Saturday, November 12, 2022

"Ain't we got fun?" Celebrating the Roaring Twenties

TICKETS NOW ON SALE: We're looking forward to the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair in March as we celebrate the Roaring Twenties, a time of prosperity and social upheaval. In literature, It was a time that produced such masterpieces and The Sun Also Rises and The Great Gatsby. In pop culture, there were the silly flagpole sitters and the dance craze, The Charleston. Comics such as Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton held forth on the silver screen. Babe Ruth was the King of Swat and some saw gangster Al Capone as a hero.

We’ll have more later but that’s just a taste of the excitement as we return to The Coliseum in downtown St. Petersburg for the 40th Florida Antiquarian Book Fair.  

As always, dealers from all over will have books, maps, prints, ephemera, photographs, autographs, and more — from all eras, not just the Roaring Twenties.

Tickets at Eventbrite

Friday, April 8, 2022

New tees now available at our Florida Book Fair GearStore

You can order reading the QR code or simply clicking on the image. Either one will take you to the page of the style show in the picture. Please note that all three styles are available in four different colors, so you have numerous choices. Thank you for supporting the book fair. We hope you enjoy your shirts. We’d love to see photos of you wearing your shirts. Tell us the names of the people in the photos and where you were. We’ll publish them here. You may send your photos to Thank you for supporting the book fair.

Friday, March 25, 2022

It won't be long now!

The long wait is almost over. The Florida Antiquarian Book Fair gets under way on April 1 at The Coliseum in downtown St. Petersburg. Booksellers from all over the country will be on hand to show rare and collectible books, vintage maps and prints, and collectible ephemera, photographs, and autographs. The Florida Antiquarian Book Fair is the oldest and largest book fair in the Southeast. You can purchase tickets online at or at the door.

We miss you, dear friends.

 Friends we've lost since the last in-person book fair in 2019.

Saturday, March 12, 2022

Three days for book lovers: 39th annual Florida Antiquarian Book Fair to feature books to fit every budget and taste

Specialty booksellers from across the United States will offer their wares at the 39th annual Florida Antiquarian Book Fair at The Coliseum in downtown St. Petersburg April 1-3, 2022. The Florida Antiquarian Book Fair is the oldest and largest antiquarian book fair in the Southeast, and among the largest in the country. The annual book fair returns after a two-year pandemic hiatus.

This year’s theme is The Children’s Hour, celebrating books for young yearners and the people who love them. The theme borrows the title of American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s beloved 1860 work about his three daughters.

“Between the dark and the daylight, When the night is beginning to lower, Comes a pause in the day's occupations, That is known as the Children's Hour,” read the opening lines, and they speak to the age-old practice of parents, grandparents and caregivers spending time with their charges, often reading to them or with them. It also speaks to the wide variety of children’s literature available at the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair.

Book lovers also will find a plethora of antique and collectible books on every imaginable subject, plus historic maps, antique prints, vintage photography, ephemera, autographs, and other paper collectibles.

Booksellers offer a wide selection, including modern signed first editions, fine bindings, pricey rare books from the earliest days of publishing as well as inexpensive reading copies. Readers can find books to fit any budget.  Topics include Americana, classical literature, art books, religion, cooking, poetry, children’s literature (of course), illustrated books, military history, regional histories, world history, and more. Some dealers feature Florida history and literature.

A complete listing of the exhibitors and their specialties is available at the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair website,

Opening Night
Opening night at the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair on Friday, April 1, is traditionally a festive occasion with live music and fairgoers eager to get a first look at great volumes and hidden treasures, and booksellers eager to greet old friends and new visitors.

Free Book Evaluations
The Florida Antiquarian Book Fair will offer free book evaluations by the Florida Bibliophile Society on Sunday, April 3. Patrons may bring two or three volumes for evaluation. A ticket to the book fair is required.

The Florida Antiquarian Book Fair runs Friday, April 1, from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.; Saturday, April 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, April 3, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Admission is $10 Friday, and is good for the entire weekend; Saturday's tickets are $6 per day or $10 for the weekend. Sunday's tickets are $6 for the day.  Admission is free for children twelve and under.  Parking is free for the show's duration. Tickets are available at or at the box office.

Ticket sales benefit the St. Petersburg Public Library.  The Florida Antiquarian Book Fair is presented by the Florida Antiquarian Booksellers Association and sponsored by, the online marketplace specializing in rare and collectible books. Media sponsors are WUSF Public Media and WEDU, West Central Florida’s PBS station.

