“The best book fair in the world.” – Andy Rooney

 

What’s got over 200 rare book dealers from around the world, signed books by Martin Luther King, Jr., a pointe shoe worn by Anna Pavlova, and a cache of correspondence by Alexander Hamilton? The 57th New York Antiquarian Book Fair, which return to the Park Avenue Armory over the weekend of March 9-12, 2017, that’s what! The largest rare book fair in North America is back, and bigger than ever.

 

Where:

Park Avenue Armory

643 Park Avenue

NY, NY 10065

 

When:

Thursday, March 9 (Preview) 5-9pm

Friday, March 10 noon-8pm

Saturday, March 11 noon-7pm

Sunday, March 12 noon-5pm

Note: Discovery Day takes place on Sunday, from 1pm-3pm.

 

Tickets:

Preview pass: $50

Daily admission: $25

Run of show: $40

Students: $10

Tickets available here...

 

Discovery Day

A favorite tradition, Discovery Day allows ticketed visitors the opportunity to bring their own rare books, manuscripts, maps, etc. in for evaluation. Expert appraisers will be on hand to offer advice. 

 

Featured Items

While there are too many stunning items to list, here are a few early highlights:

 

Hamilton Documents

Hamilton Correspondence

A unique collection of original letters, documents and imprints relating to the life and times of Alexander Hamilton, the orphan immigrant founding father who fought for independence, founded our financial system, and fostered a government capable of surviving internal factions and foreign foes — as well as inspiring the hit musical! View the catalog of this collection...

(Offered by Seth Kaller, Inc., Historic Documents & Legacy Collections, Booths E33-E35)

 

Miss Lonelyhearts

Miss Lonelyhearts (First edition, first state)

by Nathaniel West

A First Edition, first issue, first state in a stunning example of the exceedingly rare dust jacket. Publisher Liveright went bankrupt on the day of publication and only 800 of the 2000 copies printed were released by the printer in this first state.

(Offered by Royal Books, Booth A31)

 

Duchamp

Marcel Duchamp, Screen-printed Disk

Amazing original signed screen printed disk designed with a spiraling text in French, one of the last works by the Marcel Duchamp. Produced to be mounted on a record which was issued with SMS magazine no. 2 (April 1968). Signed and dated 1968 by Duchamp at the lower right of the untrimmed sheet.

(Offered by Schubertiade Music & Arts, Booth B9)

 

An Outstanding Album of Italian Political Cartoons

Thirty-Two Magnificent Hand-Colored Lithographs by Antonio Manganaro.

Italian Political Cartoons

MANGANARO, Antonio. L'Esposizione Marittima Visitata da Dante e Virgilio. [The Maritime Exhibition visited by Dante and Virgil] Allegoria di A. Manganaro. [Naples: 1871]. 

Folio (18 11/16 x 12 3/8 inches; 475 x 314 mm.). Hand colored lithograph pictorial title-page and thirty-one magnificent hand colored lithograph plates including the final "Chiusura" plate showing Dante holding hands with the 'skeletal' Virgil.  All plates mounted on stubs.

Contemporary quarter green calf over green pebbled cloth boards. Covers decoratively ruled in blind, front cover with "Manganaro / L'Esposizione Marittima" stamped in gilt. Spine with five raised bands, lettered in gilt in compartments, marbled end-papers. Spine ends expertly and invisibly restored.

This is an outstanding and fascinating record in thirty-two hand-colored lithographs of the political figures of Italy in the 1860's. The majority of the plates feature the figures of Dante and the 'skeletal' Virgil surrounded by various members of the Italian Bureaucracy. In some way the beautifully hand colored illustrations have the flavor of the great French Political cartoonists such as Honoré Daumier (1808-1879) and Charles Philipon (1800-1861). 

We have been unable to locate any copies at auction from 1923 to date, other than one imperfect copy (Christie's, Rome, June 1998 - lacking the last plate). According to OCLC and KVK there are no copies in libraries and institutions worldwide.

(Offered by David Brass Rare Books, Inc., Booth C10)

 

For more information about the New York Antiquarian Book Fair visit https://www.nyantiquarianbookfair.com/...

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