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Don’t miss Part 3: Artists’ Books and Special Items from #NYBookFair

Don’t miss Part 3: Artists’ Books and Special Items from #NYBookFair at Photography in Common!


Check out Fine Books Magazine’s “What to See” at NY Book Fair 2012

Check out Fine Books Magazine’s “What to See” at NY Book Fair 2012

Check out what AE Monthly says about #NYBookFair!

AE Monthly says #NYBookFair is the “signal event for book, maps, manuscripts and ephemera collectors in America.” Don’t miss out–Buy your tickets online now!

In Memory: Peter Howard Annual Award

Rick Gekoski: The Guardian UK

Rick Gekoski in The Guardian What is an antiquarian book fair? “Dealers sit in their little, lit booths, displaying their wares like girls in Amsterdam windows. A few potential customers drift by. Sometimes money is exchanged. Some pleasure is had. Usually nobody gets hurt, but many wives are not told of the transaction.“ Back from New York and now preparing for the London International Antiquarian Book Fair in June, Rick Gekoski muses about book fairs in former times, and today. An excellent article in The Guardian.

>>> An Insider’s Guide to Book Fairs, by Rick Gekoski in The Guardian (May 3, 2011)

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.”

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



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.


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.


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