• Dominic Winter Auctioneers
    Auctions on June 19
    and June 20
    Dominic Winter, June 19: Lot 70 - Warner (Robert). The Orchid Album, 11 volumes, 1882-1897. £5,000 to £8,000
    Dominic Winter, June 19: Lot 151 - United States. Melish (John), Map of the United States with..., British & Spanish Possessions, 1816. £40,000 to £60,000
    Dominic Winter, June 19: Lot 159 - World. Speed (John), A New and Accurat Map of the World, 1676. £4,000 to £6,000.
    Dominic Winter Auctioneers
    Auctions on June 19
    and June 20
    Dominic Winter, June 20: Lot 503 - American Civil War playing cards. Union Cards, New York: American Card Co., 1862. £500 to £800
    Dominic Winter, June 20: Lot 573 - Shepard (Ernest Howard), 'The Hour is Come’, original watercolour, [1959]. £10,000 to £15,000
    Dominic Winter, June 20: Lot 922 - Wilde (Oscar). An Ideal Husband, large paper limited issue, 1899. £4,000 to £6,000
    Dominic Winter Auctioneers
    Auctions on June 19
    and June 20
    Dominic Winter, June 20: Lot 744 - Disney (Walt). “Sketch Book” [of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs], 1938. £700 to £1,000
    Dominic Winter, June 20: Lot 771 - Auden (Wystan Hugh). Portrait of the head of W. H. Auden, 1970. £1,000 to £1,500
    Dominic Winter, June 20: Lot 822 - Fleming (Ian). Goldfinger, 1st edition, signed by the author, 1959. £6,000 to £8,000
    Dominic Winter Auctioneers
    Auctions on June 19
    and June 20
    Dominic Winter, June 20: Lot 895 - Rowling (J. K.). A complete inscribed set of Harry Potter books plus ephemera. £8,000 to £12,0000
    Dominic Winter, June 20: Lot 883 - Orwell (George). Nineteen Eighty-Four, 1st edition, London: Secker & Warburg, 1949. £3,000 to £5,000
    Dominic Winter, June 20: Lot 700 - Ashendene Press. T. Lucreti Cari De Rerium Natura Libri Sex, Chelsea: Ashendene Press, 1913. £4,000 to £6,000
  • Doyle, June 20: CLAUDE MCKA. Home to Harlem. New York: Harpers, 1928. First edition. $700 to $1,000.
    Doyle, June 20: Haydn's VI Original Canzonettas, signed by the composer. $4,000 to $6,000.
    Doyle, June 20: A rare EP sleeve inscribed by John Lennon. $800 to $1,200.
    Doyle, June 20: An extremely rare 1961 concert set list and autograph letter from The King. $7,000 to $10,000.
    Doyle, June 20: Bryan Batt's copy of the Mad Men Yearbook, 2008-2014. $600 to $800.
    Doyle, June 20: An original Al Hirschfeld depicting comedian Fred Allen. $1,000 to $1,500.
    Doyle, June 20: A signed note from George Gershwin with reference to Porgy and Bess. $1,000 to $1,500.
    Doyle, June 20: An original Harold Arlen manuscript musical quotation from "Over the Rainbow.” $1,000 to $1,500.
    Doyle, June 20: A fine original Edith Head sketch for Grace Kelly's wedding trousseau. $3,000 to $5,000.
    Doyle, June 20: The poster for New Faces with inscriptions and the signature of Eartha Kitt. $200 to $300.
    Doyle, June 20: The classic "Jazz" Bowl by Viktor Schreckengost for Cowan Pottery. $15,000 to $25,000.
    Doyle, June 20: Tony Award Medallion won for "Kismet." $3,000 to $5,000.
  • Doyle, June 18: Stephen Sondheim's personalized Sweeney Todd asylum coat and jacket. $400 to $600.
