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The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair (BIABF) is making its much-anticipated return to the Hynes Convention Center in downtown Boston from November 11-13, 2022. The 44th Boston Book Fair is the annual fall gathering for book lovers and collectors, featuring the top selection of items available on the international literary market.
An alluring treasure trove awaits seasoned collectors and first-time attendees. More than 100 exhibitors, from 9 different countries–Canada, Denmark, France, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, the UK, and the US–will showcase the finest in rare and valuable books, photography, illuminated manuscripts, autographs, maps, historic documents, maps, fine bindings, original illustrations, ephemera, fine and decorative prints, and much more. A full list of exhibitors can be found at bostonbookfair.com/exhibitors.
Highlights of items available at this year’s fair include rare first editions of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre and James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake; a gorgeous lithograph of Alphonse Mucha’s Salome; the first edition of the health and civil rights landmark Our Bodies, Ourselves; a copy of the Highgrove Florilegium featuring botanical paintings of plants and trees growing at Highgrove, the Gloucestershire garden of King Charles III, signed by the newly crowned King of England; Inaugural addresses of the Presidents of the United States by John F. Kennedy (1961), inscribed by the widowed Jacqueline Kennedy; Kamisaka Sekka’s stunning 1909 Momoyogusa, considered to be the finest Japanese design book of all time that features 60 exquisite double-page color-printed woodblocks; and an evocative collection of 19 photographs by African-American photographer Dan Bolling of Jazz greats like Miles Davis, Pharaoh Sanders, and Freddie Hubbard performing at Boston’s Jazz Workshop and Lennie’s on the Turnpike in Peabody, MA, in the late 1960s.
Whether just browsing or buying, the Fair offers something for every taste and budget—books on art, politics, travel, gastronomy, science, sport, natural history, first editions, Americana, fashion, music, children’s books, and much more—appealing to a range of bibliophiles and browsers. From the historic and academic to the religious and spiritual, from the exotic to everyday—the Fair has selections in every conceivable genre and subject. Attendees will have the unique chance to view rare and historic museum-quality items, offered by some of the most prestigious participants in the trade.