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.
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.