A Podcast on Books & Ephemera ~ with Ben Koenig of The Counrty Bookshop

country bookshop outside

Ben Koenig of The Country Bookshop (in Plainfield Vermont), and one of the founding members of VABA, was recently on the Mark Johnson Show, talking about books and ephemera, and the joys of bookselling. You can listen to the 45-minute podcast that aired on March 20, 2014 here: http://blog.markjohnsonshow.net/2014/03/20/32014-ben-koenig-books-and-ephemera.aspx

The Mark Johnson show airs weekdays, 9-11 am on WDEV FM 96.1  AM 550.

c2014, VABA

Book Artists in Craftsbury Vermont ~ A Slide-Show

From Tom Twetten at Craftsbury Antiquarian Books:

A follow-up to last week’s Library sale at the Craftsbury Vermont Public Library: [info here on the VABA blog:]

[Amurath to Amurath, by Gertrude Bell: a record of an extraordinary woman traveler going east from Aleppo to Baghdad, on horseback, with a few Syrian assistants. The binding is low Syrian desert hills beneath of large night sky, diamonds imbedded into the leather. Binding by Tom Twetten ]

Last Wednesday a group of book artists and binders gave a talk on book arts and bindings, showing some recent projects and their approaches to design.   The group, all living in Craftsbury, Vermont, include VABA member Tom Twetten, and Carol Ceraldi who had a booth at the last two Burlington VABA fairs to show her book repair and conservation skills,   Also presenting were Kristin Urie, who specializes in delightful children’s books of her watercolors, and Christine McDonnell, who was trained at North Bennett Street School in Boston.  She talked about that training, and illustrated several innovative bindings.

The talk included a slide-show, which was apparently derailed by a power-outage – you can view the presentation here:

Slide-show of some of the book artists’ works here

[you can also get to this link from the Library’s “What’s Happening” page by clicking on the link in the left sidebar: http://www.craftsburypubliclibrary.org/events/ ]

A few more examples by Tom:

[ Don Etherington’s book about his design binding and book conservation career. Binding by Tom Twetten. ]

 [this “spook” binding cloak lifts up to disclose the author’s photo.  He is Dick Holm, writing The Craft We Chose, about his career in the CIA. Binding by Tom Twetten. ]

c2013 VABA

VABA offers free appraisals at the Burlington Book Festival! ~ Sept 22 and 23, 2012

Visit our free book appraisal event at the Burlington Book Festival!

From 11am to 3pm on September 22nd & 23rd, the Vermont Antiquarian Booksellers Association will be offering free appraisals at the Burlington Literary Festival. Present will be Ben Koenig of Country Bookshop in Plainfield, Mark Alexander of Alexander’s Rare Books in Barre, Donna Howard of The Eloquent Page in St. Albans, and Mark Ciufo of North Country Books and Kathy Roberts of K Roberts Fine Books, both in Burlington.  For more information about the festival, visit www.burlingtonbookfestival.com

Hope to see you there with some of your treasures!

[Posted by Donna Howard of The Eloquent Page]

 

2012 Summer Bookfair ~ Floorplan of Exhibitors

The VABA Summer Bookfair is less than two weeks away! To date 41 exhibitors have signed up.  If you are a book or ephemera seller, there is still time to register for a booth by contacting Garry or Karen Austin at mail@austinsbooks.com or 802-464-8438

You can view the floorplan of the fair and the list of this year’s exhibitors by going to the following link —

http://www.vermontisbookcountry.com/summerfair

See you at the fair!

Join Us for the VABA Summer Book Fair ~ August 12 ~ Brattleboro, Vermont

The Vermont Summer Book Fair Returns To Brattleboro
and highlights new features!
The Vermont Summer Book Fair, inaugurated over 30 years ago  by the Vermont Antiquarian Bookseller’s Association (VABA) gathers 40 plus dealers in fine old books, maps, ephemera, manuscripts, postcards and paper to the Withington Skating Facility at Living Memorial Park in Brattleboro, Sunday, August 12, 2012. Fair hours are 10am to 4pm.
This year’s fair features the “Ten Minute Symposia”, a series of impromptu dealer talks. Hourly, designated dealers will discuss an aspect of the old book business, collecting, or their particular specialty in the trade. Each talk will be held in the respective dealer’s booth and will be followed by a Q & A session. We encourage all interested visitors to join in and ask the questions that may have intrigued or puzzled you about old & rare books and related subjects.
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Ben Koenig of The Country Bookshop, a frequent contributor to WCVT FM 101.7 Classic Vermont will be one of our speakers as will Garry Austin of Austin’s Antiquarian Books in Wilmington VT, a specialist in all aspects of Theodore Roosevelt material. There will be a schedule in the Fair program.
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VABA is also proud to have with us this year the Philadelphia Printshop and Don Cresswell.  You will remember this affable individual from his many appearances on “The Antiques Roadshow”. Don will be sharing some behind the scenes “Roadshow” stories and will be taking your questions as part of the “Symposia”.
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Directions:
Just off Exit 2 of I-91, on Rte 9, The Park complex is identifiable by the local landmark of the Creamery Covered Bridge. Plenty of parking surrounds this well-lit spacious exhibition arena that is home to the Brattleboro Winter Sports Program and events like the “Home Show”. At the Vermont Summer Fair you will see names that you recognize from the the New York, Los Angeles, or Boston ABAA shows, however you will also find some dealers that exhibit only regionally. Some come from as far away as Pennsylvania, and Ohio, and others travel from New York and all our neighboring New England states and Canada. They will all be bringing their fresh material garnered from auctions and attics, barns and book sales, housecalls and pickers. The variety of the dealer offerings will be amazing. Of course you will find books in almost any subject, but the ephemera, maps, autographs, documents, photographs, post cards, prints, and exotica are head turning.
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Whether you are an experienced or novice book collector, a librarian or an archivist, a scholar or an academic, or are simply interested in books and the book arts in general, you will find something to your taste. We invite you to visit the fair, explore the booths, and purchase the treasures on display. Listen to a discussion, ask a question or two and enjoy the show. Show hours are Sunday, August 12, 10 am to 4 pm. The show admission is $5.
Posted by:
Garry R Austin
Austin’s Antiquarian Books
PO Box 730
Wilmington, VT 05363
802 464-8438
c2012 VABA