions of antiquarian books, this eagerly anticipated bi-annual fair gives visitors the opportunity to see, learn about and purchase the finest in rare books, manuscripts, autographs, graphics, photographs and more. 

Featuring over 200 booksellers from the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA) and International League of Antiquarian Booksellers(ILAB), the Book Fair presents volumes from five centuries of printing, as well as original manuscripts many of which predate Gutenberg.  Books cover every imaginable area -- from the history of travel and exploration, early science and medicine to classic literature, modern first editions and children's and illustrated books. Items range from a few dollars to six figures.

"Mary Shelley's Frankenstein has captured the imagination of readers and artists for 200 years and has spawned a complete genre of literature, movies and pop culture," said Michael R. Thompson, Book Fair Co-Chair of the Southern California Chapter of the ABAA. "We hope the myriad expressions of the Frankenstein story in this exhibition will excite Book Fair visitors about the possibilities of collecting in subject areas that interest them. With hundreds of top booksellers across the country and around the world, the Book Fair affords boundless opportunities for both the experienced and new collector to unleash their passions."

"The 2017 edition of the Book Fair will have an especially strong international flavor as many of the foreign dealers assembled for the ILAB Congress in Pasadena the preceding week will stay on to exhibit," said Book Fair Co-Chair Jennifer Johnson. "We are particularly excited to welcome a group of Japanese dealers, who are exhibiting at our Book Fair for the first time."

This weekend extravaganza of rare and beautiful books will also include talks and seminars including a session on the basics of collecting.  Discovery Day on Sunday lets attendees present three items to experts for free examination. Designed with the budding collector in mind, Book Fair Finds is a program in which dealers spotlight items priced at $100 or less.

The Book Fair takes place at the Pasadena Convention Center at 300 East Green Street, Pasadena, CA.  Tickets on Friday, February 9 are $25 for three-day admission.  Proceeds from Friday tickets benefit and offer free admission to the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in February. Tickets on Saturday or Sunday are $15 and include return entry and free admission to the Huntington during the Fair. 

For more, visit cabookfair.com or call 800-454-6401. 

Thirty of the world’s leading specialist dealers in rare books, manuscripts, maps and photography will gather in Hong Kong, 17-19th November, to showcase some of the most precious and notable collector’s items. In its sixth year, China in Print is managed by Bernard Quaritch of London and the international fair has built an unsurpassable reputation for presenting some of the finest examples of printed works from the Far East and rest of the world. The market is buoyant, with a particular appetite for illustrated materials from Ancient China that enable scholars and collectors to reclaim the past and rediscover a rich cultural heritage. 

14th century Chinese paper-money and the third edition of Marco Polo’s Travels, dated 1529, are two highlights to be featured at the China in Print fair. Some books will be priced in excess of US$ 1 million but items can also be purchased for as little as US$50. 

China in Print represents a unique opportunity to see all forms of rare works on paper that have been sourced by experts from the US, Europe and Asia, under one roof. Private collectors, institutional clients and anyone with an interest in history and items of beauty can attend the fair and see and meet with the very best experts in their fields, free of charge. 

One of the most valuable items to be released is a book, dated 1674, that features magnificent woodcut illustrations of scientific instruments designed by the Jesuits for the Emperor of China (US$ 750,000). Ahead of Chinese New Year, you can see extremely rare astrological predictions by the second most influential thinker in Chinese history after Confucius, Zhu Xi; the unpublished, 10 volume series of manuscripts, features 878 illustrations in exquisite, vivid colour. The first printed document in China stating that the earth is round is a further draw. 

Crime novel and movie fans will appreciate an original notebook of British novelist Agatha Christie. Dating back to 1948-1951, the manuscript is the only one outside of the author’s estate. Brimming with ideas, it provides fascinating insights on how Christie worked up her plots and characters. 

Andrea Mazzocchi, director of China in Print and senior book specialist at the fair’s organiser Bernard Quaritch Ltd - which celebrates 170 years of dealing in rare books and manuscripts this year -  commented: “In an increasingly digital age there is something magical about interacting with physical objects which are conduits of the past. Their significance and charm make them wonderful focal points to be enjoyed and discussed in galleries, museums and homes - and collecting them is an enthralling and satisfying pursuit.”

For burgeoning collectors, Mazzocchi offers the following advice: “At Quaritch we work with many institutions and private collectors who are seeking to build or expand a collection or library from a particular era or discipline. Good condition is an important factor, and rarity is tantamount. However, above all, we always advise clients that they should acquire works that spark a genuine interest and which speak to them on a personal level. It is the hunt for this indefinable factor - different for each buyer - which makes collecting so exciting.

“At China in Print our specialist exhibitors have already curated an exhibition of scarce limited editions and unique objects - sourced through meticulous research - which are available for you to take home. Our dealers trade under rigorous standards so you can shop confidently. We’re hugely excited by the quality and diversity of content that our biggest fair yet has to offer”.

China in Print is sponsored by AbeBooks.

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.
 
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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.
 
Image: Coster Suicide Note Detail from John Reznikoff, University Archives, a division of USC, Inc.

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. 

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