39th Annual Rochester Antiquarian Book Fair

The Rochester, NY Antiquarian Book Fair sponsored by the Rochester Area Booksellers Association took place on Saturday, September 10th at Minett Hall (Monroe County Fair Grounds).   Forty-five booksellers from New York State, Vermont, Massachusetts, and New Jersey were represented here, as well as booksellers from Ontario and Quebec, Canada.

2011 Rochester Antiquarian Book Fair

The sale was well-attended, with a full parking lot and many book browsers and purchasers, in spite of it being one of the most beautiful early autumn days imaginable.   Great weather is not always a friend to indoor book fairs!  It was gratifying to see lots of people shopping for books.

One of our first stops was at the booth of long-time bookseller James Brunner (Geneseo, NY).  We always enjoy talking with Jim — he invariably has interesting items to show us and a story or two to share.

Ron with Jim Brunner of James Brunner, Books - Geneseo, NY (shop is located in village of Livonia, NY)

There is something for everyone at the Rochester book fair — we saw items priced from $8.00 on up to $2500 and more.   There were plenty of categories of collectibles to choose from — beautiful prints and maps, Americana, first edition literature, decorated bindings, local and regional history, books about books, and just plain good reading material.

Jeffrey Bergman of Jeffrey Bergman Books  (Fort Lee, NJ) brought an intriguing  selection of Modern First Editions, including many hard to find titles that are favorites of mine in lovely condition — like Portrait of Jennie, A Night to Remember, and Arsenic and Old Lace.  He also offered many tempting author-signed copies.

 Jeffrey Bergman and Ron

Ken Kelbaugh of Before Your Quiet Eyes always offers interesting books and printed material.  We miss his open book shop on Monroe Avenue in Rochester, and we were pleased to hear he may be opening a shop there again in the future.   Ken has done so much to serve the Rochester Bibliophile Society.   And as you can see, he is always a fun guy to be around!

Ron and Ken Kelbaugh ham it up for the camera

Dennis Seekins of Quiet Friends (Lyndonville, NY) had a large display of books with great variety, including some great titles from one of our favorite areas – travel & adventure narratives.  He cheerfully endured Ron’s deal-making!

Dennis Seekins (seated) of Quiet Friends

William Colangelo of The Book Corner (Lima, NY) had some decorated American trade bindings we couldn’t leave behind, and Franlee Frank of Greenwood Books (who works diligently to organize this fair) brought not only a great selection of books, but a huge tray of delectable cookies as well!  Thanks Fran — those cookies helped fuel us while we shopped.

Here are some of the purchases we made at the fair:

It was a great day at the 2011 Rochester Antiquarian Book Fair!

Visit the Rochester Area Booksellers Association  for more information on booksellers in our area and upcoming events.



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