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Don’t Miss the Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair, Sept 8-10, 2017


The fourth annual Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair returns to the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint on September 8-10 with a line-up of 100 exhibitors.

Supported by AbeBooks.com, this year’s event includes a “Works on Paper” gallery. Visitors will be able to discover prints, drawings, etchings, engravings, lithographs and photography, as well as rare and vintage books from top dealers from across the U.S., Canada and Europe.

The Works on Paper gallery includes an exhibition of works by children’s author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, who was a native of Brooklyn.  The collection spans a period of 50 years and the works were largely acquired directly from the artist himself.  Prints from Sendak will be on sale for as little as $25 alongside a signed first edition of Where the Wild Things Are for $22,500.  The Sendak exhibition will include a special viewing of Moo-reese, the three-dimensional plaster cow created by Sendak for the Manhattan Cow Parade in 2000.  The cow is completely covered with “Wild Things” and signed and dated by the artist.

Maurice Sendak’s Moo-reese

There is also going to be an exhibit of a print portfolio by digital type designer Matthew Carter, who has seven of his designs in the Museum of Modern Art. This portfolio consists of the 26 letters of the alphabet in his favorite typefaces of his own creation, which will be displayed on a 24-foot wall.  The fonts include Verdana and Georgia.

Pop-Up Mania, a program of special events, is fun for the entire family.  Ellen Rubin, known as the Pop-Up Lady, invites children and their parents to join her on Sunday for a 20-minute dramatic reading of the pop-up book, The Three Little Pigs.   Ellen is an expert on moveable paper and will give a talk called “A History of Pop-up Books:  900 Years of Paper Engineering.”   She will also be showing her collection of rare pop-up books.

Joining her on Sunday is Matthew Reinhart, a world-renowned children’s book author, illustrator and paper engineer.  He will share the secrets of how to transform paper into moving, three-dimensional structures. Matthew is known best for the pop-up books, Star Wars: A Pop-Up Guide To The Galaxy and Cinderella: A Pop-Up Fairy Tale.

Shanghai Luggage Label

Rare book specialist Rebecca Romney of Honey & Wax Booksellers will give a talk on “The ABC’s of Starting a Rare Book Collection”, and will sign copies of her book, Printer’s Error:  Irreverent Stories from Book History. Art appraiser and renowned print specialist Jeannot R. Barr will discuss the finer points of starting on a print collection.

You will also be able to see Brooklyn-based bookseller Lizzy Young’s vintage cookbooks and ephemera, including menus from the ocean liner RMS Lusitania, and a huge collection of vintage luggage labels from Sheryl Jaeger of Eclectibles.

World War II history buffs will be drawn to two important and rare propaganda postcard collections that demonstrate how history unfolds on paper.  Exhibitor Kurt Sanftleben’s Black Album, a collection of 10 photographic postcards, is one of the earliest visual documentations of Nazi atrocities against Poland’s Jewish citizens.  Emil Allakhverdov’s Anti-Nazi, Anti-Soviet postcards were reconfigured illustrations from a Ukrainian children’s book, published after the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945.

Ukrainian Postcard

A Friday evening preview will benefit the Rare Book School before doors open on Saturday.



Brooklyn Expo Center

79 Franklin Street

Greenpoint, Brooklyn



Friday Preview, September 8 – 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Saturday, September 9 –11:00 am to 7:00 pm

Sunday, September 10 – 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.



Friday Night Preview Benefit — $25.00

General Admission Weekend Pass for $15 or $10 on Sunday


Visit: www.brooklynbookfair.com for more information.


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