The Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair, which makes its sixth annual return to the Brooklyn Expo Center this weekend, has become a vibrant kick-off to the fall book fair schedule. Featuring 110 dealers and a slate of engaging events, it should not be missed. Some booksellers circulated lists of their fair highlights earlier this week. Here are a few that particularly caught my eye:
Firsts: London’s Rare Book Fair, the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association's annual flagship event, opens its doors for the 62nd time in the capital in June. There will be plenty on view with more than 150 exhibitors from fifteen countries presenting signed first editions, maps, manuscripts, art, and ephemera.
Rockwell Kent was on my mind owing to our new spring issue's feature story about the time when Rockwell Kent, Rex Stout, and Egmont Arens teamed up to publish Casanova's memoir in the states, where it was still banned.
The Zamorano Club is Southern California's bibliophilic club -- it is to SoCal what the Grolier is to New York, and the Caxton is to Chicago. To mark its 90th anniversary last year, a volume of essays exploring the historic contributions of women booksellers, printers, and collectors in California was published, titled Zamorano Celebrates 90.
Of all the many wonderful books, manuscripts, and ephemera on offer beginning tomorrow at Rare Books LA, one collection stood out to me, both because of its serendipitous dovetailing with our current issue's feature story on National Park Service libraries and archives, and the alarming news about damage to our parks in the wake of the government shutdown.
Biennially, the Codex Book Fair in California celebrates and exhibits the work of book artists. This year's fair, Codex VII, runs from February 3-6 at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, California. The primary exhibition this year is CODEXNordica, curated by Imi Maufe and Codex Polaris, a book artists group, who are bringing together a collection of artists books and book arts from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.