Frankfurt Antiquarian Fair in Hall 4.1

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Antiquarian treasures at the Book Fair.
Incunabula and early writings on science, theology and philosophy, as well as antique prints and other works will once again be for sale at the Frankfurt Antiquarian Book Fair in 2016, bearing witness to the European art of printing and book culture. But the 20th century also gets its due, of course, with autographs, hand-printed editions, books with original prints and other items rounding off the selection.

This year, 36 antiquarian booksellers – both from Germany and abroad – are participating in the fair. Most of the exhibitors are members of the Verband Deutscher Antiquare e.V. (Association of German Antiquarian Booksellers) or their respective national associations, which are connected to the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), a worldwide umbrella organisation. In keeping with the ILAB Code of Ethics, they guarantee high standards, transparent pricing, detailed descriptions of the works on offer, meticulous research, the authenticity of the items and expert advice.

2016 highlights – special exhibition of the partial estate of Ingeborg Bachmann

Ingeborg Bachmann (25 June 1926, Klagenfurt - 17 October 1973, Rome) is considered one of the most important German-language poets and prose writers of the 20th century. On the occasion of her 90th birthday, part of her estate will be exhibited at the Antiquarian Book Fair. The items on display can be purchased. In addition to lecture notes and letters (to Ingeborg Frey, among others), Bachmann’s doctoral thesis, which takes a critical look at Martin Heidegger, is also available for acquisition.

You can consult the catalogue with additional items here.

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Opening hours – Frankfurt Antiquarian Book Fair:

Wednesday, 11 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Thursday through Saturday, 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

The fair has been organised in collaboration with the AArbeitsgemeinschaft Antiquariat des Börsenvereins des Deutschen Buchhandels (Antiquarian Committee of the German Booksellers and Publishers Association) and

Impressions of the Antiquarian Book Fair

New magazine “Aus dem Antiquariat”
(“From the Antiquarian Bookshop”)

Up-to-date meets tried-and-true – it’s this mix that’s key: New information about old books and the latest new books – combined in one magazine that’s unique in the German-speaking world. "Aus dem Antiquariat" ("From the Antiquarian Bookshop") regularly helps bring antiquarian booksellers, book researchers and book collectors up-to-date on the industry with reports and news from fields including the history of books and the book trade, literary and cultural history, bibliography and the antiquarian book trade.

You can order the magazine here.

Video: “Frankfurt Antiquarian Book Fair”

"Vom Zauberer bis zum Anwalt. Vom Metzger bis zum Investment-Banker." ("From Magicians to Lawyers. From Butchers to Investment Bankers.") The Austrian television channel ServusTV filmed visitors to the Antiquarian Book Fair. (Duration: 4 min.)
Video: “Frankfurt Antiquarian Book Fair”