The New York International Antiquarian Book Fair Opening: April 21-24

Photo by Meredith Nierman Photography, Courtesy of The New York International Antiquarian Book Fair

Calling all book fans and history buffs in New York City: A major antiquarian book fair has just announced dates for 2022.

The New York International Antiquarian Book Fair returns April 21-24 at Park Avenue Armory in Brooklyn, where nearly 200 exhibitors from around the world will showcase a wealth of antiques in a hugely personal event. Representing 14 different countries such as Japan, Italy and the Czech Republic, the stands display artifacts such as manuscripts, rare books, old historical archives and prints.

The many valuable items of interest range from the much sought-after first editions of books to historical archives and objects. This year’s show includes a copy of the first edition of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; or, The modern Prometheus and rare editions of Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis and the novel by Emily Bronte Wuthering Heightsas well as the Earth’s first photograph from the Moon and a prized note written by Abraham Lincoln.

Photo by Meredith Nierman Photography, Courtesy of The New York International Antiquarian Book Fair

Art, science, medicine, history and fashion are just some of the areas the fair will cover through its antiquarian booksellers. Attendees and collectors alike will be able to view a variety of age-old documents and books, the value of which ranges from an accessible price of $50 to millions of dollars.

After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the show organizers are excited about the in-person event. “We are thrilled and fortunate to be able to hold the book fair in person this year and return to the Park Avenue Armory after two years without scholarship,” said Sanford Smith, the founder of Sanford L. Smith + Associates, which produces and manages the fair. “We expect this to be a highlight of New York’s spring art calendar. We also expect a big turnout with exhibitors and visitors from around the world eager to experience some of the incredible offerings we have in store this year.”

This year marks the 62nd edition of the fair, which will welcome 99 new booksellers to the Park Avenue Armory location. A full list of participating booksellers can be found here. Daily admission is $30, and students who show a valid ID at the door can get a discounted ticket for $10. For more information, visit the New York International Antiquarian Book Fair website.

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