From Copenhagen to Chelsea (London) to Toronto to Boston: Collectors and dealers will be traveling a lot during the next two weeks. After the International Antiquarian Book Fairs in Copenhagen (6-8 November), Chelsea (7-8 November) and Toronto (7-9 November), booklover will celebrate their annual fall gathering in Boston.
A record-breaking 134 dealers from the United States, England, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Russia and The Netherlands will exhibit at the 38th Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair at Hynes Convention Center from 14 to 16 November, 2014. There will be 15 first-time dealers and 27 international dealers at this year’s show, bringing a wide and diverse selection of items of interest to the serious collector or the curious shopper, including rare, collectible and antiquarian books, illuminated manuscripts, autographs, maps, atlases, modern first editions, photographs, fine and decorative prints.
Among the highlights are rare and first editions of works by Charles Dickens, Raymond Chandler, Louisa May Alcott, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Charles Darwin along with George Washington’s 1789 proclamation declaring Thanksgiving a national holiday (valued at $8.4 million), a complete set of the original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Holmes & Watson stories in the Strand Magazines, the first baseball book, Mike Kelly’s Play Ball, Mick Jagger’s handwritten lyrics for his 1987 song War Baby, and the first four volumes of artist Marc Chagall’s catalogue of lithographs.
One of the oldest and most respected antiquarian book shows in the country, the Fair is an event that offers the ‘crème de la crème’ of items that are available on the international literary market. Whether just browsing or buying, the Fair offers something for every taste and budget. A number of seminars, talks and events punctuate the weekend, including:
November 15, 2014 at 12.30 pm
Louisa May Alcott: Fruitlands Museum
The Museum celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2014. Chief curator Michael Volmar's presentation will provide an introductory exploration of some of the materials in the transcendentalist manuscript collection.
November 15, 2014 at 2 pm
Ticknor Society Collectors’ Roundtable: Ephemera!
Diane DeBlois, Nancy Rosin, David Freund speak on what ephemera is, why people collect it, and what people can do with it.
November 15, 2014 at 3.30 pm
DISCOVERY: Starting Your Own Collection
A rare opportunity to ask the experts the best way to start your own collection. Afterwards, shop the Fair and visit our “Discovery” exhibitors for items that are more affordable to help you begin your collection.
November 16, 2014 from 1 to 3 pm
FREE Expert Appraisals
Bring your books, maps, and ephemera to get expert appraisals on the value of your items. You might find you have a valuable treasure!
November 16, 2014 at 2 pm
Boston of Benjamin Franklin’s Youth
See materials relating to Franklin’s youthful career as a fledging journalist and newspaper publisher in Boston, before he left for Philadelphia - and everlasting fame - in 1723.
38th Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair
November 14-16, 2014 at Hynes Convention Center
Friday, November 14: 5 – 9 pm
Saturday, November 15: 12 – 7 pm
Sunday, November 16: 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.