We had a fabulous day at the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair in St. Petersburg. It was wonderful to see so many people standing in line to get in to the fair, and booths that were so crowded at times it was hard to squeeze in! We went to the first full day of the Fair at opening (9am) on Saturday, March 15 and stayed until it was almost closing time.
The theme of the Fair was children’s books…”Pages of Wonder”…
There were around 100 exhibitors, all bringing a great variety of books to the fair in addition to children’s books. Booksellers came from as far away as California and New York.
We found Gary Nippes at his booth — we had met Gary earlier in the week where he was in charge of selling the inventory at O. Brisky Books in Micanopy, FL.
Ron’s arms grew two inches longer from making five trips to the car carrying purchases from this sale. We found decorated bindings, a few lovely children’s books, early jackets and more.
Here are a few of the books we bought at the fair:
I didn’t know that Paul Brown did an illustrated version of “Black Beauty”but here it is:
Goodbye, beautiful St. Petersburg, and thanks for hosting such a successful antiquarian book fair!
We’ll be back soon with more news from our swing through the southern U.S. in search of fine books…