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Published on 24 Jan. 2012


Why visit one book fair if you can visit two?


51st Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair - 27th to 29th January 2012

A very attractive and high-class offer by 80 exhibitors from Germany, France, Italy, Great Britain, the USA, Austria, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Hungary: The 51st Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair will be held on the last weekend of January, in the elegant rooms of the Württemberg Art Museum, opposite to the Palace, next to the Palace Garden and directly in the city centre of Stuttgart.

Beauty for the Eye and the Intellect

From the masters of medieval book illumination to avant-garde, Galileo Galilei next to Marcel Proust, Thomas Bernhard and James Bond. Middle Ages and modernity, science and aesthetics, beauty for the eye and the intellect: The fascination of collecting lies in the manifold subjects, and therein lies the charm of the 51st Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair.

Some Highlights

A sumptous Bolognese Bible for Carmelites

Written shortly after 1300 and illuminated by Jacopino da Reggio (Tenschert 850,000 €)

Napoleon's copy of McPherson's "Ossian"

On all journeys and campaigns the Emperor carried this book with him and he used to read from it to his entourage.(Fons Blavus 150,000 €)

A milestone in medicine

Bernard de Gordon's "Lilium medicinae",  in a southern French manuscript dated 1332 (Inlibris 185,000 €) 


"Vinculum Salomonis", scrolls with magical diagrams and symbols, seals and figures, drawn in different coloured ink and gold (Loecker 5.600 €)

Dogs on sleds!

"Cartes Surrealiste" (Eckert & Kaun 2,200 €), "Au 125 du boulevard Saint-Germain" with an original etching by Max Ernst (Linke 20,000 €) and other manifestos of Avant-Garde and Surrealism

Dogs pulling sleds!

First editions of travel accounts to the Arctic and Antarctic (Brockhaus/Antiquarium), and other rare books on travel and exploration like Mercator's monumental atlas (Alberto Govi 55,000 €)

Renaissance masterworks

De Bry's famous "Collectiones Peregrinationum in Indiam Occidentalem" (Patzer & Trenkle 90,000 €) and Andreas Vesalius' "De humani corporis fabrica libri septem" with over 200 woodcuts (Meda Riquier 59,000 €)

Omai's handwriting!

The only existing document that contains a sample of Omai's handwriting who was the first Pacific Islander to visit Europe after joining James Cooks' expedition (Eigl 75,000 €)

"A qualified return to the gold standard would be practicable for most countries"

John Maynard Keynes' and Karl Marx' analysis of the world financial crises (Kotte 5,000 € and 68,000 €)

Many more prestigious manuscripts, unique autographs, beautiful prints, magnificent bindings and rare masterpieces of more than 500 years of book art and printing are to be seen at the 51st Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair from 27th to 29th January 2012. Browse the Fair Catalogue!

Exhibition and Lecture

A Private Collector Opens His Library - Thomas Mann - Dedication Copies

Achim Hall opens his library and presents the most prestigious items of his collection. A richly illustrated catalogue tells the stories of the persons and historical events behind the dedication copies. 

Book Fair Hours

27th January, 11 am - 7.30 pm

28th - 29th January, 11 am - 6 pm

Stuttgart, Württembergischer Kunstverein

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45th California International Antiquarian Book Fair - 10th to 12th February 2012

"It's impossible to walk through the aisles of the Book Fair without being wowed by the visual beauty and cultural significance of the volumes on display. First time visitors are amazed that they can browse, touch and even go home with items that they imagine could only be found in a museum or special collections library." (Michael R. Thompson)

Dazzling With Rare and Beautiful Treasures

Southern California will become the rare book capital of the world as thousands of book lovers, U.S. and international dealers and scholars converge for the one of the world's largest and most prestigious exhibitions of antiquarian books: the 45th California International Antiquarian Book Fair at the Pasadena Convention Center.

More than 200 booksellers will offer books on the history of music, travel and exploration, early science and medicine, technology and manufacture, law and commerce, fine bindings, children's books, literature and the arts. There will be first editions of 20th century literature, complete with dust jackets and superb illustrated books in fine condition. There will be books with remarkable typography and books with original engravings and prints by renowned masters like Rembrandt, Picasso, and Miró. Items range in price from a few dollars to more than six figures. Click here to see a list of exhibitors and specialities.

A Love Affair with Books: Personal Stories of Noted Collectors

A colorful, wide-ranging exhibit spotlights legendary library builders and contemporary Southern California book lovers including: railroad magnate Henry Huntington, philanthropist William Andrews Clark, Jr., actress Sarah Michelle Gellar as well as the Ward Richie Collection, the Lawrence Clark Powell Collection and many others.

Book Fair Seminars and Lectures

The California Antiquarian Book Fair also includes seminars on the basics of collecting and various themed topics. Among them:

Jefferson's Legacy: Building the Rare Book Collections at the Library of Congress

A talk by Library of Congress Chief of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Mark Dimunation.

A Love Affair with Books

Panel discussion about building collections featuring Tony Bill, Kenneth Turan and Mary Murphy. Moderated by TV/radio personality Patt Morrison.

Book Collecting 101

Presented by Katy Carter, Brad Johnson and Carol Sandberg. Noted rare booksellers will provide a speed course on the essentials you need to know to start collecting.

Topics and Problems in IRS Appraisals

The process of appraisal and the problems in determining fair market value. Presented by Charles Goldsmid and Sheryl Jaeger.

Discovery Day

Sunday, February 12 is Discovery Day, which gives attendees the opportunity to present up to three items to experts for free examination.


Book Fair Hours

10th February, 3 pm - 8 pm

11th February, 11 am - 7 pm

12th February, 11 am to 5 pm

Pasadena Convention Center

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