Sanctuary Books Blog
We will be posting regularly to our blog, primarily on single books that we have catalogued or come across that we think are worthy of special attention, but also on various themes and aspects of the book in a more general sense. In addition to regularly updating our blog, we will be sharing through the website monthly catalogues from stock in PDF format.
February 28, 2017 | by Daniel Wechsler
The New York Antiquarian Book Fair has moved to March this year, and is just around the corner. Please join us at Booth B3, beginning Thursday, March 9, from 5-9pm. The show at the Park Avenue Armory @ 67th Street runs through Sunday March 12, with Friday hours from noon-8pm, Saturday from noon-7pm, and Sunday from noon-5pm. Don’t miss out on this wonderful annual event and the greatest book fair in the world! Here is a taste of some of what we will be exhibiting: MODERN LITERATURE … Read More
March 29, 2016 | by Lauren Avirom
April 7-10, 2016, at the Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan — come visit us in Booth #D5. Most of what we’ll be bringing to the fair is currently in random piles all over the office, but here is a list of 35 highlights from our selections for the fair. Remember, too, that our office is just a block from the Armory, so fair weekend is a perfect time to make an appointment to come see our stock! Items in the list include festival books, modern literature, fine bindings, manuscripts and photo albums, and … Read More
February 3, 2016 | by Lauren Avirom
We’re always happy to participate in the California International Antiquarian Book Fair — this time in Pasadena, February 12-14. For complete information on the fair, including hours and location, click here . We’re bringing more than 150 items, on a variety of subjects, including Art, Autographs & Letters, Color Plates, Early Printed, Modern Literature, Manuscripts, Photography, Playing Cards (and other Curiosities), and Russian Literature. It’s a long list, perfect for a long flight, and it’s available as a pdf download here . Come visit us in Booth … Read More
November 9, 2015 | by Lauren Avirom
There are 200 items on this list, and we’re still packing. So, our list is incomplete and it’s not as organized as we’d like it to be, but enough people are asking for it that we’re making it available for download here . Thanks, everyone.
November 6, 2015 | by Lauren Avirom
We’re looking forward to the 39th International Antiquarian Boston Book Fair, November 13-15 at the Hynes Convention Center. We’re bringing more than 200 items, and we’re big on suspense — so no list. Just come say hi. We’re in booth #427. Information about the fair, including a list of exhibitors, hours, directions, and admission, can be found here .
March 31, 2015 | by Lauren Avirom
The New York Antiquarian Book Fair is coming soon, April 9-12, a long weekend of books, big meals, and bottles of wine. Many of us are going to read many, many catalogues in the days ahead — why not start with a free download of our list ? Most of you know how we roll here at Sanctuary, but it’s worth mentioning that we’re bringing autographs and letters, early printed books, fine press, literature, manuscripts, albums and original photographs, and books on the visual arts. Notably, there is whimsy (item #169), magic (item … Read More
March 3, 2015 | by Lauren Avirom
Road trip! We here at Sanctuary Books can’t wait to leave snowy NYC for… wait a minute… did anyone else see temperature predictions of 7 degrees Fahrenheit in Washington D.C.? Well, we’re going anyway. Please stop by Booth #34 to say hello. General info about the fair can be found here . And please download a copy our fair list , which features early printed books, signed and inscribed modern literature, travel and adventure, medicine, and one-of-a-kind manuscripts and photo albums.
February 11, 2015 | by Lauren Avirom
We’re thrilled to participate in the Washington D.C. book fair for the first time, March 6-7! We’ll post a list in early March, so keep your eyes on the blog, facebook, and/or twitter. Until then, you can find information about the fair here .
January 26, 2015 | by Lauren Avirom
Sanctuary Books can’t wait to leave snowy NYC for sunny California! Come see us in booth K-1 at the Pasadena Antiquarian Book, Print, Photo & Paper Fair. Saturday, January 31 (10 AM – 6 PM) and Sunday, February 1 (11 AM – 4 PM). Located at the Pasadena Convention Center, 300 East Green Street. General Admission is $8; Senior Citizens (62+ years) admitted for $5; and children under 12 get in for free. If you follow us on facebook or twitter, or you sign up for … Read More
January 19, 2015 | by Lauren Avirom
Tomorrow kicks off Bibliography Week, seven mad-cap days of book-related lectures, discussions, and schmoozing held annually in NYC. The haute monde of national organizations devoted to book history will hold their annual meetings, and on Friday, January 23, we here at Sanctuary Books will enjoy the Bookseller’s Showcase, held 10AM to 4PM at Christ Church Methodist, 520 Park Avenue. Please stop by our booth and say hello — it’s in one of the prettiest rooms EVER for a book fair. We’ve released a short catalogue in … Read More
October 16, 2014 | by Daniel Wechsler
Over the past six-and-a-half years, I have been preoccupied with a single book, a copy of the second edition of John Baret’s Alvearie or Quadruple Dictionarie, printed in London by Henry Denham in 1580. I genuinely believe it to be a dictionary that once belonged to, and was fully annotated by, William Shakespeare. Confessing to this belief makes the preoccupation understandable. Believing in such a book is, of course, one thing. Proving, or even making a compelling argument for the claim, is another. Long prior to … Read More
October 14, 2014 | by Daniel Wechsler
Essay by Jed Perl, originally published in Strange & Wonderful: An Informal Visual History of Manuscript Books and Albums . What is a book? A book is a world between covers, a realm of fact or fiction or some combination of the two. A book is a distillation of experience, a record of our world turned into a world unto itself. Most books, at least most of the books that we have around us today, certainly most of the ones in the room where I am sitting as I write these words, were produced on a printing press. … Read More