Rare Book Monthly

Articles - February - 2017 Issue

California International Antiquarian Book Fair in Oakland February 10-12


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California International Antiquarian Book Fair returns to Oakland, California February 10th-12th


The most important rare book fair in California returns to Oakland February 10-12 after its every other year hiatus when the fair is held in southern California.  These are important events as they both attract an international audience of exhibitors and guests and provide the opportunity for those on both sides of the counters to express interest and support for the field.


For the third time the show, which was once held in San Francisco, is being held in Oakland at the Mariott City Center, 1001 Broadway.  It is a very nice facility with significant covered parking.  For those with a heartbeat and an interest in the field it is “a can’t miss” opportunity.


Among the attractions are the 200 +/- exhibitors who come to exhibit to buy, sell and trade.  And then there is the audience that varies with the telling but is always enough to fill the exhibition space with hope.


There is also a nearby space for organizations and book related crafts to encourage membership sign-ups and make book related [but not book] sales.  It certainly makes for an experience.


Reports on prior year events suggest exhibiting dealers have free passes but they may be limited.  So if you have a specific subject or specific dealers whose material is of interest it will be helpful to give them a heads up.  Your goal should for them to bring an item for your consideration but the consolation prize may simply be a free pass.  If you are well heeled or simply feeling lucky about your chances in the next Lotto drawing you should plan to come on Friday at 5:00 pm.  The cognoscenti come early to consider the great rarities before they disappear.


The following is a list of participating crafts.


The American Bookbinders Museum

Bay Area Book Artists

Book Arts & Special Collections / SF History Center

The Book Club of California

California Historical Society

California Rare Book School

The Ephemera Society of Americana Exchange, Inc Friends of Calligraphy

Friends of the Oakland Public Library

Friends of the Palo Alto Library

Gleeson Library Associates

Hand Bookbinders of California

Letterform Archive

Mills College Book Art Program

Otter Bookbinding

Printers’ Chappel of Santa Cruz

Rare Book School

San Jose Printers Guild




Saturday, February 11


9:00 am – 10:30 am


California Rare Book School Presents:  The Other Book:  Ames Almanack Opens a Window on Colonial America.  Presented by Susan M. Allen, Director of California Rare Book School.


11:00 am – 12:30 pm

California Rare Book School Presents:  Bound for El Dorado:  Collecting California and the Far West.  Presented by Gary F. Kurtz, Director of the Special Collections Branch, California State Library.


1:00 pm – 2:00 pm


Meet Mr. Blake, An illustrated lecture by John Windle on the life, work, and influence of William Blake, given by an ABAA specialist in the literary and artistic output of this English genius.  Jointly presented by the ABAA and the Biographical Society of America.


3:00 pm – 4:30 pm


California Rare Book School Presents:  Printers, Collectors, Bibliographers, and the Inquisition:  A Brief Introduction to the History of the Book in Hispanic America.  Presented by Daniel J. Slive, Head of Special Collections at the Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University and David Szewczyk of Philadephia Rare Books & Manuscripts Co.

Sunday, February 12


12:30 pm – 1:15 pm


Seminar:  Book Collecting 101 Presented by Vic Zoschak Jr. of Tavistock Books.  Topics discussed to include:  What to collect and collecting strategies, what is a “first edition”, how to judge a book’s condition, bookish terms and jargon, where to buy books and where tom find additional information.


1:15 pm – 2:00 pm


Seminar:  What’s This Book Worth?  Presented by Vic Zoschak.  During this period, two frequently proffered questions will be addressed by one of our long-time ABAA members:  1.  “I have this old book, is it worth anything?” And 2.  “I have this rare book, what’s it worth?”  Expanding on the context of these two questions, appraisers will discuss the primary 4 factors that give books commercial and monetary value.  Finally, strategies and venues for selling books will be offered, as well as when, and how to get books professionally appraised.

2:00 – 3:30 pm


Seminar:  Discovery Day


Exhibitors will offer interested individuals an opportunity to receive free appraisals on up to three books.  Appraisals are limited to a first come, first served basis within the scheduled times.

