Monday, May 15, 2017

Saturday, May 20: Rare Book Cafe goes to federal court with the attorney challenging California's anti-bookseller law

Rare Book Cafe's May 20 program picks up a story we've been following since last fall: AB 1570, California's passed-with-no-thought bookseller regulatory nightmare law.

The law, which went on the books January 1, imposes all sorts of crushing and irrelevant record-keeping requirements on booksellers who deal in autographed books as collateral damage to actor Mark Hamill's beef that fake-autographed Star Wars memorabilia cuts into his income.

Passed with no serious debate and signed by Governor Brown with no apparent thought, the law makes book dealers liable for actual damages, punitive damages, and legal fees for selling a signed book without a certificate of authenticity that, in the case of old signed books is literally impossible to comply with.

Further, a California resident who doesn't like a book s/he bought online can sue any bookseller in America for failure to comply with California law. One of Rare Book Cafe's hosts, Lindsay Thompson of Henry Bemis Books, announced a regretful embargo on sale to California residents the day the law went into effect.

Co-host Steve Eisenstein hosted The Churchill Book Collector co-owner and former California State Assembly aide Mark Kuritz last November 28 to discuss AB 1570; LA dealer John Howell was a guest on Rare Book Cafe to talk, in part, about the law last January 28.

Saturday's guest will be Pacific Legal Foundation attorney Anastasia Boden, who has filed a federal court case against the California Attorney General to block enforcement of the law and have the court declare it an unconstitutional infringement of Americans' First Amendment free speech and expression rights.

The show streams live on the Cafe and Florida Antiquarian Book Fair Facebook pages and will be archived on the Book Fair's YouTube Channel with nearly two hundred hours of past programs and other book events video.

Join us for this fascinating discussion, starting at 2:30 pm, Saturday,May 20! Until then, here is attorney Boden explaining the basis for her suit the day it was filed:






Hosted by Miami book dealer, appraiser and WDBFRadio.com’s Bucks on the Bookshelf radio show creator Steven Eisenstein, the program features a revolving set of cohosts and regular guests including Thorne Donnelley of Liberty Book Store in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; Lindsay Thompson of Charlotte’s Henry Bemis Books; miniature books expert Edie Eisenstein; Little Sages Books owner Kara Accettola, and program creator/producer T. Allan Smith.

Rare Book Cafe program encourages viewer participation via its interactive features and video: if you've got an interesting book, join the panel and show it to us! If you’d like to ask the team a question or join us in the virtually live studio audience for the program, write us at rarebookcafe@gmail.com.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Rare Book Cafe 3.0: Owen Felix O'Neill and the $25 million book -- an hour of fun with our favorite Tipperary bookseller


Welcome to the first in the series of Rare Book Cafe 3.0. Our guest for this episode was Owen Felix O'Neill, a book collector and sometimes bookseller in Tipperary County, Ireland.

This is the return of Felix to our show after a long absence. He first visited our show during the original Blab episodes of Rare Book Cafe. In this episode, Felix discusses some newly acquired 1800s-era travel books covering parts of the United States and South America that he had rebound using period vellum from old land deeds.

Felix also discusses his latest project, a plan to digitize the Tyndale Bible in its original form, and publish it, making it available to scholars, libraries, and others. The digital reproduction of the book is made from Felix's personal volume, which he says is the only complete Tyndale in the world.

Rare Book Cafe originated on Blab.im in 2015  but the platform shut down in August 2016. The program was on hiatus for several weeks and in the fall broadcast the first episode of Rare Book Cafe 2.0 on YouTube (streaming live on Google Hangouts on the Air).
Now the program has moved to the BeLive.tv platform on Facebook Live. The program is live streamed on the Rare Book Cafe page on Facebook and is recorded and posted on YouTube and the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair blog on Blogspot.com

Rare Book Cafe is the first live streamed regularly scheduled program devoted to antiquarian books, book collecting, and related subjects.

It is hosted by Steven Eisenstein, owner of A-Book-A-Brac Books in Miami Beach, Thorne Donnelley, owner of Liberty Books in Palm Beach Gardens and Lindsay Thompson, owner of Henry Bemis Books in Charlotte, North Carolina, , who also serves as associate producer. Edie Eisensein is featured regularly discussing miniature books. The program also features a rotating cadre of guest hosts.

