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