Rare, historic books and maps on display in Albuquerque


The 2018 Albuquerque Antiquarian Book Fair features books, pictures and maps dating back centuries.

This year, more than two dozen vendors from all across the country brought pieces to display and sell.

“We have everything from $5-10 books all the way up to, one of the guys has, $15-20,000 maps,” said Mark Holeman, Director of the Albuquerque Antiquarian Book Fair.

Holeman says they expect hundreds of people to visit the two-day fair.

“People still like old books. They like to curl up by a fire with a book. Not everybody wants a Kindle or a tablet,” said Holeman.

There is a mix of children’s, history, fiction, and non-fiction books. Many vendors have a healthy collection of pieces relating back to New Mexico and books written by New Mexico authors.

Holeman says a highlight this year is a Civil War era map depicting a shape of New Mexico not many people would recognize. It shows the Land of Enchantment and Arizona split horizontally, instead of vertically.

“They claimed the southern territory for the Confederates. After the Union army won the Battle of Glorieta Pass, they split New Mexico and Arizona down the middle,” said Holeman.

Holeman says there are hundreds of pieces of history waiting to be taken home this weekend.

The fair runs Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information and to get free admission, click here.

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