T. Allan Smith is creator and executive producer.

Rare Book Cafe is sponsored by the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair, celebrating its 37th year on April 20-22, 2018 at The Coliseum in downtown St. Petersburg. Florida Antiquarian Book Fair features more than 100 booksellers offering rare, used, and collectible book, vintage prints, antique maps, vintage photographs, autographs, and collectible printed matter of all kinds.

#floridabookfair #rarebookcafe

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

"-and several would be marvelous": Owen Felix O'Neill returns to Rare Book Cafe, a $25m book in his pocket.

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Surrounded by ancient books and ephemera in an ancient house in Tipperary, Ireland, Owen Felix O’Neill is a romantic:


I am a Bibliophile; an otherwise rational member of the community consumed by the love of Books. It gives me great pleasure to handle any printed work that has something important to say, but most of all I cherish Rare Editions, Finely Printed Texts, beautifully Illustrated Books, and Volumes Scarce and unprocurable except by knowledgeable means.

The mute but Articulate ranks of Old Leather Bindings and time-mellowed spines that climb in order of size from floor to ceiling in the house where I am writing, exude a sense of ageless serenity and unruffled calm. Looking at close-packed rows of Octavos and Duodecimos that top the dusted oak shelves, the 18th. Century, Quartos in their blind-stamped, immediately below them, then down at the ponderous Folios, secure behind their bevelled wooden-boards and coats of sprinkled calf.

I know of the decades that have emerged into Centuries since their original owners unpacked the parcels that brought them home. Now they are with me, collected over many years. It was once said that Books are ‘The lasting Mansions of the Dead’…They have become my faithful and trusted friends and the intimate companions of my everyday life. To part with one of them disturbs me. To lose them all would translate me to a barren existence and a life lacking its chief intellectual comfort and most relaxing pleasure.


O’Neill, who has done business as Felix Rare Books for nearly half a century, is making his third visit to Rare Book Cafe this Saturday, May 6, at 2:30 EDT. His last appearance, on September 29, 2015, was pure magic; he took viewers on tour of his home and collections, and explained his unique bookhounding style: “I drive up to old houses in the country and ask if they have anything interesting in the cupboards.”


One such lark- visiting a Catholic seminary in Dublin- led to O’Neill’s discovery of a lost cache of letters from Jackie Kennedy to a priest over a fourteen-year period. Put up for auction by the cash-strapped priests, the letters were widely quoted in the press and were expected to fetch over a million dollars when the fathers reclaimed the letters and canceled the auction in May 2014.


In September of that year, they announced that the letters were returned to Mrs. Kennedy’s daughter, US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, after she retained Irish counsel and asserted she held copyright to them.


O’Neill occupies the stratosphere in rare book sales: his website advertises an inventory of over 3,000 books valued at about $9.5 million; specially featured is his genuinely priceless “William Tyndale's New Testament of Our Lord Jesus Christ of 1534.”


After acquiring it over thirty years ago, O’Neill has decided to sell his only-copy-in-existence.


“No complete copy...has ever come to the marketplace to be sold,” he says. “And there are no complete Tyndale's New Testament of 1534 in any Libraries or Museums world-wide. And none anywhere in North America.


“So there are no Auction Record prices to go on as a guide.
   
“William Tyndale's New Testament of Our Lord Jesus Christ 1534 has been described as 'the most important book in the English Language'. As well as being the 1st. printed Edition of the New Testament in English, it is the first English translation of the Bible drawn directly from both the Greek and Hebrew Holy Texts. Our copy of William Tyndale's New Testament of Our Lord Jesus Christ is the 1534 revision, which was made by William Tyndale himself. It is printed, unusually, on yellowish paper. The 1534 edition is the first instance of the use of the word 'Elder' rather than 'Priest'. Some pages carry old 16th. or 17th. handwritten notes.”


O’Neill’s offering price? $25.5 million.





