About ABAA:

The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America was founded in 1949 to promote interest in rare and antiquarian books and book collecting, and to foster collegial relations. We strive to maintain the highest standards in the trade. All members agree to abide by the ABAA's Code of Ethics. While our members sell, buy, and appraise books and printed matter, our staff can assist you with finding a bookseller and with other trade-related matters.

Identifying First Editions

Identifying First Editions

One thing that distinguishes the book collector from the casual reader is a preference for owning first editions. What is a first edition? A first edition is the format a book took when it was first made available for sale. The ABAA glossary of book terms states: First Edition: “All of the copies ... [ more ]

New Catalogs & List Announcements: March 2015


March sees a bumper crop of new catalogs and lists announced by ABAA members: A Selection of Rare Books, Literary First Editions, Fine Printing, Manuscripts, Letters, and Art is issued jointly by Thomas A. Goldwasser Rare Books and James S. Jaffe Rare Books. R & A Petrilla, Booksellers & Appraisers present Photographic Viewbooks (.pdf download): 19th- & 20th-century views of small towns and cities in... [ more ]

The Doves Press Story


The recent news that typeface designer Robert Green -- who produced a digitized version of the classic Doves Type in 2013 -- had recovered over 150 of the original lead punches from the River Thames has caught the imagination of literary and rare-book circles, and spurred many articles on the Doves Press and the visionary book binder and printer Thomas Cobden-Sanderson. What was the Doves Press? In 1... [ more ]

Upcoming Event


The 55th Annual New York Antiquarian Book Fair returns to the Park Avenue Armory from April 9-April 12, 2015. For more information visit nybookfair.com.

April 9th, 2015 - April 12th, 2015

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