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New York: Rare Books Everywhere [for 4 days]

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The New York Book Fair: the collector's bacchanal

If it is April it is again time for the New York Antiquarian Book Fair, this the largest such event in the book collecting world.  This year’s four day fair at the Park Avenue Armory, that features more than 200 American and international dealers, begins on Thursday April 7th and continues through Sunday the 10th.  For they who are active as dealers or who buy primarily from dealers this is the single best moment in the year, four days of viewing, discussion and negotiation.  Many dealers bring fresh inventory and every year a fresh attitude about price and negotiation.  The market changes and the players adjust.

 

For both highly rare and highly important materials, by all reports, prices continue to be firm.  For material that is less rare and/or less important such examples may be negotiable but dealers understand this and tend to bring their best.  It is in fact a free-for-all.

 

The great material will be on the floor on Thursday at 5:00 pm when the show opens.  Experienced buyers will be there moving briskly in search of memorable acquisitions.  It’s more expensive to obtain a Thursday night pass but well worth the cost.

 

As is always the case for exhibitors the New York Antiquarian Book Fair is sold out.  Dealers talk about cutting back but rarely miss New York.  It is simply too important.  This fair, that also includes ILAB members, will have many of the premier dealers from around the world participating.

 

Main Fair Days and Hours:

 

Thursday April 7th 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Friday April 8th noon to 8:00 pm

Saturday April 9th noon to 7:00 pm

Sunday April 10th noon to 5:00 pm

 

Location:

 

Park Avenue Armory

643 Park Avenue [between 66th and 67th Streets]

New York, New York 10065

 

The Other Fairs [both nearby]

 

On Saturday two book and ephemera fairs will vie for attention.   The first is the New York City Book and Ephemera Fair on Park Avenue at 83rd Street in the Wallace Hall at St. Ignatius Loyola.  The other is the Manhattan Vintage Book & Ephemera Fair and the Fine Press Book Fair that share a hall at the Church of St. Ferrer at 869 Lexington Avenue at 66th Street [across from the Armory Show].

 

The hours for both shows are 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Because the Armory Show does not open until noon these shadow fairs are invariably busier in the morning.  Last year many preregistered visitors were able to see both shows before the main fair opened.  Links to all shows are provided at the end of this piece.

 

Abe Books, in conjunction with the New York City Book and Ephemera Fair at 980 Park Ave, is providing free shuttle service to and from the ABAA Fair throughout the day.

 

For active book buyers these fairs are somewhat akin to the Wild West.  The relatively brief exhibition period and competition with the main fair tends to make sellers encourage offers.  This gives these events “a now or never” urgency that adds excitement.

 

 Altogether, more than 325 dealers will be exhibiting at the three shows.  It’s a special moment for they who love collectable printed paper.  It does not get better than this.

 

The New York Antiquarian Book Fair

Thursday - Sunday April 7 - 10

643 Park Avenue at the Armory

New York, New York 10065

 

THE MANHATTAN VINTAGE BOOK & EPHEMERA FAIR / 
THE FINE PRESS BOOK FAIR

Saturday April 9, 8-4

The Church of St. Vincent Ferrer
869 Lexington Avenue at 66th Street
New York, NY 10065

[Across from the Armory Show]

 

THE NEW YORK CITY BOOK AND EPHEMERA FAIR

Saturday April 9, 8-4

Wallace Hall at St. Ignatius Loyola
980 Park Ave. (at 83rd)
New York, NY 10028

 

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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