Visit Austin Abbey Rare Books at the following book fairs during the 2018 Book Fair Season:
The 4th Annual New York City Book and Ephemera Fair, which takes place on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at its new location at the Sheraton Central Park/Times Square.
The 6th Annual Virginia Antiquarian Book Fair. The fair will be held on Friday, April 6th , from 1pm to 6pm, and on Saturday, April 7th , from 10am to 4pm. at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture (Formerly the Virginia Historical Society). See more details on the VABF Facebook Page.
The 37th Annual Florida Antiquarian Book Fair in Saint Petersburg, Florida. This will be the first time Austin Abbey Rare Books will exhibit at the Florida fair, the oldest and largest book fair in the Southeastern United States, and the third largest book fair in the nation. The fair will be held at the St. Petersburg Coliseum on Friday, April 20th from 5pm to 9pm, Saturday, April 21st from 10am to 5pm, and Sunday, April 22 from 11am to 4pm.
The 44th Annual Granite State Book and Ephemera Fair. This will be the first time Austin Abbey Rare Books will exhibit at the Granite State Fair, which will take place in Concord, New Hampshire at the Douglas N. Everett Arena on Sunday, June 3rd from 10am to 4pm.
The 43rd Annual Washington Antiquarian Book Fair. The fair will will be back in its old home of many years at the Rosslyn Holiday Inn in Arlington VA on a new date: the fair will now be held on Friday, September 28th from 4pm to 8pm and on Saturday, September 29th from 10am to 4pm.
The 7th Annual Boston Book Print and Ephemera Fair. The Fair will be held Saturday, November 17th, 2018 between 8am and 4pm at the Back Bay Events Center.
I’ll have to admit, like many other booksellers, we were a little worried about the impact that the change of venue and change of date would have on the Washington Antiquarian Book Fair (WABF). Changes of date at the New York International Book Fair caused a ripple effect down the east coast that would result in many fairs changing their dates, and some having to change their venues when new dates were not available at their usual venue. This was the case for the WABF, which had for 40 years been at Rosslyn’s Holiday Inn convention facilities, and was moved to the ballroom of the historic landmark Sphinx Club on K Street in Washington DC — a wonderful Art Deco pastiche of Islamic architecture. Although there were a few hiccups with the new venue, Beth Campbell, the show’s promoter, did a wonderful job dealing with any issues that arose, and got the show off to a smooth start. Through her efforts, I think there were more visitors this year than there was last year.
Our booth had great attendance, and I was able to discuss 19th C. and early 20th C. book arts to my heart’s content with the many collectors and librarians that stopped by.
I had a wonderful discussion with Bill Peterson, the author of The Beautiful Poster Lady: A Life of Ethel Reed, about art, Ethel Reed and the Kelmscott Chaucer:
And a delightful discussion of 19th C. pirated book art with Marianna Marstell and Amanda Zimmerman of the Library of Congress‘ Rare Book Division:
All in all, a fantastic show that I am looking forward to exhibiting at in 2018!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Visit Austin Abbey Rare Books at The 4th Annual Virginia Antiquarian Book Fair. The fair is on Friday, April 29 (1pm to 7pm) and Saturday, April 30 (9:30am to 2pm) at the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond Virginia. Austin Abbey Rare Books will be exhibiting a selection of our stock at booth #16. See more details on the VABF Facebook Page.
Visit Austin Abbey Rare Books at the 41st Annual Washington Antiquarian Books Fair. The fair is on Friday March 4 (4pm to 8pm) and Saturday March 5 (10am to 5pm) at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn at Key Bridge in Arlington Virginia. Austin Abbey Rare Books will be exhibiting a selection of our stock at booth #53 in the Shenandoah room.