BOSTON INTERNATIONAL ANTIQUARIAN BOOK FAIR CELEBRATES 40TH ANNIVERSARY
The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair celebrates its 40th Anniversary at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston’s Back Bay, October 28-30, 2016.
For the anniversary, organizers are offering free admission on Saturday and Sunday to encourage a broader audience to attend this rare literary event that happens in only two other U.S. cities annually. Attendees will experience the vast selection of rare and collectible books, modern first editions, fine and decorative prints, photographs, manuscripts and pop culture ephemera that has been delighting loyal audiences for years.
More than 120 dealers from the United States, England, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Denmark and Australia will exhibit and sell all weekend. Whether just browsing or buying, patrons will find something for every taste and budget—books on art, politics, travel, gastronomy, science, sport, natural history, gardening, literature, music, and children’s books—that will appeal to bibliophiles and first-timers alike.
SPECIAL EVENTS 2016
Collecting the Boston Music Scene: 1976-2016:
A curated exhibition of a select group of one-of-a-kind items from the vast David Bieber Archives of Boston music memorabilia
On display all weekend
Typewriter Rodeo: a group of poets who create custom poems on vintage typewriters
Saturday, 10/29, 2:00-5:00pm
Talk by Boston College English professor Paul Lewis on Edgar Allen Poe and the rediscovery of Boston’s citizen poets after the American Revolution
Sunday, 10/30, 12:30pm
The 15th Annual Ticknor Society Roundtable: a panel discussion of professional librarians from New York and New England talking about their own personal collections.
Saturday, 10/29, 3:00pm
FREE Expert Appraisals:
Bring your books, maps, and ephemera to get expert appraisals on the value of your items. You might find you have a valuable treasure!
Sunday, 10/30, 1:00-3:00pm
DISCOVERY: Starting Your Own Collection:
Panel Discussion – A rare opportunity to ask the experts the best way to start your own collection. Afterwards, shop the Fair and visit our “Discovery” exhibitors for items under $100 to help you begin your collection.
Saturday, 10/29, 1:00pm
Visit www.bostonbookfair.com for complete event listings.
Among the highlighted items for sale will be rare and first editions of works by James Baldwin, Jonathan Swift, Stephen King, Toni Morrison, Lewis Carroll, and Sylvia Plath; a souvenir program and scorecard for the 1915 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies, won by Boston in five games and Babe Ruth’s first as a rookie; a rare original watercolor drawing by British artist Arthur Rackham; one of the earliest printed works in the world, Hyakumanto Dharani, a 1250 year old relic of East Asian high culture; Albert Einstein’s childhood building blocks; signed photos from the horror films The Exorcist, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Psycho; Elvis Presley’s first record; two sketchbooks by the renowned Ukrainian-born Jewish-American sculptor and graphic artist Chaim Gross; a very unusual autographed press book for the 1968 legendary film Night of the Living Dead; the original watercolor painting depicting Hogwarts, for the British edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets; a masterfully illustrated Japanese version of Don Quixote; and a signed & inscribed photo of legendary illusionist Harry Houdini.