The ABAA Women in Bookselling Initiative

It’s been a real thrill to help launch the ABAA Women in Bookselling Initiative, from our first trade networking events in 2016 and 2017:

. . .  to the ABAA tribute to longtime California bookseller Carol Sandberg in Los Angeles this February:

. . .  to our first foray into public programming last month in New York, a panel discussion on the subject of Collections and Women (video here), moderated by ABAA bookseller Nina Musinsky, featuring librarians and scholars from the New York Public Library, the New-York Historical Society, and the University of Virginia:

The goals of the Women’s Initiative, laid out in the ABAA committee statement, are “to support women book and manuscript sellers, create policies that promote gender equity in the trade, facilitate recruitment efforts aimed at women book and manuscript sellers, and expand diversity in the market by developing women as collectors and in collections.”

And our goal at Honey & Wax? Gender parity in the ABAA in our lifetime, and more independent women booksellers across the trade. Perhaps unrealistic, but we’re going to do what we can.

The 2018 New York Antiquarian Book Fair

A quick reminder, in the midst of the thaw, that the 2018 New York International Antiquarian Book Fair is opening tonight, and running all weekend at the Park Avenue Armory.

New York is the high spot of the American fair calendar, with more than 200 booksellers from around the world in attendance — including Honey & Wax in booth E9. On Sunday morning at 10 AM, before the fair opens, the ABAA Women’s Initiative is sponsoring a panel discussion at the armory on Collections and Women, which is free and open to the public.

And not least, we just announced this year’s Honey & Wax Book Collecting Prize, and hope you’ll share the contest information with anyone who might be (or know) a likely winner!

Wishing you all a bookish start to spring, and hoping to see many of you tonight at the armory.


The New Year, Not So New

2018 has had a breathless (and blogless) quality so far.

In January, Rebecca was invested into the Baker Street Irregulars, the exclusive group of Sherlock Holmes enthusiasts founded in 1934 by Christopher Morley:

The following week, Heather addressed the annual meeting of the Bibliographical Society of America on a panel devoted to “Bibliography in the Expanded Field”:

And Honey & Wax exhibited for the first time at the ABAA showcase during Bibliography Week in New York City:

Today, we’re in sunny Pasadena, setting up for the opening of the California International Antiquarian Book Fair this afternoon.


If you’re in Los Angeles, please come visit us in booth 403, today through Sunday!

Happy Fall

New Yorkers! Honey & Wax will be exhibiting at the Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair this weekend, September 8-10, and we hope you’ll come say hello. In just four years, the Brooklyn fair has grown into the largest regional book fair in the United States: over a hundred dealers are on their way from as far away as Chicago (to the west) and London (to the east), and all proceeds from Friday night’s preview benefit Rare Book School. On Saturday afternoon, Rebecca will be giving a talk on the ABCs of book collecting, and on Sunday, she’ll be discussing and signing her new book Printer’s Error.

Looking ahead, stay tuned for the announcement of the first winner of the annual Honey & Wax Book Collecting Prize later this month. We’ve been overwhelmed by the number of submissions, and by how interesting the rising generation of American collectors promises to be. Reading these essays has been a highlight of our year.

And finally: mark your calendars for the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair, November 10-12, and clear a spot on your desk (or nightstand or coffee table) for Honey & Wax Catalog 6, in the works now.

Hope to see many of you this weekend!

London Calling

A few snapshots from last week’s London International Antiquarian Book Fair, the last to be held at Olympia:

Here’s Rebecca examining a 1572 Latin translation of Arab physicist Alhazen’s Opticae Thesaurus, a groundbreaking medieval work on optics that influenced Kepler and Galileo:

A photo from the Women in the Book Trade breakfast on Friday, featuring dozens of women booksellers from around the world (including us!):

One last dinner at The Havelock Tavern, after the fair, including friends from Peter Harrington Rare Books, Pirages Fine Books, B&B Rare Books, Keel Row Books, Alembic Rare Books, and more:

We found ourselves a little sentimental about saying goodbye to Olympia (will we ever lift a pint at The Hand and Flower again? Or The Cumberland Arms?) — but we’re excited to see how the fair goes at its new home in Battersea next year.

Summer in the City (and Elsewhere)

Before we lock the cases for the holiday weekend and pack our bags for next week’s London International Antiquarian Book Fair, we want to share some summer news.

We’re delighted to announce the Honey & Wax Book Collecting Prize, an annual award of $1000 for an outstanding book collection built by a young woman. Visit the website for complete prize details: applications are due July 15, and this year’s prize will be awarded in September. Please, if you know bookish women under 30 – and we know you do – spread the word!

On June 21 and 22, Rebecca will be running the Honey & Wax booth at the ABAA bookseller showcase in Iowa City, part of the annual meeting of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries. While Rebecca’s in town, she’ll also be discussing her new book Printer’s Error at Prairie Lights Books, so librarians and Iowans: go!

And from July 16 to 21, Heather will be this year’s specialty dealer at the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar, now in its 40th year. A weeklong rare book boot camp in the shadow of Pikes Peak, CABS is a great opportunity for experienced and aspiring booksellers, librarians, and collectors to share their knowledge and love of the trade. Early registration closes May 29, and some scholarships for this summer are still available.

If there’s something that we should be seeking in London that you have not mentioned to us, now would be an ideal time. We’ll try to post photos from Olympia next week!

Spring: Now Sprung

Happy spring from Honey & Wax!

If you’re in the Philadelphia area tonight, come see Rebecca at The Rosenbach, where she’ll be talking about her new book, Printer’s Error. If you can’t make the event, check out the great short interview posted on The Rosenbach website.

Now that the California and New York fairs are behind us, we’re cataloguing new acquisitions every day, and hope you’ll stop by the website to see our latest books as they arrive. And, as always, let us know how we can help with your ongoing bookish plans and pursuits.

Honey & Wax, East Coast

Do you feel as though, just moments ago, you received an invitation to a book fair from Honey & Wax? That’s because you did.

This year, the California and New York antiquarian book fairs are separated by a mere four weeks: four weeks of compulsive list-making, energetic cataloguing, and free-floating anxiety. Preview our show list here, or just come by booth E17 at the New York Antiquarian Book Fair this weekend, March 9-12, and see for yourself.

And later this month, after the fair,  join us for the New York launch of Rebecca’s new bookPrinter’s Error: Irreverent Stories from Book History, co-authored with J.P. Romney. Rebecca and Heather will discuss the past and future of print at Brooklyn’s Community Bookstore on Wednesday, March 15, at 7 PM. Book signing to follow. You can preorder your first edition of Printer’s Error directly from Community, or through HarperCollins.

We hope to see you soon, in one borough or another!