FINE weather helped the 43rd Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair welcome around 6000 visitors, up 20 per cent up on 2003, to the city’s Württemberg Kunstverein from January 23-25. The fair, staged by the Verband Deutscher Antiquäre (German Antiquarian Bookdealers’ Association) since 1962, is the largest of its kind in Germany – the 96 exhibitors included dealers from Switzerland, Austria, France, Israel and the UK (Bernard Shapero from London).
This year saw a strong presence of music dealers, with A. Rosenthal from Oxford, and Stuttgart’s Dr Ulrich Drüner, joining regular German exhibitors Hans Schneider and J. Voerster, who sold a first edition of Brahms’ Six Songs for a Single Voice, with a handwritten dedication from the composer to Clara Schumann, for €2200 (£1520). Top of the price range were the medieval illuminated manuscripts available for over €500,000 (£350,000) on the stands of Dr Jörn Günther (Hamburg) and Heribert Tenschert (Switzerland).
This year the organisers noted “significantly more collectors of books and graphic art, both private and institutional”.
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