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57th Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair (VDA)

26 Gennaio 2018 @ 11:00 - 28 Gennaio 2018 @ 19:30


The first event of the bibliophile year: For years the Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair has attracted dealers and collectors from all over the world to the elegant “Kunstverein” in the heart of Stuttgart.


64 exhibitors from Germany, Great Britain, the United States, Switzerland, Austria, France and the Netherlands show rare and valuable medieval manuscripts, books, autographs, and modern prints at this most prestigious antiquarian book fair in Germany. There will be antiquarian books on every conceivable subject, prints by old and new masters, manuscripts, drawings, photographies – everything a collector’s heart could desire.



The fair catalogue is quite up-to-date and all the books offered in it are not for sale before the opening of the fair. But between the compilation of the catalogue and the beginning of the fair lie two long months, in which the exhibitors continue buying. As they may want to offer some of these new acquisitions in the fair catalogue, an addendum to the printed catalogue will be online from the beginning of January on our website. The books, prints and autographs offered here are subject to the same rules as the objects in the catalogue: They cannot be sold or reserved before the beginning of the fair. Come and have a look occasionally, there may be something new every time you visit!



Rubens as a Book Illustrator
Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) is world-famous as a painter, but he was also active as a book illustrator. The direct bearing of his illustrations on the text of the book are marvellous, even by today’s standards. Nevertheless, they did not attract the attention they deserve, even today. There were two exhibitions forty years ago which showed that the list of his book illustrations in the catalogue raisonné is incomplete. Since then, individual book illustrations were shown at exhibitions that featured the Baroque epoch, book illustrations in general or even the reconstruction of Ruben’s comprehensive library.
Friday to Sunday, 26th to 28th January, in the Fair halls.

The catalogue that was produced by the State Academy of Visual Arts in Stuttgart, shows all his 58 book illustrations in context for the first time. For each work, all additional informations that have been published since 1977, are given. Each book is treated bibliographically and described exhaustively. What’s more, the titles are translated, the number of copies printed and even the original retail price are often given.
Gitta Bertram und Nils Büttner, Sinnbild – Bildsinn. Rubens als Buchkünstler. 
Verband Deutscher Antiquare e.V. und Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Stuttgart 2018. 208 Seiten, 30 Euro

Talk on: »Rubens as a Book Illustrator«  
On Saturday, 27th January, right after the fair closes, the Verband Deutscher Antiquare will be inviting to a talk by Prof. Dr. Nils Büttner, curator of the art collection and the archives of the Academy, in the halls of the fair. The cellist Leo Morelli will be performing the Ricercari by Domenico Gabrielli and Giovanni Battista Degli Antonii. Entrance is free.

The art of hand-made marbled paper
Marbled paper is everywhere in the book world – as flyleaves, covering slip-cases or cardboard bindings etc. It is one of the little-noticed, pleasant details of  bibliophily. It ranges from rich baroque brocade paper to simple paste paper and modern screen-printed decorative paper. The ancient craft of marbling is still practiced today. At her stand, graphic designer Ulrike Grießmayr will be demonstrating the art of marbling and decorating paper.
Exclusively for the fair, an edition of 30 sheets of block printed paper will be for sale.


26 Gennaio 2018 @ 11:00
28 Gennaio 2018 @ 19:30
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