Monthly Archives: April 2011

Maine Antiques Digest: May 2011

On page 16C of this coming months paper you will find a splendid article by Nancy Ruhling pertaining to this past years Outsider Art Fair. Look here again this Wednesday for an excerpt of the article.

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From: Bookseller Paul Foster

“I had sold a lot of books, met several interesting new people, bought a few nice books, & had a lot of fun in the evenings. It’s not all work at these international events. Local dealers put on parties to entertain those from out of town and there are always new and exciting restaurants or bars that get recommended on each visit. The week ended with a last night visit to a comedy club late on saturday night after what was probably the biggest steak dinner I’ve ever eaten (No, really, I mean it). Things have calmed down from the 4am sessions of ten years ago, but we Booksellers still know how to have fun when forced away from home to  city that doesn’t sleep (by the way, I’ve finally worked out that the City actually wants to sleep, it just can’t because of the constant honking of car horns all night. The street signs threatening hefty fines for Horn use are ignored more than the One-way signs in Rome and the Pedestrian Crossing ones in Paris).

The Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA) New York Bookfair is held every April in the grand, in every sense of the word, Park Avenue Armory, at 67th street. It is an amazing building, taking up a whole block of prime Upper East Side Manhattan land. Because of its location, size and ease of loading, it is perfect for fairs and is used throughout the year for events of all kinds, from art and antiques shows to our humble little bookfair every spring.

Good after fair sales have kept me smiling for the last seven days as I fought the inevitable jet-lag and tiredness that a week working and socialising in New York brings with it.”


Chelsea: Home for the Summer

view from the High LineHere we are!

Back from the New York Antiquarian Book Fair with heaps and piles of praise upon our heads and on those of the Book Dealers.

Several eminent dealers, representing, we think, the majority opinion, stated that the New York Antiquarian Book Fair is without a doubt the best book fair in the WORLD! High praise from high places. Frederik Muller of The Netherlands said that ” this fair is better than all the other eight fairs I do rolled into one”. Mark Heim of Biblioctopus said much the same thing.

We thank all those who participated, the book dealers, the collectors, the librarians, the young aspiring families looking for children’s books, and the browsers. We thank all those who worked with us, our contractors, coat checkers, ticket sellers, cafe servers, the porters, really so many to thank.

We look forward to 2012 with a real sense of ambition for another and even better New York Antiquarian Book Fair.

Watch this space for additional comments as they pop up in the coming weeks.


Moving Home!

Today we are returning to 24th Street. We all had a fantastic time at this years NYABF! Dealers and patrons were elated by the inventory of history and culture that was brought to discovery day; check back soon for pictures and notes.

 

 


Youth abounds at the NYABF

One of the delightful things on Saturday afternoon at The New York Antiquarian Book Fair, was the abundance of beautiful budding book collectors, the children. The children of dealers and patrons alike, took delight on the show floor as they ran to and fro through the aisles, finding pop-up books, original manuscripts of Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz series, as well as Madeline and Harry Potter. As Philadelphia Rare Books stated, “the fair was full of wonderful young 20 somethings, starting their collections.”

 

Don’t Forget that

TODAY IS DISCOVERY DAY!

DISCOVERY DAY:

A favorite tradition, Discovery Day gives ticketed visitors the opportunity to bring their own rare books, manuscripts, maps, etc. (up to 5 items) Today, Sunday, April 10, from noon – 3pm. Exhibitors will be present to offer advice and free appraisals.

PUBLIC INFO:

The New York Antiquarian Book Fair will take place at the Park Avenue Armory at 67th Street April 8 – 10, 2011. Final hours are today, Sunday from noon to 5pm. A café and bar will be open during show hours to serve refreshments. Admission is $20. Special rates for students, groups and library associations are available. The Park Avenue Armory is wheelchair accessible; please call 212.777.5218 to make arrangements.


