Highlights

Each year our exhibitors bring rare, beautiful and unusual items for sale.

As we have not had a fair since 2019 due to the pandemic, our booksellers have curated many lovely and desirable books to exhibit.

Here are just a few of the exhibitors' highlights you can expect to see at the Fair in 2022!

There are a number of pages of highlights. To browse all the highlights - choose a page from the list below.

You can also check the highlights listed under your favourite booksellers in the exhibitor directory

PRINCESS COVER PAPERS
$550
Princess Cover Papers Windsor Locks, CT: C.H. Dexter and Sons, n.d. circa 1895 Trade catalogue: from the paper mill of C.H. Dexter & Sons, established in the early 1800s, with examples of nineteen colour paper samples, beautifully illustrated in the style of art nouveau. Stationery fetish aside, this is an important document in the development of printing history, with historical and cultural significance. Quarto, bound in pictorial wrappers, sewn, original ties intact. rubbed on rear panel and nicked at edges, a very good copy indeed, clean and unmarked within.
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Travels into the Interior of Southern Africa.
$6000
In which are described the Character & the Condition of the Dutch Colonists of the Cape of Good Hope, & the several Tribes of Natives beyond its Limit. ...Comprehending also A Topographical & Statistical Sketch of the Cape Colony...2 volumes. Second & best edition, with additions ... By John Barrow London: T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1806. 4to. Original full calf with gilt borders to front & rear covers. Spines rebacked. Marbled end-papers. With 8 full-page coloured aquatints by S. Daniell, 9 folding charts of which the coloured ones show some offsetting, & Direction for Placing the Plates leaf.
Illuminated Book of Hours leaf, France, c.1440.
$1000
Extensive, vibrant illuminations on a manuscript French Book of Hours leaf, c.1440. Surrounding the text on three sides are illuminations in a style called rinceaux. A bar border in burnished gold, black and white has coloured buds at its top, centre and bottom from which sprout delicately coloured & gilded acanthus leaves. Other flowers, real and imagined, ivy leaves and foliage in colours and gold are borne on swirling black tendrils. Within the tendrils in the bottom margin is a strawberry, a symbol of a drop of Christ’s blood. Verso has almost identical illuminations.