Great Books and a Lot of Fun at the York Book & Paper Fair

Ron and I made a pleasant journey on Easter weekend to southern Pennsylvania.  We had visited the York Emporium to purchase books over the years, but had never attended the York Book and Paper Fair and decided to make the trip this year.  I’m so glad we did!  It turned out to be one of our favorite book fairs.  Over 50 dealers came together on Saturday, March 30th, 2013 at the 59th Annual York Book and Paper Fair in York, Pennsylvania.   The event is organized by Pam and Jim Lewin of The York Emporium, and they do a terrific job.  This year the fair was held in the beautiful  Ballroom of the Roses at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in York, which was spacious, well-lit and provided very comfortable surroundings for both buyers and sellers .

Holiday Inn Conference Center in York, PA

Holiday Inn Conference Center in York, PA

Catherine Petruccione (me) and Jim Lewin of The York Emporium.  Jim and his wife Pam organized the fair -- Pam was back at their book shop running their sale!

Catherine Petruccione (me) and Jim Lewin of The York Emporium. Jim and his wife Pam organized the fair — Pam was back at the book shop running their sale!

Mary, left rear, was doing a great job of running the check-in table out front, along were her son and his friend.  I'm sorry I didn't get your last name Mary, but you were so friendly and helpful!

Mary, left rear, was doing a great job of running the check-in table out front, along with her son and his friend. I’m sorry I didn’t get your last name Mary, but you were so welcoming and helpful!

There was quality and variety here, with price ranges to satisfy everyone from frugal readers to serious collectors and big spenders.

Here’s a lovely book from the booth of Wilfrid M. de Freitas,Bookseller, of Montreal:

The Story of the Heavens, by Sir Robert Ball

The Story of the Heavens, by Sir Robert Ball

Wilfrid also had a beautiful first edition of A. Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles, among many other fine offerings.

Wilfrid M. de Freitas, Bookseller (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

Wilfrid M. de Freitas, Bookseller (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

We were glad to see one of our favorite booksellers, Jean B. Gonzalez of Somewhere in Time, St. James, NY, who always has interesting collectible books in beautiful condition.

Jean Gonzalez of Somewhere in Time...and me.

Jean Gonzalez of Somewhere in Time…and me.

Here we have a fellow bookseller coming over to beat him up on prices:

Booksellers having fun!

Booksellers having fun!

This is one of the many lovely books we purchased from Jean:

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The Panchronicon, by Harold Steele Mackay. (NY: Scribner, 1904.)

Jesse and Sarah Brubacher (me in the middle) of Jesse H. Brubacher books, Stevens, Pennsylvania.

Jesse and Sarah Brubacher (me in the middle) of Jesse H. Brubacher books, Stevens, Pennsylvania.

Jesse H. Brubacher and his wife Sarah (above) had a tempting selection of books at reasonable prices.  We happily purchased a box full of some nice decorated bindings and favorite old books in well preserved dust jackets.  They are a fun couple who have been in the business for many years and have wonderful stories and a great sense of humor.

Below is Dennis Lauchman of Butternut Valley Books.  Ron threw a little scare into him first thing in the morning in the parking lot by asking, “Is this where the car show is being held today?”

Dennis E. Lauchman of Butternut Valley Books, Gilbertsville, NY

Dennis E. Lauchman of Butternut Valley Books, Gilbertsville, NY

I didn’t snap a photo at the booth of E. Christian Mattson Antiques and Books from Baltimore, Maryland, I was too busy selecting books from his tables.  And there were many more excellent book dealers …but by this time Ron was tiring of taking photos of me with my arm around them!  I had a good run though, tee-hee.

There were also dealers in ephemera, vinyl (with some really nice music playing), and bookbinders, Advantage Book Binding Inc. of Glen Burnie, Maryland.

After the Fair we drove over to the York Emporium, just a a mile or two away.  Don’t let the small entrance fool you…this place is huge and home to hundreds of thousands of used books.  And the parking lot was full, with lots of buyers inside.

The York Emporium, Used Books, 343 West Market St., York, PA

The York Emporium, Used Books, 343 West Market St., York, PA

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We made some nice selections here too, including a signed Mickey Spillane first edition.

This is not quite the end of the story…I’ll get back to you soon with the last part of our springtime Pennsylvania adventure!

 

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  1. Thanks for the Blog. At last you show a pic of just EACTLY what type of book I look for…. The Panchronicon. Rats! I have it already. But it is great you have something I can point to. Please quote “similar” books, great stamped bindings, weird books mean weird covers, great example 1895 to 1915 there-abouts. No Victorians please. Good luck. More later I am sure. Cheers, John lehner aka binderfinder

    • Hi John,
      I knew you would be familiar with The Panchronicon. Glad to hear you have a copy though. I understand what you are looking for, and I’m tracking them down. But as you know, they are challenging! I’ll get back to you soon. Thanks for reading!!
      – Cathy


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