"Yes, there are the museum-like displays of fine bindings, illuminated manuscripts and historic documents, with dramatic lighting (and eye-popping prices). But the fair, which runs from Thursday evening to Sunday, also features booths stuffed with pulp paperbacks, old advertisements, zines, board games, maps, photographs and all manner of accessibly priced ephemera that challenges any hidebound notions of “rare books.” (New York Times, 20 April 2022)
The New York International Antiquarian Book Fair is officially sanctioned by the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) and is is making its much-anticipated return to the Park Avenue Armory from April 21-
24, 2022, for its 62 nd Edition.
The NYIABF is a cultural mainstay in the city and is proud to return as a highlight of the Spring cultural
calendar in New York City and the New York region at large. Returning to the in-person format in a time
when print books and ephemera have mattered more than ever and continue to serve as a source of
comfort and escape during a period of uncertainty, the fair has never been more relevant.
Universally referred to as the world’s finest antiquarian book fair, NYIABF is thrilled to showcase
nearly 200 exhibitors this year from around the world, continuing to live up to its reputation as a highly
international fair. This year, as world travel restrictions are lifted, the fair organizers are working closely
with their international dealers to ensure a seamless return to the States and will welcome exhibitors from
14 different countries. An impressive number of US exhibitors also highlight the incredible wealth of
material available stateside. Exhibitors will present a vast treasure trove of items: rare books, maps,
illuminated manuscripts, incunabula, fine bindings, illustrations, historical documents, prints and print
Several of the 2022 exhibitors have participated in the NYIABF since its inception, attesting to the fair’s
longevity and relevance to its dealers and audiences. However, the fair continues to attract new
antiquarian booksellers and attendees as it evolves, welcoming 19 new exhibitors this year including
Auger Down Books, Autographes des Siècles, Brenner's Books - Rare & Collectable, Bull's Head
Rare Books LLC, Cleveland Book Company, Daniel / Oliver Gallery, Evening Star Books, First
Edition Rare Books, LLC, Johnson Rare Books, Le Bookiniste, Le Zograscope, Liberty Book
Store, lizzyoung bookseller, Riverrun Books & Manuscripts, Stéphane Clavreuil Rare Books Ltd,
studio montespecchio di jan van der donk, Temple Rare Books, Voewood Rare
Books and William Chrisant & Sons.
The fair’s specialties encompass art, science, medicine, literature, history, gastronomy, fashion, first
editions, Americana, philosophy, children’s books and much more. From the historic and academic, the
religious and spiritual—to the bedrock of secular culture, finance, politics—the fair boasts offerings in
every conceivable genre and subject.
In recent years, NYIABF has increasingly captured the attention of young collectors seeking one-of-a-
kind offerings at more accessible price points. Prices range from $50 to millions.