Entertaining and witty, Owen Felix O’Neill’s visits are not to be missed. Justice Benjamin Cardozo could have had Saturday in mind when he wrote, in an early 20th century decision, “If we may not say of such a coincidence that it is literally impossible, at least we may say that one would be surprising, and several would be marvelous.”


Rare Book Cafe is sponsored by the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair. It’s broadcast every Saturday from 2.30 to 3.30 pm EDT and features interviews, panel discussion and stuff you can learn about book collecting whether you are a regular at Sotheby’s or just someone who likes books.

The program airs live on Rare Book Cafe’s and the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair’s Facebook page; the Book Fair Blog, and the Book Fairs YouTube channel. Shows are archived on YouTube and can also be viewed on the Facebook pages, and the blog after their first run.

Hosted by Miami book dealer, appraiser and WDBFRadio.com’s Bucks on the Bookshelf radio show creator Steven Eisenstein, the program features a revolving set of cohosts and regular guests including Thorne Donnelley of Liberty Book Store in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; Lindsay Thompson of Charlotte’s Henry Bemis Books; miniature books expert Edie Eisenstein; and program creator/producer T. Allan Smith.

Rare Book Cafe program encourages viewer participation via its interactive features and video: if you've got an interesting book, join the panel and show it to us! If you’d like to ask the team a question or join us in the virtually live studio audience for the program, write us at rarebookcafe@gmail.com.


You can watch RARE BOOK CAFE here.

Friday, April 28, 2017

This Saturday on Rare Book Cafe: The dust settles- we are mortals again.

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Brigadoon has vanished for another year: the 36th Florida Antiquarian Book Fair ended its three-day run last weekend, and the Rare Book Cafe team reassembles this week to trade notes on how it went from their varied viewpoints: Steve Eisenstein and Thorne Donnelley were exhibitors; Edie Eisenstein was scouting for miniature books; producer Allan Smith was everywhere, setting up and broadcasting the interviews and features studio co-hosts Lin Thompson and Kara Accettola covered during almost eight hours of live coverage!

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This week, too, Steve’s going to tell how dust jackets became, and then became the arbiters of collectible book values. Thorne is taking a break from the detailed research required to authenticate rare books, and will tell us about great book forgeries of history. Edie will have some new acquisitions, and Allan has a raft of photos from the Fair. Join us!

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Rare Book Cafe is sponsored by the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair. It’s broadcast every Saturday from 2.30 to 3.30 pm EDT and features interviews, panel discussion and stuff you can learn about book collecting whether you are a regular at Sotheby’s or just someone who likes books.

The program airs live on Rare Book Cafe’s and the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair’s Facebook page; the Book Fair Blog, and the Book Fairs YouTube channel. Shows are archived on YouTube and can also be viewed on the Facebook pages, and the blog after their first run.

Hosted by Miami book dealer, appraiser and WDBFRadio.com’s Bucks on the Bookshelf radio show creator Steven Eisenstein, the program features a revolving set of cohosts and regular guests including Thorne Donnelley of Liberty Book Store in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; Lindsay Thompson of Charlotte’s Henry Bemis Books; miniature books expert Edie Eisenstein; and program creator/producer T. Allan Smith.

Rare Book Cafe program encourages viewer participation via its interactive features and video: if you've got an interesting book, join the panel and show it to us! If you’d like to ask the team a question or join us in the virtually live studio audience for the program, write us at rarebookcafe@gmail.com.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Here's your link to watch Day 3 of the Book Fair!

Bookseller humor.


You still have time to launch your career as an Internet Personality: join us for the Book Fair Wrap Show!

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It’s World Book Day, a meet time for the third and final day of the 36th Florida Antiquarian Book Fair and we’re getting our C-SPAN mode on today for The Wrapup Chat on Google Hangouts, 3-4 pm EDT.


Everyone’s busy at on the floor of the Coliseum in St Petersburg, hoping to get buyers to carry as many books as possible out and save dealers having to carry them home, so Book Fair Live hosts Kara Accettola and Lindsay Thompson are doing the final installment of three days of live broadcasting from the Book Fair Virtual Studios.


