Fantastic Book Fair at St. Pete

20140315_153427_resizedWe 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.

Lining up at the entrance to the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair

Lining up at the entrance to the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair

The theme of the Fair was children’s books…”Pages of Wonder”…

Poster for the 2014 Florida Antiquarian Book Fair

Poster for the 2014 Florida Antiquarian Book Fair

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.

Bob & Becky Scott from Yesterday's Books, Richmond, Indiana (and me!)

Bob & Becky Scott from Yesterday’s Books, Richmond, Indiana (and me!)

Interior - The Coliseum, Florida Antiquarian Book Fair in St. Pete

Interior – The Coliseum, Florida Antiquarian Book Fair in St. Pete

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Stan and John Shelley with me sandwiched in the middle. (Shelley and Son Books, Hendersonville, NC)

Stan Shelley, left,owner of Shelley and Son Books, Hendersonville, NC (My apologies for not writing down the name of the handsome gentleman on the right!)

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.

Gary Nippes with Ron

Gary Nippes with Ron

Ron with Lorne Bair and Amir Naghib of Lorne Bair Rare Books, Winchester, Virginia

Ron with Lorne Bair and Amir Naghib of Lorne Bair Rare Books, Winchester, Virginia

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:

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Max Beerbohm’s first book, and a signed Margaret Armstrong binding

I didn’t know that Paul Brown did an illustrated version of “Black Beauty”but here it is:

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Black Beauty, Illustrated by Paul Brown. First Edition (thus) in original jacket.

"Tobacco Leaves" by John Bain Jr.

“Tobacco Leaves” by John Bain Jr.

 

Title page spread from "Tobacco Leaves"

Title page spread from “Tobacco Leaves”

Goodbye, beautiful St. Petersburg, and thanks for hosting such a successful antiquarian book fair!

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We’ll be back soon with more news from our swing through the southern U.S. in search of fine books…

 

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