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Calling All Bookworms to the Park Avenue Armory

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, March 1, 2017

The New York Antiquarian Book Fair is a wonderful way to get to know the specialty markets of book, manuscript, maps, autograph and ephemera collecting. The Fair has the official approval of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America as well as the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers. This ensures that every single item available for purchase is authentic and fully documented. Another feature of this event is the sheer variety of things on offer in almost every genre and in a range of prices.

There will be two hundred dealers from around the world scheduled to show their best and most interesting items at the Park Avenue Armory. Highlights of the show include a two page autographed letter by George Herriman, the creator of the comic strip Krazy Kat, and a true first edition of Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak with an inscription by the author. Of course, the best highlight of the four day event may be an object brought in by you: this fair is unique in having an appraisal day, where the public can bring up to five pieces for examination and valuation. It’s sure faster than waiting for Antiques Roadshow to come back to NYC.


Thursday, March 9 (Preview Night): 5pm-9pm
Friday, March 10: noon-8pm
Saturday, March 11: noon-7pm
Sunday, March 12: noon-5pm


$50 Preview Night Pass (includes one daily re-admission)
$25 General
$10 Students (with valid ID – at the door only)
$40 Run of Show (at the door only)

Special Event – Discovery Day: Sunday, March 12, 1pm-3pm

Discovery Day gives ticketed visitors the opportunity to bring their own rare books, manuscripts, maps, etc. (up to 5 items). Exhibitors will be on hand to offer expert advice and free appraisals.

The fair is located at the Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue, between 66th and 67th Streets. For general information click here; to purchase tickets click here.


Cover: / Mark Summers, Sanford L. Smith + Associates.


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