Monthly Archives: April 2011
“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
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
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.
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.
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.