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31st Rocky Mountain Book & Paper Fair

Swann Galleries

Searles Castle Antiquarian Book Fair. Admission $10 or 2 @ $8 with card.

Tennessee Antiquarian Book Fair

R & A Petrilla


Austin’s Antiquarian Books

The Economist

Christian Science Monitor

Always something to discover at Quill & Brush

Rochester Antiquarian Book Fair


Flamingo Eventz

Freeman’s Auction


PBA Galleries rare books, autographs & manuscripts

Berry Hill Book Sale

Jekyll Island Club Hotel

Book Fair Calendar

Bristol Antiquarian Book Fair. Bristol, England. July 10, 2015.

Bloomsbury Book Fair. London, England. July 12, 2015.

Tennessee Antiquarian Book Fair. Sewanee, TN. July 18–19, 2015. (See Tennessee Antiquarian Book Fair ad on this page)

Searles Castle Antiquaran Book Fair. Great Barrington, MA. July 25, 2015. (See Searles Castle Antiquarian Book Fair ad on this page)

Rocky Mountain Antiquarian Book Fair. Denver, CO. July 31–August 1, 2015. (See Rocky Mountain Book & Paper Fair ad on this page)

Vintage Paper Fair. San Francisco, CA. August 1–2, 2015.

Exeter Antiquarian Book Fair. Exeter, England. August 2, 2015.

Bloomsbury Book Fair. London, England. August 9, 2015.

PulpFest 2015. Columbus, OH. August 13–16, 2015.

Edinburgh Book Festival. Edinburgh, Scotland. August 14–15, 2015.

Baltimore Antiquarian Book Fair. Baltimore, MD. August 20–23, 2015.

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

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

Rochester Antiquarian Book Fair. Rochester, NY. September 12, 2015. (See Rochester Antiquarian Book Fair ad on this page)

Bloomsbury Book Fair. London, England. September 13, 2015.

York National Book Fair. York, England. September 18, 2015.

Brooklyn Book, Art, Photo & Design Expo. Brooklyn, NY. September 19–20, 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.

Pasadena Antiquarian Book, Print, Photo & Paper Fair. Pasadena, CA. October 3–4, 2015.

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

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

Bloomsbury Book Fair. London, England. October 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)

Toronto International Antiquarian Book Fair. Toronto, Ontario (Canada). November 6–8, 2015.

Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair. London, England. November 6–7, 2015.

San Marino Postcard & Paper Fair. San Marino, CA. November 7–8, 2015.

Bloomsbury Book Faiir. London, England. November 8, 2015.

Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair. Boston, MA. November 13–15, 2015.

Bloomsbury Book Fair. London, England. December 13, 2015.

Book Auction Calendar

PBA Galleries. San Francisco, CA. June 25, 2015. (See PBA Galleries ad on this page)

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

PBA Galleries. San Francisco, CA. July 9, 2015. (See PBA Galleries ad on this page)

National Book Auctions. Ithaca, NY. July 12, 2015.

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

PBA Galleries. San Francisco, CA. July 23, 2015. (See PBA Galleries ad on this page)

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.

Freeman’s. Philadelphia, PA. October 22, 2015. (See Freeman's ad on this page)

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.

by Anthony Marshall
A Body in a Library

There are twelve of us in total, gathered here in the library. The usual suspects? Not exactly. But many of the faces are familiar to me, and probably also to my friend, Steve Brazil, who has a secondhand bookshop in Melbourne. I've invited him to accompany me on this investigation. His role is to play Dr. Watson, while I play Sherlock Holmes. With his military background – five years spent as a volunteer in the Australian Defence Force, as a means of dodging the Vietnam war draft – he should be handy with a revolver. Or perhaps not. Steve is frankly a weedy-looking individual, with pacifist instincts. Still, it's good to have someone along, however puny, to mind my back. This crowd looks mean, someone is dead, and things could turn ugly.

Just kidding. We're not here to investigate a murder. But there is a body. It's a body of people called the Book Collectors' Society of Australia (BCSA). And there is a library: the State Library of Victoria, smack in the middle of Melbourne, and that's where we are ...more

News & Notes

The Great Barrington/Searles Castle Antiquarian Book Fair -- the Back Story

Bernice Bornstein has been running a successful summer antiquarian book fair in the Berkshires for almost as long as this magazine has been in existence.  Over the past 25 years or so we have all seen antiquarian book fairs come and go — mostly go — and so in order to survive many have attempted to expand demographic appeal by including dealers offering all sorts of ephemera, including photography, posters, postcards, prints and other paper items.

The Great Barrington show's continued existence may have a lot to do with its taking place during mid-summer in the Berkshires, not far from Tanglewood and other popular destinations, and within an easy day-trip from most population centers in the Northeast.  But that's not the whole story — Bernice has a personal attachment to the location that has been home to the fair for its entire existence.  And she still calls it an “antiquarian book fair”.  Rather than commenting further or quoting out of context, we're including the full text of Bernice's personal story. ...more

Prices Achieved at Recent Auctions

Highlights from Freeman's April 23rd Auction

Freeman’s 23 April auction of Books, Maps & Manuscripts including Photographs presented clients with a wide range of works on paper, including first editions, presidential ephemera, early views of the American West and notable autograph material.  The sale featured an assortment of important works of early travel literature, early color plate books, ballet handbills, prints, photographs, autographs, and other ephemera from the private collection of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Clifford.  Highlights of the Photography portion of the 574 lot sale were two rare salted paper prints by 19th century photographer Charles Leander Weed, and a portfolio of seventy prints that established good results for an influential, but little-known American photographer Hazel Kingsbury Strand.  Some of the results are as follows: ...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

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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