    Doyle, June 18: Twelve Posters for Stephen Sondheim Musicals. $400 to $600.
    Doyle, June 18: Stephen Sondheim's Gold Record for the soundtrack to West Side Story. $1,000 to $1,500.
    Doyle, June 18: A manuscript musical quotation from Passion. The quotation headed "Tranquillo" above the music, the lyrics are also written out: "lov-ing you is not a choice, it's who I am..." 11 x 14 inches. $800 to $1,200.
    Doyle, June 18: Stephen Sondheim's retained set of The Sondheim Review. Comprising a complete run of Volume 1, Number 1 (Summer 1994) to Volume XXI, Number 4 (Fall 2015). $500 to $800.
    Doyle, June 18: Five amusing Victorian-era game boards, including Snakes and Ladders. $200 to $300.
    Doyle, June 18: A cased tabletop croquet set and two horse racing games. $300 to $500.
    Doyle, June 18: Four Posters Related to Various Sondheim Productions. $300 to $500.
    Doyle, June 18: The rare first American edition of The Phantom of the Opera. $100 to $200.
  • Sagen & Delås Auctions
    Towards the Poles: Accounts of Polar Exploration
    June 15, 2024
    Sagen & Delås, June 15: ROALD AMUNDSEN: PHOTO of «Fram» SIGNED by 17 members of the South Pole Expedition, Including Amundsen. €6,900 to €8,600.
    Sagen & Delås, June 15: ROALD AMUNDSEN: «Sydpolen», 1912. IN PARTS. €1,280 to €2,150.
    Sagen & Delås, June 15: JEAN-BAPTISTE CHARCOT: «Expédition Antarctique Francaise […] 1903-1905. », 1906. RARE, SIGNED. €2,100 to €3,400.
    Sagen & Delås Auctions
    Towards the Poles: Accounts of Polar Exploration
    June 15, 2024
    Sagen & Delås, June 15: FREDERICK A. COOK: «Through the first Antarctic Night 1898-1899. […]», 1900. First LIMITED & SIGNED edition. €2,100 to €3,400.
    Sagen & Delås, June 15: JAPANESE ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION UNDER NOBU SHIRASE: «Watashi no Nankyoku Tanken-ki», 1942. Publisher's wrappers. €1,280 to €2,135.
    Sagen & Delås, June 15: FRIDTJOF NANSEN: «Fram over Polhavet», 1897. LOT - 6 Variant bindings. €1,250 to €2,100.
    Sagen & Delås Auctions
    Towards the Poles: Accounts of Polar Exploration
    June 15, 2024
    Sagen & Delås, June 15: ABRAHAM ORTELIUS: «Septentrionalium Regionum Descrip», 1570. Beautiful handcoloured first state map. €2,950 to €3,800.
    Sagen & Delås, June 15: SCOTTISH NATIONAL ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION: [W. S. BRUCE]: «Life in the Antarctic», 1907. 2 copies in wrappers. €85 to €250.
    Sagen & Delås, June 15: ERNEST SHACKLETON: «The British Antarctic Expedition, 1907-9», 1909. Publisher's wrappers. €510 to €1,025.
    Sagen & Delås Auctions
    Towards the Poles: Accounts of Polar Exploration
    June 15, 2024
    Sagen & Delås, June 15: ERNEST SHACKLETON: «South», 1919. An attractive copy in publisher's cloth. €2,550 to €4,265.
    Sagen & Delås, June 15: UNITED STATES EXPLORING EXPEDITION UNDER CHARLES WILKES (1838-1842): «Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition», 1845. €3,400 to €5,100.
    Sagen & Delås, June 15: HUBERT WILKINS: «Under the North Pole», 1931 | CONTRIBUTORS EDITION - LIMITED TO 29 COPIES. €1,280 to €2,550.

