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Annual Labor Day Weekend Mark Twain Library Fair in Redding Connecticut, Boxborough Paper Fair Set This Month

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Mark Twain in Redding in 1909, from film by visitor and friend Thomas Edison.

A pair of well-established book and paper fairs are scheduled for this month in New England. There is no better time to get out and travel New England than late summer when the weather is neither too hot nor too cold, and the kids are safely back in school.

 

First up, in its 55th year, is the Mark Twain Library's Annual Book Fair in Redding, Connecticut. It takes place Labor Day weekend. Twain built a large house in Redding in 1908, where he died two years later. He founded the Mark Twain Library Association, which operates the fair. Twain will welcome you if you attend, in spirit if not in person.

 

The Twain Library Fair works on a sliding scale – the longer you wait, the less you pay, but naturally, some of the most desirable items will likely be gone.

 

The fair opens at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, September 4, and for the first hour, the admission price is $15. This is evidently a bargain as the library notes some book dealers start holding places in line as early as three days in advance to get first shot at the books. It remains open until 6:00 p.m. There will be a special afterschool "children's event" that afternoon from 2:30 until closing. On Saturday, hours are from 10:00 – 4:00, and both days, book prices are as marked. On Sunday, the fair is also open 10:00 – 4:00, but this is "half price day." Finally, on Monday, hours are 9:00 – 4:00 and this is "boxing day," where you can buy a whole box of books for $10. Other than the first hour on Friday, admission is free and parking is free. Along with the books, you can buy refreshments and credit cards are accepted.

 

The fair will be held at the Redding Community Center on Lonetown Road. Library Fair co-chair Ginny Beasley noted, "We are proud to say our book fair has the reputation as one of the best. People travel from Maine to Maryland to find the bargains and the rare treasures that the Mark Twain Library Book Fair always has in abundance."

 

The fair committee issued a list of notable books from their "Collector's Corner," but with almost 60,000 items being offered (all organized and categorized for convenience), there will undoubtedly be many "sleepers." Here is their list.

 

Aragon, Luis; Cantique A Elsa; Editions de la Rue Fontaine, Algeria 1942; First edition, #66/600, green paper wraps. Good condition, with some wear and stains to paper wraps not affecting text, which is in fine condition. Aragon dedicated "Hymn to Elsa" to his wife, muse and fellow member of French Resistance, Elsa Triolet. $50

 

Blackmore, R.D.; Lorna Doone; Thomas Crowell, New York, 1893; green cloth with gilt-stamped decorative cover; 2 vols bound in one, very good; including heavy original brass plate used to gold-stamp cover artwork. $200

 

Bonnant, P. A.; Les Vignettes Parlantes; Bonnard, Geneva, 1855; paper covered boards; missing title page. French text, 46 proverbs illustrated with wood engravings. $50

 

Bingham, Hiram; Inca Land, Explorations in the Highlands of Peru; Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1922; Good condition, no dust jacket, moderate wear to head and tail of spine. Inscribed by author on ffep. Popular account of Bingham's work in Peru, which brought attention to spectacular ruins of Machu Picchu. $50

 

[Bradley, W. M.], Bradley's Atlas of the World; Wm. M Bradley & Co, Philadelphia, 1889.
Elephant folio, 14" x 19", bound in brown calf with marbled endpapers. Rebacked. All 75 maps present, many double-fold measuring 19" x 26", all maps in fine condition. Some foxing to endpapers, not affecting maps. $450

 

Buckley, William F.; God and Man At Yale, The Superstitions of Academic Freedom;
Regnery, Chicago, 1952; First edition, fifth printing; very good in a good dj. $50

 

Corso, Gregory; The Happy Birthday of Death; New Directions, 1960; first printing (no subsequent printing noted on copyright page); paperback, fine. $25

 

Dumas, Alexandre; The Three Musketeers; George Routledge & Sons, London, 1894; Edition du Luxe 181/750. 2 volumes, large quarto, full leather bound, brown morocco, leather doublures and silk endpapers. Very good condition. Translated by William Robson, 250 illustrations by Maurice Leloir.$400

 

Jullien, Adolphe; Hector Berlioz, Sa Vie Et Ses Ouevres; Paris: Librairie de L'Art; 1888; folio, fine, rebound in 3/4 red morocco over marbled boards. Includes 14 original lithographs by Fantin-Latour. French text, copiously illustrated. $300

 

Gaskell, Mrs. [Elizabeth]; Cranford; MacMillan & Co. London and New York, 1892; Deluxe large paper edition, bound in full crushed green morocco with leather doublures and silk moire endpapers by French Binders of Garden City, NY. Over 100 illustrations by Hugh Thomson, all expertly hand-colored by am unknown artist, which makes this copy unique. $1000

 

Gorey, Edward:

 

[with Victoria Chess], Fletcher and Zenobia; Meredith Press, 1967, first edition. $20

