Organised by the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA), the event followed all precautionary measures amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
In its first SIBF pavilion, Italy is showcasing best-selling books — mostly children’s literature — from 14 of its leading publishers.
The map is from the rare 1482 Ulm edition of Ptolemy’s Geographia, the first atlas printed north of the Alps and the first to contain illustrated woodcut maps.
A pavilion shared by three booksellers — UK-based Peter Harrington; Antiquariat Inlibris; and Antiquariat At Forum — showcases several collector’s items that are certainly one for the books.
More than 80,000 books in over 30 languages will be exhibited in-person at Expo Centre Sharjah from today until November 14.
The three-day forum, set to begin on Sunday, is held ahead of the official opening of the 39th Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) on November 4.
Four time slots that last three hours available
It also smashed the world record for most authors (1,502) signing their books at one location.