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Book Fair Calendar

Book & Paper Row. Wilmington, MA. January 3–4, 2015.

Vintage Paper Fair. Glendale, CA. January 10–11, 2015.

Papermania. Hartford, CT. January 10–11, 2015.

Metropolis! Books & Ephemera. New York, NY. January 16–17, 2015. (See Flamingo ad on this page)

Austin Book & Paper Show. Austin, TX. January 16–17, 2015.

Boxborough Paper Town. Boxborough, MA. January 24, 2015. (See Flamingo ad on this page)

LA Art Book Fair. Los Angeles, CA. January 29–February 1, 2015.

Pasadena Antiquarian Book & Paper Fair. Pasadena, CA. January 31–February 1, 2015.

California International Antiquarian Book Fair. Oakland, CA. February 6–7, 2015. (See California International Antiquarian Book Fair ad on this page)

CODEX 2015. Richmond, CA. February 8–11, 2015.

Greenwich Village Antiquarian Book Fair. New York, NY. February 20–22, 2015.

PBFA Book Fair. Cambridge, England. February 20–21, 2015.

ABA & PBFA Book Fair. Edinburgh, Scotland. March 6–7, 2015.

Washington Antiquarian Book Fair. Arlington, VA. March 6–7, 2015.

Florida Antiquarian Book Fair. St. Petersburg, FL. March 13–15, 2015. (See Florida Antiquarian Book Fair ad on this page)

Westmount Book Fair. Westmount, QC (Canada). March 14, 2015.

Vintage Paper Fair. Walnut Creek, CA. March 15, 2015.

Ephemera 35. Old Greenwich, CT. March 20–22, 2015. (See Flamingo ad on this page)

Sacramento Antiquarian Book Fair. Sacramento, CA. March 28, 2015.

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.

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

Oxford 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.

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

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

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

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

Book Auction Calendar

Skinner Inc.. Boston, MA. November 16, 2014.

Swann Galleries. New York, NY. November 18, 2014. (See Swann ad on this page)

Christie’s. London, England. November 19, 2014.

PBA Galleries. San Francisco, CA. November 20, 2014. (See PBA Galleries ad on this page)

Antiquarian Auctions. Cape Town, South Africa. November 20–27, 2014.

Swann Galleries. New York, NY. November 20, 2014. (See Swann ad on this page)

Sotheby’s. London, England. November 20, 2014.

Christie’s. London, England. November 24, 2014.

Doyle Auctions. New York. November 24, 2014.

Swann Galleries. New York, NY. November 25, 2014. (See Swann ad on this page)

Bonham’s. Oxford, England. November 25, 2014.

Christie’s. New York, NY. December 2, 2014.

Sotheby’s. New York, NY. December 2, 2014.

Christie’s. New York, NY. December 4, 2014.

PBA Galleries. San Francisco, CA. December 4, 2014. (See PBA Galleries ad on this page)

Swann Galleries. New York, NY. December 4, 2014. (See Swann ad on this page)

National Book Auctions. Ithaca, NY. December 7, 2014.

Sotheby’s. London, England. December 9, 2014.

Bonham’s. New York, NY. December 9–10, 2014.

Swann Galleries. New York, NY. December 11, 2014. (See Swann ad on this page)

Swann Galleries. New York, NY. December 17, 2014. (See Swann ad on this page)

Sotheby’s. Paris, France. December 18, 2014.

PBA Galleries. San Francisco, CA. December 18, 2014. (See PBA Galleries ad on this page)

National Book Auctions. Ithaca, NY. January 4, 2015.

Bonham’s. London, England. January 27–28, 2015.

Freeman’s. Philadelphia, PA. January 28, 2015. (See Freeman's ad on this page)

Letter from a Reader

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.

This move will be helpful to the trade in several ways.  The concentration of these events within two contiguous Manhattan city blocks will allow exhibitors at the ABAA event to visit the Shadow Show conveniently and stay longer, with no need to hire a taxi or deal with traffic.

