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Book Fair in New York
I have missed a lot of book fairs over the past three years, so I got
to one, finally, I think the name is something like the Westside Loft
Book Fair.[in New York]
They have a maximum number of 50 dealers. No one else can be in. For
the most part they replicate each other. Most of them deal heavily in
modern firsts and have an occasional early or mid nineteenth century
American book. Each has found from ten to 100 good , largely European
books in such categories as travel, science, philosophy. One dealer
is a specialist in European manuscripts. His stock in general is very
different from the rest, but he organized the show, so he is there.
There was some imitative overpricing. Not every earlyish 19th century
American jokebook found in few copies in OCLC is worth $1500.00.
Actually very few of them are worth that, and certainly not the one I
saw there, which had European jokes, only, and copy illustrations from
some European sources. The most likely dealers I saw that day to have
things for me had visited the show before me and were just walking out.
[without any purchases]
I collect categories of 18th and 19th century American books. These
used to be common everywhere, and still are elsewhere. But not at that
I know I have a pseudo for here, it might be
and anyhow I am acting like one.
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