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The 59th New York International Antiquarian Book Fair (NYIABF) Return to the Park Avenue Armory

The 59th New York International Antiquarian Book Fair (NYIABF) Return to the Park Avenue Armory

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and new collectors spanning rare books, maps, illuminated manuscripts, incunabula, fine bindings, illustrations, historical documents and print ephemera.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! 

Most Timely
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.

Quirkest
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!

Oldest
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

Most Expensive
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.

Least Expensive
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.

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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