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The German Stuttgart Rare Book Fair offers an extended catalogue & virtual fair from 29 January – 1 February
For the first time in its 60 year history, the Stuttgart Rare Book Fair, always held in January in the South-German city of Stuttgart and well established with international collectors and the trade, had to be cancelled and as many other international events in the rare book trade, will now take place as a virtual fair instead of a physical one. After the Verband Deutscher Antiquare (Association of German Antiquarian Booksellers), organiser of Germany’s leading fair for the rare book trade, cancelled the physical fair as early as August 2020 due to legal restrictions but also so as not to endanger exhibitors or visitors, an alternative had to be found.
As every year, a printed catalogue has again been published for the 2021 edition; highly appreciated by customers and a commitment to printing and the history of the book, which is deeply embedded in German culture. In addition, a digital solution was sought for the trade and customers, so book and art collectors could browse and buy rare books, maps, prints or autographs this January.
For this reason, the Stuttgart Rare Book Fair will take place from 29 January – 1 February 2021 in the form of a virtual fair but also with a significantly expanded printed catalogue.
76 dealers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland, but also from Australia, the US, Great Britain, the Netherlands and France, all members of the German booksellers association or affiliated to the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, will offer treasures of book printing and works on paper both on the specially developed virtual fair platform and the aforementioned printed catalogue.
Whether Dante, whose anniversary of death is celebrated for the 700th time in 2021, early printing, groundbreaking historical figures and works of medicine, politics and philosophy, literature and art up to the present day, the catalogue of the Stuttgart Rare Book Fair shows the entire range of the rare book trade.
The “Red Sofa” series of talks successfully kicked off in January 2020 and were scheduled to continue in 2021. Due to the cancellation of the physical fair, it was only natural to move the “Red Sofa” talks to the internet. Since October 2020, discussions with authors, rare booksellers and representatives of the trade took place in the run-up to the fair and allowed for dialogue in a virtual space.
The talks will continue right up to the fair when German and international rare booksellers and galleries will present selected highlights of the Fair in a live conversation on 20th and 27th January 2021.
The virtual fair will go live on 29th January 2021 at 12 noon, the same time when the annual physical fair would open, and will close again on Monday, 1 February 2021 at midnight. From the start of the fair, customers will be able to move from stand to stand, browse by author and subject area or do specific research using a full-text search. The virtual fair does not process direct sales; these are made directly through the dealer.