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Book History and Book Fairs in Boston this weekend!

The 43rd Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair will take place this weekend, one of the oldest and most respected antiquarian book shows in the country. But not the only bibliophile event in Boston!
Published on 13 Nov. 2019

A visit to Boston is like a journey through the history of the USA. The cosmopolitan capital of Massachusetts is a true melting pot of art, history and culture and home to Harvard University and MIT. Residents and booksellers are delighted to share it with visitors.



For 43 years, the Boston Antiquarian Book Fair has been a fixture in the American and international book fair calendar. In 2019, a total of 132 American and international bookdealers will exhibit at this iconic fair, making it one of the largest rare book events worldwide. (See exhibitor listing here)

A large number of events is organised each year and gives a glimpse of the cultural offerings of the city. 

Meghan Melvin, Curator of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston will give the audience an insight into the art of illustrator Kay Nielson;

Author Paul di Filippo (“Fifteen Thousand Volumes of Fantastika”), poet Todd Hearon (“The Poet’s Hand: A Collection of Signed and Rare Volumes from Pope to the Present”) and historian Christopher F. Minty (“Paper Trail Curiosities”) will discuss their work at the Ticknor Society's Round Table on Saturday. The Ticknor Society, Boston's organization of book collectors, booksellers, librarians, historians, archivists, conservators, printers, publishers, writers, and all lovers and readers of books and a regular contributor to the Boston Antiquarian Book Fair. 


And why not attend one of the many lectures, organised by the Book History Department of Harvard University? 

*From Lists to Links: New Directions in Black Bibliography. A Working Conference

11/14/2019 10:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall, Yale University

Access and Preservation in Libraries and Archives Conference Review

11/14/2019 12:15pm to 12:45pm

Location: 90 Mt. Auburn Street, Room 021, Cambridge MA (RSVP)

Fan Wang (Comparative Literature, UMass Amherst): "Agency in the Margins: Readers and Book-collectors in Late Imperial China"

Five College Faculty Seminar on Book History
11/14/2019 4:00pm

Location: The Arthur F. Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, UMass Amherst, 650 E Pleasant St, Amherst, MA 01002

All events are listed here


The popular satellite fair, the Boston Book Print and Ephemera Fair will take place on 16 November at the Back Bay Events Center. 

Information here


One of the US's oldest independent libraries and cultural institutions, the Boston Athenaeum runs regular events and exhibitions. 

Boston Athenaeum

The current major exhibition Required Reading: Reimagining a Colonial Library, showcases and interprets the King’s Chapel Library Collection, one of the surviving treasures of 17th century Boston. Visitors are invited to explore the city's colonial history, the fine crafts of bookbinding and furniture-making, and the meaning of “essential knowledge.”

All information can be found here

Booksellers of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America and affiliates of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers welcome bibliophiles this weekend to the city of Boston!

For more information about the 43rd Boston International Book Fair, please follow this link. 

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