Regardless of specialty, most collectors agree that it’s the thrill of the chase that keeps the hunt for the next great find so exciting. Ask anyone with a passion for amazing books and ephemera about their greatest find, and you just might hear a tale of coincidence, intrigue, detective work, or just plain luck worthy of publication on its own! And there’s no better place this September for antique book and paper enthusiasts to find their next great score than at the Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair (BABF), to be held September 9th-11th at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Brooklyn NY.
But how about an unfair advantage in the never ending pursuit of the next big find? Many of the quality dealers who will be showing at the BABF also list their inventory on ABEBOOKS. ABEBOOKS is one of the sponsors of this great event - and as such, has prepared a little “secret weapon” to help collectors and dealers connect. Called “FairSearch,” this specialized search feature on the ABEBOOKS website allows visitors to search specifically for books and materials in the inventory of BABF dealers. As such, collectors can virtually “preshop” the event, contact dealers with questions, and request that dealers bring specific items to the show for further review and purchase. “FairSearch” can be found by clicking here or at www.abebooks.com/bookfairs/brooklyn-antiquarian-book-fair.shtml.
This fantastic feature allows visitors to search by author, title, keywords, date of publication, relevant industry attributes, and date of listing. Once a search has been completed, results can be sorted by numerous parameters, including by price, author, title, date of publication, rating, and many others. And, in the big picture, this search engine is great way to see what’s available, and to get a feeling for the marketplace today. It is important to note, however, that most sellers have thousands of items in their inventory, but for logistical as well as practical purposes, usually only bring a few hundred to any given live event. As such, if you do find something of interest on FairSearch for the BABF, make sure to contact the dealer beforehand to insure that they bring the item or items with them to the event.
It’s also worth exploring FairSearch to help prepare for your visit to the BABF. For example, targeted searches may reveal which dealers specialize in your favorite categories, or seem to have inventory related to your collecting interests. It never hurts to reach out beforehand and ask a dealer if they have other, or unlisted, items pertaining to a specific area. You never know, and the worst that can happen is that they say no. Of course, they could say yes, and have your “holy grail” on hand!
Your blog editor gave FairSearch for the BABF a test drive. A search for “Brooklyn” in the title revealed 320 hits. These ranged in price from $10,000 for an “Original photographic portrait of Jack Kerouac, 6 1/2 x 10 inches (image size), inscribed in the margin below the image: "We used to sing together under the Brooklyn Bridge - Alexander Nevsky! - Jack Kerouac 1953 N.Y. Waterfront, Allen Ginsberg" from BABF dealer James S. Jaffe Rare Books, LLC, ABAA to $5 for This is Next Year. A Story of Baseball Past as Seen Through the Eyes of One Brooklyn Family by author Philip Goldberg from BABF dealer John Bale Books LLC - and everything in between! Here are a few really interesting “Brooklyn” highlights from this search.
· Sanctuary Books, ABAA, is offering Artist's Sketchbooks from the Brooklyn Sketch Club, Mostly Figures for $2,000. This is a three volume set published in 1884-85 which features charming and period pencil drawings of everyday people, places, and things from the Brooklyn area.
· Between the Covers-Rare Books, Inc. ABAA, is offering Francis's New Guide to the Cities of New-York and Brooklyn, and the Vicinity: Giving a full description of the Metropolis and its Environs, with a particular account of Public Buildings, Institutions of Benevolence, Learning, Science, Art, Literature, Business and Recreation, Churches, Motels, Banks, Theatres, &c., tables of distance, and the various methods of conveyance in and from the cities and the neighborhood for $850. This book was published in 1854 and includes the bookplate of Henry H. Haight, a Yale graduate from Rochester, New York who served as Governor of California from 1867-1871, and who was likely the namesake of Haight Street in San Francisco.
· Appledore Books, ABAA, is offering an Official Brooklyn Dodgers 1936 Score Card for $500. This piece features vivid color and steel engraving throughout and was produced for a game against The Dodgers' bitter National League rival, the Mel Ott and Carl Hubbell-led New York Giants.
Trevian Books, ABAA, is offering Brooklyn: Photographs in Black for $160. This souvenir book from 1891 includes images from photographs showing Brooklyn’s streets, architecture, and monuments.
Peter Austern & Co. Books & Ephemera is offering a Brooklyn Pops Up by Maurice Sendek for $125. This first edition book is brand new, never used, and comes unopened in its original plastic bag.Write here...
Check out FairSearch today and make sure the BAFB is on your calendar for September! This highly anticipated event, featuring over 100 world-class dealers plus many special events, will be held at the Brooklyn Expo Center, on Friday, September 9th from 6-9pm; Saturday, September 10th from 11am-7pm; and Sunday, September 11th from 11am-5pm. A variety of ticketing options are available ranging from $7 for a Sunday only ticket to $25 for the preview opening to benefit 826NYC, a program which teaches children how to write creatively; for more information and to purchase tickets please click here.
The Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair is sponsored ABEBooks and brought to you by Book and Paper Fairs. The Friday benefit preview opening will be catered by Jessy's Pastries, known for their home-made, fresh Peruvian empanadas and alfajores, Peruvian cookies which the Huffington Post calls “the best cookie you've never heard of.” 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 visit www.bookandpaperfairs.com.