There’s still time – the New York Antiquarian Book Fair is on through the weekend at the Park Avenue Armory.
Thanks to the generosity of Sunday and Josh at B&B Rare Books, Ltd. we reveled among the 200+ exhibitors and international literati at Thursday evening’s opening reception. Books. Champagne. Conviviality. Oh, and if Sunday is in attendance, couture:
So many treasures to behold. As we grazed through the miles of aisles of booths, we noted exhibitors from Maine to California to Japan, Russia, Italy, France and The Netherlands. I swooned over a first edition of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night, took giddy delight in some exquisite 18th century gold-stamped paper from Germany, admired letters written in the hand of everyone from Napoleon to James Thurber, marveled at huge tomes overflowing with illustrations of flora and fauna and puzzled over various artifacts including an antique toy kitchen, complete with a chicken in every pot.
There is truly something for everyone. First editions of Ulysses for the flush; $20 reproductions of Japanese art for the rest of us.
And tomorrow, Sunday, is Discovery Day, where, for the price of admission to the Fair, you can bring your own “treasure” to be professionally evaluated. After you discover the true value of that volume that was gathering dust in your attic, may I suggest a celebratory lunch or dinner at nearby Vaucluse. The white asparagus is to die for:
Oh, but don’t forget to pack a warm coat. It’s just a bit chilly in NYC this week…