We’re hoping some book dealers will drop in, and you as well! Here’s a code you can click to join the program live today:


https://hangouts.google.com/hangouts/_/nfvz7nnu4ffqbfbhw3y3liuwjqe

We’ll be talking collecting tips, great book websites, the future of social media amid the last redoubts of the Luddites, book fairs, near you, and way, way more.


It has been a tech-geek roller coaster, this first experiment in live-streaming a three-day book fair, and if you’ve had as much fun as we have you must be beside yourself! We’re grateful to all who have taken part, from viewers to dealers to the hapless people we dragooned to be interviewed for the Beige Carpet Sample Preshow Friday.

Rare Book Cafe will return next week, April 29, at its usual time, as we desperately try to fill 52 long weeks till next year’s Book Fair. Stay with us!

Harbingers of Things Not to Come

From the Florida Antiquarian Booksellers Association blog, an excerpt from an old think piece on the future of books:
In 2010, when Nicholas Negroponte, the e-media visionary, predicted that the sale of e-books would overtake printed ones by 2015, pundits seemed to rejoice at the demise of the book as we know it. Amazon had just announced that it was selling more e-books than printed ones. Two years before, The Times of London had already grimly announced that “the slow death of the book may be with us.”  By September last  year, though, printed books still outsold e-books, according to Publishers' Weekly. Pricewatehouse Coopers predicts the e-books will overtake traditional books by 2018.
If the name of the Omniscient Firm rings a bell, it's because that wasn't the first time they've completely lost the plot:





Saturday, April 22, 2017

April 22's Rare Book Cafe is live from St Petersburg, and you can be part of the program!

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Today: Rare Book Cafe goes bookhounding!


It’s Day 2 of the 36th Florida Antiquarian Book Fair in St Petersburg! Rare Book Cafe will be there live: Steve & Edie, Thorne, T. Allan (as he is known YouTube Personality circles), and Lindsay will all be broadcasting live from the Coliseum this afternoon from 2:30 to 5:00 pm, EDT.


It’s gonna be like one of those old CBS crossover series reunion movies: Mr Haney makes Kate’s year booking the Shady Rest for the 1st Annual Greater Pixley International Book and Ephemera Exposition, kicking off a mad search for collectibles: Ellie May Clampett returns from years in Africa working with Jane Goodall teaching her chimps, Skipper and Bessie, to read; Lisa Douglas claims Gutenberg was really Hungarian and started out printing menus for her many-times-great grandfather; Sam Drucker discovers Wallace Stevens was his grandpa’s insurance agent and used to send draft poems with the premium renewals; Eb reveals his secret stash of correspondence with Camus; and Arnold (How do you spell Ziffle? Z-I-Effle-Effle-L-E) buys off a butcher with a signed first of Animal Farm, while in the background Homer Bedloe tries to shut down the Cannonball and cut off all the ABAA members flocking to Hooterville!




2:30 to 3:20 Allan Smith will set up the Live Broadcast Booth outside the adjoining alcoves of A-Bric-A-Brac and Liberty Books, where Rare Book cohosts Steven and Edie Eisenstein and Thorne Donnelley will give a real-time demo of what it’s like being a book fair vendor.


N.B. Bring your own cocoanuts.


Then Allan’s off with Fair sponsor and Biblio.com Senior Book Pixie Amber Shehan for Day 2 of The Quest to See the Rarest Book, from 3:20 to 4:10 (NOTE TO ALLAN & AMBER: if you find it too early, pretend disappointment and go look some other places, then loop back to find the winner again just before the segment ends. This is, after all, Reality TV). Just yesterday, visiting Stroud Booksellers’ booth, when Amber revealed her quest, owner John Nathan Stroud offered her the choice of a manuscript page from the year 1280 or a book from the early 16th century. It’s the sort of thing that happens there.


At 5:10 comes Part 3 of today’s program (as Julius Caesar wrote, “Et dividitur in tres partes Book Fair est”).


