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!


Honey & Wax, West Coast

West Coasters! And those with frequent flyer miles and a sense of adventure:

Please visit us at our California debut this weekend. Honey & Wax will be in booth 903 at the 50th California International Antiquarian Book Fair at the Oakland Marriott City Center, February 10-12. We’re bringing sixty of our favorite books, many not yet online, which you can preview here.

We’ve come all the way from Brooklyn, and there’s a blizzard there, so we can’t go back. Come say hello!


To 2017!

Happy holidays from Honey & Wax, with the promise of many more books to come in the new year! We hope to surprise even ourselves.

Your faithful Brooklyn booksellers,

Heather & Rebecca



O Come, All Ye Faithful

Here at Honey & Wax, we’ve stocked up on red ribbon and eco-friendly non-denominational holiday wrap. Let’s welcome the season!yeoldebookshoppe

Catalog 5 is now available online, and new acquisitions are added to the website as they arrive. We’re happy to collaborate with you on a present for someone special, and offer personalized gift cards at any price point.

And if you’re in New York this Saturday, December 3, pick up some unexpected holiday gifts at the Fifth Annual Brooklyn Holiday Book Fair at Park Slope’s historic Old Stone Housebhbfpostcard

This year’s fair celebrates the publication of Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas and the newly released collection of Jane Jacobs essays, Vital Little Plans: The Short Works of Jane Jacobs. Jonathan Tarleton of Nonstop Metropolis and Nate Storring of Vital Little Plans will lead a free walking tour of Brooklyn, explaining the intertwined legacies of Robert Moses and Frederick Law Olmsted in the borough, followed by a book signing. We hope to see you there.

A Week in York

Some belated snapshots from last month’s visit to York:

Everyone told me that York was beautiful, but I didn’t really understand until I arrived. This walled city — home to Romans, Vikings, and Richard III — hosts the York Antiquarian Book Seminar (YABS) each fall, a great resource for booksellers looking to learn the trade.yorkwallruinimg_2495gateI gave the enthusiastic (if jetlagged) YABS keynote on a Monday morning, 4 AM Brooklyn time:keynote

And had a wonderful week with the seminar faculty and students. On the YABS faculty side, here are Anthony Smithson of Keel Row Books and Justin Croft:anthonyjustin

The inimitable Jonathan Kearns:jonathan

The inspiring Sophie Schneideman, just leaving Janette Ray in York:heathersophie

Dinner at Akbar’s with Simon Beattie and this year’s featured dealer Jenny Allsworth:akbarsBonus shot: Sophie and Jonathan with the fabled “curtains of naan”:akbars2

After the seminar, it was time to set up at the York National Book Fair, the largest book fair in England — and an opportunity to catch up with Fuchsia Voremberg of Maggs, and expat Brooke Palmieri, newly appointed editor of Printing History:img_2542

A million thanks to YABS student Kait Mellini for her help at the Honey & Wax stand:


And then, farewell York! I look forward to walking your streets again one day.


And hello, Brooklyn!plane