Calendar of Events – Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair 2019

»Twice around the World«

This year, the shared opening event of the Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair and the Antiquaria will be dedicated to women travellers.
It was the longing to see faraway places, the wish to gain knowledge or simply love of adventure that sent women travelling. Others had political, religious or amorous reasons to leave their home. The first known female traveller who left an account of her wanderings was the nun Etheria, who travelled to Constantinople and the Holy Land in 380 AD. In the 19th century, the heyday of women travellers, Lady Florence Dixie journeyed to Patagonia, Alexandra David-Néel crossed the Himalayas to study the religious culture of Tibet, and Ella Maillart took her cat to Southern India. By circumnavigating the world twice, the Viennese Ida Pfeiffer set a record. Travel descriptions by women differ from male ones; for instance, depictions of  female life in the Middle East will only be found in books by women.
Inge Utzt is an antiquarian bookseller from Stuttgart who has specialised in works on and by women. She will be introducing the »Ladies on Tour«, and will be reading from their books.
Friday, 18th January, 19.30, Literaturhaus Stuttgart


»German Emigration to Brazil in the 19th Century«

An exhibition of 70 books will be documenting recruitment and colonisation, life and work in the country and the hopes and dreams of emigrants to the Land of the Future, as Brazil was called. Most of the books in German, English or French are from the Brazil Collection of the Robert Bosch GmbH, which is not open to the public. They are supplemented by a important work from the Württembergische Landesbibliothek Stuttgart.
This exhibition is especially important and interesting in view of the ongoing discussion about migration and integration – not to mention the beauty of the books themselves.


»New Home Brazil«

Roland Paul will be giving a lecture on German emigration to Sao Paulo, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande del Sul in the 19th century. He is the emeritus director of the Institute of  Palatinate History and the Pfalzbibliothek in Kaiserlautern. There will be a short welcoming address by Dr. Sabine Lutz, director of the Robert Bosch Bibliothek, Stuttgart and musical accompaniment by the Singer Cristina Marques.
→ Friday, 25th January 8pm


With Catalogue »Auswanderung nach Brasilien« (Emigration to Brazil)

The theme of the exhibition will be taken up by the editorial part of the handbook: Susanne Koppel, antiquarian bookseller from Hamburg and  scientific advisor of over 40 years to the Brazil Collection of the Robert Bosch GmbH will introduce the most important literature on German emigration to Brazil, beginning 1806 through to 1924. The article (in German) will be divided into the following chapters: Promotion – Warning – Advice – Emigration guide, Military Recruitment – Mercenaries, Life and Work in the Country – Visitors and Belles Lettres – Juvenile Literature. Dr. Sabine Lutz will provide a short insight into the 1000 volumes of the collection and Alois Riffel of the Badisch-Südbrasilianische Gesellschaft, will contribute an essay »Making a new home in Brazil«.


The Art of Handmade Marbled Paper

Marbled paper is used extensively in book binding and the allied arts, be it as endpaper, for covering boards or slip-cases. It is one of those little-noticed, but pleasant things, whether as modern machine-made paper or valuable brocade paper. The ancient art of making this paper is still being kept alive, amongst other by Ulrike Grießmayr, who will be demonstrating the technique of marbling at her stand at the fair.
→ Demonstrations on Saturday, 26th and Sunday, 27th January, 1pm to 1,30 pm respectively, stand 41a


Restoring Old Books

A well-preserved original or contemporary binding is a desideratum for booksellers and buyers alike. Unfortunately, many books were badly damaged, or appallingly rebound, so that a new binding must be made. Bookbinder Hannah Loibl will be presenting her work in paper, leather and vellum and will offer insights into the possibilities of repairing and restoring damaged bindings. She will also be showing slipcases, folders and boxes which can protect valuable books.
Friday to Sunday. 25th to 27th January, stand 28

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Old Books for Young People

Young people and old books don’t go together! We beg to differ and offer guided tours for school classes and students, during which booksellers will show and explain some of their special and unusual books. Contact the fair committee for details.
→ Rendezvous on Saturday, 26th January, 4pm, Information stand of the Verband Deutscher Antiquare

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Guided Tours of the Fair

We also offer guided tours of the fair. Interested visitors will be led around and shown extraordinary and beautiful books by the exhibitors.
Rendezvous Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th January, 2pm respectively at the Information stand of the Verband Deutscher Antiquare

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Catalogue Supplement – Exhibitor’s Latest Acquisitions

The fair catalogue is up-to-date, and all items in it will only be for sale after the fair opens. But there are two long months between the copy deadline and the beginning of the fair. During this time, exhibitors continue to buy, and may wish to add their new acquisitions to the on-line version of the fair catalogue, which can be viewed from the beginning of January. The same terms as for the main catalogue apply to items in the supplement. Visit the address below often, there could be a surprise waiting!
From January 7th 







Verband Deutscher Antiquare e.V.

Geschäftsstelle: Norbert Munsch
Seeblick 1, 56459 Elbingen
Fon +49 (0)6435 909147
Fax +49 (0)6435 909148
E-Mail buch[at]antiquare[dot]de