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Book Fair Calendar

Akron Antiquarian Book & Paper Show. Akron, OH. April 3–4, 2015.

York Book & Paper Fair. York, PA. April 3, 2015.

New York Antiquarian Book Fair. New York, NY. April 9–12, 2015.

Manhattan Vintage Book & Ephemera Fair & Fine Press Book Fair (The Shadow Show). New York, NY. April 11, 2015. (See Flamingo ad on this page)

New York City Book & Ephemera Fair. New York, NY. April 11, 2015.

Vermont Book, Postcard & Ephemera Fair. Burlington, VT. April 19, 2015. (See Vermont Book, Postcard & Ephemera Fair ad on this page)

Michigan Antiquarian Book & Paper Show. Lansing, MI. April 19, 2015.

Allentown Book & Paper Show. Allentown, PA. April 25–26, 2015.

PBFA Book Fair. Oxford, England. April 25–26, 2015.

St. Louis Fine Print, Rare Book & Photo Fair. St. Louis, MO. May 1–3, 2015.

Westfield Book & Paper Show. Westfield, NY. May 2, 2015.

Boston Book, Paper & Photography Expo. Wilmington, MA. May 2, 2015.

Vintage Paper Fair. Glendale, CA. May 16–17, 2015.

Ann Arbor Antiquarian Book Fair. Ann Arbor, MI. May 17, 2015.

ABA Antiquarian Book Fair. London, England. May 28–30, 2015.

PBFA Book Fair. London, England. May 29–30, 2015.

Second Annual Sacramento Black Book Fair. Sacramento, CA. June 5–7, 2015.

Granite State Book & Ephemera Fair. Concord, NH. June 7, 2015.

Rose City Book & Paper Fair. Portland, OR. June 12, 2015.

Searles Castle Antiquaran Book Fair. Great Barrington, MA. July 25, 2015.

Rocky Mountain Antiquarian Book Fair. Denver, CO. July 31–August 1, 2015.

Papermania. Hartford, CT. August 22–23, 2015.

Sacramento Antiquarian Book Fair. Sacramento, CA. September 12, 2015.

Boxborough Paper Town. Boxborough, MA. September 19, 2015. (See Flamingo ad on this page)

Montreal Antiquarian Book Fair. Montreal, QC (Canada). September 26–27, 2014.

Vintage Paper Fair. Glendale, CA. September 26–27, 2015.

Dublin Book Fair. Dublin, Ireland. October 3–4, 2015.

Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair. Seattle, WA. October 10–11, 2015.

Pioneer Valley Vintage Book & Ephemera Fair. Northampton, MA. October 11, 2015. (See Flamingo ad on this page)

Manhasset Antiques & Decorative Show. Manhasset, NY. October 24–25, 2015. (See Flamingo ad on this page)

San Francisco International Vintage Paper, Print & Photo Fair. San Francisco, CA. October 29–November 1, 2015. (See Flamingo ad on this page)

San Francisco Antiquarian Book, Print & Paper Fair. San Mateo, CA. February 5–6, 2016.

Book Auction Calendar

Swann Galleries. New York, NY. March 26, 2015. (See Swann Galleries ad on this page)

Bloomsbury Auctions. London, England. March 26, 2015.

Christie’s. New York, NY. March 27–28, 2015.

Auctionata. Berlin, Germany. March 27, 2015. (See Auctionata ad on this page)

Auctionata. New York, NY. March 30, 2015. (See Auctionata ad on this page)

New England Book Auctions. Northampton, MA. March 31, 2015.

Swann Galleries. New York, NY. April 2, 2015. (See Swann Galleries ad on this page)

PBA Galleries. San Francisco, CA. April 2, 2015. (See PBA Galleries ad on this page)

National Book Auctions. Ithaca, NY. April 5, 2015.

Christie’s. New York, NY. April 7, 2015.

Heritage Auctions. New York, NY. April 8–9, 2015.

Bloomsbury Auctions. London, England. April 9, 2015.

Swann Galleries. New York, NY. April 9, 2015. (See Swann Galleries ad on this page)

Bonhams. New York, NY. April 13, 2015.

