Monthly Archives: April 2011

Flowers at the Book Fair

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A Message from Sanford Smith!

“I spent yesterday walking the floor of the New York Antiquarian Book Fair taking stock of the literally thousands and thousands of books, manuscripts, musical compositions, ancient and rare books and folios, up to contemporary publications including mint condition first editions. When you read about the Book Fair, the press is always talking about the expensive pieces on display and for sale. Yesterday I bought eleven “Big Little Books”, from the 1930’s – 1940’s featuring Buck Rogers, The Lone Ranger, Tarzan and Buffalo Bill, all of these I purchased for $110. In addition to these books I also found a book that I have been looking for, for a long while “The Boys of Summer” by Roger Kahn; which is the best book on baseball, especially because it includes my beloved Brooklyn Dodgers. I purchased this first edition, with its original dust cover, for $35. Thousands of books like these are at this week’s Book Fair and are easily affordable to most people.” – Sanford Smith

Book Fair Preview Tonight!

Tonight is the Opening Night for the 51st Annual New York Antiquarian Bookf Fair. Details below:

Thursday, April 7   6pm – 9pm

$50 includes one readmission

Cash, Check & Credit Card Accepted

The Park Avenue Armory

643 Park Avenue, at 67th Street, New York City

Book Fair Preview Tomorrow!

Set up for the Book Fair is well underway,   and we are excited for tomorrow’s opening event. There are so many wonderful pieces of history just waiting to be seen! From the classics like turn of the century Nobel Prize Recipients Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner; as well as depression era author’s John Steinbeck and Nathanael West, a person may revel in the ability to purchase first editions from $50 to under $1000. One may also purchase many obscure and rare works  similarly priced, for example Battledore (booth E21) will be bringing the first edition of sheet music by Joseph M Rumshinsky who composed the music for “Mameniu” [Mama Dear]. Rumshinsky added a final verse and refrain memorializing the victims of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, who’s Centennial Anniversary is this year.  This piece sells for $500. The rare and wonderful are all around us, some for seven figures; many maps of obscure and now obsolescent countries;  fashionable botanical prints, and much much more.

Ref: New York Week Preview, Part 3: NYABF

As we inch closer to the weekend, many collectors and dealers have their eyes on the prize: the New York Antiquarian Book Fair. It opens [to the public] on Friday, April 8 at noon at the Park Avenue Armory (Park Ave. & 67th St.), and is always quite an event.

Show director Cristina Salmastrelli of Sanford Smith & Associates emailed to tell me how excited she is about this year’s fair. “My expectations are grand right now. I have not been this excited for a book fair yet! We have a great mix of new dealers and old timers that truly make up the best of the best in the book world … My conversations with dealers these past two months have been upbeat and optimistic. Each dealer seems to be convinced they are bringing the gem of the 2011 fair, and I love it,” she wrote.

BY REBECCA REGO BARRY on APRIL 5, 2011 for the complete article please click here

Peter B. Howard

Peter B. Howard

On April 1, 2011 Peter Howard of Serendipty passed away. You may see a February interview on the ABAA web site here.

We here at Sanford L. Smith & Associates extend our sincere sympathy to his family. We will miss him at The New York Antiquarian Book Fair.

Boston Globe: Ars Libri

Turning The Page: Ars Libri, a valued destination for art books in Boston, is heading for a new home.

Please see the Sebastian Smee article about Ars Libri from March 27, 2011

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