Twenties mag ran the gamut

Photo by Sam Spokony

Photo by Sam Spokony

Dozens of dedicated rare-book vendors and collectors gathered last weekend at P.S. 3 for the school’s 33rd Annual Antiquarian Book Fair. The vendors, from New York and out of state, displayed their finest, oldest and rarest literary treasures, plus art, photos, maps and historical documents. Richard Chalfin, above, owner of The Better Book Getter, at W. 103rd St. and Riverside Drive, brought several issues of The Greenwich Village Quill. Chalfin said the edition above was published in 1927 — and was printed at 76 Elton St. in Brooklyn — and included articles and interviews highlighting the area’s great artists, academics and cultural events of the time, as well as a listing of local bookstores. While flipping through the magazine, Chalfin also spotted an ad for an “Anti-Obscenity Ball” at Webster Hall — a venue now popular for its pop and rock concerts. How ironic, he thought.

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