The New York Antiquarian Book Fair returns to The Park Avenue Armory for its 54th running form April 4-6, with an opening reception on Thursday, April 3. 203 international dealers will participate. All tickets for opening night are sold at the door on Thursday April 3, 2014.
The fair, the most prestigious of its kind in the United States, showcases a wealth of material in books, maps, autographs, manuscripts and arcania on every subject from medicine to horticulture, history, politics, Hollywood, sex, drugs and rock and roll.
Sunday, April 6 is Discovery Day at the fair. Visitors may bring up to three items for informal appraisal by an expert. While formal appraisals are not given, visitors will have the opportunity to get information and advice about the material that may have been sitting in their attics for years. In years past, discoveries included part of a Shakespeare folio as well as original photographs of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s designs for stained glass.
Along with many rare and valuable volumes, last year's fair included a journal written by Christopher Columbus’ son and a prized first edition of Game of Thrones, the fair was filled with curiosities other than books and manuscripts. While the fair is clearly a haven for seasoned collectors, those unfamiliar with it will be surprised to find many quirky objects, as well. A chair, sat in by Abraham Lincoln when he learned of his nomination for president, was on display. Eric Kline, of Santa Monica, CA, exhibited a fascinating collection of mug shot books along with over 900 wanted & reward notices, arrest warrants, parole violations, burglary notices, various police reports, escapes and jail breaks. University Archives of Westport, CT showed a highly sought collection of material relating to the death of Western charmer and outlaw, Butch Cassidy including a formal document detailing the expenses pertaining to his death. All this points to a wealth of material in an incredible array of subjects. Lucius Books of the UK sold a previously unseen set of photos of the legendary Doors frontman, Jim Morrison. When asked if there was anything he wouldn’t sell, Ian Kahn of Lux Mentis responded, without missing a beat, “Danielle Steele.”
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Hours and Info:
The Park Avenue Armory
Preview: Thursday, April 3: 5-9 pm
Friday, April 4: noon to 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 5: noon-7 pm
Sunday April 6: noon-5 pm
Discovery Day, Sunday April 6: 12-3 pm