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Articles - April - 2012 Issue

ABAA New York in April!

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A great fair, a great opportunity

New York, New York what a hell of a town.  What this means depends on who you are talking to.  Me, I like the place and would live there if it was practical.  It’s not but there are no prohibitions against visiting and in April the New York ABAA Fair makes it absolutely appealing.  Not so long ago there were plenty of old and rare bookshops in America.  These days they increasingly operate from houses, offices and garages in locations off the beaten track.  To see booksellers it’s now the norm to join them at the appointed time at a booksellers’ event.  The best of these events in North America is the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America  show in New York in April, this year April 12th to the 15th.

This year, as in recent past years, the fair is at the Park Avenue Armory on Park at 67th.  For a few days the fair absorbs the attention of the literate and literati, who between Broadway Shows, benefits and jaunts to weekend getaways, every year mark the beginning of spring with a long weekend of the intellect.  The young, the almost young and the wish-I-was-young-again-s long ago found the power of good books and great literature to rejuvenate and now make the yearly sojourn to remember and be remembered, to be for a few hours in the company of a community that appreciates gifted authors and great writing, a community that yields to the gentle urge to hold a great copy of a great book that may trigger memory and secure a open synapse that until the eye set upon the book one did not know was setting unresolved for years waiting for this moment.  That’s the way it is with books, best and boon companions that like our dogs, return our love unquestioned.

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    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> Harvey Milk, 2 autograph letters signed, to Pat Mormon, during US Navy service, 1954. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> Oscar Wilde, <i>“The secret of life is in Art,”</i> autograph quotation dated and signed, 1882. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> Daniel Abraham, original art for <i>Stonewall Romances,</i> pen, ink & gouache, 1979. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> Antonio Lopez, 9 men’s fashion studies, graphite, 1974. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> Susie Gaynes & Amy E. Bartell, <i>March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights,</i> 1987. $600 to $900.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> <i>Paris is Burning,</i> photo offset poster by Anne Dutlinger, signed by film director Jennie Livingston, 1991. $400 to $600.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> Toyen, pen & ink illustration from <i>Marquis de Sade: Justina cili prokletí ctnosti,</i> 1932. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 13:</b> David Wojnarowicz, <i>Untitled (Genet with Dog),</i> mixed media collage. $8,000 to $12,000.

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