Finding dealers and their subjects


Use this link to go to the show’s website.  It’s https://www.cabookfair.com/exhibitors.php#


You might then search the lists for categories and dealers of interest.  Next search their specific inventories for things of interest.  You may then, without obligation, request an item be brought for consideration.  On this no one loses.  Dealers are never sure what to bring and collectors and institutions will attend with heightened interest


Show Location


1001 Broadway

Oakland, California 94607





Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. March 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Jenner (Rev. George Charles). <i>The Evidence at Large...Respecting Dr Jenner's Discovery of Vaccine Inoculation,</i> presentation copy from Edward Jenner to Rev. Rowland Hill, 1805. £4,000 to £6,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Houdini (Harry).- Maggi (Girolamo). <i>De tintinnabulis liber postumus...de equuleo liber,</i> Harry Houdini's copy, Amsterdam, H. Wetstein, 1689. £600 to £800
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Meyer (Henry Leonard). Coloured Illustrations of British Birds, and their Eggs , 7 vol. in 2 plus Illustrations of British Birds, 4 vol., 1842-50 and [1835-51]. £5,000 to £7,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. March 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Dickens (Charles). <i>An Entirely New Romantic Drama, in Three Acts, by Mr. Wilkie Collins, called The Frozen Deep,</i> 1857. £3,000 to £4,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Lighthouses and Islands of Ireland, c. 125 drawings, 1867. £6,000 to £8,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Shelley (Lady Jane). Diary, 1853 & 1860. £1,500 to £2,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. March 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Scottish Binding.- The Holy Bible, Containing the Old and New Testaments, bound in contemporary brown polished calf decorated with the figure of a Chinese spearman, by ?James Scott of Edinburgh, 1778. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Greene (Graham). <i>The Man Within,</i> first edition, signed by the author, 1929. £4,000 to £6,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Mellan (Claude, 1598-1688). The Holy Face, or the Veil of St Veronica, [c. 1649 and later]. £800 to £1,200
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. March 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Desaguliers (John Theophilus). <i>A Dissertation concerning Electricity,</i> W. Innys, and T. Longman, 1742. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Le Jeune (Paul). <i>Relation de se qui s'est passé en la Nouvelle France en l'anné 1636 enuoyée au R.Pere Provincial de la Compagnie de Iesus en la Province de France,</i> 1637. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Stumpf (Johann Rudolph). <i>Gemeiner loblicher Eydgnoschafft Stetten, Landen und Völckern Chronicwirdiger thaaten beschreibung, </i> Zurich, Froschauer, 1586. £3,000 to £4,000
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22:</b> George Washington, Letter Signed to General James Clinton, preparing for the Sullivan-Clinton Campaign, 1778. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22:</b> Thomas Jefferson, Letter Signed, to Major-General Nathanael Greene, promising to send reinforcements against Cornwallis, 1781. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22:</b> Thomas Edison, Autograph Letter Signed, to Western Union President William Orton, 1878. $10,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22:</b> William, Bishop of Coventry, vellum charter granting the church of Rochdale to the Cistercian Abbey of Stanlaw, in Latin, 1222. $3,500 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22:</b> FDR, Photograph Signed & Inscribed, framed with wood removed from the White House roof, 1927. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22:</b> Jean Dubuffet, archive including many letters written while painting in NYC, 1951-72. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22:</b> Mohandas K. Gandhi, Autograph Letter Signed, describing the source of his patience, 1939. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22:</b> Lithograph portrait of Albert Einstein by Hermann Struck, signed by both, 1923. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22:</b> Charles The Bold, Duke of Burgundy, Letter Signed to Johann IV of Nassau, in French, 1470. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22:</b> Jean Cocteau, Autograph Letter Signed, in French, 1919. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22:</b> Louis Armstrong, two Autograph Letters Signed to Erich Kauffmann, his lip salve purveyor, 1965-70. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22:</b> Wernher von Braun, Autograph Letter Signed to Jonathan Cross, 1975. $5,000 to $7,500.
  • <b>Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts. March 9, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN. Autograph Manuscript sketch-leaf part of the score of the Scottish Songs, "Sunset" Op. 108 no 2. [Vienna, February 1818]. Inscribed by Alexander Wheelock Thayer. $80,000 to $120,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> Violin belonging to Albert Einstein, presented to him by Oscar H. Steger, 1933. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> EINSTEIN, ALBERT. Autograph Letter Signed ("Papa") to his son Hans Albert, discussing his involvement with the atomic bomb, September 2, 1945. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts. March 9, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> HAMILTON, ALEXANDER. Autograph Letter Signed, to Baron von Steuben, with extensive notes of Von Steuben's aide Benjamin Walker, June 12, 1780. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> NEWTON, ISAAC. Autograph Manuscript in Latin, being detailed instructions on making the philosopher's stone. 8 pp. 1790s. $200,000 to 300,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> 1869 Inauguration Bible of President Ulysses S. Grant. $80,000 to $120,000
  • <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>

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