Swann Galleries. New York, NY. April 14, 2015. (See Swann Galleries ad on this page)

Doyle. New York, NY. April 14–15, 2015.

Leslie Hindman. Chicago, IL. April 15, 2015.

PBA Galleries. San Francisco, CA. April 16, 2015. (See PBA Galleries ad on this page)

Bloomsbury Auctions. Godalming, Surrey (England). April 16, 2015.

Bonhams. New York, NY. April 21, 2015.

Freeman’s. Philadelphia, PA. April 23, 2015. (See Freeman's ad on this page)

Auctionata. Berlin, Germany. April 24, 2015. (See Auctionata ad on this page)

Christie’s. Paris, France. April 27, 2015.

Bonhams. New York, NY. April 28, 2015.

Doyle. New York, NY. April 28, 2015.

Swann Galleries. New York, NY. April 29, 2015. (See Swann Galleries ad on this page)

Bloomsbury Auctions. London, England. April 30, 2015.

PBA Galleries. San Francisco, CA. April 30, 2015. (See PBA Galleries ad on this page)

Sotheby’s. London, England. April 30, 2015.

Swann Galleries. New York, NY. May 7, 2015. (See Swann Galleries ad on this page)

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Chicago, IL. May 7, 2015.

Bonhams. New York, NY. May 11, 2015.

Swann Galleries. New York, NY. May 12, 2015. (See Swann Galleries ad on this page)

Bloomsbury Auctions. Godalming, England. May 14, 2015.

PBA Galleries. San Francisco, CA. May 14, 2015. (See PBA Galleries ad on this page)

Swann Galleries. New York, NY. May 19, 2015. (See Swann Galleries ad on this page)

Sotheby’s. Paris, France. May 20, 2015.

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Chcago, IL. May 21, 2015.

Bloomsbury Auctions. London, England. May 21, 2015.

Christie’s. London, England. May 21, 2015.

Swann Galleries. New York, NY. May 21, 2015. (See Swann Galleries ad on this page)

PBA Galleries. San Francisco, CA. May 28, 2015. (See PBA Galleries ad on this page)

Sotheby’s. London, England. May 28, 2015.

Skinner. Boston, MA. May 29, 2015.

Swann Galleries. New York, NY. June 4, 2015. (See Swann Galleries ad on this page)

Sotheby’s. London, England. June 4, 2015.

Skinner. Boston, MA. June 6, 2015.

Freeman’s. Philadelphia, PA. June 7, 2015. (See Freeman's ad on this page)

Swann Galleries. New York, NY. June 10, 2015. (See Swann Galleries ad on this page)

Bonhams. New York, NY. June 16, 2015.

Freeman’s. Philadelphia, NY. June 16, 2015. (See Freeman's ad on this page)

Swann Galleries. New York, NY. June 17, 2015. (See Swann Galleries ad on this page)

Bonhams. London, England. June 24, 2015.

Sotheby’s. London, England. July 7, 2015.

Sotheby’s. London, England. July 14, 2015.

Bonhams. Oxford, England. July 29, 2015.

Heritage Auctions. Dallas, TX. August 5, 2015.

Bonhams. Los Angeles, CA. September 22, 2015.

Bonhams. New York, NY. October 19, 2015.

Heritage Auctions. New York, NY. November 4–5, 2015.

Bonhams. New York, NY. November 9, 2015.

Bonhams. London, England. November 11, 2015.

Bonhams. Oxford, England. November 24, 2015.

Bonhams. New York, NY. December 16, 2015.

Collection of Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts to be Sold at Auctionata's New York Debut

Auctionata is pleased to announce its first sale of Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts in New York on March 30, 2015 at 12pm, EST, featuring a selection of finely bound books and manuscripts from throughout the world.  Items in the sale of particular importance include the six-volume series, Études Sur L’Art de la Gravure Sur Bois a Venise by Prince D’Essling, with binding by Gruel.

