Some highlights that are offered this year include: a watercolour by Alfred Kubin; “Der blaue Reiter” by W. Kandinsky; a first impression of Schubert’s last oeuvre “Schwanengesang”; a signed photograph by Sigmund Freud; and the earliest known print of the world-famous Christmas carol “Stille Nacht”.
As in the years before, visitors can bring along their bibliophile treasures for professional advice. Several school classes will be introduced on the “secrets” of old books and a book restorer will show her work with some practical examples.
But most importantly, the focus will be on the craft and history of “old books” and bringing them to the public’s attention. Holding an old book in your hands cannot be replaced by anything, not a smartphone, tablet or anything similar. Books have existed for over 600 years. What is the longevity of electronic data? Do we know? No one can be sure.
We believe that owning a library will become fashionable again. A book will always be inspiring and enriching.
Another reason to visit and meet the antiquarian booksellers at the BUCH WIEN is to be able to receive competent and reliable information and feedback. All books that are exhibited here are carefully described, catalogued and priced at market value. This is not always a given on Internet platforms.
Myself and my colleagues from the Austrian Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association look forward to welcome you at BUCH WIEN from 8 – 12 November 2017!