Shadow Show exhibitors will be able to facilitate easy delivery of purchases to the Armory, allowing ABAA exhibitors to shop & run.  For the Shadow Show exhibitor, the proximity of a NYPD Precinct that will be issuing parking permits will enhance the unloading and loading process. The exhibition space is well lit and easily accessible without stairs or elevators.

Exhibitors at the ABAA Show will receive an enhanced admission discount by wearing their ABAA show badge, and the visiting public will also benefit from the proximity of the two shows.

Flamingo Eventz has retained me to serve as liaison with any ABAA member who may have logistical questions.  I will be exhibiting at the Shadow Show and will supporting this effort in any way I can.

Some of the practical considerations that justify the shadow show concept:

Only members of the ABAA, may exhibit at the Armory Show.  Booth rents vary but are in the $5000 (1/2 booth) to $7500 (full booth) range, with tables and cases extra.  However, many ABAA dealers do not have the quality of books or the financial resources to sustain that level of expense.

Non-ABAA dealers, regardless of the quality of their material or their financial resources may not exhibit at the ABAA Show, so the obvious question that begs to be asked is “what opportunities exist for these booksellers”?  The equally obvious answer – a conveniently located Shadow Show.

The Shadow Show is another book fair open to all members of the trade and much shorter and far less expensive to participate in.  Booth rents vary but generally range from $750-1500, with tables included, glass cases extra.  In the past, booksellers from the ABAA event as well as the book-buying public, have attended these shows in large numbers.

What makes for a great shadow show event?  Essentially a shadow show is based on location, hours, cost, the booksellers who participate, and the ease with which any ABAA exhibitor or member of the public may attend the event without undue sacrifice in time, distance or expense.

In 2015 another event, in addition to the ABAA Show & The Shadow Show has been scheduled.  The Shadow Show will be across the street from the ABAA Show, approximately 200 feet from the Park Avenue Armory, with no stairs to negotiate, and while self-loading is allowed, porters will be available. The other event is being held in a basement at 83rd St & Park Avenue, 16 blocks north of the Armory.  According to reports there is no elevator at the 83rd St. location and loading in must be handled by a crew in order to negotiate the steep staircase.  The date and times of both shows are the about the same – Saturday, April 11, from 8am to 4pm. The Shadow Show booth rents have been maintained at 2014 levels,  approximately $1000.

At this time early lists of dealers contain several double participants (ABAA exhibitors that exhibit at both events) with a fair mix of both ABAA and non-ABAA members. The Shadow Show also has the Fine Press section that proved so successful last year. That portion of the show has been sold out, but the lists will continue to change in the near future. The Shadow Show and the Park Avenue Armory (ABAA) Fair are not only conveniently close to each other, but there will be a delivery service to get larger quantities of purchases to the ABAA event.

See you in New York this April!

Garry R. Austin
Austin’s Antiquarian Books Offers Assistance to Booksellers Affected by Closure of UKBookworld is extending a special offer to the booksellers left without websites after the closure of UKBookworld on August 31, 2014. Booksellers who were listing on UKBookworld can register to list their inventory on and pay only 7.5% commission and zero monthly fees for the first 3 months to help them get started. [More about membership tiers and bookseller sign-up:]

UKBookworld was known as the British marketplace for scholarly and collectible old, rare and out-of-print books. Before its closure earlier this year, UKBookworld provided a venue for booksellers to create an inexpensive, commission-free personal website for their listings. is the UK site for, the world's largest independent online book marketplace. Biblio offers its dealers commission-free dealer to dealer sales, inventory management, a wants-matching system, wish lists, and secure payment processing.

Customers who visit the UKBookworld site today are redirected to in order to help them find desired books from independent bookshops. Booksellers who listed their inventory on can have their own UKBookworld site address redirected to their inventory on by contacting Biblio bookseller support.

