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Come to the Fair

In response to:

Battle Over the Revolution from the February 22, 1973 issue

To the Editors:

Eric Foner’s informative review “Battle Over the Revolution” [NYR, February 22] brought to mind the constellation of several thousand rare books, manuscripts, “modern first” and graphics, with subjects ranging from Americana through Zoology, that will be on exhibit at the International Antiquarian Book Fair, April 4-7, at the Carlton House in New York…. Scholars of the Revolutionary period might like to know of a few important pieces of Americana from the period that will be offered at the Fair. One is a vellum scroll, of forty-three feet, in ornate calligraphy, detailing some of the cost of the American Revolution to the British, “The Original Accounts of Daniel Chamier,” commissary-general to the British Army in North America, and kept between 1774 and 1778. Another example: fifty-one pamphlets printed between 1789 and 1791 by the distinguished economist, Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours, father of the founder of the American industrial empire.

The proceeds from door admissions at the Fair will go to benefit The New York Public Library, which, as your readers know, is in financial straits. Admission to the preview, April 4, 7-10 p.m., is $5.00. Admission on Thursday and Friday (1-10 p.m.) and Saturday (11 a.m.-6 p.m.) is $1.50.

Joseph Lane

New York City

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