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Getting Up Close and Personal With History Through the New York Antiquarian Book Fair

New York Antiquarian Book Fair

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, March 2, 2018

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 ensuring that every single item available for purchase is authentic and fully documented. Over one hundred and fifty dealers from around the world will be in New York for this event, presenting items from as far back as the 15th century and as recent as last year. If you’ve ever wondered how to start a good collection or want to improve what you have, this fair is a great way to meet dealers and ask questions about your interests. On Sunday, March 11, from 1 – 3 pm, the fair runs an appraisal event, free with paid admission. The experts on hand will give valuation estimates on your item and answer basic questions.

New York Antiquarian Book Fair

Original color lithograph of La Gazette du Bon Ton, 1920; courtesy of Librairie Le Feu Follet, France.

The fair is located at the Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue, between 66th and 67th Streets. For more information click here.

Open Hours:

Preview Night: Thursday, March 8: 5pm-9pm

Friday, March 9: noon-8pm

Saturday, March 10: noon-7pm

Sunday, March 11: noon-5pm

New York Antiquarian Book Fair

Original Watercolor, Walter Elias Disney, signet. ca. 1929. 24,8 x 29,5 cm.; courtesy of Antiquariat Winfried Geisenheyner.


$60 Preview Night Pass (includes one other day’s re-admission) for Thursday, March 9 (5-9pm)

$25 General

$10 Students (with valid ID – at the door only)

$45 Run of Show (at the door only)

To purchase tickets click here.


New York Antiquarian Book Fair

Signed letter by Jackie Robinson; courtesy of Seth Kaller, Inc.


Special Event – Discovery Day: Sunday, March 11, 1pm-3pm

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


New York Antiquarian Book Fair

Overpainted photographic cutout portrait by Salvador Dali; courtesy of Biblioctopus.

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Cover: Signed photograph, both ‘Mark Twain’ and ‘S.L. Clemens’ 1899; courtesy of Lion Heart Autographs.


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