The 63rd New York International Antiquarian Book Fair

New York International Antiquarian Book Fair 2020 - VIP Preview Night. Image courtesy of j-No via Flickr. New York International Antiquarian Book Fair 2020 - VIP Preview Night. Image courtesy of j-No via Flickr.

Bibliophiles and rare book collectors, mark your calendars! The Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America’s (ABAA) New York International Antiquarian Book Fair (NYIABF) is returning to the Park Avenue Armory in New York City this week – from April 27th to April 30th, 2023.

Since its first edition, the NYIABF has been widely referred to as the world’s finest antiquarian book fair. This year, nearly 200 exhibitors from around the world will be showcasing their collections. The fair has attracted a diverse audience of literary luminaries, influencers, celebrities, art, design, book collectors and generally curious enthusiasts, both seasoned and entry-level. In recent years, the fair has also been capturing the attention of young collectors seeking one-of-a-kind offerings at more accessible price points. Prices range from $50 to hundreds of thousands, and offerings encompass art, science, medicine, literature, history, gastronomy, fashion, first editions, Americana, philosophy, children’s books, and much more.

New York International Antiquarian Book Fair 2020 - VIP Preview Night. Image courtesy of j-No via Flickr.

New York International Antiquarian Book Fair 2020 – VIP Preview Night. Image courtesy of j-No via Flickr.

The NYIABF has been a cultural pillar of New York and returns as a much-anticipated highlight of the busy Spring season. The fair has a long history, with several exhibitors having participated every year since it began, attesting to its longevity and relevance to its dealers and audiences. The fair continues to attract new antiquarian booksellers as it evolves, welcoming over 10 new exhibitors this year, including Capitol Hill Books, Editio Altera, Kate Mitas, Bookseller, Kunsthandel Mitmannsgruber, Langdon Manor Books, LLC, Librairie Paul Jammes, Librairie Pierre-Adrien YVINEC, Marc Selvaggio, Books & Ephemera, Sandra L. Hoekstra Bookseller, Thorn Books, and W.C. Baker Rare Books & Ephemera.

Discovery Day, a tradition at the NYIABF, will take place on April 30th from 1-3 pm. During this time, ticketed visitors can bring their own rare books, manuscripts, maps, and other materials (up to 5 items) for exhibitors to offer expert advice and free appraisals.

The NYIABF has a rich history, and rare books collectors, literary enthusiasts, and those interested in history and culture will find much to appreciate at this year’s fair. If you’re looking for rare treasures or hoping to connect with like-minded collectors, the NYIABF is the place to be.Spines and the tops of rare and decaying books with markers at the top

Visitor Information

If you’re interested in attending the NYIABF, it is essential to know the details. The fair will take place at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City from April 27th to April 30th, 2023. The fair’s opening hours are from 12 pm to 8 pm on April 27th, from 12 pm to 7 pm on April 28th and April 29th, and from 12 pm to 5 pm on April 30th. The admission fee for a full run of the fair is $60, but tickets for Friday through Sunday are $30 each. Students with a valid ID can purchase a ticket for $10. Buy tickets here.

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