2017 Book Fair Schedule

Visit Austin Abbey Rare Books at the following fairs during the spring and fall of 2017:

The 5th Annual Virginia Antiquarian Book Fair. The fair will be held on Friday, April 7 from 1pm to 7pm, and Saturday, April 8 from 9:30am to 2pm at the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond Virginia.  See more details on the VABF Facebook Page. 

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The 42nd annual Washington Antiquarian Book Fair. The fair will be held on Friday, April 28th  from 4pm to 8pm, and Saturday, April 29th from  10am to 4pm at The Sphinx Club,  its new location in Downtown DC. Austin Abbey Rare Books will be in Booth #36.

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The 4th annual Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair. The fair will be held on Friday, September 8th between 5 and 9pm; Saturday, September 9th between 11am and 7pm; and Sunday September 10th between 11am and 5pm at the Brooklyn Expo Center.  We will post more information about the fair as it becomes available.

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The 6th annual Boston Book Print and Ephemera Fair. The Fair will be held Saturday, November 11, 2017 between 8am and 4pm at the Back Bay Events Center. We will post more information about the fair as it becomes available.

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2017 New York City Book and Ephemera Fair

Dear Friends,
Ah, Manhattan in the spring! Truly a wonderful place to be during New York City’s Rare Book Week while Austin Abbey Rare Books exhibited at the New York City Book and Ephemera Fair. I thoroughly enjoyed Eric Holzenburg’s fantastic exhibition at The Grolier Club, For Art’s Sake: The Aesthetic Movement in Print & Beyond, which explored the important role of print media in the development and spread of Aesthetic ideals in applied art — including book design. Although the exhibition closed on March 11th, you can still see gorgeous examples of books and decorative objects inspired by the Aesthetic Movement in the exhibition catalogue, a hard cover graced with a reproduction of Helena de Kay Gilder’s magnificent binding design for The New Day (1876).

Austin Abbey Rare Books spent most of Thursday, March 9th setting up for The New York City Book and Ephemera Fair. Our treat for a job well done was an evening visit to the opening of the New York Antiquarian Book Fair. We spent a lovely evening there visiting with friends and purchasing a book or two.  Early Friday, we were up with the dawn, so we could arrive at the fair well in time for the 8am opening, but it made for a long day, as the fair ran until 7pm.  Adrienne in booth

Adrienne Kitts, owner of Austin Abbey Rare Books, before the start of the New York City Book and Ephemera Fair

We were very fortunate to enjoy a central location at the fair, affording us some great neighbors, including Bob Seymour of the Colebrook Book Barn, who had a presentation copy of a Leon Trotsky book that sold even before I had a chance to take a look at it!  Our other close neighbor, John Leger, of Le Bookiniste, who like myself, has a fetish for the perfect copy, had a wonderfully artistic display of books ranging from art to espionage.  During the half hour before the fair started, a line began to form, and when 8am hit and the fair opened, there was an excited rush of collectors, ABAA dealers and international dealers into the fair.  The fair was pretty busy for most of the morning, and then settled into a steady stream of visitors during the afternoon.  We had a marvelous time chatting with our visitors about the publisher’s decorated cloth bindings and rare Americana we had on display —  a truly wonderful day.

2016 Book Fair Year in Review

Dear Friends,
It has been a whirlwind year for us here at Austin Abbey Rare Books. To start the 2016 book fair season we exhibited at the Washington Antiquarian Book Fair last March, followed by the Richmond Antiquarian Book Fair in April. Following a summer processing acquisitions, we started the fall book fair season at the Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair in September.Photo of booth

Adrienne Kitts, owner of Austin Abbey Rare Books and her husband and partner, Paul at the Austin Abbey Rare Books booth during the 2016 Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair.

Our booth at Brooklyn received many favorable comments, including a lovely notice in the Fine Books & Collections Blog, where we  where we were mentioned as having an “outstanding visual display of decorated gilt bindings”.  A few weeks later we were at The Boston Book, Print and Ephemera Fair , a place where passion for decorative cloth in America runs strong thanks to the central role Boston institutions and publishing houses played in fostering book design during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  We finished out the year at the lovely and intimate Northampton Book and Book Arts Fair in Early December.

Austin Abbey Rare Books Featured on the WABF Blog

Beth Campbell, Chief Curator of the Washington Antiquarian Book Fair (WABF), asked me to write a blog about how I made the transition from collector to bookseller.  The blog is called “Making the Leap into Bookselling“. Writing this blog reminded me once again about how fortunate I am to be in this business – the wonderful camaraderie among booksellers, the excitement of the hunt, and the pleasure of researching new finds.

The book cover featured on my WABF blog post is the extremely scarce famed cover design of Helena de Kay Gilder for The New Day: A Poem in Songs and Sonnets by Richard Watson Gilder. New York: Scribner, Armstrong and Company, 1876.  Find other books from the Austin  Abbey Rare Books Aesthetic Movement collection on our website.