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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>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> SMITH, CHRISTOPHER WEBB. 1793-1871. <i>Indian Ornithology.</i> [Patna, India]: 1828. $50,000 to $80,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> DUPRÉ, LOUIS. 1789-1837. <i>Voyage à Athènes et à Constantinople, ou Collection de portraits, vues et costumes grecs et ottomans.</i> Paris: Dondey-Dupré, 1825. $60,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> ADAMS, JOHN. Autograph Letter Signed ("J Adams"), [to Dr. Perkins?] while recovering from his small pox inoculation, [late-April, 1764]. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> AUSTEN, JANE. Autograph Letter Signed ("J. Austen"), to her sister Cassandra, 4 pp, "Thursday – after dinner," [September 16, 1813,] Henrietta St. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> AUDUBON, JOHN JAMES. 1785-1851. <i>The Birds of America, from Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories.</i> New York & Philadelphia: J.J. Audubon & J.B. Chevalier, 1840-1844. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> DODWELL, EDWARD. 1767-1832. <i>Views in Greece.</i> London: Rodwell and Martin, 1821. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> JAMES, JESSE. Autograph Letter Signed ("Jesse W. James"), to Mr. Flood demanding Flood retract spurious accusations, 3 pp, June 5, 1875. $200,000 to $300,000.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Textile of the Great White Fleet, with portraits of Theodore Roosevelt, Rear Admiral Robley D. Evans & successor Charles Stillman Sperry, 1908. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> William J. Stone, <i>Declaration of Independence,</i> Force printing, 1833. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Shugart family papers including documentation of the Underground Railroad, 63 items, 1838-81. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Records of the Dickinson & Shrewsbury salt works, over 2000 items, with extensive slave labor correspondence, legal records & receipts, bulk 1820-1865. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Gloria Steinem, typescript for her speech <i>Living the Revolution,</i> with related letters and documents, 1941-77. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> <i>Liberty Triumphant or the Downfall of Oppression,</i> depicting the aftermath of the Boston Tea Party, c. 1774. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Juan Eusebio Nieremberg, <i>Historia naturae, maxime peregrinae, libris XVI distincta,</i> Antwerp, 1635. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Antonio de Mayorga, manuscript map of Mexico City, 1779. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Thomas L. McKenney & James Hall, <i>History of the Indian Tribes of North America,</i> first edition, 3 volumes, Philadelphia, 1842-44. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Samuel Walker, diary of the entire first cruise of the USS Kineo, a gunboat on the Mississippi, 1854-69. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Scrapbook on early Stanford football, with letters from Walter Camp, 1893-95 & 1931. $8,000 to $12,000.
  • <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Roberts, David. Twenty Lithographs of the Holy Land, 19th Century. $2,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Declaration by the Reps. of the United Colonies of N.A. 1775. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Composer Jerome Kern personal Letters, Albums and Other. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Paine, Thomas. <i>Common Sense,</i> London 1776. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Stowe, Harriet Beecher. <i>Uncle Tom’s Cabin,</i> Cleveland 1852. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Hobbes, Thomas. <i>Leviathan,</i> 3rd edition, London 1651. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Anno Regni Georgii III. Intolerable Acts and other Bills, 1774. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Wilberforce, William. An Abstract of the Evidence, 5 Letters, and two books. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Nightingale, Florence. Notes on Nursing and Signed Letters, ca. 1860 $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Tolstov, Leo. <i>War and Peace,</i> 5 volumes, 1886. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Dickinson, John. Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania, 1768. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Twain, Mark. <i>Tom Sawyer,</i> 1877 [and] <i>Huckleberry Finn,</i> 1885. $4,000 to $6,000.

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