Published: February 15, 2022
NEW YORK CITY – The New York International Antiquarian Book Fair (NYIABF) – officially sanctioned by Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA) and International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) and produced and managed by Sanford L. Smith + Associates – is making its much-anticipated return to the Park Avenue Armory from April 21-24 for its 62nd edition.
Returning to the in-person format in a time when print books and ephemera have mattered more than ever and continue to serve as a source of comfort and escape during a period of uncertainty, the fair has never been more relevant.
NYIABF will showcase nearly 200 exhibitors this year from around the world, continuing to live up to its reputation as a highly international fair. This year, as world travel restrictions are lifted, the fair organizers are working closely with their international dealers to ensure a seamless return to the United States and will welcome exhibitors from 14 different countries. A number of US exhibitors also highlight the wealth of material available stateside. Exhibitors will present rare books, maps, illuminated manuscripts, incunabula, fine bindings, illustrations, historical documents, prints and print ephemera.
Several of the 2022 exhibitors have participated in the NYIABF since its inception, attesting to the fair’s longevity and relevance to its dealers and audiences. However, the fair continues to attract new antiquarian booksellers and attendees as it evolves, welcoming 19 new exhibitors this year, including Auger Down Books, Autographes des Siècles, Brenner’s Books – Rare & Collectable, Bull’s Head Rare Books, Cleveland Book Company, Daniel / Oliver Gallery, Evening Star Books, First Edition Rare Books, Johnson Rare Books, Le Bookiniste, Le Zograscope, Liberty Book Store, lizzyoung bookseller, Riverrun Books & Manuscripts, Stéphane Clavreuil Rare Books Ltd, studio montespecchio di jan van der donk, Temple Rare Books, Voewood Rare Books and William Chrisant & Sons.
The fair’s specialties encompass art, science, medicine, literature, history, gastronomy, fashion, first editions, Americana, philosophy, children’s books and much more. From the historic and academic, the religious and spiritual – to the bedrock of secular culture, finance, politics – the fair boasts offerings in every conceivable genre and subject.
In recent years, NYIABF has increasingly captured the attention of young collectors seeking one-of-a-kind offerings at more accessible price points. Prices range from $50 and goes up to the millions.
In its 62nd Edition, in addition to 99 US booksellers, NYIABF enjoys strong international participation with booksellers hailing from the United Kingdom (32), France (19), Italy (8), Germany (5), The Netherlands (4), Austria (3), Denmark (2), Spain (1), Argentina (1), Canada (1), Czech Republic (1), Georgia (1), Hungary (1) and Japan (1)
A full list of exhibitors may be found at www.nyantiquarianbookfair.com/dealers.
Preview: $60 (includes one daily readmission); daily admission: $30; students: $10 (with valid ID – at the door only); run of show: $45 (at door only); special event – Discovery Day – Sunday, April 24 1 to 3 pm. A NYIABF tradition, Discovery Day offers ticketed visitors the opportunity to bring their own rare books, manuscripts, maps, etc. (up to five items) Exhibitors will be on hand to offer expert advice and free appraisals.
The Park Avenue Armory is at 643 Park Avenue. For information, www.nyantiquarianbookfair.com or 212-777-5218.
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