Rare Book Monthly

Articles - March - 2018 Issue

The ABAA New York Book Fair


Come the second weekend in March the American Antiquarian Booksellers' Association [aka ABAA] will host their 58th Annual New York International Book Fair at the Seventh Regiment Armory at 643 Park Avenue between 66th and 67th Streets.  The dates are Thursday March 8th to Sunday the 11th.   The show, now described as having more than 200 dealers, is the most important of its type in the world. 


Not to say you must twist arms to get people to come to New York.  The people, restaurants, shows and connections make New York City a Mecca although in March it’s a small “m” but absolutely a wonderful experience.  The rare book related events simply break down every logical reason not to go.  So, plan your trip.


Here is a full list of the reasons to attend:



Enchanted Books

Les Enluminures

Estates of Mind

Michael Fagan Fine Art & Rare Books

Librairie Faustroll

Librairie le Feu Follet

Földvári Books

Librairie Benoît Forgeot

Antiquariaat Forum B.V.

Librairie J.F. Fourcade

Robert Frew

Rodger Friedman Rare Book Studio


Antiquariat Winfried Geisenheyner

R.A. Gekoski Booksellers

Geographicus Rare Antique Maps

Franklin Gilliam :: Rare Books

Thomas A. Goldwasser Rare Books

G. Gosen Rare Books & Old Paper

Govi Rare Books

Peter Grogan


Amanda Hall Rare Books

Harper's Books

Adrian Harrington Rare Books

Peter Harrington

Donald Heald Rare Books

High Ridge Books

Jonathan A. Hill, Bookseller

Jeff Hirsch Books

Honey & Wax Booksellers

HS Rare Books


Imperial Fine Books



Kaaterskill Books

Kainbacher Rare Books

Seth Kaller

Kevin F. Kelly, Bookseller

The Kelmscott Bookshop

Ben Kinmont, Bookseller

Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

John W. Knott Jr. Bookseller

Knuf Rare Books

Librairie KOEGUI

Konstantinopel Rare & Fine Books

Kotte Autographs

Kubik Fine Books

Antiquariat Michael Kuehn

Kunsthaus s. r. o.

James S. Jaffe Rare Books

Jarndyce Books

Johanson Rare Books

Jonkers Rare Books



Michael Laird Rare Books

Librairie Lardanchet

Hugues de Latude

The Lawbook Exchange

David M. Lesser Fine Antiquarian Books

Liber Antiquus, Early Books & Manuscripts

Lion Heart Autographs

Ken Lopez Bookseller

Lucius Books

Stuart Lutz Historic Documents, Inc.

Lux Mentis, Booksellers

Herman H.J, Lynge & Son


Leo Cadogan Rare Books

Caliban Book Shop

Il Cartiglio

Brian Cassidy, Bookseller

Rodolphe Chamonal

Chez Les Libraires Associes

Deborah Coltham Rare Books

Llibreria Anticuària Comellas

Librairie Pierre Coumans

Justin Croft Antiquarian Books

Daniel Crouch Rare Books

James Cummins Bookseller


B & B Rare Books

Antiquariato Librario Bado e Mart

Lorne Bair Rare Books

Antiquariat Banzhaf

Librería Bardón

Bartleby's Books

BAS BOOKS, Ltd. (London)


Bauman Rare Books

Simon Beattie

Roland Belgrave Vintage Photography

Antiquariat Reinhold Berg

David Bergman

Jeff Bergman Books

F.A. Bernett Books

Between The Covers



Blackwell's Rare Books

Librairie Auguste Blaizot


The Bookpress

Books of Wonder

Boreas Fine Art

Alessandro Borgato

Libreria Antiquaria Borromini

Thomas G. Boss Fine Books

Boston Book Company

Boston Rare Maps

Antiquariat Botanicum

Bow Windows  Bookshop

Marilyn Braiterman

David Brass Rare Books

The Brick Row Book Shop

Librairie Alain Brieux

Bromer Booksellers


Pablo Butcher

Dean Byass Manuscripts & Rare Books


Robert Dagg Rare Books

Antiquariaat De Roo

Derringer Books

DeWolfe & Wood

Charlotte Du Rietz Rare Books

Manfred Nosbüsch

Oak Knoll Books

Old Editions

Antiquariat Dasa Pahor

Palinurus Antiquarian Books

A. Parker's Books

Librairie Le Pas Sage

Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books & Manuscripts

Il Polifilo Libri Rari

Libreria Jose Porrua Turanzas

Productive Arts

Jean Baptiste de Proyart

Bernard Quaritch

Quill & Brush

Raptis Rare Books

Read'Em Again Books

William Reese Company

L & T Respess Books

Walter Reuben

B & L Rootenberg Rare Books

Royal Books

Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps

Rulon-Miller Books

Sanctuary Books

Antiquariat Schierenberg 

Justin G. Schiller

Sophie Schneideman Rare Books

Abby Schoolman Books

Schubertiade Music & Arts

Schulson Autographs

Susanne Schulz-Falster

Hellmut Schumann Antiquariat

Michel Scognamillo Livres Anciens et Modernes

Second Story Books

Shapero Rare Books

Sims Reed

Sokol Books

Giuseppe Solmi Studio Bibliografico

Sophia Rare Books

Librairie Amélie Sourget

Librairie Camille Sourget

Benjamin Spademan

Peter L. Stern & Co.

