The annual fall gathering for booklovers, the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair, will return to the Hynes Convention Center in Boston’s beautiful Back Bay, November 15-17, 2013. The offerings are wide and diverse from over 120 dealers from the United States, England, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Australia and The Netherlands who will present rare and collectible books, illuminated manuscripts, autographs, maps, atlases, modern first editions, photographs along with fine and decorative prints.
One of the oldest and most respected antiquarian book shows in the country, the 37th Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair offers something for every taste and budget - books on art, politics, travel, gastronomy and science to sport, natural history, literature, music and children’s books. Among the highlights of this year’s event are rare and first editions of works by Jane Austen, J.M. Barrie, Ian Fleming, George Orwell, J.R.R. Tolkien, Jonathan Swift, as well as a hand-colored print of William Blake’s beloved poem The Tyger, a dollar bill inscribed by John Lennon, and the first Playboy issue with Marilyn Monroe on the cover (and centerfold).
A number of seminars, talks and events punctuate the weekend, including:
November 16, 2013 at 12.30 pm
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s Book Collection
Dr. Anne-Marie Eze, an associate curator at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, researches and promotes the Gardner’s little known book collection.
November 16, 2013 at 2 pm
Intro to Scrimshaw & Collecting Scrimshaw Books
Dr. Stuart M. Frank, Senior Curator Emeritus at the New Bedford Whaling Museum and founding Director of the Scrimshaw Forensics® Laboratory, will discuss collecting books instead of scrimshaw.
November 16, 2013 at 3.30 pm
The Ticknor Society - Collectors’ Roundtable: Women in the Book Trade & Their Collections
Panelists include Susan Krinsky, Teri Osborn, and Heather O’Donnell.
November 16, 2013 at 5 pm
Building a Sports Library
Curator and author Richard A. Johnson on his five-decade journey as a collector who now owns the largest sports book collection in private hands.
November 17, 2013 at 1 pm
Secrets, Covert Ops, and Spies
Investigate the history of espionage with BU archivist Ryan Hendrickson. Examine America’s first spy Satellite, go behind WWII enemy lines with an OSS agent, and uncover the truth behind Operation Neptune.
November 17, 2013 from 1 to 3 pm
Bring in Your Books for a FREE Appraisal by the Experts
Expert appraisers will be available to Fair attendees who wish to bring their own books and manuscripts for appraisal.
37th Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair
November 15-17, 2013 at Hynes Convention Center
Friday, November 15: 5 – 9 pm
Saturday, November 16: 12 – 7 pm
Sunday, November 17: 12 – 5 pm
For more information visit the official website www.bostonbookfair.com.
The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair is sponsored by the New England Chapter of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America. A portion of the ticket sales will benefit the Boston Public Library and the American Antiquarian Society.