["Ogdred Weary"]; The Curious Sofa; Dodd, Mead 1980 2nd edition, signed. $50

The Blue Aspic; Hawthorne, 1968 4th printing, signed. $50

The Gilded Bat; Dodd Mead, 1979, 2nd edition, signed. $50

[with Beatrice Schenk De Regniers], Red Riding Hood, Atheneum, 1972, 1st ed. no dj. $20

 

Gurney, James; Dinotopia, A Land Apart from Time; Turner Publishing, Atlanta, 1992; first edition, second printing; fine in fine dj; signed by author with sketch of dinosaur on half title page. $50

 

Hecht, Anthony and Baskin, Leonard; The Seven Deadly Sins; Gehenna Press, Northampton, 1958; First printing, copy "E", of 300. Fine, no dj as issued, half-bound green cloth over paper covered boards, with gold stamped leather spine label. Signed by both author and illustrator, with seven wood engravings by Baskin. Per Gehenna Press, this is an "extra" copy, bound matching first 100 copies of the first edition. $1000

 

Irving, Washington; Rip Van Winkle; Elbert Hubbard, Roycroft Shop, East Aurora, 1905; bound in crimson suede, very good. $40

 

James, Henry; The Letters of Henry James to Walter Berry; Black Sun Press, Editions Narcisse, Rue Cardinale, Paris, 1928; First edition, paper wraps, in expertly made half-leather clamshell case. Fine condition throughout. $350

 

Lawrence, D.H.; Lady Chatterley's Lover; PIRATED EDITION, actual publisher unknown, circa 1929. An exemplar of the most widely pirated book of all time, this copy is an elaborate forgery. Use of better quality paper makes the text block 25% thicker than the true first edition. To cap it off, the book was professionally rebound in 3/4 leather. Note: This is a FAKE. $300

 

Powys, Llewelyn; illustrated by Ward, Lynd; Now That The Gods Are Dead; Equinox, New York, 1932; limited edition 311/400 signed by author and illustrator, hand bound in blue cloth, spine darkened, otherwise very good. No dj, as published. $100

 

Prosek, James; Trout, An Illustrated History; Knopf, New York, 1998; Tenth printing. Fine in fine dustjacket. Signed by author/illustrator on title page with sketch of trout fly. $40

 

Proulx, Annie; Close Range, Wyoming Stories; Scribner, New York, 1999; First printing. Fine in fine dj. Signed by author (and illustrator, William Matthews) on title page. First appearance of Brokeback Mountain. $50

 

Rabelais, Francois; The Complete Works of Doctor Francois Rabelais. Boni & Liveright, New York, 1927; two volumes, black cloth, in slip cases, very good. $75

 

Sharon, Ariel [with Chanoff, David]; Warrior, The Autobiography of Ariel Sharon; Simon and Schuster, 1989; first edition; fine in fine dj; signed by author on title page. $300

 

Steinbeck, John; Nothing So Monstrous; Pynson Printers, New York, 1936; limited edition of 350. marbled paper covered boards, cloth spine, fine, presentation copy to Arthur Hays Sulzberger, publisher of N.Y.Times. $150

 

Thacker, John; The Art of Cookery; J. Thompson & Co.; Newcastle Upon Tyne, 1758; small octavo, 5" x 8.5" in original calf binding, rough unrestored condition, as befits a 267 year old cookbook. Missing several pages at end, including index. In clam-shell case. $250

 

Trump, Donald J. [with Schwarz, Tony]; Trump, The Art of the Deal; Random House, 1987, second printing; fine in fine dj; signed by Trump on ffep. $100

 

Walker, Alice; In Love and Trouble, Stories of Black Women; Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, New York, 1973; First edition "BCDE", probably 2nd printing. Near fine in very good dust jacket, Alice Walker's fourth book and first collection of short stories. $50

 

Wegman, William; ABC; Hyperion, New York, 1994; First edition, fine in fine dj, signed by author/photographer on half-title. Alphabet book featuring the Weimaraners. $30

 

Also:

 

Over 100 Heritage Press titles.

 

Large collection of vintage "Juvenile Series" books, especially Horatio Alger and baseball stories.

 

Much, much more.

 

The second event on tap this month is the annual Boxborough Paper Town – The Vintage Paper, Books & Advertising Collectibles Show. This will take place on Saturday, September 19, at the Holiday Inn in Boxborough, Massachusetts. Exhibitors from the Northeast and Canada will present a wide array of books and ephemeral items, including maps, postcards, autographs, prints, posters, advertising materials, board games, classic vinyl, and much more. The hours will be 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., with admission $7 for adults, $4 ages 12-21. Those under 12 are free with an adult. You can save $1 by printing out the coupon here. Free parking is available.

 

John Bruno, star of the PBS television series Market Warriors, and other appraisers will be available from 12:00 – 2:00 to provide appraisals at $5 per item.