Rare Book Monthly

Articles - October - 2014 Issue

Book Fairs, vital to the future of collecting, need to open they doors to exhibitors a bit wider

Tina and John Bruno of Flamingo Eventz

Book Fairs, for decades have been an integral part of the rare and collectible book business but their role has been changing and their importance declining as the structure of the business has been recast by the internet, by the development of online listing sites and the emergence of the online access to auctions.  This has been difficult and probably inevitable but it is disturbing and worth whatever efforts can be made to maintain the frequency, prominence and importance of rare book fairs.

 

The loss of the main street shop has happened so quickly and ended with such finality that barely a word is even spoken about it now.  Certainly some shops remain and some ingenious players are figuring out how to survive, and even prosper but the halcyon days of great shops, even in the largest towns, is gone.  We bid and buy online in ever increasing numbers but thereby miss the human interaction that was once an essential component of the trade.

 

This past week I checked in with both the Bustamante Shows and the Flamingo Eventz organizations and their continuing efforts to promote shows in the books, manuscripts, maps and ephemera categories.  Both have been at it for years and have been very successful promoting fairs on the east and west coasts of the United States.  In speaking about shows they describe a selling medium in transition.  In Rochester, New Hampshire, Tina Bruno of Flamingo indicated that the volume of shows nationally has probably declined significantly over the past five years but emphasizes that the shows that continue are the strong ones and they look secure.  But she notes too that the average age of exhibitors has been increasing even as the oldest participants are exiting.  The Bustamante Organization in California sees it somewhat differently.  “Books, manuscript, maps and ephemera look pretty good to us.  We also promote antiques fairs and they are a much tougher proposition.  These days such fairs attract perhaps a third of the participants they used to.  By comparison our books fairs are quite strong, if not quite so many as they used to be.” 

 

I asked both if, to attract new exhibitors and regular traffic, such shows should be more open to collector-dealer participation, something that many dealers are concerned about.  In principal the answer is yes but dealer concerns are not baseless.  Collectors who become dealers to participate long term will be welcome while those simply looking to do a few shows to liquidate their holdings will not.  Dealers understand that prices move in two directions but are concerned that fire sales will undermine the entire field. 

 

The ABAA, the most important show promoter in the category, as a member organization does not accept casual exhibitors.  This is simply their rule.  But other shows, those of Bustamante and Flamingo for example, are not so bound and could provide opportunities for fledgling collector-dealers to offer material.  After all, as one promoter pointed out, “virtually every dealer started out as a collector,” but of course that was when the field was growing and prices were rising.  Getting through this difficult period will take some coordination but I expect many collectors will be interested to become exhibitors if given the chance.

 

Net of all consideration shows are still losing ground, the strongest doing fine but others fraying at the edges.  The causes are obvious; aging dealers, tired inventory and the explosion in collecting options.  Encouraging collectors interested to become dealers could bring fresh vitality, new faces, and material that have set on shelves for decades. 

 

This is logical given that the field is still struggling to find the next generation of collectors.  They are buying but they are buying at auction.  An important step for the trade will be to encourage these newbies to come to shows.  To do that fresh faces and fresh material will be key.  Once there, the dealers’ great material and persuasive ways can do their magic.  Online listings tend to make copies sound the same.  In person the collector can see first hand the difference.  And once understood, the dealer becomes a source of material and perspective.

 

For promoters an infusion of collector-dealers could refill the now somewhat depleted exhibitor lists, perhaps enough so that within a few years such events might even provide a meaningful uptick in attendance.  In time statistics such as 40 professional dealers and 25 collector-dealers might infuse these shows with real excitement.  For myself a large group of collector-dealers would be very interesting.  I could even see a once every two-year collector-to-collector show, becoming a major national event.

 

Whatever else you take away from this brief article the net-net is that shows are very important.  And I suspect the next wave of dealers will come from the serious collector ranks.  They will bring vitality and I hope they will be welcomed.

 

If you are a collector and would consider manning your own booth a few times each year contact one of these organizations or email me at bmckinney@americanaexchange.com for a discussion.  There are shows that will welcome you.