The Coliseum
The book fair is presented in The Coliseum, a restored 1920s music and dance hall that has been billed as the South’s finest ballroom. Featuring a 34-foot arched ceiling over a polished oak floor, it has hosted such luminaries as Duke Ellington, Rudy Vallee, Harry James, and Paul Whiteman, not to mention Cab Calloway, Guy Lombardo, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, and Louis Armstrong. It is located at 535 Fourth Avenue North, in downtown St. Petersburg.

Thursday, March 10, 2022

Georgia bookseller Lee Linn trades in hard-to-find 1960s and 1970s Black Urban Fiction, and decorative bindings

Lee Linn of The Ridge Books in Calhoun, Georgia, is a longtime exhibitor at the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair. She made this FIRST LOOK video to highlight some of the items she plans to bring to the book fair in April 

 A selection of titles from Holloway House, a Los Angeles publisher best known for 1960s and 70s Black urban fiction. Ephemera from Norman Studios in Jacksonville, which produced movies in the 1930s with entirely Black casts. Collection includes promotional material sent to theaters. 

One of her favorites, Lee will include books with decorative bindings from early 20th century, featuring such artists as Margaret Armstrong and Harrison Fisher. Also in her collection will be Florida stereo views, including scenes from Jacksonville and Tampa areas, citrus groves, alligators, and foliage. She'll also have cookbooks, ranging from Cross Creek Cookery to Mary Randolph’ s Virginia Housewife to recipes from water skiers in Winter Haven! 

And finally, she'll have a first edition of the Lomax’s Negro Folk Songs as Sung by Leadbelly, with DJ (poor one!) ownership signature of musicologist Rudi Blesh. She also will have a little children’s reading corner with some free books.

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

First Look: Here's an opportunity for book lovers to learn what's coming to the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair in April

After a two-year pandemic induced hiatus, the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair will be Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 1-3, 2022 at The Coliseum in downtown St. Petersburg. With this feature, FIRST LOOK, we're sharing some of the most interesting items that will be featured at the book fair. Barbara Loe, owner of Cardtique, LLC, in Osprey, Florida, is a longtime collector and dealer in Victorian era ephemera, and a member of the Ephemera Society of America. Barbara shares items in several categories, including Valentines, trade cards, and admission tickets from the era of chromolithography, a painstaking printing process which produced elaborate and beautiful printed items. Please check our Facebook page, our Instagram page, our YouTube channel and our blog for more FIRST LOOK items for the upcoming book fair.

Friday, March 4, 2022

A Brief Introduction to Book Collecting From BIBLIO


You know that feeling you sometimes get where you come to the last page of a really great book and you can’t quite believe that it’s over? You want it to keep going. You want something more. That’s the first symptom of a burgeoning addiction to book collecting.

There isn’t one type of book collector. If you’ve ever kept a copy of a book that you had already finished reading, you’ve already started in collecting books. If you’ve ever bought a hardcover copy to replace the paperback, you are getting deep into addiction.

How to get started

Buy what you like.

Although your book collection may go up in value over time, it’s never guaranteed. If you focus your collection on books that you know that you love, you will always be surrounded with a collection that reflects your love.

Find a theme.

The focus of your collection may be a specific author, subject, binding style, series. You may want to collect rare works by classic authors, or you may collect paperback editions of golden era science fiction with their arresting cover illustrations. Collections are as diverse as their owners.

Start slowly.

One of the easiest ways to get started is to find a specific book that you love and buy a really nice copy of that book. It doesn’t need to be cost prohibitive to start. If, for example, one of your favorite books is For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway, you may be ready to spend a few hundred or a few thousand on a really lovely first edition, first issue with all the right points (what are points of issue?), but you can also buy a facsimile of the first edition, published by the First Edition Library, for only a few dollars.

You can read the complete article here.

Monday, February 7, 2022

Calling all lovers, book lovers, and lovers of books. You're going to love this. Act now ... time and love wait for no one.

VALENTINE POP-UP SALE! Save right now on two Three-Day Passes to the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair at The Coliseum in downtown St. Petersburg April 1-3. Buy one ticket and get a second one at half price. That's $15 for two tickets good all weekend at the book fair. Tickets for you and your book lover. What a perfect Valentine gift! Don't delay. After Valentine's Day, it's over. Follow this link to