By John King Tarpinian: This past weekend was the “pay your mortgage before you attend” Antiquarian Book Fair. Dealers come from all over the US, plus Australia, Germany, Argentina, France & England encompassing over 200 booksellers.
Even if you leave your wallet at home it can be a great way to spend a few hours. SFF is very well represented at these shows. First editions are at every turn, from a first edition of Alice in Wonderland to Dune to Stranger in a Strange Land to Fahrenheit 451. The pulps are also well represented.
Rather than owning an OOP t-shirt of Le Petit Prince you could have bought a first edition of it for your granddaughter. (Guess what I did?) Next show she will get a signed first of The Cat in the Hat.
For me the event is also a social one. Over the years I have made friends with a number of dealers. Either because of my relationship with Ray Bradbury or that a few of the vendors come to the LA Vintage Paperback Show, for which I am the show organizer.
For those of you on the Eastern Seaboard the show will move to NYC in a few weeks: New York Antiquarian Book Fair.