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.
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.
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.