The Texas Booksellers Association (TBA) is pleased to announce the Houston Book Show, a continuation and expansion of the successful book fair hosted by The Printing Museum for fifteen years. TBA is working with The Printing Museum and proceeds from the new show will benefit the Museum. The Houston Book Show is also co-sponsored by the Southwest Chapter of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA). The two-day show will be significantly larger than the one held at the Museum, and feature a diverse selection of interesting items.
More than 30 exhibitors from around the country will bring some of their finer offerings for perusal and purchase. The show includes dealers from California, Connecticut, Maryland, New Mexico, Oregon, and Tennessee and from Madrid, Spain, in addition to dealers from various parts of Texas.
Featured items will include rare and collectable books, illustrated books, artist’s books, fine printing, maps, photographs, prints, postcards and more. A tantalizing range of subjects will be represented with books illustrated by artists from William Blake to Tom Lea; vernacular photo albums to fine art photographs by Edward Curtis; and documents spanning presidential letters to seventeenth century Mexican decrees. Republic of Texas material is highlighted by signed Sam Houston documents. Many other documents and letters from prominent figures of Texas and U.S. history will be displayed. Various genres of books will be for sale, including history, literature, first editions and signed books, cookbooks, Latin American literature, signed mystery books, books about books, and many other categories. A book restorer will also be exhibiting. There will be something in all price ranges for the general browser to the serious collector.
The show will also feature free book appraisals for one or two items per person by noted local appraiser Kurt Zimmerman on Saturday morning (with a suggested donation); exhibitions by The Printing Museum regarding its collection of fine books and printing on both days; and an author talk and book signing Saturday at 2:30 p.m.by Houston author, doctor and Vietnam War veteran Samuel D. Axelrad about his recently published Viet-Nam memoir Peaceful Bones. A talk on Book Collecting 101 will be presented at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. Local archivists have been invited to give presentations regarding conservation of books and documents. Food and beverages will be available on site. There will be drawings for $50 gift certificates redeemable at the show, sponsored by Heritage Auctions, which will be represented at the show.