Douglas Stewart Fine Books

Tamino Autographs

Ten Pound Island Book Company

Triolet Rare Books

JF Letenneur Livres Rares

University Archives

Ursus Rare Books

Michael Vinson Americana

Librairie Walden

W P Watson Antiquarian Books

Adam Weinberger Rare Books

White Fox Rare Books & Antiques

Whitmore Rare Books

John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller


Yesterday's Gallery

Roy Young Bookseller




I suggest you check their websites for material of interest.  Many will, upon request, bring such material for your inspection.


The official show website:  www.nyantiquarianbookfair.com/

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 7. Ritter's unusual sun-dial world map, 1607. Est. $3500 to $4500
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 16. Fascinating Japanese satirical map published prior to WWII, 1932. Est. $1400 to $2000
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 30. Newton's 2" miniature terrestrial globe, 1833. Est. $3500 to $4500
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 318. Braun & Hogenberg's first plan of Moscow in contemporary color, 1575. Est. $2750 to $3500
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 346. One of the most decorative 18th century maps of Malta, 1680. Est. $1200 to $1500
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 412. The first printed map devoted to the Pacific in full contemporary color, 1589. Est. $8000 to $10000
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 425. Rare set of celebrated explorers of the New World, 1592. Est. $1900 to $2300
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 436. Two superb miniature atlases bound in one volume with 98 maps, 1682. Est. $5500 to $7500
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 445. Part IV of de Bry's "Grand Voyages" by Girolamo Benzoni, 1613. Est. $2000 to $2500
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 447. Tallis' "History of the United States of America" in six volumes, 1850. Est. $1500 to $1800
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 448. Mallet's miniature military masterpiece, 1672. Est. $1400 to $1700
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29: Printed & Manuscript African Americana</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29:</b> Malcolm X, Autograph Letter Signed, from prison, 1950. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29:</b> Letter from Moses Walker, an enslaved Georgia man, to his mother at another plantation, 1854. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29:</b> Signed cabinet card of Frederick Douglass, albumen photograph, Boston, circa 1879. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29: Printed & Manuscript African Americana</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29:</b> Placard from the Memphis Sanitation Worker's strike, 1968. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29:</b><br><i>The North Star,</i> volume 1, issue 27, Rochester, NY, 1848. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29:</b> Hand-tinted tintype of John Brown, circa 1860. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29: Printed & Manuscript African Americana</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29:</b> Poster signed & inscribed by Huey Newton, circa 1967. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29:</b> Album of aerial views of the march on Montgomery, taken by federal troops, 1965. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29:</b> Poster for the SNCC, photograph by Danny Lyon featuring John Lewis, circa 1962. $3,000 to $4,000.
  • <b>Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts. March 9, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN. Autograph Manuscript sketch-leaf part of the score of the Scottish Songs, "Sunset" Op. 108 no 2. [Vienna, February 1818]. Inscribed by Alexander Wheelock Thayer. $80,000 to $120,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> Violin belonging to Albert Einstein, presented to him by Oscar H. Steger, 1933. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> EINSTEIN, ALBERT. Autograph Letter Signed ("Papa") to his son Hans Albert, discussing his involvement with the atomic bomb, September 2, 1945. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts. March 9, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> HAMILTON, ALEXANDER. Autograph Letter Signed, to Baron von Steuben, with extensive notes of Von Steuben's aide Benjamin Walker, June 12, 1780. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> NEWTON, ISAAC. Autograph Manuscript in Latin, being detailed instructions on making the philosopher's stone. 8 pp. 1790s. $200,000 to 300,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> 1869 Inauguration Bible of President Ulysses S. Grant. $80,000 to $120,000
  • <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>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. March 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Jenner (Rev. George Charles). <i>The Evidence at Large...Respecting Dr Jenner's Discovery of Vaccine Inoculation,</i> presentation copy from Edward Jenner to Rev. Rowland Hill, 1805. £4,000 to £6,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Houdini (Harry).- Maggi (Girolamo). <i>De tintinnabulis liber postumus...de equuleo liber,</i> Harry Houdini's copy, Amsterdam, H. Wetstein, 1689. £600 to £800
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Meyer (Henry Leonard). Coloured Illustrations of British Birds, and their Eggs , 7 vol. in 2 plus Illustrations of British Birds, 4 vol., 1842-50 and [1835-51]. £5,000 to £7,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. March 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Dickens (Charles). <i>An Entirely New Romantic Drama, in Three Acts, by Mr. Wilkie Collins, called The Frozen Deep,</i> 1857. £3,000 to £4,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Lighthouses and Islands of Ireland, c. 125 drawings, 1867. £6,000 to £8,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Shelley (Lady Jane). Diary, 1853 & 1860. £1,500 to £2,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. March 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Scottish Binding.- The Holy Bible, Containing the Old and New Testaments, bound in contemporary brown polished calf decorated with the figure of a Chinese spearman, by ?James Scott of Edinburgh, 1778. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Greene (Graham). <i>The Man Within,</i> first edition, signed by the author, 1929. £4,000 to £6,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Mellan (Claude, 1598-1688). The Holy Face, or the Veil of St Veronica, [c. 1649 and later]. £800 to £1,200
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. March 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Desaguliers (John Theophilus). <i>A Dissertation concerning Electricity,</i> W. Innys, and T. Longman, 1742. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Le Jeune (Paul). <i>Relation de se qui s'est passé en la Nouvelle France en l'anné 1636 enuoyée au R.Pere Provincial de la Compagnie de Iesus en la Province de France,</i> 1637. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Stumpf (Johann Rudolph). <i>Gemeiner loblicher Eydgnoschafft Stetten, Landen und Völckern Chronicwirdiger thaaten beschreibung, </i> Zurich, Froschauer, 1586. £3,000 to £4,000

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