Treasures of a Virtual Book Fair 2020

alex atkins bookshelf booksIf you are a book lover and never had a chance to attend an antiquarian book fair, then this weekend is your chance to visit one in the comfort of your pajamas, while you lounge at home. This weekend, June 4-7, the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA) is hosting its annual book fair online. The online fair features more than 150 booksellers who specialize in books, maps, autographs, historical documents, and other printed materials. At a real book fair you can spend hours browsing through the bookshelves arranged in booths on the convention floor. It’s a real thrill to hold a book worth $50,000 or more. Online you can browse by virtual aisles, and although you can’t hold them, you can certainly behold them. Booksellers are organized into the following aisles according to region: mid-Atlantic, Midwest, New England, Northern California, Pacific Northwest, Southeast, Southern California, and Southwest. You can browse by region or product type: autographs, books, ephemera, manuscripts, maps, original art, pamphlets, periodicals, photographs, posters, and prints. The home page also features a search dialog box (search by author or title). If you find a literary treasure, you simply place the item in your shopping cart and purchase directly from the site. Virtual visitors can also watch a webinars on book collecting.

Some of the treasures at the virtual book fair are:

The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett, first edition: $75,000

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, first edition: $26,000

Carrie by Stephen King, signed first edition: $6,000

A Collection of Autographs by Abraham Lincoln: $65,000

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway, inscribed first edition: $17,500

William Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies (fourth folio, 1685): $200,000

Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne, first edition: $19,000

You can visit the book fair here:

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