Among the anticipated highlights are a number of rare editions, such as a pairing of Ross MacDonald's crime fiction novels, The Far Side of the Dollar and The Instant Enemy ($1,000, starting bid).  The former is a set of working galleys, including long galley sheets with the copy editor’s marks throughout, signed as both MacDonald and Kenneth Millar.  The Instant Enemy is an uncorrected, extremely rare proof in the form of comb-bound galleys. ...more

Shay's Rebellion Letter, Texas Revolution Diary, Mormon Material Among Highlights of Printed & Manuscript Americana Auction

On Tuesday, April 14 Swann Galleries will hold an auction devoted to Printed & Manuscript Americana, which offers a fine array of items relating to Latin Americana and the Caribbean and selections from the Milton R. Slater Collection.

From the Slater collection is a wonderful 1787 letter with an officer’s eyewitness description of the central battle of Shays’ Rebellion, in which an army of thousands of disaffected western Massachusetts men had risen against high taxes, and were preparing to storm the state armory at Springfield, 26 January 1787 (estimate: $5,000 to $7,500); a 1774 manuscript proclamation ordering the arrest of Ethan Allen and other leaders of the Green Mountain Boys, Signed by William Tryon as Governor of New York ($3,000 to $4,000) and Benjamin Owen Tyler’s very early printing of The Declaration of Independence, the first broadside to include facsimile signatures, Washington, 1818 ($5,000 to $7,500). ...more

by John Huckans
The True Believer (a new appreciation of Eric Hoffer's classic book)

Events of late have made me wonder if Darwin got it only half right.  I don't quarrel with the theory, as proposed in On the Origin of Species (1859) and The Descent of Man (1871), that modern man evolved from earlier primates and the earlier primates from mammals, that in all probability, evolved from even more primitive life forms.  Even though I don't pretend to be anything close to a biologist, it all just seems to make a lot of sense.  Some of us agree with Darwin's theories, some not.  Some people argue the subject heatedly, while others simply agree to disagree. That is what civilized people do.  What uncivilized people do is kill others who do not believe as they do. ...more

Book News & Notes

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor:

Recently there has been a lot of discussion regarding the future of the “Shadow Show” as it relates to the New York ABAA Show next April.  I'd  like to refer everyone to Greg Gibson’s (Ten Pound Island Books) October 20th blog, “Book Show Wars”.  Greg has recounted much of the history of the rise of the shadow show concept and the current state of the forthcoming show in New York, April next.

I'm happy to announce that John & Tina Bruno of Flamingo Eventz have decided to relocate the Shadow Show almost to the very doorstep of the Park Avenue Armory. The Manhattan Vintage Book & Ephemera Fair (a.k.a. The Shadow Show) will take place on Saturday April 11, 8am-4pm at the Church of St. Vincent Ferrer, at 869 Lexington Avenue and 66th St.  The entrance to the show on Lexington Avenue is across the street from the Armory. ...more

by Michael Pixley (from BSM of January 2011)
Keeping Fear Alive

Sometime in September (the precise date escapes me), I happened to hear a portion of a discussion on NPR discussing the latent emergence of  Islamophobia in the United States and how or if this was a partial manifestation of that fear that had already gripped significant portions of Europe.  Some symptoms of that disease in Europe were blatant: seeking to prevent Muslim women from wearing clothing that hid everything but the eyes (the hijab), or, in Switzerland, voters blocking the construction of minarets (tower from whence the summons to pray is announced) etc.  The learned speaker lamented these actions as unhelpful, unfair and counter-productive.  I found myself agreeing with all his observations.  He then suggested that much of this Islamophobia had roots in Medieval Europe and the exaggerated nature of the threat posed by Islam.  That is when I snapped. ...more

by John Huckans / Robert Kemp
Global Warming and the Greenland Question

Is climate change and global warming really happening?  Robert Kemp thought so in 2005 and points out that change being the only real constant, a better question would be is it a good or bad thing?

