March 4-11, 2020
New York, NY

Book Fairs

New York International Antiquarian Book Fair

New York International Antiquarian Book Fair

Sponsored by the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, the NYIABF opens with a preview Thursday evening, March 5, and runs through Sunday, March 8, 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. "Discovery Day" appraisal event on Sunday, 1–3 p. m. Admission: $60 for preview pass, $45 run of show, $25 daily, $10 for students carrying a valid school ID.

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The New York City Book & Ephemera Fair

The New York City Book & Ephemera Fair

The New York City Book & Ephemera Fair—In its sixth year, this Rare Book Week "Satellite fair" will run two days: Friday, March 6 from 9 a.m.–5 p.m., and Saturday, March 7 from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Sixty exhibitors will showcase antiquarian books, manuscripts, ephemera, book art, and works on paper. Located at Wallace Hall, Church of St. Ignatius, 980 Park Avenue at 83rd St., with free round-trip shuttle bus service to the Armory available. Admission: $15 for adults, free for students with ID.

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The Manhattan Vintage Book, Ephemera  & Fine Press Book Fair

The Manhattan Vintage Book, Ephemera & Fine Press Book Fair

The Manhattan Vintage Book, Ephemera & Fine Press Book Fair, aka "The Shadow Show," will be held on Saturday, March 7 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m., at the Church of St. Vincent Ferrer, 869 Lexington Avenue at 66th Street—just across the street from the Armory. Appraisals by John Bruno and guest appraisers from 1–3 p.m. Admission: $15 for adults, $7 for youths aged 13–21, and free for those under 13 with paid adult.

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Auctions

Heritage Auctions

Heritage Auctions

The sale at Heritage on March 4 features a wide selection of bibliophilic goodies: Edgar Rice Burroughs firsts, John James Audubon color-plate books, and volumes of Mormon interest. Charles Dickens fans will no doubt take special notice of a book from the author's own library, Sketches of Imposture, Deception, and Credulity by Richard Davenport (London, 1837), in a binding of contemporary half red leather over marbled paper-covered boards that matches other known volumes from Dickens' library, and containing Dickens' bookplate (lion couchant clutching a Maltese cross). The estimate is $2,000+.

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Bonhams

Bonhams

Building upon last year's success, Bonhams will host part three of the Medical and Scientific Library of W. Bruce Fye online from March 4 to March 11. One of the top lots is expected to be a second edition (1593) in contemporary paper covered boards of Andrea Cesalpino's Quaestionum peripateticarum lib.V … Daemonum inuestigatio peripatetica, the first work to document the centripetal flow of blood in veins. Its estimate is $35,000–45,000. Then, on March 6, Bonhams will offer Extraordinary Books and Manuscripts, a sale that is slated to include the extremely rare official engrossed copy of the first impeachment resolution vote of President Andrew Johnson, 1867, bound in contemporary morocco and estimated at $120,000–180,000.

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Swann Galleries

Swann Galleries

On March 5, Swann Galleries will present a selection of nineteenth- and twentieth-century prints & drawings to tempt the collector's eye. Then, on March 10, its Printed and Manuscript Americana sale is certain to draw attention. Of particular note is a very early edition of the Bay Psalm Book, circa 1648–65. The 1640 Bay Psalm Book was the first book printed in British North America, and it went through several editions, all extremely scarce today. This one, undated in a contemporary blind-tooled calf binding, was possibly printed in Cambridge, England, for American distribution and contains eighteenth-century American owners' inscriptions. Its estimate is $50,000–75,000.

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Exhibits & Events

The Morgan Library & Museum

The Morgan Library & Museum

A visit to the Morgan, at 225 Madison Ave., presents the opportunity to see two incredible, and incredibly different, exhibitions. First up, Alfred Jarry: The Carnival of Being, a look at the subversive works and personality of the French writer Alfred Jarry (1873–1907), who played a crucial role in the transition from the nineteenth-century avant-garde to the emergent modernist movements of the early twentieth century. Second, The Book of Ruth: Medieval to Modern presents the Rose Book of Ruth, designed and illuminated by New York artist Barbara Wolff between 2015 and 2017, in conversation with twelve manuscripts, drawn from the Morgan's holdings. Of course while you're there, enjoy two exhibitions of drawings—Jean-Jacques Lequeu: Visionary Architect and The Drawings of Al Taylor.

Courtesy of The Morgan Library & Museum, gift of Robert J. and Linda Klieger Stillman, 2017. PML 197035. Photography by Janny Chiu.

New York Society Library

New York Society Library

The current exhibition should be a big hit with Rare Book Week attendees: The Book Beautiful: Margaret Armstrong & Her Bindings covers (pun intended) one of America's most sought-after book cover designers from the turn of the twentieth century. During Armstrong's remarkable career, more than a million books with her covers made their way into homes and libraries across America. Today, her covers are prized by scholars and collectors alike. This exhibition showcases some of her most exquisite covers, along with historic photographs and documents.

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New-York Historical Society Museum & Library

New-York Historical Society Museum & Library

If you've perused the articles in the spring issue, you may already be familiar with two of the exhibitions on view at the N-YHS, located at 170 Central Park West, this spring. Women March celebrates the centennial and the legacy of the 19th Amendment and features some items from the Dobkin collection (see pages 11-12). Colonists, Citizens, Constitutions: Creating the American Republic, also on view, takes a close look at the fundamental principles of government through forty books and documents from the Dorothy Tapper Goldman Foundation's collection. If you're still in town post-fair, The People Count: The Census in the Making of America, which opens March 13, showcases David Rubenstein's collection of early books and manuscripts related to the U. S. Census.

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Biblotourism

Chumley's

Chumley's

86 Bedford Street
Manhattan

Drink After a decade-long hiatus, Chumley's, the former Greenwich Village speakeasy of choice for many a poet and playwright, recently reopened. It's a bit higher-end these days, but the book jacket decor is back.

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Poe Cottage

Poe Cottage

3309 Bainbridge Avenue
The Bronx

Tour Edgar Allan Poe spent the last years of his life, from 1846–1849, in The Bronx. This landmark house museum is where he wrote "Annabel Lee" and "The Cask of Amontillado." Open Th-Su.

CREDIT: FLICKR.COM COURTNEY "COCO" MAULT.

Bowne & Co. Stationers and Bowne Printers

Bowne & Co. Stationers and Bowne Printers

209–211 Water Street
Manhattan

Shop Experience the traditional craft of nineteenth-century letterpress in a charmingly atmospheric shop true to its origins. Open every day 11 a.m.–7 p.m.

CREDIT: FLICKR.COM SANG-HEE.