Attention antiquarian book lovers– the ABAA New York Antiquarian Book Fair is right around the corner.
Old and rare book lovers from near and far will converge on the Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan for a three-day event featuring more than 200 American and international exhibitors and a wonderful assortment of antiquarian and collectible books from around the world.
In addition to antiquarian and rare books, the fair will feature a wide selection of rare maps, manuscripts, illuminated manuscripts and ephemera.
The event is officially sanctioned by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), giving attendees and potential buyers the peace of mind to know that the highest levels of authenticity and professionalism will be offered. Every item up for sale is meticulously examined to ensure authenticity, completeness and bibliographic accuracy.
On Sunday, April 6 there will be a “Discovery Day” event where exhibitors offer their expertise to fair attendees. Bring up to five books or other items, and antiquarian book professionals will provide information about authenticity and grading condition. Appraisals are not offered, but past Discovery Days have turned up some real treasures, like a Shakespeare second folio of Richard III, a Cooke’s Voyages and Atlas worth $30,000, a first edition of Curious George with dust jacket valued at $3,000 and a first edition of Jack Kerouac’s beat novel On The Road valued at up to $7,000.
Past highlights from the fair include the Cloverdale Bible, which dates from 1535 and is the first known complete printing of Christianity’s holiest book– and the all-time best seller– in English, as well as many first editions and early rare maps, some of them depicting parts of the New World for the first time.
Book lover and longtime CBS 60 Minutes personality Andy Rooney once called the New York Antiquarian Book Fair “the best book fair in the world.” Perhaps a bit over the top, Rooney said of the fair that “there are few things that provide hope that our civilization will endure. The New York Book Fair is one of them.”
If you’re in New York City the first week in April, why not head down to the Park Avenue Armory and check it out? Daily admission tickets start at $20.
For more information call (212)-777-5218 or check out the fair’s website.