Last weekend's 35th Annual Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair was a great success—lots of incredible material was being offered by dealers and each day the fair was filled with enthusiastic attendees both young and old. If you could draw your attention away from the books, prints, maps, ephemera, etc., you could even see a few celebrities! According to the Boston Globe:
Rocker Peter Wolf, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough, and Italian novelist-essayist Umberto Eco were among the 4,500 visitors spotted at the 35th Annual Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair over the weekend. The event, held at the Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, drew 120 rare book dealers from around the world, offering not only first editions of Melville, Wilde, Frost, and Hemingway but also antique maps, letters, political documents, and an array of pop culture totems. Among the latter: a 1967 Bob Dylan album signed by Jimi Hendrix; film directorFrank Capra’s manuscript copy of James Hilton’s novel “Lost Horizon’’; a notepad autographed by members of the Beatles, Rolling Stones, and other iconic ’60s bands; and an Indiana State University yearbook with a youngLarry Bird on the cover, firing up his patented jump shot. Fetching one of the highest sums - $112,000 - was a hand-written letter from Alexander Graham Bell to his parents, detailing his invention of the iPhone (just kidding). No word on what if anything the Woofa Goofa took home with him, but we hear he’s a big Raymond Chandler fan.
This only increases anticipation for the 45th California International Antiquarian Book Fair, which will be held in Pasadena on February 10-12, 2012. We hope to see lots of West Coast bibliophiles, collectors, and other intellectually curious parties there!