The antiquarian book fair returns to New York from April 21 to 24

The New York International Antiquarian Book Fair (NYIABF) makes its highly anticipated return to Park Avenue Armory April 21-24, 2022 for its 62nd edition. Widely regarded as the best antiquarian book fair in the world, this year’s NYIABF is thrilled to feature nearly 200 exhibitors from around the world, continuing its legacy as a highly international event. Exhibitors will present a vast treasure of objects: rare books, maps, illuminated manuscripts, incunabula, beautiful bindings, illustrations, historical documents, rare prints, ephemera, etc. For more information and tickets, visit

Ailey, Alvin. (1931-1989) & de Lavallade, Carmen. (born in 1931) [Rapport, Will]. Blues Suite – Signed photograph. Approx. 1960 Will Rapport photographs dancers performing in ‘Blues Suite’ (sometimes also titled ‘Roots of the Blues’) which launched the Ailey company in 1958 and is often documented as the choreographer’s first masterpiece.

Roach, Max. (1924–2007) & Lincoln, Abbey. (1930–2010). “We insist! – signed LP.
Signed Swedish reissue of the jazz drummer’s 1960 album, “We Insist!” inscribed on the back “For Ken, Max 11/26/80″ and also later signed by singer Abbey Lincoln, whose signature is dated 1983. Jazz drummer Max Roach and singer Oscar Brown began work on the ” Freedom Now Suite” in early 1960, with the intention of performing it in 1963 on the 50th anniversary of emancipation. A recording was released in December 1960 under the title “We Insist!” The work was consciously and explicitly political, with movements spanning slavery, emancipation, the civil rights movement, and African independence movements. The photograph on the cover evokes the lunch counter sit-ins that were a regular feature of civil rights protests.

The first actor of African descent to play Othello: a signed copy
[Aldridge (Ira).] Barabas (Miklos): Ira Aldridge. African tragedian. Member of the Order of Arts and Sciences conferred by His Majesty King William IV of Prussia and holder of the Leopold Medal and the White Cross etc. Rare autographed portrait of the famous actor. Dated from Berlin 1861, it bears the inscription “Madame Arline Bach with the best wishes of Ira Aldridge”. Born in New York, Ira Aldridge (1807-1867) attended the African Free School and opted for a career on the stage rather than in the clergy, as his father preferred. While he got his start at Brown’s Theater (known as the African Theatre), New York, his prospects were brighter in England and he emigrated in 1824. Aldridge’s debut was in the year next in a production of “The Revolt of Suriname” in which he played the enslaved prince Oroonoko. Other roles soon followed, such as “The Ethiopian”, “The Libertine Defeated”, and “The Negro’s Curse”, which was written for him. For the next seven years he performed under the stage name “African Roscius”. Importantly, his first performance as Othello was in 1826, making him the first actor of African descent to play the role.

Cast iron tobacco box “Humanity”. An English tobacco tin bearing the iconography of kneeling captives of the abolitionist movement, dating from the mid-19th century.

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