International Antiquarian Book Fair

The Hynes Convention Center marquee announces the upcoming Boston Antiquarian Book Fair. (File photo courtesy of CommPromo)
The Hynes Convention Center marquee announces the upcoming Boston Antiquarian Book Fair. (File photo courtesy of CommPromo)

The annual fall gathering for booklovers, the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair, returns to the Hynes Convention Center in Boston’s Back Bay for its 42nd year, from Friday, November 16 through Sunday, November 18.

Tickets are $20 for Friday’s exclusive Opening Night Preview (5 p.m.-9 p.m.). Admission is free on Saturday (Noon-7 p.m.) and Sunday (Noon-5 p.m.).

Featuring the collections and rare treasures of 130 booksellers from the U.S., England, Canada, Netherlands, France, Germany, Russia, Denmark, and Argentina, the Book Fair gives visitors the opportunity to see, learn about, and purchase the finest in rare and valuable books, illuminated manuscripts, autographs, graphics, maps, atlases, photographs, fine and decorative prints, and much more.

One of the oldest and most respected antiquarian book shows in the country, the event offers a top selection of items available on the international literary market. Attendees have the unique chance to get a close look at rare and historic museum-quality items, offered by some of the most prestigious participants in the trade.

The Fair offers something for every taste and budget: from books on art, politics, travel, gastronomy, and science to sport, natural history, literature, music, and children’s books – all appealing to a range of bibliophiles and browsers.

“We’re seeing a marked increase in dealers participating in this year’s event, including many dealers who are participating for the first time, ” said show producer Betty Fulton. “We’re very excited to see the array of items they will be bringing with them to Boston.”

For attendees wanting to start a collection without breaking the bank, there will be dealers offering “Discovery” items priced at $100 or less, including a selection of children’s books and decorative cloth bindings. The Fair is an opportunity to learn tips on how to start a collection, and talk to dealers who are experts in their specialties.

Special events at the Fair will include The Ticknor Society’s annual Collectors’ Roundtable, free appraisals, and other talks and demonstrations to be announced early this fall.

The Hynes Convention Center is located at 900 Boylston St., Boston. The Book Fair is sponsored by the New England Chapter of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America. A portion of the ticket sales will benefit the Boston Public Library and the American Antiquarian Society.

Tickets are for sale at www.bostonbookfair.com and at the show’s box office during Friday evening’s show hours. For more information, call 617-266-6540 or visit www.bostonbookfair.com.

Enjoy!