Old books that have ceased to be of service should no more be abandoned than should old friends who have ceased to give pleasure. Bernard Baruch
What is so rare as a couple of beautiful days in June when bibliophiles gather to peruse, assess, fondle, critique, and otherwise revel in old books – and to spend a few hours with old friends who share their passion. As every collector knows, the 26th Annual Twin Cities Antiquarian & Rare Book Fair is set for Friday and Saturday, June 24-25, at the Progress Center on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. (https://twincitiesbookfair.com)
Some special features of the 2016 Fair:
- Saturday visitors will have an opportunity to avail themselves of free appraisal of their treasures. From Noon-3:00 experts will evaluate up to four books for each visitor.
- All day Saturday representatives of the Minnesota Center for Book Arts’ Artist’s Co-op will print free letterpress keepsake bookmarks on their Kelsey tabletop press.
- Throughout the gathering collectors will have a chance to meet and talk with booksellers and other expert event partners. This is a unique opportunity to learn about book collecting, book arts, preservation, archives and more, all from representatives of authorities and Book Fair supporters including Rain Taxi, Minnesota Underground Music Archives, Minnesota Historical Society, the Minnesota Center for Book Arts and others.
Planners of the Antiquarian & Rare Book Fair kindly offer some pre-Fair guidance for neophytes who may want to get up to speed: Check out this classic FAQ guide prepared by the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries. Aptly titled “Your Old Books” the guide is a click away at http://rbms.info/yob/.