Posted on April 11, 2014
Considered the most prestigious show of its kind in the United States, the New York Antiquarian Book Fair is a gathering of some 200 top booksellers, showing off their literary treasures to institutions like Harvard, Yale, and the Library of Congress.
“Great pride is taken when you turn up something wonderful and put it on at the show,” says Donald Heald, director of the fair and owner of Donald A. Heald Rare Books. “That’s an exciting moment — that someone has an inscribed copy of Gone with the Wind or a copy of The Federalist Papers or a magnificent, illuminated Bible.”
Past fairs have seen prized pieces like a rare copy of T.S. Eliot’s poems (featuring early stage, uncorrected text), a first issue of Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, and a valuable first edition of Game of Thrones. In this month’s Rhapsody, we looked at some highlights from the fair’s 54th iteration, which takes place this year from April 4 to 6 at the Park Avenue Armory.
Read the story in Rhapsody to see these pricey pages.