2013 Rochester Antiquarian Book Fair

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41st Annual Rochester Antiquarian Book Fair –  Main Street Armory, Rochester, NY

On Saturday, September 7, 2013, we came as buyers to the 41st Annual Rochester, NY Antiquarian Book Fair.  Although we are members of the Rochester Area Booksellers Association, we did not exhibit.  We caught some flack for not participating as sellers(!) — our excuse is that we can never quite pull it together to exhibit at book fairs, as we seem to have so much on our plate, particularly in Autumn when this fair occurs.  When I retire from my college job, we will be there!  Honestly, it was a terrific book fair this year and I was wishing we had a booth.

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This year the fair moved from it’s usual location at the Monroe County Fair grounds to the beautiful and historic Main Street Armory, across from the Auditorium Theatre.  Forty-seven book dealers from eleven states and Canada came together to display their books.

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There was a good crowd of book browsers and buyers the whole day.  We browsed, bought and visited for over four hours; the parking area was full when we arrived a little before noon, nearly every book dealer seemed busy with customers, and people were still coming in as we left at about 4:15pm.

We liked the new venue, and other seemed to like it, too — it was spacious, yet more library-like and an appropriate setting for beautiful old books.

Booksellers offered a nice variety of books in all genres, maps, prints and other book related items.

Jonathan Smalter, Vice President, IOBA and owner of Yesterday's Muse Books in Webster, NY with fiancee Kristine Rinebold.  Congratulations to a really nice couple!

Jonathan Smalter, Vice President, IOBA and owner of Yesterday’s Muse Books in Webster, NY with
fiancee Kristine Rinebold.  The wedding is next June — congratulations to a really nice couple!

A lovely little set of Shakespeare's works in it's original box - offered by Jonathan Smalter of Yesterday's Muse

A lovely little set of Shakespeare’s works in its original box – offered by Jonathan Smalter of Yesterday’s Muse

John and Douglas Westerberg of Yankee Peddler Bookshop - Sodus Point, NY

John and Douglas Westerberg of Yankee Peddler Bookshop – Sodus Point, NY

Here are a few of the beautiful books we purchased at the Fair:

The Little Tea Book, by Arthur Gray (NY: The Baker and Taylor Co., 1903)

The Little Tea Book, by Arthur Gray (NY: The Baker and Taylor Co., 1903)

Frontispiece from "The Little Tea Book"

Frontispiece from “The Little Tea Book”

Japanese Art, by Sadakichi Hartmann. (Boston: L. C. Page & Co., 1907)

Japanese Art, by Sadakichi Hartmann. (Boston: L. C. Page & Co., 1907). Binding design by Amy Richards.

Frontispiece in "Japanese Art"

Frontispiece in “Japanese Art”

Wigwam Stories, by Mary Catherine Judd. (Boston: Ginn & Co., 1908)  ALREADY SOLD.

Wigwam Stories, by Mary Catherine Judd. (Boston: Ginn & Co., 1908) ALREADY SOLD.

Extract from Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven, by Mark Twain.  First Edition.  (NY: Harper & Brothers, 1909.)

Extract from Captain Stormfield’s Visit to Heaven, by Mark Twain. First Edition. (NY: Harper & Brothers, 1909.)

Frontispiece from "Extract from Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven."

Frontispiece from “Extract from Captain Stormfield’s Visit to Heaven.”

We had a great time at the Fair, purchased some beautiful books, and enjoyed talking with our fellow booksellers.  See you at the Fair next year!

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  1. Wish I was there!. What fun, book fair in a historic bldg. Coincidentally, just recvd a nice book in DJ from Jonathan Smalter. Somebody left a 2011 recpt in the book for $1.00, Library sale. So I had to raze him a bit. Took it well, Seems like a nice guy to do business with. Most book people are good people! The blog shows images, the email doesn’t but a click on the little blue ? mark yields a big image. One day maybe I will understand all this.

    While you were buying books at a historic bldg, I went and had a burrito/coffee at local McD’s then drove to another McD’s a mile away and met a San Jose book dealer(no shop) and bought five books from him, reasonable prices. Scans to follow and some words to go with. Bookfair at a McDonalds, now THAT is a new experience.

    Bet Minsky snatched your teepee book!!!

    Cheers, John

    • Hi John, You are right on, Minsky snatched the teepee book. He’s been snatching quite a few. Funny story about Jonathan Smalter leaving a 1.00 receipt in the book — oops. Thanks for sharing! Can’t wait to see the books you snagged at McD’s. We’ve done some pretty strange book exchanges, ourselves. And that Shakespeare set that Smalter had displayed at the fair — a browser came into the building and sold it to him out of his car boot right at the fair. – Cathy

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