 

What sort of material can you expect to find? Here is a partial list of specialties featured by the exhibitors: Advertising Covers, African American, Americana, Architecture, Art, Art Deco, Auctions, Autographs, Aviation, Baseball, Books, Bibles, Black History, Black Power, Calendars, Calling Cards, Christmas, Circus, Civil War, Cook Books, Charts, Children’s Books, Cocktails, Design, Dogs, Die Cuts, Documents, Engineering, Engraving, Ephemera, Erotica, Esoterica, Fantasy, Fashion, Fishing, Floridiana, Folklore, Folk Music, Foreign Language, Furniture, Games, Gardens & Horticulture, Graphics, Historic Documents, Horses, Hunting, Illustrated Books, Interior Design, Japan, Judaica, Letters, Logbooks, Manuscripts, Maps, Maritime, Medicine, Middle East, Military, Modernism, Music, Native American, Natural History, Nautical, Naval, New York City, New York State, New Jersey, Novelties, Olympic Games, Pacifica, Photographs, Photography, Pochoir, Polar, Pop-Ups & Moveable Books, Poetry, Postcards, Posters, Presentation Copies, Presidential Archives, Press Books, Prints, Pulitzer Prize Winners, Psychedelica, Puppetry, Puzzles, Railroad, Reference, Revolutionary War, Russia, Scholarly, Science, Science Fiction, Sports, Sporting, Technical, Theatre, Theology, Trade Cards, Trade Catalogues, Travel & Exploration, Travel Brochures, Typography, U.S. Coastal History, Vanity Fair Prints, Valentines, Voyages, Watercolors, Whaling, Wine, Yachting.

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  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> C.F. Payne, <i>Micawber—Imitating Norman Rockwell's "Triple self-portrait,"</i> acrylic, watercolor & colored pencil, 2002. Sold June 2021 for $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Jane Russell, archive of letters written during a whaling voyage, 1840s. Sold July 2021 for $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Guild of Women Binders, exhibition binding of A.F. Pollard’s <i>Henry VIII,</i> London, 1902. Sold July 2021 for $12,350.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Robert Frost, <i>Collected Poems,</i> author’s presentation copy, signed, with entirety of <i>Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening</i> inscribed, NY, 1930. Sold June 2021 for $20,000.
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    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Mercator [family], <i>[World and Continents],</i> 5 double-page maps, Amsterdam, c. 1633. Sold June 2021 for $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> George Schlegel, <i>New York, Taken from Central Park,</i> hand-finished color-tinted lithograph, 1874. Sold June 2021 for $11,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Nicolaus Copernicus, <i>De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium,</i> second edition, Basel, 1566. Sold April 2021 for $75,000.
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  • <b><center>Doyle<br>Rare Books, Autographs & Maps<br>September 23, 2021</b>
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 20. ADAMS, JOHN QUINCY. Letter to the editors of the Boston Atlas on slavery and its political ramifications, 1842. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 208. HEMINGWAY, ERNEST. <i>A Farewell To Arms.</i> New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1929. First edition. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 237. ADDAMS, CHARLES. Original drawing "Now Remember-act casual." $5,000 to $7,000.
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    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 4. SMITH, ADAM. <i>An inquiry into the nature and causes of the wealth of nations.</i> Philadelphia, 1789. The first American edition. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 131. BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VON. <i>Cinquieme Sinfonie en ut mineur: C Moll de Louis Van Beethoven. Oeuvre 67.</i> First edition of the complete score. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 73. Chinese Export Painting. Album of twenty-three original Chinese natural history studies of flowers and insects. Likely Canton: circa 1850. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b><center>Doyle<br>Rare Books, Autographs & Maps<br>September 23, 2021</b>
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 241. GOREY, EDWARD. Original drawing "Cat Drawing Wallpaper." Signed in Pencil in lower right margin. $2,000 to $4,000.
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    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 112. JONSON, BEN. <i>Workes</i>. London: William Stansby, 1616; Together with <i>Workes.</i> London: Richard Meighen,1640-41. $7,000 to $10,000.
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    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Berkeley (George). <i>A Treatise Concerning the principles of Human Knowledge, wherein the chief Causes of Error and Difficulty in the Sciences…</i> Part I, Dublin, 1710 Rare First Edn. €15,000 to €20,000.
    <b><center>Fonsie Mealy’s<br>The Library of Howth Castle<br>September 22nd & 23rd, 2021</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Ruskin (John). A large finely executed Pencil Drawing, captioned <i>Oxford Cathedral, The Choir,</i> & Signed 'J. Ruskin Ch. Ch. 1838. €15,000 to €20,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Sir Edward L. Lutyens. Howth Castle Plans: A Series of 10 Original Architects Drawings and Sketches, Alterations and Additions for J.C. Gaisford St. Lawrence, County Dublin, Ireland. €8,000 to €12,000.
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    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Manuscript Atlas: Hodges, Smith & Co. <i>The Estate of the Rt. Hon. the Earl of Howth Situate in the County of Dublin,</i> lg. atlas folio Dublin (Hodges, Smith & Co.) 1863. €4,000 to €6,000.
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