Toronto Antiquarian Book Fair

Press Releases

2012

 


For the love of books”
The Varsity - Vol. CXXXIII, No. 7 - 21 October 2012

DANIELLE KLEIN stops by the Antiquarian Book Fair and swoons over the unique (and expensive) merchandise.

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2011

 


Bibliophiles flock to Toronto for antiquarian book fair
Canada AM: The business of books - 2011

Eric Waschke, an antiquarian bookseller, says his job is interesting because he never knows where he'll find his next book. He explains how he knows a book is valuable, and lists his favourite finds.

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“Antiquarian tomes hotter than ever”
Michael Posner
From Saturday's Globe and Mail

This is not, needless to say, the best of times for the book world.

Traditional bookstores, used and new, are struggling to stay open. The inexorable rise of e-readers is forcing many publishers to pare their seasonal lists or reduce print runs. A few weeks ago, Barnes and Noble, the largest U.S. chain, started removing from 1,300 stores those books for which it did own digital sale rights. A rival, Books-A-Million, quickly followed suit. And warehousing giant Amazon recently announced plans to bypass publishers completely and deal directly with authors.

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Antiquarian Book Fair to showcase well-loved books, also historical treasures

October 20, 2011. Collectors, book lovers and curious people everywhere will have an opportunity to browse among, and purchase fine, rare and valuable books and related material at the 2011 Toronto International Antiquarian Book Fair.

The book fair happens October 28 to 30 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Expert booksellers from England and Europe will join dealers from the USA and Canada. Nearly fifty dealers in all will have for sale thousands of antiquarian books, as well as first editions by modern authors, fine illustrated books, historically important documents, maps, prints and rare volumes dating back to the 15th century.

A sample of the works that booksellers will have at the fair reveals an incredible range of interests and subjects. Antiquariat Botanicum, Lynden, Washington specializes in botany, Horticulture and gardening. Proprietor Eugene Vigil recently advised fair organizers that he’s bringing several 19th century gardening books, among them the popular The New and Improved Practical Gardener and Horticulturalist published in 1865.

Children’s Literature is the primary specialty Page Books, Hillsboro, Ohio. Maggie Page buys and sells 19th and 20th century books by great authors and artists, also pop-up books and unusual cat and dog books. She has a first American edition of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis. Peter Harrington, also from London has a first edition, fine condition, of J. K. Rowlings Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. In the same category, David Mason Books, Toronto, a leader in the Canadian antiquarian book trade, has a copy of the first Canadian edition of L. Frank Baum’s Glinda of Oz.

Cooking, wine and food comprise an increasingly popular genre. Portland, Maine dealers Samantha and Dan Lindgren have built a vibrant business specializing in fine books about what to eat, how to cook and what to drink. They sell books with titles like The Prudent Housewife, or Compleat English Cook and The Home Bartender: a Book with a Wealth of Information.

A number of dealers specialize in historically important documents and volumes. The Wayfarer’s Bookshop from West Vancouver has found an original signed letter written by Fridthof Nansen to an associate in Munich. Nansen achieved fame during his North Pole expedition of 1893 – 1896. Donald Heald Rare Books, New York, is bringing a critically important piece of Canadian history – a five page document by officials of the Hudson’s Bay Company, dated 1709, petitioning the Queen of Spain to restore to the HBC, control of fur trade on Hudson Bay.

Only a very brief sample, but this list of works indicates the exceptional range and variety that visitors to the book fair will experience. The book fair takes place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, north building, 255 Front Street, W. Opening night is Friday, October 28 from 5pm until 9pm. The fair continues Saturday from 11am until 6:30pm and Sunday, from 12 noon until 5pm. Admission is $15. Visitors can register for an admission discount by visiting the official web site of the show, www.torontoantiquarianbookfair.com. The web site contains a wealth of information about the fair, its participants, and the treasures they’re bringing to Toronto.

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Jeff Gadsden
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Antiquarian Book Fair Attracts International Dealers to Toronto

The 2011 Toronto International Antiquarian Book Fair will take place October 28 to 30, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Fifty booksellers from across Europe and the USA will join Canada’s leading dealers in antiquarian books to present a 3 day sale of rare and important books from around the world.

Sponsored by The Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of Canada, the event has attracted many of the international book trade’s foremost rare book dealers. The experience and knowledge of these dealers will ensure that the Toronto book fair is among this year’s top North American fairs.

In Toronto, these dealers will offer books on a wide range of interests. Specialties include travel, exploration, early science, medicine, literature, natural history, Canadiana, sports and games, Orientalia, military, Arctic regions, Judaica, crime fiction and art. In addition dealers will have for sale children’s books, modern first editions, atlases, maps, prints and drawings, photography and fine illustrated books. Visitors will find items ranging from medieval times to the 20th century.

This will be a rich and rare opportunity for everyone interested in books and related material to see, experience and purchase rare books, maps, prints, illustrations and more from some of the world’s foremost booksellers.

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Jeff Gadsden
TIABF Marketing and Publicity
Gadsden@antiqueshowscanada.com
1-800-667-0619

 

UPPER CANADIAN ANTIQUE SHOWCASE - January/February 2011 - Truly, a world of books. The Toronto International Antiquarian Book Fair by Jason Dickson.


