The New York Antiquarian Book Fair returns to the Armory

- by Bruce E. McKinney


The World's Largest and Most Important Antiquarian Book Fair

The New York Antiquarian Book Fair returns to the Armory on Park Avenue at 67th Street, New York City over the weekend of March 7-10.  This fair is perennially the most important rare book event in the world and, as such, attracts participation from every continent except Antarctica.  For book collectors with a heartbeat this is your digitalis. 


The four day event opens at 5:00 pm on Thursday the 7th.  Experienced attendees tend to visit the event on opening night before the hundreds of shelves of important and collectible material have begun to be picked clean.  That said, so much material will be available that even, on the last day, appealing opportunities will remain.


On Friday the fair opens at noon and continues into the evening to 8:00 pm.  On Saturday the hours are noon to 7:00 pm and on Sunday noon to 5:00 pm.


On Saturday the two nearby symbiotic book fairs, the New York City Book and Ephemera Fair, and the Manhattan Vintage Book Fair, will see their audiences surge early as the morning on Saturday is free before the main show opens at noon.


On Saturday many events are scheduled and it’s suggested you reserve seats.  Here are the events:


1:00 p.m.


Books, Estates, & Deaccession: Finding Your Library's Next Home 

Presented by Allan Stypeck, Second Story Books (ABAA member)

hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the ABAA


2:00 p.m.


Voices from the Rare Book and Manuscript Section (RBMS): A Special Collections Roundtable


Dr. Jesse Ryan Erickson, Coordinator of Special Collections; Assistant Professor, English; Associate Director, Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center, University of Delaware
Peter Kruty, Peter Kruty Editions, Brooklyn
Karin Suni, Curator of the Theatre Collection, Free Library of Philadelphia


Moderated and introduced by Diane Dias De Fazio, The New York Public Library

hosted by RBMS


3:15 p.m.


Expect the Unexpected: Uncovering & Appreciating Manuscript Diaries


Rick Stattler, Book Department Director & Americana Specialist, Swann Auction Galleries
Holly Mengel, Manuscripts Cataloging Librarian, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Penn Libraries

Lorne Bair, Lorne Bair Rare Books (ABAA member)
hosted by Swann Auction Galleries


4:15 p.m.


A First Hand Look at Second Hand Books


Kenneth Gloss, Second Generation Bookseller and Proprietor of the Brattle Book Shop (ABAA Member)

hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the ABAA


5:15 p.m.

An Introduction to Poster House, A New Museum in New York

Alphonse Mucha and Cyan


Presented by Julia Knight, Director, Poster House

hosted by Poster House


It’s good idea to see where the dealers are located that you particularly want to see.  The show is both large and it’s easy to get lost.  That will make your time employed for useful.


The show has a very good website.  Here’s a link to it.


Have a great time!