 

Flamingo Eventz, LLC

Tina and John Bruno

P. O. Box 157

Rochester, New Hampshire 03866

603.509.2639

Email:  info@flamingoeventz.com

 

Bustamante Shows

P. O.Box 637

Atwater, California 95301

209.358.3134

Email:  shelia@bustamante-shows.com

  

And finally, as a reminder of the importance of shows, here’s a list of events in the United States and Canada from now to year-end.

 

Oak Knoll Fest XVIII

New Castle, Delaware 19720

Symposium and Festival

Friday-Sunday, October 3-5

Book Fair:

Saturday October 4th, 12-5

Sunday October 5, 12-3:30

 

Allentown Book and Paper Show

W. Chew Street & 17th Street

Allentown, Pennsylvania 18104

Saturday October 4th, 9-5

Sunday October 5th, 9-3

 

The Pasadena Antiquarian Book, Print, Photo & Paper Fair

The Pasadena Center

300 East Green Street

Pasadena, California 91101

Saturday October 4th, 11-6

Sunday October 5th, 11-4

 

Greater Seattle Postcard & Paper Collectibles Fair

Kent Commons

525 4th Avenue N. Kent

Seattle, Washington 98032

Saturday October 4th, 10-6

Sunday October 5th, 11-4

 

Vancouver Antiquarian, Collectible & Rare Book Fair

UBC Robson Square

Vancouver, British Columbia V6Z 3B7

Saturday October 4th, 1 to 7

Sunday October 5th, 11 to 4

 

Vermont Foliage Book Fair

Brattleboro Museum & Art Center

10 Vernon Street

Brattleboro, Vermont 05301

Saturday October 4, 11-5

 

Michigan Antiquarian Book & Paper Show

333 E. Michigan Avenue

Lansing, Michigan 48933

Sunday October 5, 9:30 to 5

 

North Texas Book & Paper Show

Grapevine Convention Center

1209 South Main Street

Grapevine, Texas 76051

Friday, October 10, 6 to 9 pm

Saturday, October 11, 10 to 5

 

53rd Annual Chicago Book and Paper Fair

Journeymen Plumbers’ Union Hall

1349 W. Washington Boulevard

Chicago, Illinois 60607

Saturday, October 11. 10 to 5

 

Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair

Seattle Center Exhibition Hall

3rd Avenue North & Mercer Streets

Seattle, Washington 98109

Saturday October 11, 10 to 6

Sunday October 12, 11 to 4

 

The Pioneer Valley Book & Ephemera Fair

The Smith Vocational School

80 Locust Street [Rt. 9]

Northampton, Massachusetts 01060

Sunday October 12, 10 to 4

 

Fine Press Showcase at the 39th Annual American Printing History Association Conference held jointly with the Friends of Dard Hunter

375 Rhode Island Street

San Francisco, California 94103

Thursday, October 16 to Saturday, October 18

Check their website for events and hours

printinghistory.org/programs/conference/2014-conference/

  

62nd York Book & Paper Fair

Holiday Inn & Conference Center

2000 Loucks Road

York, Pennsylvania

Saturday, October 18, 9 to 4

 

40th Annual Albany Antiquarian Book & Ephemera Fair

195 Washington Avenue

Albany, New York 12210

Sunday October 19, 10 to 4

 

The 34th Ottawa Antiquarian Book Fair

Tudor Hall

3750 North Bowesville Road

Ottawa, Ontario K1V 1B8

Sunday October 26th, 10:30 to 5

 

The 71st Long Island Antiquarian Book Dealer’s Fair

Hofstra University Student Center

200 Hofstra University Dr., [off Hempstead Turnpike]

Hempstead, New York 11549

Saturday November 1, 11 to 6

Sunday November 2, 11 to 4

 

San Marino Postcard & Paper Collectible Fair

San Marino Masonic Center

3130 Huntington Drive

San Marino, California 91108

Saturday, November 1, 10 to 6

Sunday, November 2, 10 to 4

 

Gadsden’s Wychwood Old Book and Paper Show

Artscape Wychwood Barns

601 Christie Street

Toronto, Ontario M6G 4C7

Sunday, November 2, 10 to 4

 