Co-host Kara Accettola – she of Little Sages Books – has some of her friends and colleagues dropping by to talk, as did The Walrus and the Carpenter, of Many Things: among those who’ve already left cartes des visites are Biblio’s Chief Operating Officer and Minister of Finance Allen (“Allan Smith spells his name wrong!” Singleton, and Megan Bell, co-owner of Carrollton, Georgia’s Underground Books (whose plus-sized tote bags are de rigueur for Book Fair veterans); and Forest Proper of Joslin Hall Rare Books!


You, too, can join the chat! Just click this link: https://hangouts.google.com/hangouts/_/j22airdssna63pd7gxjjbex5x4e


If you just want to watch the show, here’s a live link you can click- and share with others- starting at 2:30:



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Rare Book Cafe is sponsored by the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair. It’s broadcast every Saturday from 2.30 to 3.30 pm EDT and features interviews, panel discussion and stuff you can learn about book collecting whether you are a regular at Sotheby’s or just someone who likes books.

The program airs live on Rare Book Cafe’s and the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair’s Facebook page; the Book Fair Blog, and the Book Fairs YouTube channel. Shows are archived on YouTube and can also be viewed on the Facebook pages, and the blog after their first run.

Hosted by Miami book dealer, appraiser and WDBFRadio.com’s Bucks on the Bookshelf radio show creator Steven Eisenstein, the program features a revolving set of cohosts and regular guests including Thorne Donnelley of Liberty Book Store in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; Lindsay Thompson of Charlotte’s Henry Bemis Books; miniature books expert Edie Eisenstein; and program creator/producer T. Allan Smith.

Rare Book Cafe program encourages viewer participation via its interactive features and video: if you've got an interesting book, join the panel and show it to us! If you’d like to ask the team a question or join us in the virtually live studio audience for the program, write us at rarebookcafe@gmail.com
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Friday, April 21, 2017

Here's your link to the opening of the Florida Book Fair!




Here’s how to be a guest for the live broadcast fun at Book Fair Live, today at 4!



We’re live- well, part-time- at the 36th Florida Antiquarian Book Fair this weekend, starting at 4 pm!


The Book Fair 411 is at our Facebook page. In “Events” is all the newest news re tickets, times and the like. Scroll down the timeline and you can find the Book Fair’s program listing all the dealers crowding the Grand Ballroom of the Art Deco 1924 St Petersburg Coliseum.


But the Book Fair is more than what happens there- it’s the Book Fair That’s Everywhere!


Little Sages Books owner Kara Accettola, a Florida books and ephemera dealer, and Rare Book Cafe cohost Lindsay Thompson, owner of Henry Bemis Books in Charlotte, are cohosting live internet broadcasts from the Fair for all three days:


Friday, 4-6 pm EDT
Saturday, 2:30-5 pm
Sunday 2-4 pm


We want you to come join the fun! While Rare Book Cafe producer Allan Smith roves the Coliseum doing live interviews, Kara has invited all her far-flung friends from the Association of Antiquarian Booksellers to drop in for chats in the studio. We’d love  to have you, too!


Here’s how:


We will be broadcasting live via two platforms during the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair:
Google+ Hangouts via gmail, and belive.tv, which functions via Facebook.

When we are streaming via Google+ Hangouts,​ you can view and join the call from any mobile
device or laptop/desktop.


When we are streaming via belive.tv, the only way to join the chat is via
laptop/desktop, not handhelds at this time. Depending on the technology you are bringing, let us
know which platform works for you, and we can schedule your talk session accordingly.


They are both quite simple, but a few things need to be in place namely: camera (built in to device or logitech etc. if on desktop), microphone (same), and speakers (same).


In other words, if on mobile smart phone, you’ll have everything right there. Please download the hangouts app, and if on desktop, please download the Chrome browser.

Each live show we will post an entry code at the top of this notice for the platform we are going to use (we’re using several to highlight the variety of easy-to-use tools available for live broadcasting now).


Once you click the entry link, just follow the prompts. At some time in this process, if you are asked to use your computer's camera and microphone, if prompted, click Allow.


Via belive.tv​, it’s potentially even simpler:


Again, from your laptop only in a Chrome browser, you’ll follow a link that we will send, that link will be active for the whole 2 hours we are on the air that slot. You can pop in anytime of course to chat and comment, or be put on live.


