Press Release  March 2, 2022

The New York International Antiquarian Book Fair Returns

Productive Arts

Valentina Kulagina, detail of Female Shock-workers Strengthen the Shock Brigades, Master Technology, and Increase the Ranks of the Proletarian Specialists, 1931. Lithograph.

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, 2022, for its 62nd Edition.

The NYIABF is a cultural mainstay in the city and is proud to return as a highlight of the Spring cultural calendar in New York City and the New York region at large. 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.

Productive Arts

Valentina Kulagina, detail of Female Shock-workers Strengthen the Shock Brigades, Master Technology, and Increase the Ranks of the Proletarian Specialists, 1931. Lithograph.

Universally referred to as the world’s finest antiquarian book fair, NYIABF is thrilled to 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 States and will welcome exhibitors from 14 different countries. An impressive number of US exhibitors also highlight the incredible wealth of material available stateside. Exhibitors will present a vast treasure trove of items: rare books, maps, illuminated manuscripts, incunabula, fine bindings, illustrations, historical documents, prints and print ephemera.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 LLC, Cleveland Book Company, Daniel / Oliver Gallery, Evening Star Books, First Edition Rare Books, LLC, 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 to millions.

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