The city of Boston is a great place for book lovers of all kinds. It is somewhat of a mecca for those in higher education, with some of the most respected and prestigious colleges and universities. It is also a great place to find a grand array of rare books and manuscripts. This is especially true once a year during the International Antiquarian Book Fair. This year’s fair takes place from November 12-14th at the Hynes Convention Center.
According to the fair’s website, “Over 120 rare book dealers from the United States, England, Germany and The Netherlands are expected to exhibit and sell rare, collectible and antiquarian books, modern first editions, manuscripts, autographs, maps, atlases, and a plethora of other literary ephemera. Fine and decorative prints will also be featured.”
In this age of the internet, it makes it easier than ever to find the specific rare book, manuscript, or ephemera you may be searching for. But one of the great joys of book collecting is to see and touch all the amazing and wonderful bits of history that an antiquarian book fair has to offer. It also allows you to really see for yourself and inspect the book you are hoping to purchase.
If you’ve never been to an Antiquarian Book Fair, it is sure to be an experience you will never forget. If you come, you will be able to find Raptis Rare Books at Booth 231. We have a limited number of free tickets available as well. If you would like a few we can send these out to you. Also, if there is a book that you see on our website that would specifically like us to bring to the fair, please let us know and we’ll be sure to do that for you.
Boston is a great city to explore. It’s teeming with history, culture, art, and museums, as well as open and natural spaces. There are great restaurants and pubs and there’s no better place for some New England style clam ‘chowda’. The fair website also has a list of other events going on around the city as well, so bring the whole family or a group of friends. Plan your weekend now! You’ll be glad you did.