• <b>One of a Kind Collectibles<br>Now through Oct. 27: Rare Autographs, Books, Sports and Art</b>
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles<br>Now through 10/27:</b> Important Aviation Archive w/The Contract For First Trans-Pacific Flight. Est. $30,000-$50,000.
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles<br>Now through 10/27:</b> Albert Einstein Signed Photo. Est. $2500-$3500.
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles<br>Now through 10/27:</b> Dodgson’s own copy of <i>The Hunting of the Snark</i>, signed and dated by the author the day after publication with original photo. Est. $10,000-$12,000.
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles<br>Now through Oct. 27: Rare Autographs, Books, Sports and Art</b>
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles<br>Now through 10/27:</b> Abraham Lincoln Early Legal Brief. Est. $3500-$4000.
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles<br>Now through 10/27:</b> The Beatles: Autographs of John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison and more 60's Groups. Est. $3000-$2500.
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles<br>Now through 10/27:</b> Hector Berlioz Rare AMQS. Est. $4000-6000.
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles<br>Now through Oct. 27: Rare Autographs, Books, Sports and Art</b>
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles<br>Now through 10/27:</b> Renoir, Autograph Letter Signed. Est. $2700-3500.
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles<br>Now through 10/27:</b> Ferdinand and Isabella, Manuscript Document Signed. Est. $6000-9000.
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles<br>Now through 10/27:</b> Lincoln-Douglas Debates Signed by William Howard Taft. Est. $1400-$1600.
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles<br>Now through Oct. 27: Rare Autographs, Books, Sports and Art</b>
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles<br>Now through 10/27:</b> Stunning Vintage Amelia Earhart Signed Photo. Est. $2000-$2500
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles<br>Now through 10/27:</b> Marilyn Monroe's Hair From her hair dresser. Est. $1200-$1800.
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles<br>Now through 10/27:</b> Babe Ruth Signed Album with Others Sports and Entertainment Stars of the 20s. Est. $1800-2500.
  • <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Leaves from<br>George Washington's Own Draft <br>of His first Inaugural Address. An Extraordinary Rarity!
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Declaration of Independence: Benjamin Tyler 1818 - First Print with Facsimile Signatures.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Thomas Jefferson Signed Act of Contress Authorizing Alexander Hamilton to Complete Famous Portland Maine Lighthouse.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Emanuel Leutze. Silk Flag Banner designed by Leutze, created by Tiffany & Co., and presented to Gen. John A. Dix, 1864.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> The "greatest of early American maps … a masterpiece" (Corcoran). Thomas Holme.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Lincoln Summons His Cabinet for a Historic Meeting to Discuss Compensated Emancipation.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Albert Einstein. Autograph Letter Signed. Einstein Counsels His Son ... Meaning of Life.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Normal Rockwell. Painting/Drawing Signed. Rockwell's "Barbeshop Quartet", 1936.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Frederick Douglass. Autograph Letter Signed to unknown correspondent. Washington, D.C.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Harry Truman. Autograph Manuscript Notebook for Kansas City Law School Night Class.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Robert E. Lee. Autograph Letter Signed, June 11, 1782. Hours after the Battle of Culpeper Court House, Lee Escapes Again.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> George Washington. Letter Signed, as Commander-in-Chief, Continental Army, to Elias Dayton, Headquarters, [Newburgh, N.Y.], June 11, 1782.
  • <b>19th Century Shop.</b> (AMERICAN WEST.), Watkins, Taber, Savage, and others. <i>Magnificent Album of Mammoth Photographs of the American West, with other subjects various,</i> ca. 1865-1880s
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> EINSTEIN, ALBERT. <i>The Meaning of Relativity,</i> signed by Einstein. London: Methuen, 1922
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> CARTER, SUSANNAH. <i>The Frugal Housewife</i> (1772) 2d cookbook printed in America.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. Published according to the true originall copies.</i> The second impression. London: by Tho. Cotes, for Robert Allot, 1632
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> (BROOKLYN). <i>An Act to Incorporate and Vest Certain Powers in the Freeholders and Inhabitants of the Village of Brooklyn, in the County of Kings.</i> Brooklyn: Printed by A. Spooner, 1816
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> PAINE, THOMAS. <i>Common Sense</i> (1776) first edition sheets.
  • <b>Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers: Fine Books & Manuscripts.<br>October 30, 2016</b>
    <b>Skinner Oct. 30:</b> Cook’s <i>Voyages</i>, 1773-1785, complete set with Atlas volume. $40,000-60,000
    <b>Skinner Oct. 30:</b> Henry Warre, <i>Sketches in North America</i>, 1848, first edition, hand-colored.<br>$40,000-60,000
    <b>Skinner Oct. 30:</b> Catlin’s <i>North American Indian Portfolio</i>, 1875. $40,000-60,000
    <b>Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers: Fine Books & Manuscripts.<br>October 30, 2016</b>
    <b>Skinner Oct. 30:</b> John Torrey Morse’s <i>The American Statesman</i>, autograph edition, extra-illustrated with original signed documents.<br>$35,000-55,000
    <b>Skinner Oct. 30:</b> McKenney & Hall’s <i>History of the Indian Tribes of North America</i>, folio, three volumes, 1837-1844. $35,000-55,000
    <b>Skinner Oct. 30:</b> John Webber’s <i>Views in the South Seas</i>, 1820, hand-colored plates. $30,000-50,000
    <b>Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers: Fine Books & Manuscripts.<br>October 30, 2016</b>
    <b>Skinner Oct. 30:</b> A Collection of Eight Signed Letters, Some Men of Fame Autograph Collection.<br>$35,000-40,000
    <b>Skinner Oct. 30:</b> George Washington Signed Letter inviting Senator John Laurance to John Adams’s Presidential swearing in ceremony. $30,000-40,000
    <b>Skinner Oct. 30:</b> Elizabeth, Empress of Russia Coronation Festival Book, St. Petersburg, 1744. $30,000-40,000

