Rare Book Monthly

Articles - October - 2020 Issue

Update from the far side of the moon


Marvin Getman, the rare book fair impresario has some good news to report:  The Brooklyn Virtual Antiquarian Book Fair opened on September 4th, 2020 as proxy for what was a year ago an already a strong traditional rare book and paper fair.  Of course Covid-19 intervened this spring and, in response, Marvin reimagined book fairs electronically.   The outcome this past month was his 4th electronic fair for a field that needed a miracle.  The changes reflect in the recent statistics generated:


226 participating dealers


3,100 items listed with another 500 posted in a second wave


Sales:  800 items sold


Turnover:  $850,000+


An observation from Marvin:  “we’re seeing an increase of $1,000+ sales"


Attendance:  12,500 unique visitors


Webinars:  A panel discussion by RBMS librarians discussing  Spiritualism, Magic and the Occult proved popular and they are on uTube and www.getmansvirtual.com.


Future events now scheduled:  October 6-8; November 3-5; December holiday event TBA


Taken together:  Wow!

Rare Book Monthly

  • <center><b>Swann Auction Galleries<br>View Our Record Breaking Results</b>
    <b>Swann:</b> Scott Joplin, <i>Treemonisha: Opera in Three Acts,</i> New York, 1911. Sold March 24 — $40,000.
    <b>Swann:</b> Louisa May Alcott, autograph letter signed, 1868. Sold June 2 — $23,750.
    <b>Swann:</b> Anne Bradstreet, <i>Several Poems Compiled with Great Variety of Wit and Learning, full of Delight,</i> Boston, 1758. Sold June 2 — $21,250.
    <b>Swann:</b> William Shakespeare, <i>Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. Published according to the true Originall Copies. The Second Impression,</i> London, 1632. Sold May 5 — $161,000.
    <center><b>Swann Auction Galleries<br>View Our Record Breaking Results</b>
    <b>Swann:</b> John Bachmann, <i>Panorama of the Seat of War,</i> New York, 1861-62. Sold June 23 — $35,000.
    <b>Swann:</b> Charlotte Bronte, <i>Jane Eyre,</i> first edition, London, 1847. Sold June 16 — $23,750.
    <b>Swann:</b> Elihu Vedder, <i>Simple Simon, His Book,</i> 1913. Sold June 9 — $12,350.
    <b>Swann:</b> Frederick Catherwood, <i>Views of Ancient Monuments in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan,</i> London, 1844. Sold April 7 — $37,500.

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