The 13th Leipzig Antiquarian Book Fair

The 13th Leipzig Antiquarian Book Fair takes place from 22 to 25 March 2007 in conjunction with the Leipzig Book Fair. A total of 86 exhibitors come together this year in Hall 3 from ten countries. Alongside Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands, antiquarian dealers from Sweden, the UK, the USA and Brazil guarantee an international spectrum. The Leipzig Antiquarian Book Fair facilitates the parallel reality of old and new books, of international presence and awareness of Leipzig's long tradition as a book city.

Many editions first shown at Leipzig book fairs over the past 500 years now find their way back to Leipzig. The range on offer includes all facets of the antiquarian trade, in price, content and historically. This appeals not just to the advanced collector, but also to beginners and those with all possible categories of historic interest.

Enthusiastic collectors can look forward to four rare individual copies of Insel editions, among others. Although a total of eight first editions of these rare Insel books were virtually all destroyed when Leipzig was bombed on the night of 3 to 4 December 1943, a few authors' copies escaped destruction. One of the loveliest editions ever awaits fans of the good Soldier Švejk. The six-volume edition of the Hasek classic from 1936 comes with a photo-montage cover by the famous artist John Hearthfield. The purchase price is set at 1, 200 euros.

The Brazilian antiquarian dealer Sebo Fino is bringing a zoology rarity. Brazil's animal kingdom was captured on 545 pages by Prince Maximilian Alexander Phillipp zu Wied-Neuwied who spent ten years on the hand colourings for the work published in 1831. It can be acquired for 10, 500 euros.

The Leipzig Antiquarian Book Fair's "business card" is surely unique anywhere in the world. Visitors to its venue in Hall 3 face a seemingly endless shelf. Literary works of all kinds are offered on 280 metres of shelf. Classics are here as well as the most sensational new publications of recent years. Thanks to their low price (starting at four euros), this selection is for both young collectors and well-versed "bookworms".

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