New York International Antiquarian Book Fair (NYIABF) will return to the Park Avenue Armory for its 59th edition (March 7th-10th).
Featuring 217 of the finest US and international antiquarian book dealers (representing 16 countries), the fair will present a treasure trove of diverse material for seasoned connoisseurs and new collectors spanning rare books, maps, illuminated manuscripts, incunabula, fine bindings, illustrations, historical documents and print ephemera. Prices range from $50–$1,000,000+
We’ve combed through this year’s exhibitors and wanted to share some highlights that cannot be missed!
Just in time to celebrate Bauhaus’ 100th anniversary, a copy of the original Die Bühne im Bauhaus signed by author Oskar Schlemmer is being brought to the public market. Originally published as a textbook for the students of Bauhaus, Die Bühne im Bauhaus will be on view at Daniela Kromp Rare and Unique Books.
Stuart Lutz is bringing a unique letter signed by “John Kennedy” he wrote to Congresswoman Corrine B. Riley of South Carolina, thanking her for bringing him a Crucifix a week before the Cuban Missile Crisis began. There are almost no presidential letters mentioning his Catholicism, making this a rare find!
The oldest find at this year’s fair is an original and complete copy of the Lectura super V libris Decretaliumby famous Italian theologican and Archbishop of Palermo, Nicolas de Tudschis. Printed in 1482, the work features seven illuminated pages with miniatures and large floral borders presented by Meda Riquier Rare Books.
The crown jewel of this year’s fair is hoping to break the record for most expensive sale – priced at €1,800,000 ($2,034,000 USD)! Kotte Autographs is exhibiting an extraordinary personal collection of 115 musical manuscripts signed by the foremost Austrian musicologist of the 19th century, Aloys Fuchs. The works focus on the Viennese musical scene, including Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Lortzing, Bartholdy, Schubert, &Schuman.
Kubik Fine Books will focus much of their booth space this year on “Books for Budding Collectors,” an assortment of books priced at $100 or less! The collection features some of the highlights of the fair – including a first edition copy of The Wizard of Oz.
Most Punk Rock
Arthur Fournier is presenting a complete run of the proto-punk music fanzine Rock News International from January 1976 through September 1976. Published from Paris via New York by the founders of the legendary Parisian record shop Harry Cover, they document punk’s emergency on the NYC scene.