Rare Book Monthly Articles - March - 2020 Issue

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The 60th Annual New York International Antiquarian Book Fair March 5-8, 2020

This fair is at the rare confluence of three exceptional book, manuscript, map and ephemera fairs that annually occur over a single March weekend in the splendid city of New York.  This year the dates are March 5-8, defined as the most concentrated opportunities to experience the collectible paper field first hand.
 
The principal event is:
 
The New York International Antiquarian Book Fair:  60 Years 1960 – 2020
 
220 dealers that are members of the ABAA and non-US dealer organizations will snugly fit into the Park Avenue Armory at 643 Park Avenue betwe...

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The 7th Annual NYC Book and Ephemera Fair at the Church of St. Ignatius. 980 Park Avenue, NYC.

New York, NY—On March 6-7, 2020, the NYC Book and Ephemera Fair returns to Wallace Hall in the Church of St. Ignatius (Park Ave. at 83rd Street) for its seventh straight year during NY Rare B...

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Another Stolen Columbus Letter Returned from America to its Rightful European Owner

In what seems to have become a distressingly common occurrence, yet another stolen Columbus Letter has made the journey over and back from Europe to America in recent years. This is the fourth time...

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Tips,Tool & Terms: The Three Minute Guide to Graphics Arts

You can spend a lifetime learning the fine points of graphics, whether they are original works of art, or parts of books such as illustrations, maps or in some cases photos. I got my degree in prin...

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Auctions add Glamour, Excitement and Collecting Success


What makes the upcoming Rare Book Week in Manhattan doubly exciting are both the three 1, 2 and 4 day shows as well the steady drumbeat of rare book, manuscript, map and ephemera auctions that...

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Books in Weird Places

Tell me where you were printed, I’ll tell you what kind of book you are. When printing required a “privilege from the King”, it wasn’t easy to print sulphurous works about p...

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The 53rd International Antiquarian Book Fair at Pasadena

The California Book Fair is a rite of passage for collectors on the west coast and as always, the event was very professional, well lighted and spaciously laid out in the Pasadena Convention Center...

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A Survey about Book Fairs

Many thousands of our members are frequent guests at book, manuscript, map and ephemera fairs.  Such events are time-old traditions that increasingly seem to be a step behind the many changes ...

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The Pasadena Shadow Fair

At the ABAA’s annual west coast Fair on Saturday 8 February this year we also had the symbiotic Shadow Fair at the Pasadena Masonic Temple just a few steps away from the Pasadena Convention C...

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Forum Auctions presents The Birmingham Assay Office Library

This month, Forum Auctions in London will be offering the rare book collection of the Birmingham Assay Office on Thursday, 26th March. Founded in 1773, thanks to the drive and persis...

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Marie Kondo Told Us to De-Clutter Our Homes by Disposing of Books. So Why is She Now Selling Us More Clutter?

Last spring, we wrote about the mess tidying-up expert Marie Kondo got herself in when she recommended getting rid of unnecessary books, that is, those that don't “spark joy.” To s...

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Preserving the Scent of Old Books

It has been the mission for centuries of rare book and other libraries, along with various other institutions, to preserve old books. So much of humanity's heritage and history resides within them....

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Major Collector, Benefactor of Institutional Literary Collections, and Brother, Frederick R. Koch Dies

He was an obscure collector in the fields of literature, music and art, and also a major benefactor of collections at several notable institutions. Those contributions were substantial, and yet the...

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How the ‘King of Manuscripts’ Became the Madoff of ‘France’

It’s an uncommon occurrence that rare books and manuscripts dominate the news in an issue of the New York Sunday Times.  Nevertheless it occurred on February 23rd, 2020.  Even more ...

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Five Canadian University Libraries Band Together for Extra Storage

Five Canadian universities have banded together to deal with an issue many libraries face – growing collections of books few if any people ever read. Storage space is limited, particularly as...

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10 Varied Catalogues Reviewed This Month

A wide range of subjects is covered by the bookseller catalogues we review this month. Ursus Rare Books features illustrated books. Antiquariat Kainbacher targets the history of electricity. Antiqu...

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  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Adam Smith, <i>Wealth of Nations,</i> first edition, descended from William Alexander, London, 1776. $70,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> George Gershwin, photograph signed & inscribed with autograph musical quotation, <i>An American in Paris,</i> 1928. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Friedrich Engels, <i>The Condition of the Working Class in England,</i> first edition, NY, 1887. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> <i>Bury St. Edmunds Witch Trials,</i> first edition, London, 1682. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Robert Rey, <i>Estampes,</i> complete portfolio of 12 wood engravings, Paris, 1950. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Archive of 47 letters by Enrico Caruso to a lady friend, 1906-20. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Books of Hours in Flemish, Netherlands, 15th century. $8,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Jack Kerouac, <i>Doctor Sax,</i> deluxe limited edition, signed, NY, 1959. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Walt Disney, signature on title-page of Ward Greene’s <i>Lady and the Tramp,</i> first edition, first printing. $3,000 to $4,000.

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