A selection of items we displayed at the 2012 New York Antiquarian Book Fair, including a two-volume set of sheet music bearing wrap-around fore-edge paintings by Clare Brooksbank, an illustrated anatomical textbook with movable flaps, a letter from Peter Pan author and amateur cricketer J. M. Barrie to the captain of the 1934 Australian cricket team, and original artwork by Edward Gorey for the cover of Publisher's Weekly.
An eclectic assortment of items, this list for the 2011 New York Antiquarian Book Fair has a little bit of everything, including one of two known copies of Shakespeare's Merry Wives of Windsor, printed on vellum and illuminated in color throughout; Thomas Ingmire's bold calligraphic interpretation of Octavio Paz's The Word; the first printing in book form of The Proclamation of Emancipation; an album of watercolor designs for Haori featuring propaganidistic images from the Russo-Japanese war; and more...
Although people approach book collecting in myriad ways, one common unifying thread among collectors has to do with the way in which they began collecting: the memory of a book from their formative years, and the desire to own it again. The following selection was gathered with this in mind: books that have shaped thought, entertained us, provoked us, and made us better for having read them. This catalog was selected as the Pick of the Week by Ibookcollector when it was released in 2010.