 


Sunday: Discovery Day noon-3

The 2010 Book Fair Discovery day turned into a treasure trove of wonderful and rare books. Some of these treasures included an edition of Ulysses in its original wrapping ( appraised for at least $25,000 ) as well as a very, very rare copy of Curious George with it’s original dust cover ( appraised at $5000 ). We’re in anxious anticipation for what’s to come at tomorrows 2011 Discovery Day (from noon till 3 o’clock in the afternoon). A few wise pearls for you collectors and bibliophiles, as well as newcomers, certain items are indeed superfluous for discovery day; these items include, old textbooks, items of Shakespeare that are not of his contemporary period, stamp books or stamp ephemera. There are also some choice genres that are well sought after, including 16th and 17th Century foreign language books, old pieces of paper (old ads, posters, pamphlets). A key piece of biblio-ephemera are any drafting’s or books by Louis Comfort Tiffany, that are signed and or in special bindings.

 

DISCOVERY DAY:

A favorite tradition, Discovery Day gives ticketed visitors the opportunity to bring their own rare books, manuscripts, maps, etc. (up to 5 items) on Sunday, April 10, from noon – 3pm. Exhibitors will be present to offer advice and free appraisals.

PUBLIC INFO:

The New York Antiquarian Book Fair will take place at the Park Avenue Armory at 67th Street April 8 – 10, 2011. Hours are today, Saturday from noon to 7pm, and Sunday from noon to 5pm. A café and bar will be open during show hours to serve refreshments. Admission is $20 daily $30 for a two-day pass. Special rates for students, groups and library associations are available. The Park Avenue Armory is wheelchair accessible; please call 212.777.5218 to make arrangements.

 

 


Happy 100th Anniversary Pregliasco!!

Make sure and visit their booth C31

 

The Libreria Antiquaria Pregliasco is one of the top addresses for rare and valuable books, prints and manuscripts. It was established by Lorenzo Pregliasco in Turin in 1911 when, following an innate passion for books, he acquired a dusty second-hand bookshop near Piazza Vittorio Veneto. When he published his first catalogue in 1921, personalities such as Benedetto Croce, Piero Gobetti and Luigi Einaudi belonged to his regular customers. Since then the Libreria Antiquaria Pregliasco has printed 300 publications, numerous lists and three series of famous catalogues highlighting the importance of the book and the author in the cultural context of the period, among them: Dante e il suo tempo (1965), Risorgimento Italiano (1978) andL’idea del teatro (2005).
Arturo Pregliasco assisted his father Lorenzo since the early Fifties. He gave the company a more international scope and, in 1961, he moved the bookshop to the present premises opposite the Fine Arts Academy of Turin. His son Umberto, who served as ALAI president from 2004 to 2010, found it perfectly natural to continue the activity under the banner of the tradition, together with an inevitable cultural and technological renewal. Umberto Pregliasco has published a richly illustrated history of his company titledLiving With – And From – Books. A Century of Manuscripts and Early Printed Books of Literature, Fine Arts, Science and First Editions which will also be presented in several parts on the ILAB website within the upcoming weeks.

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Libreria Antiquaria Pregliasco and of the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy, the Italian Academy of Art honored these events with a “Colazione Letteraria” on April 8, celebrating as well the Italian culture and the Piemontese tradition with a lecture about Galileo Galilei by David Freedberg, Professor of Art History at Columbia University.  Andrew Robison, Curator of The National Gallery of Washington, will speak about Canaletto, while Umberto Pregliasco recounts one century of rare book trade in Italy.

The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America was created in 1991 on the basis of a charter signed by the President of the Republic of Italy and the President of Columbia University.  Giorgio Napolitano, President of the Republic of Italy, is Honorary President of the Academy, Lee C. Bollinger serves as its president and David Freedberg as its director. The Academy is located in New York City at 1161 Amsterdam Avenue, between 116th and 118th Streets; the doorway inscription reads “Casa Italiana”.  The event is sponsored by Lavazza and Franco Martinetti.

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