Biblio is one of the world's leading sources for textbooks, used books, and rare books. Established in 2003, Biblio has grown to become one of the largest global book marketplaces, with over 100 million books for sale from more than 4,500 bookstores and booksellers in countries around the world. Biblio is wholly owned and operated by Biblio, Inc., a privately held company with a commitment to a triple bottom line, in part through both its environmental program, ecosend, and its work with Biblio Charitable Works, Inc.;; and


California International Antiquarian Book Fair

The world’s preeminent celebration of the written and printed word returns to Northern California next year at a new venue in downtown Oakland.  The 48th California International Antiquarian Book Fair will run from Friday, February 6 through Sunday, February 8, 2015 at the Oakland Marriott City Center.

Sponsored by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), the three-day event is the world’s largest antiquarian book fair with more than 200 booksellers from ...more

Morgan Showcases the 13th Century Crusader Bible

The Crusader Bible is one of the most extraordinary illuminated manuscripts ever created, renowned for its unrivaled and boldly colored illustrations and for its fascinating history. The work brings Old Testament stories to life in bright images replete with medieval castles, towns, and battling knights in armor, all set in thirteenth-century France. On view beginning October 17, this exhibition offers visitors the rare opportunity to view over forty folios from the disbound manuscript, the work of seven unknown artists who were clearly masters in their day. The exhibition runs through January 4, 2015.
The provenance of the Crusader Bible is as intriguing as its artistry, and includes a trail running from France to Italy, Poland, Persia, Egypt, England, and finally, New York. Additionally, a selection of period artifacts and armor, on special loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will offer visitors tangible evidence of the objects depicted so dramatically in the book.

Within the context of other artistic commissions as well as the crusading activities of King Louis IX of France, a body of circumstantial evidence points to his patronage of the Crusader Bible. Stylistic and iconographic parallels occur in the decorative program of the Gothic Sainte-Chapelle, which Louis built to house the relics of Christ’s Passion. The biblical kings are especially emphasized in both the imagery of the Crusader Bible and at the Sainte-Chapelle; they are also intentionally shown in crusader armor. ...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

Latest Treasures from the Vault Series at the Morgan Opens September 9th

The Morgan is home to some of the world's greatest collections of medieval manuscripts, printed books and bindings, literary manuscripts, private letters and correspondence, and original music. Treasures from the Vault, an ongoing exhibition series, features works drawn from these diverse collections in the sumptuous setting of Pierpont Morgan's 1906 Library. In addition to illuminated manuscripts, music scores, and personal correspondence from the Morgan’s collection, this rotation — on view from September 9, 2014 through January 11, 2015 —features a selection of important American documents ...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

by John Huckans
The Iron Cage, a Review

The literature of the Nakba (expulsion and dispossession of the Palestinian people, starting on or about May 15, 1948) is extensive.  There are many published personal narratives such as Sari Nusseibeh’s Once Upon a Country (NY, Farrar, Straus, 2007) and Karl Sabbagh’s  Palestine, A Personal History (NY, Grove Press, 2007), unsparing historical accounts such as Israeli historian Ilan Pappe’s The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine (Oxford, OneWorld, 2006), and countless books and essays focusing on various aspects of the struggle. ...more

by Anthony Marshall
Melbourne Moments

I'm back in Melbourne! In the nine months since I was last here, there have been a few changes.  Lonely Planet, for instance. The world's largest travel-book publishing company, begun in Melbourne in the 1970s and sold to the BBC in 2007, has changed hands yet again. ...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 politicized these days that reasonable discussion has become almost impossible.  I happen to think that part of the issue is that people conflate the problem of 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 John Huckans
Enemies of Book Stores

Randolph Adams’ essay Libraries as Enemies of Books made something of a splash in academic and bookish circles when it appeared in Library Quarterly back in 1937.  His main complaint was centered on the trend in libraries and among librarians to de-emphasize books in favor of library house-keeping matters – called “library economy” at the time, later on “library science”.  Of course Adams would say that – he was mainly a scholar and political historian and later became the first director of the William Clements Library at the University of Michigan where he also served as a professor of history. ...more

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