12th Annual Houston Book Fair

The Museum of Printing History

1324 West Clay Street

Houston, Texas 77019

Saturday, November 8, 10 to 5

 

Toronto International Antiquarian Book Fair

Art Gallery of Ontario

317 Dundas Street West

Toronto, Ontario M5T 1G4

Friday, November 7, 5 to 9

Saturday, November 8, 10 to 5

Sunday, November 9, noon to 4:30

 

The 38th Annual Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair

John B. Hynes Convention Center

900 Boyleston Street

Boston, Massachusetts 02115

Friday, November 14, 5 to 9 pm

Saturday, November 15, noon to 7

Sunday, November 16, noon to 5

 

The Shadow Show

The Boston Book, Print, and Ephemera Show

John Hancock Hall

Back Bay Events Center

180 Berkeley Street

Boston, Massachusetts 02116

Saturday November 15, 8 to 4

 

Vintage Paper Fair – Silicon Valley

San Jose Elks Lodge

444 West Alma Avenue

San Jose, California 95110

Saturday, November 15, 10 to 5

 

The New Jersey Vintage Book & Ephemera Fair

The Bethwood

38 Lackawanna Avenue

Totowa, New Jersey 07511

Friday, November 28, 5 to 9

Saturday, November 29, 9 to 3

 


Posted On: 2014-10-01 11:58
User Name: donmenz

Collector/Dealer from Connecticut who has just retired and plans to pursue the lifelong dream of buying and selling in my retirement. I would be very interested in getting back into some successful shows, including the collector-collector type of venue.


Posted On: 2014-10-02 00:04
User Name: tenpound

Bruce:

I think any dealer would welcome fresh stock at local book fairs. Let the market decide if prices are right. Collectors who paid a retail price and seek to recover it may go home disappointed, thereby resolving the "threat" their presence is supposed to pose.

Greg Gibson
Ten Pound Island Book Co.


Posted On: 2014-10-08 17:45
User Name: Fattrad1

While I am thrilled to read of any idea which promotes the collecting of books, the ideas presented above have no basis in reality. Let's take the premise of the collector-collector book fair, who will pay in advance for the venue? Pay for advertising? The reality is that dealers at fairs are vetted either by their peers or professional organizations, who will vet a "collector" for their level of knowledge of their material?? The booksellers on EBay are the classic example, so many errors, high/low pricing, fraud, etc.