If your camera/mic/speakers are all set, once you click the link and are prompted to join (click button or click yes),you’ll be ‘with us’ in the chat room and once you are set to go on, you’ll see a 1...2...3...Countdown graphic, then you’ll be live!

Here’s today’s code for Google Hangouts: https://hangouts.google.com/hangouts/_/7n6ywiwjszg2xg3eu76owvt2wqe



Meet the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair's star! #FloridaBookFair




The book fair that's everywhere, April 21-23


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Coming April 21 at 4: the 1st Book Fair Beige Carpet Sample Pre-Show, Live!

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“Melissa knew someone at E!,” [the late Oscar Red Carpet co-host Joan Rivers] explains of how she—Emmy winner, legendary comedian, and fashion novice—came to sizing up stars’ styles in expert capacity on E!. “And they were saying, ‘Who should we put out on the red carpet?’ It is a horrible job and no one was doing it then. [And her co-host daughter] Melissa said, ‘My mother.’” Laughing, Joan adds, “It was a very low time for me [in my career].”




From the first Hollywood movie premiere in 1922 until the late 1960s, nobody watching the stars arrive for the Oscars could tell there was a red carpet. The show was in black and white, and when it wasn’t, most homes’ TVs still were.


The celebrities just got out of their cars, waved a bit, and went into the theater.


Regis Philbin did a local, LA station’s red carpet coverage once, in 1979.


But just as Aristotle declared, “Nature abhors a vacuum,” and H.L. Mencken snorted, “Nature abhors a moron,” Hollywood publicists abhor a wasted photo op, so from the late 1970s on, Oscar attendees began dressing in increasingly individualist, even eccentric ways, egged on by the new dental office and laundromat classic, People magazine.


Which, of course, led to Joan and Melissa Rivers’ “Who are you wearing?” Decade of Terror and the rise of safe, even dull, couture to avoid the claque of cable station demicelebrity reporters throwing up questions and scrambling the gauntlet of couture criticism we know today.


So when the idea to televise the opening of this weekend’s 36th Florida Antiquarian Book Fair came up, Rare Book Cafe cohost Lindsay Thompson piped up, “We need a red carpet show!”


It’s why he’s kept 606 miles away in Charlotte.


But he persisted. So producer Allan Smith asked Book Fair director Sarah Smith (“No relation,” both emphasize), “Can we get a red carpet?”

“No. People get married there all the time on the floor it comes with. Get over it.”




We won’t even go into when Lindsay asked for a drone.


So it wasn’t hard to figure there was no budget for talent. Lindsay was under lockdown in North Carolina. Co-hosts Steve and Edie Eisenstein and Thorne Donnelley chimed in, “We’ll be busy in our booths!”


Which left Allan Smith. He was a natural: he has a horrible job nobody was doing: producing Rare Book Cafe every week, and he was going to be at the Book Fair anyway


“But the doors don’t open until 5,” Thompson whinged. “People just gonna be standing around. It’s made for a red carpet show!”


Smith (Allan, that is; Sarah- like the Secretary in Mission Impossible, long since disavowed any knowledge), whose job included humoring The Talent on Rare Book Cafe, went to work. After a very short search, he presented Thompson with a compromise: The Beige Carpet Sample Pre-Show:


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“It’s a start,” he explained. ‘After all, that’s kinda how it looked in black and white all those decades at the Oscars.


“And back then it was dark and you could barely see it anyway.”



Our thanks to the St Petersburg branch of Bob’s Carpet Mart for both the main and backup beige carpet floor samples. You can see Allan Smith interviewing guests on it Friday, April 21, from 4 to 5 pm, Eastern Daylight Time, on Book Fair Live!


The program- which will include the first hour of the opened show as well- can be seen on The Florida Antiquarian Book Fair’s Facebook page. It will also be archived on the Book Fair Blog and the Book Fair’s YouTube Channel.


The show’s studio hosts, Thompson and Florida books and ephemera expert Kara Accettola, welcome guests! All you need is to install the Chrome browser and click on the entry code we’ll post on the Facebook page.