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2010

 

National Post. Nov 5, 2010 - Among the antiquarians: Why there's optimism in the old book game


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Antiquarian Book Fair Attracts International Dealers to Toronto

TORONTO, Aug. 4 /CNW/ - Fine books were first printed in Europe in the 15th century. Six centuries later, some of these works will be offered for sale for the first time ever in a Canadian venue. The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of Canada is excited to announce the 2010 Toronto International Antiquarian Book Fair. Fifty dealers from across Europe and the USA will join Canada's foremost dealers in antiquarian books to present a 3 day sale of rare and important books. Taking place October 29 to 31, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, it is the first international antiquarian book fair to happen in Canada in over 15 years. First rate quality is assured, since all book dealers at the fair are members of national antiquarian booksellers' associations, and of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers. Such memberships require dealers to adhere to professional codes of ethics and business practices. In Toronto, these dealers will offer books on a wide range of interests. Specialties include travel, exploration, early science, medicine, literature, natural history, Canadiana, sports and games, Orientalia, military, Arctic regions, Judaica, crime fiction and art. In addition dealers will have for sale childrens' books, modern first editions, atlases, maps, prints and drawings, photography and fine illustrated books. Visitors will find items ranging from medieval times to the 20th century. This will be a rich and rare opportunity for everyone interested in books and related material to see, experience and purchase rare books, maps, prints, illustrations and more from some of the world's foremost booksellers. For further information: Jeff Gadsden, TIABF Marketing and Publicity, Gadsden@antiqueshowscanada.com, 1-800-667-0619
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World of rare books descends on Toronto

October 1, 2010 - For one weekend this month, Toronto will be the world capital of rare and antiquarian books. Some of the world’s foremost rare book dealers will converge on the city to participate in the 2010 Toronto International Antiquarian Book Fair. Rare and collectible books, first editions, maps, prints, manuscripts, illustrations and a great deal more will be offered for sale by dealers from France, Germany, Netherlands, England, the USA and Canada.

The fair is sponsored by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of Canada. Past president Eric Waschke states: “The stature, experience and knowledge of the international booksellers who are participating in this event ensure that it will be the greatest display of antiquarian books ever to take place in Canada."

These dealers will offer books on an exceptional range of interests. Specialties include travel, exploration, early science, medicine, literature, natural history, Canadiana, sports and games, Orientalia, military, Arctic regions, Judaica, crime fiction, gardening and art. In addition collectors will find first editions by modern authors, fine illustrated books, historically important documents, maps, prints and rare volumes dating back to the 15th century.

The book fair will take place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, north building, 255 Front Street, W. Opening night is Friday, October 29 from 5pm until 9pm. The fair continues Saturday from 11am until 6:30pm and Sunday, from 12 noon until 5pm. Admission is $15. Visitors can register for an admission discount by visiting the official web site of the show, www.torontoantiquarianbookfair.com. The web site contains a wealth of information about the fair, its participants, and the treasures they’re bringing to Toronto.


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Trading in rare books, dealers to touch down in Toronto

October 8, 2010 - The world of the antiquarian book comes to Toronto late this month. The 2010 Toronto International Antiquarian Book Fair will take place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from October 29 to 31. It brings together 50 rare book sellers from Europe, the USA and Canada. This will be an exceptional opportunity for visitors to peruse a stunning array of rare books from around the globe.

These dealers will offer books on an exceptional range of interests. Specialties include travel, exploration, early science, medicine, literature, natural history, Canadiana, sports and games, Orientalia, military, Arctic regions, Judaica, crime fiction, gardening and art. In addition collectors will find first editions by modern authors, fine illustrated books, historically important documents, maps, prints and rare volumes dating back to the 15th century.

The book fair will also provide a fascinating opportunity to meet the remarkable people who make a vocation out of dealing in antiquarian, rare and valuable books, prints, manuscripts and illustrations.

Eric Waschke, proprietor of The Wayfarer’s Bookshop in Vancouver, will be at the Toronto fair Still only in his early forties, he has been selling old books for twenty five years. Fuelled both by a passion for exploration, and by his thirst for finding more and more books, he embarked some years ago on a campaign to explore ‘the known book world’. He set a goal to visit as many book shops in as many countries as he could manage. At latest count, he has shopped in over 4000 shops in 80 countries. Waschke is also an avid amateur mountaineer, and has climbed mountains around the world. Travel and exploration dominate his extensive rare book collection.

Adrian Harrington runs a rare book shop by the same name, in London England. He too is coming to Toronto. As a young teenager he used to tour the second hand book shops of South London. As a result he began to trade in old books while in university. Of his school years, he says, “My degree started out as Chemistry and ended up as a B.Sc. in Geology, hence, I ended up as an antiquarian bookseller, specialising in whatever took my fancy!” Agent 007 captured his fancy some time ago, and he is now considered one of the world’s leading experts on James Bond, the books, and their author Ian Fleming. Harrington will have Bond books in Toronto.

David Mason, principal of David Mason Books on Adelaide St. W in Toronto is considered by his peers to be the current dean of Canadian antiquarian booksellers. He writes often on the bookselling trade. In a recent piece, he described how, as a boy of seven, wandering in the woods by a golf course, he discovered a technique, he later refers to as ‘Looking without Looking’ that has served as a core skill throughout his career as a successful buyer and seller of old books. Mason will have first editions of Frankenstein, and Dracula at the show, as well as a copy of the first Canadian edition of The Road to Oz.

In all, nearly 50 booksellers from Europe and North America will set up at the book fair. The event will take place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, north building, 255 Front Street, W. Opening night is Friday, October 29 from 5pm until 9pm. The fair continues Saturday from 11am until 6:30pm and Sunday, from 12 noon until 5pm. Admission is $15. Visitors can register for an admission discount by visiting the official web site of the show, www.torontoantiquarianbookfair.com. The web site contains a wealth of information about the fair, its participants, and the treasures they’re bringing to Toronto.



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Contact:
Jeff Gadsden
TIABF Marketing and Publicity
Gadsden@antiqueshowscanada.com
1-800-667-0619

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