Press Release  March 2, 2020

Antiquarian Book Fair Features One of a Kind Rarities


Oracle Fan

NEW YORK (NY): 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 by Sanford L. Smith + Associates—is proud to celebrate its benchmark 60th Anniversary Edition at the Park Avenue Armory from March 5-8, 2020. Universally referred to as the world’s finest antiquarian book fair, NYIABF is the highlight of the spring calendar for bibliophiles, collectors of the curious and quirky, scholars, connoisseurs and enthusiastic laymen alike. More than 200 exhibitors will present a vast treasure trove of material: rare books, maps, illuminated manuscripts, incunabula, fine bindings, illustrations, historical documents, rare prints and print ephemera.


J. de Pian and L. Müller, Vienna, 1842-44, Architectural picture alphabet. Twenty-six color lithographs, each of which has a large letter of the alphabet fully incorporated as part of the internal decoration or architectural structure of various buildings, set in realistic landscapes. The buildings range from traditional European domestic architecture to exotic Babylonian and Egyptian temples, Moorish mosques, Indian porticoes adorned with stone elephants, and a Chinese palace. The illustrations directly reference many periods and styles of art and architecture, including the Classical, Baroque, Eclectic, Gothic, and Romantic movements.

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 unique offerings at more accessible price points. Prices range from $50-$1,000,000.

In its 60th Anniversary Edition, NYIABF continues to uphold the finest tradition of material culled from American and international antiquarian booksellers. In addition to 10 U.S. book-sellers, NYIABF enjoys strong international participation with booksellers hailing from the United Kingdom (38), France (19), Germany (8), Italy (8), The Netherlands (5), Austria (4), Argentina (3), Switzerland (3), Spain (2), Denmark (2), Canada (2), Japan (2), Australia (1), Belgium (1), Czech Republic (1), Hungary (1) and Sweden (1).

See a list of exhibitors here.

Press Preview
Thursday, March 5 | 4pm
Preview Night
Thursday, March 5 | 5pm-9pm
Daily Hours
Friday, March 6 | 12pm-8pm
Saturday, March 7 | 12pm – 7pm
Sunday, March 8 | 12pm-5pm


Eric Carle, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. New York: The World Publishing Company, 1969. First edition, first printing, first issue. Signed “with love” and with a doodle by Eric Carle on the verso of the title-spread. Through correspondence with the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, we have confirmed that our item is a true first issue of the first edition, which was printed in Japan, as indicated by several points. Collated perfect with Carle’s own copy (described in the Grolier Children’s 100).

Special Event - Discovery Day
Sunday, March 8 | 1pm-3pm
A NYIABF tradition, Discovery Day offers ticketed visitors the opportunity to bring their own rare books, manuscripts, maps, etc. (up to 5 items) Exhibitors will be on hand to offer expert advice and free appraisals.

Preview Pass: $60 (Includes one daily re-admission)
Daily Admission: $25
Students: $10 (with valid ID - at the door only)
Run of Show: $45 (at door only)
Park Avenue Armory
643 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10065 
New York International Antiquarian Book Fair

About Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA)
The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America was founded in 1949 to promote interest in rare and antiquarian books and book collecting, and to foster collegial relations. We strive to maintain the highest standards in the trade. All members agree to abide by the ABAA's Code of Ethics. While our members sell, buy, and appraise books and printed matter, our staff can assist
you with finding a bookseller and with other trade-related matters.

International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB)
International League of Antiquarian Booksellers whose official languages are English and French, is a non-profit organization, with its legal location in Geneva. ILAB represents twenty-two national rare book associations representing thirty-six countries and around 1,800 individual affiliates worldwide. It strives to uphold and improve professional standards in the trade, to promote honorable conduct in business, and to contribute in various ways to a broader appreciation of the history and art of the book. ILAB affiliates share a worldwide reputation for high quality, knowledge, expertise and experience and adhere to ILAB's Code of Usages and Customs.

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