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 .
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:
Wilfrid also had a beautiful first edition of A. Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles, among many other fine offerings.
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.
Here we have a fellow bookseller coming over to beat him up on prices:
This is one of the many lovely books we purchased from Jean:
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?”
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.
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!