Whether you’re a big spender or a window shopper, the Washington Antiquarian Book Fair has you covered. For browsers, there’s plenty to take in, including literary games to play on Friday, an appearance by Typewriter Rodeo (poets who use vintage typewriters to pound out custom poems for you in about three minutes) on Saturday, and appraisers on hand Saturday to check out any dusty books you’ve been hanging on to. Serious shoppers will find books, maps and letters at a range of price points — including a six-volume 1897 edition of Edmund Spenser’s “The Faerie Queene” printed on handmade paper, yours for only $5,000. Here are more treasures for the high rollers.
Sphinx Club, 1315 K St. NW; Fri., 4-8 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $10-$15.
This rare 1976 “white box” Dungeons & Dragons set — an early reprint of the first edition of the role-playing game released in 1974 — will surely make a great gift for the geek who has everything. The Capitol Hill Books booth at the fair has one, and it’s on sale for $350. Break it out at your next game night. (No, don’t do that. That will mess it up.)
Thank your middle school English teacher with this copy of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” which was presented to the teacher who taught the child actors on the set of the 1962 film adaptation. Not only is the book signed by author Harper Lee, but it’s also signed by members of the movie’s cast. For $85,000, Jeffrey H. Marks Rare Books will hand it over. Gift wrapping not included.
Can’t get “Hamilton” tickets? Assuage your grief with this letter from Aaron Burr. He wrote it in 1807, after his acquittal for treason (and three years after he killed Alexander Hamilton). In it, he congratulates a friend on the birth of her daughter, and expresses his wishes for her speedy recovery. Find it at Edward N. Bomsey Autographs, Inc.; take it home for $1,850.