New York City Book & Ephemera Fair Joins Rare Book Week

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The New York City Book and Ephemera Fair brings more than 50 dealers of rare and contemporary volumes, manuscripts, maps, and unusual ephemera to Wallace Hall on Saturday, April 11.

The New York City Book and Ephemera Fair joins Rare Book Week with a selling exhibition slated for Saturday, April 11th. The fair takes place at Wallace Hall at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola on Park Avenue at 84th Street. Rare Book Week is the annual spring round-up of auctions and selling exhibitions aimed at book collectors, curators and those fascinated by historical maps, vintage photographs and ephemera.

Marvin Getman, President of Impact Events Group, a New England producer of specialty antiques and book fairs since 1981, stated the event is "an affordable complement to the venerable ABAA Antiquarian Book Fair at the Park Avenue Armory". More than 50 dealers will be present.

The fair promises items for both seasoned collectors and new audiences. Given the range of material, it could be said the New York City Rare Book and Ephemera Fair at Wallace Hall is for music lovers, art lovers, photography collectors, educators, historians and readers.

For instance, book highlights include a signed 24-volume set of Arthur Conon Doyle’s complete works; #26 of 50 copies of “Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There,” with illustrations by Barry Moser, including two un-bound artist’s prints; Gertrude Stein’s “Portraits and Prayers,” with inscription; a 1932 volume of Edward Weston photographs, inscribed and signed by the photographer; a mid-century, bi-lingual printing of Rimbaud’s “Season in Hell,” with photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe.

Outstanding ephemera - those bits of popular culture that were not made to last but did - include a signed Dmitri Shostakovich photograph; a 1966 Grateful Dead-Lightening Hopkins-Loading Zone poster from the Fillmore; as well as 19th and 20th century handcolored prints.

Maps and Manuscript highlights include a rare Tyler-Giles facsimile of the Declaration of Independence; and early Manhattan Sanitary and Topographical map; and one of the few remaining original manuscripts of Abraham Lincoln’s funeral march, by Army Bvt. Major General J. C. (G.) Barnard and played by the U.S. Marine Band at the Washington, DC ceremony.

Tickets to the New York City Book and Ephemera Fair are $15 or $10 if purchased online in advance at The fair runs 8 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. A free shuttle bus will take collectors to the ABAA Book Fair at the Park Avenue Armory.

A complete list of dealers appearing at the first New York City Rare Book and Ephemera Fair at Wallace Hall is available at

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