Rare Book Monthly

Articles - October - 2010 Issue

Book Fairs & Auctions: The Season is Upon Us

Enthusiasm for the printed word


By Bruce McKinney

With the coming of fall, or if you live in Australia the coming of spring, more dealers send out catalogues, shops remain open longer, shows and fairs throw open their doors and auctions pick up their pace. It is October, the perennially important month that often sets expectations for the final two months.

As we speak, antiquarians are gathering in Santa Fe for a two-day affair. On the second and third, the North Texas Book and Paper Show convenes in Fort Worth. Over the same two days, the Great Eastern U. S. Antique Book, Paper & Advertising Show in Allentown, Pennsylvania is running. Over the second weekend, the Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair takes over one of the exhibition halls on the grounds of the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. The following weekend, two hundred miles north in Vancouver, Canadians and guests will participate in the Vancouver Antiquarian Book Fair. On Sunday, the 17th, the Pioneer Valley Book and Ephemera Fair in Northampton, Massachusetts affords bibliophiles the chance to see new material and old friends. On the 24th, the Golden Gate Park Book Fair offers northern Californians a day in the park and a chance to buy printed material. Over the 29th to the 31st, the ever-important Toronto International Antiquarian Book Fair gives eastern Canadians their chance to buy. Fairs have long been one of the best ways for dealers, institutions and collectors to look at material that simply is better understood in person. There is always much to see.

Of all the fairs the Seattle Fair is particularly important. While not an ABAA fair it attracts substantial ABAA support and a large public following.

The auction calendar is also full. Almost every day has at least one event. In total 56 events are in the queue. In the Internet age, auctions are proliferating, though the major houses continue to dominate the action. To look for material of interest run searches in the upcoming auctions search. Many, even most houses accept absentee and electronic bids. Within search results on our site, we always provide links to the applicable auction houses.

If viewing this article after October 5th, the Book Fairs and Events and Upcoming Auctions calendars will be displayed in a different way. Across the top of the page, the Upcoming Auctions link brings up the auction calendar [also accessible from the homepage] and the twenty-five most recent individual auction reports. Clicking next to the right of the auction reports will cycle you through the reports. Auction related links are located in the right column under Quick Links. On almost every page on the site there are Quick Link options related to the subject displayed to the left.

The Book Fairs link is listed across the main toolbar under "more" with Book Clubs, Events Calendar, Links and ISBD Search.

Rare Book Monthly

  • Bonhams, July 15-25: THE AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION OF ISRAEL WITKOWER. $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: GEORGE WASHINGTON SIGNED DISCHARGE. June 9, 1783. $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: "Shhhhh!" A DAVID SHANNON ILLUSTRATION FROM DAVID GETS IN TROUBLE. $2,500 - $3,500
    Bonhams, July 15-25: PICASSO, PABLO. Le Carmen des Carmen. Paris, 1964. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: RARE AUTOGRAPH OF AMERICAN NAVAL HERO CAPTAIN JAMES MUGFORD. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: KARA WALKER SILHOUETTES FOR TONI MORRISON'S FIVE POEMS. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: FIRST APPEARANCE OF PINOCCHIO IN ENGLISH. COLLODI, CARLO.New York, 1892. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: BONAPARTE, JOSEPHINE. Autograph Note (unsigned) in French. $1,000 - $1,500
    Bonhams, July 15-25: FROST ON MATTHEW ARNOLD.Autograph Letter Signed to Adams, July 27, 1934. $800 - $1,200
    Bonhams, July 15-25: ELIAS BOUDINOT'S COPY OF BARLOW'S COLUMBIAN EPIC. $800 - $1,200
    Bonhams, July 15-25: A SIGNED HART CRANE BROOKLYN BRIDGE POSTCARD TO EDWARD DAHLBERG. $600 - $800
    Bonhams, July 15-25: A STOCK CERTIFICATE SIGNED BY THE "QUEEN OF WALL STREET," HETTY GREEN. $700 - $900
  • Forum Auctions
    Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper
    18th July 2024
    Forum, July 18: Rowling (J.K.) Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, first hardback edition, 1997. £40,000 to £60,000.
    Forum, July 18: Binding.- Lucian of Samosata Opuscula Erasmo Roterodamo interprete, first Aldine edition, Venice, Heirs of Aldus Manutius and A, 1516. £15,000 to £20,000.
    Forum, July 18: Bacon (Sir Francis). De Dignitate et Augmentis Scientiarum Libri IX, Pierre Gassendi's copy gifted him by Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc, Paris, Typis Petri Mettayer, 1624. £15,000 to £20,000.
    Forum Auctions
    Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper
    18th July 2024
    Forum, July 18: Shakespeare (William). The First Part of Henry the Fourth, with the Life and Death of Henry, Sirnamed Hot-Spurre…, Printed by Isaac Jaggard, and Ed. Blount, 1623. £15,000 to £20,000.
    Forum, July 18: Darwin (Charles). On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, third edition, presentation inscription 'From the Author' in a secretary's hand, John Murray, 1861. £15,000 to £20,000.
    Forum, July 18: Teague (Violet). Geraldine Rede. Night Fall in the Ti-Tree, first edition, Melbourne, Sign of the Rabbit, 1905; and another. £10,000 to £15,000.
    Forum Auctions
    Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper
    18th July 2024
    Forum, July 18: India.- Primrose (Gen. James Maurice). Collection of 24 original drawings from his time in India with the 43rd Regiment of Foot, circa 1855 to 1864. £10,000 to £15,000.
    Forum, July 18: Manet (Édouard). Trente Eaux-fortes originales, the complete portfolio, Paris, A. Stroelin, 1905. £8,000 to £12,000.
    Forum, July 18: Bible, English. [The Holy Bible], first edition of the King James Bible, the Great 'He' Bible, [Robert Barker], [1611]. £6,000 to £8,000.
    Forum Auctions
    Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper
    18th July 2024
    Forum, July 18: America.- Mathews (Alfred E.) Pencil Sketches of Montana, first edition, New York, Published by the Author, 1868. £6,000 to £8,000.
    Forum, July 18: Bawden (Edward). Original dust-jacket artwork for 'The Outsider' by Albert Camus, [c.1946]. £4,000 to £6,000.
    Forum, July 18: World.- Fries (Laurent). Tabula Nova Totius Orbis, woodcut map, [c.1541]. £3,000 to £5,000.
  • Sotheby’s, July 11: Galileo, Document annotated and signed by Galileo, dated Padua, 1595. £500,000 to £700,000.

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