Rare Book Monthly

Articles - November - 2012 Issue

Book Fairs in November and December

The numbers of book fairs have been declining but they are great fun and worth supporting.  The widespread closing of bookshops adds to their importance for they are now more than ever, the best and often the only way to meet dealers.  For many book buyers the Internet is an acceptable way to find collectible books but every buyer has a threshold beyond which professional perspective about objects becomes important.  Book fairs are a way to find this expertise, make connections and renew friendships, and of course find interesting material.

They are listed in date order:

Vegas Valley Book Fest  Thursday – Saturday November 1st-3rd.  Reno, Nevada.  This is the 11th annual show.

http://vegasvalleybookfestival.org/

Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair.  November 2-3.

The Chelsea Old Town Hall

King’s Road [Opposite Sydney Street]

London, UK SW3 5EE

http://www.chelseabookfair.com/

Buckeye Book Fair.  Saturday November 3rd.

Wooster, Ohio.  This is the 25th annual fair

http://www.buckeyebookfair.com/

Long Island Vintage Book & Ephemera Fair.  November 3rd and 4th

Sat. 11-6, Sun. 11-4

Hofstra University Student Center Multi Purpose Room 101, 200 Hofstra Drive, Hempstead, NY 11549

http://liabda.com/bookfair.htm

Fine Press Book Association, Oxford, UK.  November 5th and 6th

The exhibitors will include private presses from the UK, the Americas, Russia, Asia, and continental Europe, as well as dealers in fine press books, suppliers of fine printing materials, and related societies.

http://www.fpba.com/fairs/oxford.html

Kentucky Book Fair.  November 9th and 10th.

Fri.-Sat., November 9-10. Frankfort, Ky. The book fair is Kentucky's premier literary event. Each year some150 authors attend and autograph copies of their latest book. Between 4,000 and 5,000 patrons attend and gross sales annually top $120,000. This year's book fair is the 31th annual.

http://kybookfair.blogspot.com/

Connecticut Children’s Book Fair.  Sat.-Sun., November 10-11. Storrs, Conn.. The Connecticut Children's Book Fair brings together prominent children's authors and illustrators and the general public in an annual event designed to foster the enjoyment of children's literature. This is the 21th annual Connecticut Children's Book Fair.

http://bookfair.uconn.edu/

The Miami Book Fair International.  Presented by The Center for Literature and Theatre at Miami Dade College.  November 11-18.  Many exhibitors.

Sun.-Sun., November 11-18. Miami, Fla. The model for so many other book fairs and festivals, this one draws hundreds of thousands of people. The street fair runs Fri.-Sun., Nov. 16-18, and the writer events run the whole week

http://www.miamibookfair.com/

map:  http://www.miamibookfair.com/about/maps.aspx

36th Annual Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair

November 16th to 18th.  Hynes Convention Center,

International Book Fair in Vienna November 22nd to November 25th
http://bostonbookfair.com/

Buch Wien 12
Internationale Buchmesse
November 22-25

http://www.buchwien.at/

Guadalajara International Book Fair.  Sat.-Sun., November 24-December 2. This is the 26th annual gathering of the preeminent Spanish-language book fair. The Guest of Honor is Chile. The show is open to the public November 24-30 and December 1-2 and open to the trade only November 26-28.

http://www.shelf-awareness.com/upcoming-events.html

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Charles Darwin on sexuality and the transmission of hereditary characteristics: Autograph Letter Signed to Lawson Tait. Down, 17 January [1877].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> MILTON, JOHN. <i>Paradise Lost. A Poem written in ten books.</i> London: 1667. A very rare example with the contemporary binding untouched and with a 1667 title page.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Hamilton secures the ratification of the Constitution: <i>The Debates and Proceedings of the Convention of the State of New-York, assembled at Poughkeespsie, on the 17th June, 1788.</i>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> The social contract “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains”: ROUSSEAU, JEAN-JACQUES. <i>Principes du Droit Politique [Du Contract Social]</i>. Amsterdam: Michel Rey, 1762
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> “The first English textbook on geometrical land-measurement and surveying”: BENESE, RICHARD. <i>This Boke Sheweth the Maner of Measurynge All Maner of Lande…</i>
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Caius Julius Hyginus, <i>Poeticon Astronomicon,</i> first illustrated edition, Venice, 1482. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Giovanni Botero, <i>Le Relationi Universali... divise in Sette Parti</i>, Venice, 1618. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> <i>L'Escole des Filles</i>, likely third edition of the first work of pornographic fiction in French, 1676. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Illuminated Book of Hours in Latin on vellum, Flanders, early 16th century. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Johannes Regiomontanus, <i>Calendarium,</i> Venice, 1485. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Pedro de Medina, <i>Libro d[e] gra[n]dezas y cosas memorables de España,</i> Alcalá de Henares, 1566. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b><br>Luis de Lucena, <i>Arte de Ajedres,</i> Salamanca, circa 1496-97. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Andrés Serrano, <i>Los Siete Principes de los Ángeles, válidos de Rey del Cielo,</i> Spain, 1707. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Johannes de Sacrobosco, <i>Sphaera mundi,</i> first illustrated edition, Venice, 1478. $15,000 to $20,000.
  • <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> A Rare 3-rotor German Enigma I Enciphering Machine. $70,000 to $90,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Important collection of correspondence between Werner Heisenberg and Bruno Rossi. $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Walt Whitman Autograph manuscript containing his thoughts on death. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> David Roberts. <i>Holy Land</i>. Six volumes. 1842-1849. First edition. $15,000 to $25,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Extensive collection of Ray Bradbury's primary works, most signed or inscribed. $15,000 to $20,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Peter Force. Declaration of Independence. $12,000 to $18,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Steinbeck. <i>Grapes of Wrath</i>. A fine copy of the first edition. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Lewis & Clark. <i>Travels to the Source of the Missouri River</i>... First English edition, extra-illustrated. 1814. $10,000 to 15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Manuscript document signed by Nuno de Guzman relating to Hernan Cortes, 1528. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> “Nos los inquisidores..." The first book in English printed West of the Mississippi. [1787]. $5,000 to $8,000.

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