Book lovers rejoice! The 53rd annual Antiquarian Book Fair opened in New York on Thursday evening. Bigger and better than ever, this year's edition features an unprecedented 200+ dealers from across North American and around the world.
The variety is staggering - stands specializing in everything from illustrated artists' books to Presidential autographs, modern first editions to rare antique maps - offer something for just about everyone. Indeed, this year's offerings were by far the most diverse and in-depth I've ever seen and it was a real pleasure to browse the aisles to see what treasures could be found.
Aside from the usual "kings" of the rare book world, there were many first time exhibitors with wonderful goods for sale. My favorite new discovery was London dealer Natalie Galustian whose display focused on books about cocktails and poker, complete with shakers and cards! But there was so much to see I had to keep moving. I must admit, I did not go home empty handed, nor did most of the bibliophiles who cannot resist the lure of the printed page. Which goes to show that even in this age of Kindle, the printing press lives!