New York Antiquarian Book Fair

Sponsored by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Assocation of America and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, the NYABF opens with a preview Thursday evening, March 9, and runs through Sunday, March 12, at the Park Avenue Armory at 643 Park Ave. Over 200 American and international dealers will display an astonishing array of rare books, fine art, maps, manuscripts, and ephemera. Admission: $50 for preview pass, $40 run of show, $25 daily, $10 for students carrying a valid school ID. For more information, visit

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New York City Book & Ephemera Fair

Making Rare Book Week bigger and better is the “Uptown Satellite Show,” featuring sixty dealers. Scheduled this year for Friday, March 10, with extended hours from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., the NYC Book & Ephemera Fair will be located at Wallace Hall at St. Ignatius Loyola Church, 980 Park Avenue (between 83rd-84th Streets). Free round trip shuttle bus service between Wallace Hall and the Armory will run continuously from 7:45 a.m. – 6:45 p.m. Admission: $15 for adults, $8 for youths aged 12-21. For more information, and to purchase a discounted ticket, visit

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Manhattan Vintage Book & Ephemera Fair & Fine Press Book Fair

“The Shadow Show”—to be held on Saturday, March 11, at the Church of St. Vincent Ferrer, 869 Lexington Avenue at 66th Street (across from the Armory). Hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., with appraisals by John Bruno, star of the hit PBS series, Market Warriors, from 2 – 4 p.m. Admission: $15 for adults, $7 for youths aged 12-21, and free for those under 12 with paid adult. The Shadow Show will also feature the third-annual Fine Press Book Fair within the larger fair. For more information, visit

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The Fine Books & Manuscripts sale at Bonhams on March 9 is led by Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s notebook, 1835-1837, which contains drafts for every poem to appear in her first significant collection of poetry The Seraphim and Other Poems, along with several other never-before-seen poems, estimated at $400,000-600,000. Other intriguing lots include a complete and large copy of Shakespeare’s second folio (1632) and an alchemical manuscript, “The Crowning of Nature, or Coronatio Naturae.” For more information, visit

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From March 10-16, Christie’s will hold a special preview for The Collection of the Metropolitan Opera Guild, a dedicated auction of rare musical manuscripts and memorabilia, scheduled to take place in New York on June 15. The collection includes approximately ninety lots and represents a selection of autograph material from some of the most important composers of the Western classical tradition. The majority of manuscripts come from the carefully curated gift of Edwin Franko Goldman (1878-1956), renowned American composer and trumpeter with the Metropolitan Opera. The sale is led by the sole surviving autograph musical manuscript by Schubert for his Piano Sonata in A flat Major (estimate: $350,000-500,000). For more information, visit

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Heritage Auctions

Kerouac, Twain, Spillane: These are the heavy-hitters at Heritage on March 8. First up: a heavily annotated 200-page typescript of Jack Kerouac’s The Dharma Bums (1958), typed by Kerouac from his original typed scroll. The bidding starts at $200,000. Next: a steamer trunk once owned by Mark Twain (more on that in our spring 2016 issue) is on offer, opening at $25,000. Then: a trove of American crime novelist Mickey Spillane’s typescripts, first editions, original book cover art, even his Royal typewriter, all in separate lots. For more information, visit

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The Center for Book Arts

Located at 28 W. 27th St., 3rd floor, the Center for Book Arts hosts exhibitions and gallery events in addition to its usual full calendar of bookbinding and printing arts classes. During Rare Book Week and through April 8, see Pulp as Portal: Socially Engaged Hand-Papermaking, an exhibition that examines “the artist’s book—specifically bookworks, publications, zines, and printed matter—as both artwork and outcome.” Also on exhibit: Chantal Zakari: Narratives of Conflict (in collaboration with Mike Mandel).

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The Grolier Club

Two exhibits welcome visitors to the Grolier Club, located at 47 East 60th St. The ground floor gallery showcases Images of Value: The Artwork Behind U.S. Security Engraving 1830s-1980s, which surveys 150 years of images in watercolor drawings, prints, photographs, and oil paintings (such as the one pictured here) that were used as engraving subjects by US bank note firms. On view through April 29, the exhibition is curated by and largely from the collection of Mark D. Tomasko. The second floor gallery offers For Art’s Sake: The Aesthetic Movement in Print and Beyond from the Collection of Eric Holzenberg through March 11. Both are open to the public free of charge Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Featured Image: Alonzo E. Foringer. [Standing female with wheat and scythe.] Oil on canvas, 30" x 30." For American Bank Note Company, 1927. Collection of Mark D. Tomasko.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Taking as its focus one of The Met’s most captivating masterpieces, Seurat’s Circus Sideshow will afford a unique context for appreciating the heritage and allure of Parade de cirque, painted in 1887-88 by Georges Seurat. More than 100 paintings, drawings, prints, period posters, and illustrated journals will be on display, supplemented by musical instruments and an array of documentary material. Through May 28.

Featured Image: Georges Seurat (French, 1859-1891). Circus Sideshow (Parade de cirque), 1887-88. Oil on canvas.

Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bequest of Stephen C. Clark, 1960.

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Bookish Browsing

The Algonquin Hotel

59 W. 44th Street

Whether dinner, a drink, or a room for the night, you can’t get much more literary than the legendary Algonquin Hotel. Dorothy Parker and her “Vicious Circle” lunched there; go and raise a glass to them. For more information, visit

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Bowne & Co. Stationers and Bowne Printers

209-211 Water Street

This “dos-à-dos” establishment is a hidden jewel. Experience the traditional craft of nineteenth-century letterpress in a charmingly atmospheric shop true to its origins. For more information, visit Bowne & Co. Stationers and Bowne Printers

courtesy of Tyler Orehek Photography.

McSorley’s Old Ale House

15 E. 7th Street

It could be that McSorley’s saloon is more your speed. Established in 1854, it has seen its share of thirsty authors, such as E. E. Cummings, Joseph Mitchell, and Hunter S. Thompson. Visit:

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