Jeremy Howell

This fall, the Morgan Library will be exhibiting some of its most bejeweled medieval books in the show Magnificent Gems: Medieval Treasure Bindings. The exhibition, which is running September 2017 through January 2018, will include a dazzling collection of treasure bindings adorned with sapphires, diamonds, emeralds, pearls, and garnets and other precious stones.


At three o'clock on Friday, the California International Antiquarian Book Fair opened its doors to the public for the 46th time. This was to be my first visit to the fair that I had heard called, "the biggest and best book fair in America."  

When I arrived at five o'clock the fair was in full swing. Hundreds of expectant dealers and eager buyers had gathered inside the massive Concourse Exhibition Center for the first of the three day festivities. After making my rounds and chatting with a few dealers, it became clear that most were anticipating a great show.