Rare Book Monthly

Articles - February - 2016 Issue

49th California International Antiquarian Book Fair February 12-14


Over the weekend of February 12-14 more than 200 ABAA and ILAB dealers will converge on Pasadena for the 49th ABAA California Book Fair.  In even numbered years the fair takes place in Southern California; in odd numbered years it takes place in the Bay Area.  Recently the Pasadena Convention Center became the fair’s new home and exhibitors since have been praising their experience.  The ample well-lit space, easy parking, plentiful hotel rooms and restaurants make the trip very pleasant.


To encourage “newbies” select exhibitors will provide interesting but less expensive material priced at $100.- or less and identify such material as such.  The field thrives on serious collectors and also recognizes that such shows are good opportunities to introduce the emerging next generation of collectors to the trade, the buyers of hundred dollar books today that may someday buy the greatest treasures known.  It’s a challenge and the incubation can be long but as Mao said, every “journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”  The fair takes this admonition seriously.   As the fair is also very large wear comfortable shoes.


At ABAA fairs there are often many events to broaden the book buying / book selling experience.  In Pasadena this year the 3 day schedule is packed. 


 Special Exhibits

Book Fair Finds

The show organizers are excited to announce the addition of a new feature to the California Book Fair: the "Book Fair Finds" program. This optional program is intended to encourage younger attendees and beginning collectors by offering a selection of more affordable books. Participating dealers will exhibit a selection of items priced at $100 or less in one part of their booth, which will be designated by a small sign to make them easy to spot. Exhibitor participation will also be indicated by a symbol in the Fair Directory. Then post your #bookfairfinds on social media! 

Schedule of Events:

Saturday, February 13 

1:00 pm - Talk: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: How One Small Girl Changed the World. An Illustrated Talk by Chris Loker, presented by the BSA.

On February 13th the Bibliographical Society of America will host Chris Loker as she talks about the landmark book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, celebrated for the past 150 years as an iconic achievement in literature for both children and adults. Chris will complement her talk with numerous photographs showing how Alice, one of the most enduring characters of our time, has indelibly marked children's literature, illustration and popular culture. 

Chris Loker is an author of children's books and books about children's literature, including One Hundred Books Famous in Children's Literature. She can be reached at her antiquarian bookshop: 

Children's Book Gallery
49 Geary Street, Suite 233
San Francisco. CA 94108. USA
Tel: (415) 986-5826 
Fax: (415) 986-5827 
Web: www.childrensbookgallery.net 

3:00 pm - Panel: A discussion on collecting Alice in Wonderland.
Participants to be confirmed, moderated by Patt Morrison 

Sunday, February 14 

12:00 pm - Seminar: Rare Books 101
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. This seminar will provide the following overview on getting started in rare book collecting:

What makes a book rare?

The different areas of collecting

Internet as a research tool for shopping

How to care for your books

1:30 - 3:00 pm: Seminar: Discovery Day
Discovery Day is open to the public, free with paid admission. Exhibitors will offer interested individuals an opportunity to receive free appraisals 

Get ready for 'A Wonderland of Books' 

We are delighted to announce the special exhibit for the 49th California International Antiquarian Book Fair celebrating the 150th anniversary of the first official publication of Lewis Carroll's timeless children's classic, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. 

