So back on April 28, we went to the 63rd Annual ABAA New York International Antiquarian Book Fair at the Park Avenue Armory. There was an interesting range of authors and genres, including an 18th C album of Piranesi’s works.
I count myself fortunate that I didn't see anything I genuinely craved! For example, there were some detective stories by Dorothy Sayers, amidst a surprising amount of Agatha Christie, but I didn't see any of her work on Dante.
|two personally inscribed Ernest Hemingway |
books from the library of Lillian Ross
|Tolkien & Gordon's edition of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight|
Each bookseller has an individual stall, which they organize and arrange as they see fit; I did not perceive any particular rhyme or reason to the arrangement of the stalls themselves. So there was a large element of serendipity to the day, which is no doubt intentional.
|A fancy two-volume set of The Irish Peasantry|
|Slim pickings for Dunsany|
|asking $475,000 for a letter/manuscript and genealogical chart from the hand of J.R.R. Tolkien|
|what you get for your $475,000, part 2|
|C.S. Lewis rates only 10% of that - but then again, he failed to include a genealogical chart|
|What about a known influence/inspiration to the Inklings?|
asking a mere $27,500 for A Voyage to Arcturus
|The Day of the Triffids is practically being given away at $1,750|
|Geometria et Perspectiva, 1567:|
if you have to ask, you can't afford it
When wandering among the stalls, it's easy to forget that you're in the Armory; one's attention is inevitably drawn to the well-lit stalls and all the commodities and commotion at ground-level. But I looked up as we were exiting.
|The balcony reminds me of Shakespeare, though it was not in fact |
used in any of the productions I've seen at the Armory