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Don’t miss the 2018 Amsterdam Antiquarian Book Fair


People who love antiquarian books, atlases, old maps, fine prints, manuscripts, first editions and the written and printed word in general should plan to be in the Netherlands on October 6-7 for the 2018 Amsterdam International Antiquarian Book Fair. After the last year’s successful event, the fair will be held again in the Marriott Hotel.

The fair has attracted a large number of prominent antiquarian dealers from Holland and abroad. Both serious bibliophiles and general book-lovers will be delighted by almost 50  stands from sellers in the Netherlands, the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Austria and Belgium. There will be something of interest for everybody, from incunables and antiquarian books to 21st century literature. Anyone who just wishes to browse is welcome and admission is free.

The exhibitors include a large number of members from the Dutch Association of Antiquarian Book Dealers (known in Dutch as the De Nederlandsche Vereeniging van Antiquaren or NVvA). New exhibitors include Acanthus from Utrecht, Alessandro Borgato from Italy, Foldvari from Hungary,  Galerie bei der Oper from Austria, Lynge & Son from Denmark, Mayfair Rare Books & Manuscripts from the UK, and Dat Narrenschip from the Netherlands, and Hanno Schreyer from Germany and Michael Steinbach from Austria.

Just like last year, the curators Reinder Storm and Adriaan Plak from the University of Amsterdam will be giving guided tours on Sunday, walking round the stands and talking about their favorite items displayed in the exhibitors’ collections.

The fair is on the first floor of the Marriott Hotel, Stadhouderskade 12, Amsterdam, and is centrally located between the Leidsche Plein and the Vondelpark. It will be open on Saturday from 1pm to 6pm, and 11am to 5pm on Sunday.

Visit the fair’s website for more information and highlights, which include a first edition of Florilegium Harlemense filled with beautiful flower illustrations, a contemporary coloured copy of the final Hondius edition of the Mercator atlas, and an early book on Greenland.

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