The entire subject has become so politically-charged these days that reasonable discussion has become almost impossible.  I think part of the problem is that people conflate pollution of the air (and water) with global warming and climate change, when they ought to be considered as distinct realities that are not always connected.  ...more

by Anthony Marshall
P is for Pacifism

I am highly delighted with my 8-volume Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Collier-Macmillan, New York 1967) which, for fifteen euros (about eighteen U.S. dollars) I bought at a market stall in Freiburg some months ago, and which, with aching arms, I lugged back home. Yes, this encyclopedia is now nearly fifty years out of date, but who cares? Plato, Kant, Nietzsche – their ideas surely don't have a use-by date.  All the big names, and all the big ideas, seem to be here: with useful biographies and summaries. You want a quick overview of 'Nonsense', or 'Epistemology' or a potted life of Heidegger? Here it is. ...more

by John Huckans
Catching Up With the News

For some reason newspapers seem to pile up effortlessly around here. We get a Syracuse paper on weekends, the local weekly, and the Financial Times (the pink one, based in the UK).  The FT gets most of my attention because of its solid coverage of world news and columns that include book reviews, the arts, finance, and opinion. The columnists I read most include Robin Lane Fox (recently retired Oxford classicist and gardening expert), David Tang (Agony Uncle), Gillian Tett, Harry Eyres, Lucy Kellaway, John Authers, and so on.  A lot to get through.

Mixed up near the bottom of my reading pile are a few overlooked papers still waiting to be read.  Hang on, here's one ...a Cincinnati daily with some interesting items. In the May 31st issue a correspondent from St. Louis writes: ...more

by John Huckans
The Importance of Nouns

At our Christmas party this past December one of our friends said if we should ever decide to put our house up for sale he’d pay us twenty percent more than the asking price with only one condition – we’d have to move out all our stuff in two weeks. I really can’t imagine there’s much chance of that happening –  any of our friends know perfectly well we could never do it in two months.  ...more

by Anthony Marshall
Reggie's Book Club

You get some strange looks, and some strange responses, when you tell people that the book you are currently reading is Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita. It helps when you say that it wasn't actually your choice; it just happens to be this month's selection for Reggie's Book Club.  But even so.  The looks, and sometimes the comments, imply: What are you, an apparently decent retired old gentleman, doing reading such filth? Do you really get off on this stuff? Can we ever again leave you alone in a room with our twelve-year old daughter? Further inquiry teases out the admission that no, your interlocutor has never actually read Lolita, but ...more

by Michael Pixley
The Shia/Sunni Shuffle

Since the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, Americans may have noticed news articles referring to struggles between Sunni and Shia Iraqi Muslims, an internal clash that sharply escalated after 2007.  Americans can be forgiven for not being terribly interested in these bloody rivalries.

In 2011, however, the Syrian conflict slowly grew, starting first as a peaceful protest but soon escalating into all-out civil war pitting the governing Alawite minority (around 17% of the population) against the Sunni majority (about 70%).  Iran, Russia and the Lebanese group Hizballah (Shia, by the way)  sought to strengthen the regime of Bashar al-Asad whilst the Sunni majority ...more

by Anthony Marshall
A Scottish Play?

Ogilvy, Alexander.  Oor Wully: The Scotsman who wrote William Shakespeare's plays. (Kincardine Press, Edinburgh 2014).

On the Shakespeare bandwagon, which publishers on both side of the Atlantic have trundled out this year to celebrate William's 450th birthday, there are two new books of particular interest to me, and probably to you too, if you love a good yarn, involving secondhand bookdealers hitting paydirt – or possibly not – but certainly doing their best to spin their straw into gold. ...more

by John Howard Huckans
Permanent Ink

The Great Library of Alexandria was the largest and probably the most important library of the ancient world.  Its mandate to gather all of the world’s knowledge in one place was carried out by a vigorous acquisition program involving extensive book-buying trips around the Mediterranean.  Prominent destinations for the curators of the Library were the well-known book fairs of Rhodes and Athens and in addition Egyptian officials were not shy about confiscating books on every ship arriving into port, keeping the originals and giving copies back to the owners.  ...more

by Anthony Marshall
Much Ado about Someone

Standing at the tram stop, I saw a poster advertising Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor. Two performances only, one performer only: his name, Bernd Lafrenz. I'd never heard of him, but I'm a sucker for one-man shows (how on earth will he manage to keep my attention for an hour or more? And play a dozen different characters?) and I’m a sucker for Shakespeare. What's more, I know The Merry Wives of Windsor pretty well: at least in its original English version. I once played the part of Doctor Caius, the mildly lascivious French physician who has set his sights on Anne Page, teenaged daughter of one of the merry wives. She, quite understandably, will have none of him.  ...more

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