Books & Art at the Stuttgart Rare Book Fair 2020

Germany's leading annual rare book fair brings together each year local and international booksellers.

Established in 1962, the fair is one of the oldest in Europe and reflects Germany's history and tradition in printing, publishing and bookselling.
Perfectly positioned in Stuttgart's city centre, the fair takes pride to be one of the region's longstanding cultural events.  

November 14th, 2019

New Format in Stuttgart: »The Red Sofa« – Book Talks at the Fair

Every book has its story. Dealers and collectors of books and works on paper often share the same love for literature, for books as objects, for book and art history or interesting provenances.
The new format »Das Rote Sofa« (The Red Sofa) opens up the fascinating world of rare books, autographs, prints and illustrated works in conversations between booksellers, collectors and authors.

»Celebrating Poetry – Hölderlin (and Celan) in the Jubilee Year 2020«

Hölderlin2020 – The German Literature Archive Marbach at the Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair

Date & Venue: Saturday, 25 January 2020, 12h00, Antiquariatsmesse Stuttgart, »Das Rote Sofa«

This year, Dr. Jan Bürger and Dr. Thomas Schmidt of the German Literature Archive Marbach have been invited to the new »Red Sofa« Talks. The year 2020 marks the 250th birthday of Friedrich Hölderlin, a German poet who has enriched German language like hardly any other.
Paul Celan's 100th birthday will be commemorated in 2020; Celan's poetry would be a different one without Hölderlin's influence.
The Antiquariatsmesse Stuttgart will celebrate the two iconic German literary figures Hölderlin and Celan with a multitude of bibliophilic treasures. 

Jan Bürger and Thomas Schmidt in conversation at the fair with Angelika Elstner about Hölderlin and Celan's works, their undiminished inspirational power and the Jubilee Year of 2020 »Hölderlin2020« which sees major exhibitions and a large number of literary events throughout the year.

8 November 2019

Single-sheet prints (Einblattdrucke) from the early days of book printing – the joint kick-off event of the 59th Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair and the 34. Antiquaria Ludwigsburg

Date and Venue: Monday, 20 January, 19h30, Literaturhaus Stuttgart

Book printing is usually associated with the production of books or pamphlets. Since Gutenberg's invention, however, a large number of single sheets were printed, referred to as leaflets or single-sheet prints and widely used during the time of the Reformation. Their production was fast and inexpensive, they were used in many ways to promote products, spread news or in many cases even to resolve conflicts. For example, the Duke Ulrich of Württemberg (1487-1550) used leaflets to ask for support in politically precarious situations and even to win back his territory during his exile.

Dr. Saskia Limbach (Institut für Buchwissenschaft der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz) has been researching and publishing on the subject for years and opens the week of antiquarian book fairs in Stuttgart and Ludwigsburg with her lecture at the Literaturhaus Stuttgart.

27 August 2019

New exhibitors' list for the 2020 fair now online 

Exhibitors for the 2020 fair have now been announced (Click here) Rare booksellers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland but also international firms from the UK, France, the Netherlands and Italy will be present at the upcoming fair in January 2020.
The German antiquarian booksellers' association welcomes new exhibitors: Librairie Lamort and Librairie Yvinec (both Paris), Peter Harrington (London), Antiquariat De Roo (Zwijndrecht, Netherlands), as well as the German exhibitors Treptower Bücherkabinett (Berlin) and Stefan Müller (Mönchengladbach). After a pause, London rare book firm Quaritch, Erasmushaus Basel and Librairie Monsieur Le Prince (Paris) will exhibit again in Stuttgart. 

20th August 2019

Call for the 1st Young Book Collector's Prize

For the first time, the German antiquarian booksellers association, VDA, will award a prize for a young book collector.
Are you younger than 35 years? Collecting rare books or works on paper?
The event is support by leading German book experts as well as the German bibliophile society Maximilian Gesellschaft für alte und neue Buchkunst and antiquarian book magazine Aus dem Antiquariat.

Please follow this link for more information (in German language).


14th August 2019

City Mayor takes over Patronage for the Stuttgart Rare Book Fair 2020

The German booksellers association is honoured to announce the patronage by the city's mayor, Mr Fritz Kuhn for the upcoming fair in January 2020, a strong message of support of the fair by the city as a long established international selling but also local cultural event.



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