Calling all antique book and ephemera enthusiasts! It’s time to program your GPS towards the Granite State!
New Hampshire, whose motto is “Live Free or Die,” is a fantastic destination proudly associated with the great outdoors, heartfelt patriotism, and keeping things as tax free as possible. The state also has many historically noteworthy accomplishments. It was the first of the original 13 colonies to declare independence from England; the only state in our union that has hosted the cessation of a foreign war (the negotiations ending the Russo-Japanese War took place in Portsmouth in 1905); and the first state in the 20th century to adopt a legal lottery in the early 1960’s.
New Hampshire has also played a prominent role as well as provided literary inspiration for many famous writers. These include Ben Bradlee, Jr. (born in Manchester), E. E. Cummings (died in Madison), John Irving (born in Exeter), and Joyce Maynard (born in Durham.) Arguably, no author better embodies all that makes the state so distinct than adopted favorite son, Robert Frost - who spent a good part of his life farming, teaching, and writing in New Hampshire. Over the course of his lifetime, he won four Pulitzer Prizes, the first being for his 1923 book, New Hampshire: A Poem with Notes and Grace Notes.
The upcoming Granite State Book and Ephemera Fair will feature many Robert Frost related highlights, all certain to warm the hearts of all collectors. The show’s world-class dealers will be bringing along signed editions, limited editions, and other rarities.
Larry Druckenbrod, of Holly Books, will present a first edition, first printing of the “expanded version” of Frost’s Selected Poems. This example, one of only 3,473 copies printed, is signed by Frost on the title page. Deborah Lavoie, of Deborah Lavoie Fine Books & Paper Treasures, will feature a fifth printing of The Complete Poems of Robert Frost. It is inscribed, “To Anna Carelton Hurd, from Hervey's Friend, Robert Frost, Boston, Nov 30, 1955." Richard Thorner, of Resser-Thorner Antiques, will offer a signed copy of Frost’s The Book of Knowledge.
John Townsend, of Towns End Books, will spotlight several Frost selections, including a first edition of A Boy's Will, one of only 750 copies printed; a first edition, signed copy of West-Running Brook; a signed, limited edition of Collected Poems, one of only 1,000 printed; and a first edition of Steeple Bush in its original dust jacket.
Ben Koenig, of The Country Bookshop, will offer a signed, first edition of Frost’s In The Clearing in its original dust jacket. And Susan Liebegott of Enchanted Books will bring a small collection of picture books authored by Lesley Frost Ballantine, daughter of Robert Frost.
This fair also features other rock-solid, “Granite State” themed book and ephemera showstoppers. Attendees will be literally transported back in time with a phenomenal scrap book “time capsule” featuring a plethora of notes, clipped recipes, and newspaper articles assembled by a New Hampshire housewife from c. 1920-1950. Those looking to clean up their act should check out a late 19th century print advertisement from the Portsmouth, NH Stovene Stove Polish Company. Both of these rarities from by Lizzy Young of Lizzyoung Bookseller.
Some collectors may hit the trails for a complete set of White Mountain Appalachian Mountain Club guides from 1908 through 1976 and a group of rare Charles Henry Sawyer hand painted photographs made into decorative pins. The guides and pins are from Richard Mori of Mori Books.
Come see these and many more highlights in all subjects brought by 60 top book and ephemera dealers from 10 states at the upcoming Granite State Book and Ephemera Fair! This highly anticipated event, the largest book fair in NH in many years, will be held at the Everett Arena, located at 15 Loudon Rd., Concord NH. on Sunday, June 5th from from 10am to 4pm. The venue, conveniently located right off of I-93 at exit 14, offers ample free parking. And, to encourage as many people as possible to experience the fun and thrills of the event, admission to the 2016 Granite Book and Ephemera Fair is FREE!
The Granite State Book and Ephemera Fair is sponsored by the New Hampshire Antiquarian Booksellers Association and ABEBooks and brought to you by Book and Paper Fairs. Book and Paper Fairs produces 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 calendar of our shows, please see www.bookandpaperfairs.com.