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April in New York

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53rd ABAA NY Fair

On Thursday April 11th, as they have for more than 50 years, members of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, will hold court in New York at the Park Avenue Armory on Park Avenue at 67th Street.  This year’s four-day event is, for the rare book field, their Vatican Council.  Two hundred and seventeen firms from across the Americas, England, Europe, Australia, and Asia will be exhibiting with millions of dollars hanging in the balance.  It makes the show, for the thousands who will attend, a reference in their collecting lives.

The show is running from Thursday the 11th to Sunday the 14th. 

On Saturday at 1:00 pm, a one-hour talk and Q & A will focus on Book Collecting 101. 
On Sunday, Discovery Day, from noon to 3:00 pm, visitors can have their items appraised by exhibitors will offer their expertise on up to five items.  While formal appraisals will not be given, dealers will be happy to discuss the value of items from all periods and in many languages.

The Manhattan Village Books & Ephemera Fair

While the ABAA fair is the dominant event, there is another book fair in the city – The Manhattan Village Books & Ephemera Fair on Friday and Saturday the 12th and 13th.  This is the ‘shadow’ fair in the Altman Building at 135 West 18th Street.  Hours are 5:00 – 9:00 pm on Friday and 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday.

Appraisals at the Shadow Fair will be available Saturday 1:00 to 3:00 pm for a $5.- fee.

Adding complexity, in April, there are also almost 100 book, manuscript, map and ephemera auctions worldwide with about one quarter of them focused in the American northeast.   Many will be exhibiting material at their New York locations.   At the end of this article is a search to all posted upcoming lots.

Here is contact information for the book fairs:

The ABAA Fair: 

643 Park Avenue, NYC, NY

Hours:

Thursday:  Preview 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Friday:  Noon – 8:00 pm

Saturday:  Noon – 7:00 pm

Sunday:  Noon – 5:00 pm

The ABAA fair website

The Manhattan Village Books & Ephemera Fair:

The Altman Building, 135 W. 18th Street, New York, NY 10011

Hours:

Friday:  5:00 – 9:00 pm

Saturday:  8:00 am – 4:00 pm 

Search the upcoming auctions in AE’s global auction search


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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