The finest spring gathering of antiquarian book enthusiasts takes place April 3rd through the 14th at New York City’s Rare Book Week. This can’t-miss happening includes fairs, auctions, lectures, exhibits, and more. The New York City Book and Ephemera Fair, the uptown satellite fair to the prestigious New York Antiquarian Book Fair, is thrilled to be part of this important, world-class event.
The New York City Book and Ephemera Fair welcomes both serious collectors and institutions as well as people simply curious about the power and appeal of antique books and paper. The fair will be held at Wallace Hall at Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, 980 Park Avenue, New York City, on Saturday, April 9th from 8am to 4pm. This convenient, accessible location is less than one mile from the Park Avenue Armory, the hub of New York's Rare Book Week activities. The fair’s sponsor, AbeBooks Inc. will provide complimentary, continuous round trip shuttle service between the two locations, with the first trip leaving the Armory at 7:45am and the last trip leaving Wallace Hall at 3:45pm.
It’s exciting to note that The New York City Book and Ephemera Fair is the earliest Rare Book Week destination to open on Saturday morning, welcoming visitors up to four hours before other venues open for business! And don’t want to wait in line for tickets at the event on Saturday morning? Then check out the show’s “Line Jumper Pass” ticket option by clicking here.
The New York City Book and Ephemera Fair features over 60 top-tier national and international dealers specializing in a full spectrum of books and quality ephemera. Can't miss book highlights include a first edition of Oscar Wilde's biblical tragedy Salome, published by Elkin Mathews and John Lane, London, 1894 (one of only 500 copies published); a signed, first edition of Eric Carle’s universally beloved and award winning children’s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar from 1969; an advanced reading copy of Harper Lee’s 1960 Pulitzer Prize winning To Kill a Mockingbird bound in beige card wraps; and Anne Cobbett's wildly popular (at the time) The English Housekeeper: or Manuel of Domestic Management: Containing Advice On The Management of Household Affairs... For the Use of Young Ladies Who Undertake the Superintendence of Their Own Housekeeping from 1835. Attendees will also want to experience a remarkable collection of contemporary artists' books and art bookbindings presented by Abby Schoolman Books. These include a first edition of PaperRad’s debut book, BJ and Da Dogs, in a sensational binding by Sonya Sheats as well as 9 unique, must see manuscript books and bindings by the legendary artist Timothy C. Ely.
For those visitors who also have a passion for important ephemera, a first edition of Scott Joplin's Sunflower Slow Drag from 1901; an 1831 first edition of Beethoven's vocal score for Fidelo; and a 1938 letter from Karl Jung - a high ranking political leader and honorary SS member - to Nazi leader Heinrich Himmler, will prove breathtaking. These rarities, and other remarkable fair highlights, can be viewed in the slideshow gallery below.
Tickets for the New York City Book and Ephemera Fair are $15 for adults and $8 for youth aged 12-21 at the door. For tickets, a list of attending dealers, and additional information, please click here.
The New York City Book and Ephemera Fair is brought to you by Impact Events Group, producer of the top book and ephemera fairs in the Northeast US. Our professionally managed events have a long history of bringing together the finest buyers and sellers in the industry, and are held in major locations including Boston, New York City, Brooklyn, Concord, NH, and Lexington, MA. For more information and a complete calendar of our shows, please see www.bookandpaperfairs.com.
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