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The California International Book Fair February 7th - 9th

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The 47th California International Antiquarian Book Fair

The every other year ABAA book fair in South California returns to Pasadena for a three-day engagement Friday February 7th through Sunday the 9th.  This is the second time that the fair is being held in Pasadena.  In alternate years an ABAA west coast fair is held in the Bay area.  In recent years such fairs have assumed an increasing importance as rare book dealers continue to close their shops and increasingly rely  on such event to meet their customers.

 

The fair organizers have gone to great lengths to provide a deeper experience than just wading through several acres of dealers.  For those looking to be immersed there are the following opportunities:

 

Book Signing.  Saturday, February 8th at 11:00 am.  Nicholas Basbanes will be signing his latest book, ‘On Paper-The Everything of its Two-Thousand-Year History.”

 

What Shakespeare Ate.  Dining in the Elizabethan Age Panel Discussion.  Saturday, February 8th at 1:00 pm

 

A Talk:  Printing the Declaration of Independence – and Selling it.  Saturday, February 8th at 3:00 pm.  A talk by Selby Kiffer, International Senior Specialist, Books and Manuscripts Department, Sothebys.

 

Seminar:  Rare Books 101.  Sunday, February 9th at noon.  Presented by Katy Carter, Brad Johnson and Carol Sandberg.  Noted rare booksellers will provide a speed course on the essentials you need to know to start collecting.

 

Discovery Day.  Sunday, February 9th, 1:30 to 3:00 pm.  Presented by the 47th California International Antiquarian Book Fair.  Free appraisals on up to three books.  Limited to first come, first served.

 

Still making notes?  There is more.

 

“Book Arts.  You won’t want to miss as local “book art” artists and organizations come together to create an interactive, informative, and entertaining special event area.  Local libraries and universities will be exhibiting one-of-a-kind works from their collections.  Calligraphers, bookbinders and a small press operator will once again be creating unique souvenirs for you to take home.  Fun for all ages.

 

Join us in Celebrating Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday!  Fine art books, posters, lobby cards, playbills and other collectibles will document Shakespeare’s enduring influence on literature and the arts.  Participating organizations include the Margaret Herrick Library of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, Honnold/Mudd Library at the Claremont Colleges Library, Ella Strong Denison Library at Scripps College, Huntington Library, and University of California San Diego Library.”

 

Hours:

 

Friday, February 7th – 3 pm to 8 pm

Saturday, February 8th – 11 am to 7 pm

Sunday, February 9th – 11 am to 5 pm

 

Here is the show’s website.

 

http://www.sfbookfair.com/

 

Under the VISIT link there are further links for Directions, Restaurants and Hotels.

 

The show venue is

 

The Pasadena Convention Center

300 East Green Street

Pasadena, California 91101

 

A three-day pass is $25, a Saturday-Sunday pass $20.  Discounts are offered for students and for early registration.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Charles Darwin on sexuality and the transmission of hereditary characteristics: Autograph Letter Signed to Lawson Tait. Down, 17 January [1877].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> MILTON, JOHN. <i>Paradise Lost. A Poem written in ten books.</i> London: 1667. A very rare example with the contemporary binding untouched and with a 1667 title page.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Hamilton secures the ratification of the Constitution: <i>The Debates and Proceedings of the Convention of the State of New-York, assembled at Poughkeespsie, on the 17th June, 1788.</i>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> The social contract “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains”: ROUSSEAU, JEAN-JACQUES. <i>Principes du Droit Politique [Du Contract Social]</i>. Amsterdam: Michel Rey, 1762
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> “The first English textbook on geometrical land-measurement and surveying”: BENESE, RICHARD. <i>This Boke Sheweth the Maner of Measurynge All Maner of Lande…</i>
  • <b>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Shackleton, Ernest. <i>Aurora Australis.</i> Printed at the sign of 'The Penguins'; East Antarctica, 1908. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Shackleton, Ernest. <i>South Polar Times.</i> 1st edition, limited issue. from the library of Michael Barne. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> General Washington's <i>Proceedings of a General Court Martial... of Major General Lee.</i> Philiadelphia, 1778. 100 copies printed for Congress. BOUND WITH: ...Court Martial... of St Clair and ...Schuyler. $25,000 to $35,000
    <b>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> <i>The Voice of the People.</i> Boston, 1754. Rare pamphlet on the Excise Tax. Nathaniel Sparhawk's copy. $4,000 to $6,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Autograph Letter Signed ("S.L. Clemens"), offering extensive hard-earned advice on writing, 5 pp, 1881. $30,000 to $50,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> After Fra Egnazio Danti. <i>L'Ultime Parti not:e nel Indie Occid:ntli" [The last known parts of the Western Indies].</i> Painted Map of California, Western Mexico, and Japan. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Ptolemaeus, Claudius. <i>Geographie opus nouissima...</i> 1513. The most important edition of Ptolemy, containing the Admiral's Map. $250,000 to $350,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> De Arellano, Don Alonso. Manuscript, his <i>"Relación mui singular y circunstanciada... Capitán del Patax San Lucas,"</i> manuscript copy from the Sir Thomas Phillips collection. $50,000 to $80,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Purchas, Samuel. <i>Purchas his Pilgrimes.</i> First edition. With John Simth's engraved map of Virginia. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Lewis, Meriwether. Contemporary manuscript true copy of his final power of attorney, 1809. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> <i>A New Method of Macarony Making, as Practiced at Boston in North America.</i> Mezzotint. London, 1774. $5,000 to $7,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> <i>Scientific Base Ball Pitching: A Treatise on the Pitcher, Pitching, Origin and Philosophy of the Curve.</i> Chicago, 1897. $2,000 to $3,000
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Franklin H. Brown, <i>State Sovereignty, National Union,</i> Chicago, 1860. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Thomas Paine, <i>The American Crisis,</i> Fishkill, NY, December 1776. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b><br>The Aitken Bible, Philadelphia, 1781. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Francisco Loubayssin de Lamarca, probable first edition of the first novel set in the Spanish New World, Paris, 1617. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Juan de la Anunciación, <i>Sermonario en lengua mexicana,</i> first edition, first book of sermons in Nahuatl, Mexico, 1577. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Maturino Gilberti, <i>Thesoro spiritual en lengua de Mechuacá,</i> first edition, Mexico, 1558. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Commission of William O. Stoddard as secretary to the president, signed by Lincoln, Washington, 1861. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> <i>Clay and Frelinghuysen,</i> flag banner, circa 1844. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Daguerreotype of a man believed to be Frederick Granger Williams Smith, son of Joseph Smith, circa late 1850s. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> John C. Wolfe, <i>Portrait of Abraham Lincoln,</i> oil on board in period wooden frame, circa 1860s. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Francis W. Winton, manuscript on pow-wows with indigenous Canadians, 1881. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Family letters from two young daguerreotype artists, 1826-79. $10,000 to $15,000.

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