Thanks to the support of the University of Southern California Doheny Memorial Library Department of Special Collections, rare and unique items from the Cassady Lewis Carroll Collection are being showcased during the book fair. The Cassady collection includes more than 3,000 rare books, manuscripts and objects created by or about beloved children's literature author, mathematician and writer Charles Dodgson, better known by his pen name, Lewis Carroll. Donated by USC alum Dr. George Cassady, the impressive collection includes first editions, works in translation, artist books, illustrated editions of the 'Alice' books by famous artists like Salvador Dali, Barry Moser & Ralph Steadman, stage and film adaptations, Victorian-era playing cards, pop-up books, letters and manuscripts, critical and reference works on Lewis Carroll, and more. 

We are currently planning a schedule of engaging seminars for the public around the enduring appeal of Alice in Wonderland. Keep checking back for more updates to the schedule of events! 

Book Arts
We are working with local "book art" artists and organizations to create an interactive, informative, and entertaining area at the Fair. 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 attendees to take home. Fun for all ages! 

List of participants as of 11/10/2016: 
American Printing History Association - Southern California Chapter
The Book Club of California
Guild of Book Workers - CA
Society for Calligraphy
UCLA Rare Book School 

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The following is a full list of exhibitors:



Abeceda Antiquariat

Nick Adams & Co. Rare Books

Alcuin Books

Allsworth Rare Books

Antipodean Books, Maps & Prints

Appledore Books

Aquila Books

Argonaut Book Shop

James Arsenault & Company

Elena Gallego Fine Art & Books

Athena Rare Books

Detlev Auvermann Rare Books

B & B Rare Books, Ltd.

Back of Beyond Books

Lorne Bair Rare Books

Antiquariat Michael Banzhaf

Bartleby's Books

Battledore Ltd

Bauman Rare Books

Simon Beattie

Roland Belgrave Vintage Photography Ltd.

Antiquariat Reinhold Berg eK

David Bergman

F.A. Bernett Books

Between the Covers Rare Books, Inc.


Blackwell's Rare Books

Carl Blomgren Fine Books

Bolerium Books Inc.

The Book Bin Inc.

The Book Block

The Book Shop, LLC

Bookbid Rare Books

Booklegger's Used Books ABAA

The Bookpress, Ltd.

Books of Wonder

Books Tell You Why, Inc.


Boomerang Booksellers

Antiquariat Botanicum

Bow Windows Bookshop

David Brass Rare Books, Inc.

Librairie Alain Brieux

Edmund Brumfitt Rare Books

Pablo Butcher

Byass Rare Books

Leo Cadogan Rare Books Limited

James Camner Autographs

Carpe Diem Fine Books

Librairie Rodolphe Chamonal

Chanticleer Books

Churchill Book Collector

The Churchill Book Specialist

Coconut Rose Books

Deborah Coltham Rare Books

Compass Rose Books

Justin Croft Antiquarian Books Ltd.

James Cummins Bookseller

L.W. Currey, Inc.

Robert Dagg Rare Books

William Dailey Rare Books Ltd.

Davar Antiquarian Books

Dawson's Book Shop

Libreria de Antaño

De Wolfe & Wood

Nat DesMarais Rare Books

James M. Dourgarian, Bookman


Christopher Edwards

Scott Emerson Books

Enchanted Books

Les Enluminures

First Folio

Földvári Books

Paul Foster Books

Robert Frew Ltd.

Garcia-Garst, Booksellers

Robert Gavora, Fine And Rare Books

Charles A. Goldsmid

Thomas A. Goldwasser Rare Books

G. Gosen Rare Books & Old Paper

James Graham, Bookseller

Green Gate Farm Antiquarian Books

Peter Grogan

Hackenberg Booksellers

Douglas N. Harding

Peter Harrington

Hayden & Fandetta

Donald A. Heald Rare Books, Prints & Maps

Michael D. Heaston Rare Books and Mss.

Heritage Book Shop, LLC.

Hordern House Rare Books

John Howell for Books

Howes Bookshop

HS Rare Books

Hünersdorff Rare Books

Imperial Fine Books, Inc.

Antiquariat Inlibris Gilhofer Nfg. GmbH

James S. Jaffe Rare Books

Jarndyce Antiquarian Booksellers

Johanson Rare Books

Jonkers Rare Books

Kaaterskill Books

Antiquariat Dr. Paul Kainbacher

Seth Kaller, Inc.

Kenneth Karmiole, Bookseller, Inc.

Howard Karno Books, Inc.