Jeff


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  • Old World Auctions (Jun 5-19):
    Lot 4. Blaeu's Magnificent Carte-a-Figures World Map in Full Contemporary Color (1642) Est. $12,000 - $15,000
    Old World Auctions (Jun 5-19):
    Lot 125. 1775 Edition of the Landmark Fry-Jefferson Map of Virginia and Maryland (1775) Est. $15,000 - $18,000
    Old World Auctions (Jun 5-19):
    Lot 673. Rare Frontispiece in Full Contemporary Color with Gilt Highlights (1662) Est. $4,000 - $4,750
    Old World Auctions (Jun 5-19):
    Lot 717. Complete Tanner Atlas with Important Maps of Texas & Iowa (1845) Est. $4,000 - $4,750
    Old World Auctions (Jun 5-19):
    Lot 3. Henricus Hondius' Baroque-Style World Map (1641) Est. $9,500 - $11,000
    Old World Auctions (Jun 5-19):
    Lot 258. Complete Set of De Bry's Native Virginians & Picts from Part I of Grands Voyages (1608) Est. $2,750 - $3,500
    Old World Auctions (Jun 5-19):
    Lot 608. Superb Work on 18th Century Russia with over 100 Maps and Plates (1788) Est. $3,500 - $4,250
    Old World Auctions (Jun 5-19):
    Lot 49. One of the Most Important 16th Century Maps of the New World (1556) Est. $5,000 - $6,000
    Old World Auctions (Jun 5-19):
    Lot 706. Superb Image of the Annunciation in Contemporary Hand Color (1518) Est. $900 - $1,100
    Old World Auctions (Jun 5-19):
    Lot 123. One of the Earliest Maps to Show Philadelphia (1695) Est. $4,000 - $4,750
    Old World Auctions (Jun 5-19):
    Lot 631. One of the Earliest Printed Maps of Afghanistan & Pakistan (1482) Est. $1,900 - $2,200
    Old World Auctions (Jun 5-19):
    Lot 689. Proof Copy Engraving of the Senate Floor During the Compromise of 1850 (1855) Est. $1,500 - $1,800
  • Heritage Auctions, June 27
    F. Scott Fitzgerald
    The Great Gatsby
    New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1925
    Heritage Auctions, June 27
    Mary Shelley
    Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus
    London: Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor, & Jones, 1818
    Heritage Auctions, June 27
    J. R. R. Tolkien
    The Hobbit; or, There and Back Again
    London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd., 1937
    Heritage Auctions, June 27
    Jane Austen
    Emma: A Novel. In Three Volumes. By the Author of "Pride and Prejudice," &c. &c.
    London: Printed for John Murray, 1816
    Heritage Auctions, June 27
    Robert Louis Stevenson
    An Inland Voyage
    London: C. Kegan Paul & Co., 1878
    Heritage Auctions, June 27
    Ernest Hemingway
    Three Stories & Ten Poems
    Paris: Contact Publishing Co., 1923
    Heritage Auctions, June 27
    Meriwether Lewis and William Clark
    History of the Expedition under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clark
    Philadelphia, 1814
    Heritage Auctions, June 27
    Emily Dickinson
    Autograph letter signed ("Emily and Vinnie"), to Mary Adelaide Hills
    Amherst, MA, Late April, 1880
    Heritage Auctions, June 27
    John Keats
    Autograph letter signed ("John Keats"), to Mrs. Jeffrey
    Honiton 4 or 5 May 1818
    Heritage Auctions, June 27
    Samuel Johnson
    A Dictionary of the English Language: In which the Words are deduced from their Originals…
    London, 1765
    Heritage Auctions, June 27
    H. P. Lovecraft
    Small archive of nine lengthy autograph letters signed variously over a period of six years to J. Vernon Shea.
    Various places, 1931-1937
    Heritage Auctions, June 27
    Izaak Walton
    The Compleat Angler or the Contemplative Man's Recreation…
    London: T. homas Maxey for Rich. ard Marriot, 1653
  • Freeman’s | Hindman, June 25: [Keats, John] Spenser, Edmund: The Works of that Famous English Poet, Mr. Edmond Spenser. $50,000 - $80,000.
    Freeman’s | Hindman, June 25: (Walton, Izaak): The Compleat Angler or the Contemplative man's Recreation. Being a Discourse of Fish and Fishing. $30,000 - $50,000.
    Freeman’s | Hindman, June 25: Thomas, Gabriel: An Historical and Geographical Account of the Province and Country of Pensilvania; and of West-New-Jersey in America. $25,000 - $35,000.
    Freeman’s | Hindman, June 25: [Carroll, Lewis]: The Game of Alice in Wonderland. $2,000 - $3,000.
    Freeman’s | Hindman, June 25: Athias, Joseph, et al.: Biblia Hebraica. $7,000 - $10,000.
    Freeman’s | Hindman, June 25: [Warhol, Andy, and Jens Quistgaard] Dansk Designs Salesman's Presentation Catalogue. $2,500 - $3,500.
  • Sotheby’s, June 26: Poe, Edgar Allan. Tamerlane — the most poignant rarity in American literature. 400,000 - 600,000 USD
    Sotheby’s, June 26: The Declaration of Independence. "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal..." 2,500,000 - 5,000,000 USD
    Sotheby’s, June 26: William Blake. “Poems with very wild and interesting pictures” 1,200,000 - 1,800,000 USD
    Sotheby’s, June 26: Thomas Taylor [artist]. The original cover art for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. 400,000 - 600,000 USD

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