So watch some old Joan & Melissa classics and come prepared to help cover the Famous Booksellers’ Parade this Friday!

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Double A Books, Bradenton, Florida – Richard and Donna Aalberg








 1967 2nd printing signed by Admiral Clark. Condition very good


 Pictorial History of the Harbor Defenses of Boston; Vic Stout; 1941 first edition; condition very good.


1941 first edition,drawings by Kredel, text by F. Todd; Limited edition of 500 couples. Signed by Kredel.

G. Davis Rare Books, Roswell, Georgia – Greg Davis






Pierce Egan. LIFE IN LONDON... London : 1821.(10" H X 6 3/4"). FIRST EDITION with 36 fine hand colored plates by I.R. & George Cruikshank. Bound in full green morocco, red silk doublures, red silk end leaves, top edge gilt, by CHAMBOLLE-DURU. One of the first English books using Social satire. FINE.
$2500
 













 
L. Goldsmith. THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE CABINET OF BONAPARTE; INCLUDING HIS PRIVATE LIFE, CHARACTER, DOMESTIC ADMINISTRATION, AND HIS CONDUCT TO FOREIGN POWERS:... London: 1810. (8 5/8" H x 5 3/4" W). Bound in half dark green Morocco, marbled boards, spine gilt extra with Napoleonic devices. Marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, others uncut. EUGENE FIELD'S COPY, with BOOKPLATE and manuscript note on last blank page, "This book is from the library of my father, Eugene Field. Eugene Field II. Sept 1 - 1924" VERY FINE & CHOICE COPY housed in green silk chemise & quarter Morocco etui.
$750






















Jean Froissart. (1337-1410). CHRONICLES OF ENGLAND, FRANCE, SPAIN AND THE ADJOINING COUNTRIES... TRANSLATED FROM THE FRENCH... WITH A LIFE OF THE AUTHOR, AN ESSAY AND A CRITICISM. London: 1849. 2 volumes Tall & Thick 8vo, (9 7/8" H x 7 1/2" W, set Length 5".). Finely bound by J. WRIGHT in Full Red Morocco Gilt Extra, with medieval devices and panel built  in guilt on upper and lower covers. Spines gilt extra with same devices. Marbled endpapers, All edges gilt. This copy with ca. 116 line cuts in the text. Inserted are 74 Full Page colored facsimiles of of pages from Froissart and other manuscripts in The Bibliotheque Royale, Paris, and The British Museum. The facsimiles were done by Chromolithography. VERY FINE COPY.
$3750












Philip Gilbert Hamerton. THE LIFE OF J.M.W. TURNER, R.A. With nine illustrations etched by A. Brunet-Debaines. London: 1879. (7 1/2" H x 5 3/8" W). Full olive green straight grained Morocco by ZAEHNSDORF. Large crest in gilt to upper and lower covers, spine gilt with thistle and horse devices. Gilt decorated tan/green moire silk doublures and endleaves. Gilt dentelles. All edges gilt. FINE.
$750
















THACKERAY, William Makepeace. VANITY FAIR. A NOVEL WITHOUT A HERO. London: 1848. 8vo. (8 3/4" X 5 3/4"). FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE IN A COSWAY STYLE BINDING signed BAYNTUN (RIVIERE). Engraved Title-Page, 38 engraved plates & numerous woodcuts in text by the author. FIRST ISSUE with the following points: 1) suppressed woodcut of the "MARQUIS OF STEYNE", p. 336. 2) Heading on page one in "RUSTIC". 3) "MR. PITT" for "SIR PITT", p. 453.
MINIATURE PORTRAIT ON IVORY OF THACKERAY UNDER GLASS IN UPPER COVER.  Full citron Morocco. Elaborate leather strap-work onlays on upper & lower covers. Spine with same strap-work & gilt extra. Doublures & end-leaves of light green moire silk. Wide citron Morocco Dentelles with gilt tooling to doublures.

A VERY FINE COPY. Text & plates especially clean. Most first editions from the 19th century (Dickens, Thackeray, Scott, etc... ) are prone to foxing and other condition problems. The binding in near mint condition. In drop-back cloth box.
Retail $4500