The Kelmscott Bookshop

Ben Kinmont, Bookseller

Eric Chaim Kline Bookseller

John W. Knott, Jr. Bookseller

Kotte Autographs

Kunsthaus, s.r.o

Bill Leone, Bookseller

Liber Antiquus, Early Books & Manuscripts

The Literary Lion

Little Sages Books

Locus Solus Rare Books LTD

Ken Lopez - Bookseller

Lost Horizon Bookstore

Lowry-James Rare Prints & Books

Lux Mentis, Booksellers

Herman H.J. Lynge & Son A/S

MacDonnell Rare Books

Maggs Bros. Ltd.

Main Street Fine Books & Manuscripts

Jeffrey D. Mancevice, Inc.

Margolis & Moss

Jeffrey H. Marks Rare Books

Marlborough Rare Books Ltd.

Martayan Lan Rare Books & Maps

McBlain Books

Bruce McKittrick Rare Books, Inc.

Meda Riquier Rare Books Ltd.

Midway Rare Books

David Miles Books

J.B. Muns, Fine Arts Books & Musical Autographs

Musinsky Rare Books, Inc.

Jeremy Norman's History of Science.com

Antiquariat Manfred Nosbüsch

Nudelman Rare Books

Oak Knoll Books

Old Florida Bookshop

Old West Books

Pacific Coast Books

Palinurus Antiquarian Books

Neil Pearson Rare Books

Philadelphia Rare Books & Manuscripts Co. (PRB&M)


Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books & Manuscripts

Bud Plant & Hutchison Books

Plaza Books

Nicholas Potter -- Bookseller

Libreria Antiquaria Pregliasco

John Price Antiquarian Books

Jean-Baptiste de Proyart

Bernard Quaritch Ltd.

Rabelais Inc.

Studio Bibliografico Paolo Rambaldi

Randall House Rare Books

John Randall Books

Raptis Rare Books

Janette Ray Bookseller


Read'Em Again Books

William Reese Company

Riverow Bookshop, Inc.

B & L Rootenberg Rare Books & Manuscripts

Chet Ross Rare Books

Royal Books, Inc.

Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps Inc.

Rulon-Miller Books

Sanctuary Books

Ken Sanders Rare Books

Antiquariat Johann Anton Schantl

Dieter Schierenberg BV

Sophie Schneideman Rare Books

Schubertiade Music & Arts LLC

Scientia Books

Marc Selvaggio, Books & Ephemera

Jerry N. Showalter, Bookseller

Ralph Sipper/Books

Sokol Books Ltd.


Benjamin Spademan

Michael Steinbach, Rare Books

Peter L. Stern & Co., Inc.

Douglas Stewart Fine Books

Gerard A.J. Stodolski, Inc.

Tavistock Books

Ten Pound Island Book Co.

Librairie Thomas-Scheler

Michael R. Thompson, Bookseller

Thorn Books

Triolet Rare Books

Librairie Ancienne des Trois Islets

University Archives

Vagabond Books

Michael Vinson Americana

Walkabout Books

W.P. Watson Antiquarian Books

Waverley Books

The Wayfarer's Bookshop

Jeff Weber Rare Books

Michael R. Weintraub, Inc.

White Fox Rare Books and Antiques

Whitmore Rare Books, Inc.

John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller

Roy Young Bookseller, Inc.


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  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 1: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 1:</b><br>Civil War-era album with more than 130 signatures, including 18 presidents, 1864-2010.<br>$60,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 1:</b><br>Claude Monet, Autograph Letter Signed, to friend and art critic Gustave Geffroy, 1891.<br>$6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 1:</b><br>George Washington, partly-printed Document Signed as Commander-in-Chief, a military discharge, 1783. $7,000 to 10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 1: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 1:</b><br>Clarence Darrow, Typed Letter Signed, inviting attorney Frank Spurlock to join him during the Scopes Trial, 1926. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 1:</b><br>J.D. Salinger, Autograph Letter Signed, "Jerry," offering consolation, 1972. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 1:</b><br>Poster Signed by each member of The Beatles near the inkblot he most resembles, 1964. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 1: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 1:</b><br>Photograph Signed by The Three Stooges, additionally inscribed by Moe, 1930s. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 1:</b><br>Jules Verne, Photograph Signed and Inscribed, 1900. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 1:</b><br>Thomas Jefferson, Printed Document Signed as Secretary of State, admitting Vermont into the Union, 1791. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 1: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 1:</b><br>George Washington, lottery ticket signed "G:Washington," 1768.<br>$4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 1:</b><br>Muhammad Ali, Signed & Inscribed Photograph and Typed Letter Signed, 1967. $1,000 to $2,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 1:</b><br>Lou Gehrig, Photograph Signed & Inscribed (lower signatures printed), 1931. $3,500 to $5,000.

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