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Sacramento Antiquarian Book Fair September 16th

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Shows are an essential experience for collectors.


By Bruce McKinney

As he has for thirteen years Bill Ewald of Argus Books is again hosting the Sacramento Antiquarian Book Fair. This year sixty exhibitors are expected for the one day event which will be held at the Scottish Rite Temple, 6151 H Street, in California's capitol. Participating dealers are mostly local with a contingent from Oregon completing what is expected to be a full house by show time.

Dealers will be selling used, collectable and rare books, pamphlets, paper, ephemera, autographs, photographs, etc. in almost all categories including first editions; art books; aviation; California history; children's books; cookbooks; local history; military books; natural history; science fiction and western Americana.

The show owes its origins to Bill's desire to offer a satisfying and efficient event for both buyers and sellers. The show's life roughly corresponds with the emergence of the internet as an increasingly important venue for book buying. Over the years the net has been the uninvited guest that has increasingly affected both prices and what actually sells.

As Bill recently explained "Today the emphasis is on the more unusual material because multiple copies of the 'standard rarities' are available online, often at competitive prices." What you see at shows today are unique examples, signed copies, interesting ephemera and manuscripts. "Such material has always been uncommon and always will be."

Participants will bring as many as a thousand items but in almost every case it's only a small percentage of what they have in stock. For buyers then there are two purposes for attending: to see what's available to buy on the spot and to better understand which dealers have inventory that merits a trip to see their entire stock. Often the most important thing obtained at a show is the knowledge of who has interesting material at home.

The show is on Saturday September 16, opens at 10:00 am and runs until 5:00 pm. Admission is $5.00 for adults and free to all 17 and under when accompanied by an adult. About 800 visitors are expected.

Here is a partial list of exhibitors:

Argus Books & Graphics; Auburn, CA
B. W. Henry, Bookseller; Florence, OR
Bea & Peter Siegel Books; Walnut Creek, CA
Blake St. Books; Berkeley, CA
Book Merchant; Napa, CA
Books Remembered; Cameron Park, CA
Bud Plant & Hutchison Books; Cedar Ridge, CA
Carl Blomgren ?Fine Books; San Rafael, CA
Chanticleer Books; Sonoma, CA
Christophe Stickel Autographs; Pacific Grove, CA
Cobblestone Books; Sacramento, CA
CookBook Lady; El Sobrante, CA
Cultural Images; Portland, OR
Dan Glaeser Books, Modesto, CA
Discovery Bay Old Books; Walnut Creek, CA
Don Connor Fine Books; Sacramento, CA
Garcia-Garst; Turlock, CA
Geiger's Books; Scott's Valley, CA
Gilbert Trading Company; Lodi, CA
Good Sheppard Fine Books; San Francisco, CA
James Harrington Bookseller; San Francisco, CA
Kings River Press; Lemoore, CA
Macola Books; Loomis, CA
Magus Books; Sacramento, CA
Margaret Mannatt; San Diego, CA
Maxwell's Bookmark; Stockton, CA
Nick Adams & Co. Fine Books; Sacramento, CA
Patty Warren Antiques; Sacramento, CA
Picturesque Barque; El Sobrante, CA
Reed's Rare Books; San Francisco, CA
Robert Gavora, Fine Books; Talent, OR
S. Howlett-West Books; Modesto, CA
Sequoia Sunrise Old Books; Sacramento, CA
Stan Beecher Books; Oroville, CA
T. Cadman WW2 Books; Carmichael, CA
Tavistock Books, Alameda, CA
Toad's Haul Antiques, Merced, CA

Rare Book Monthly

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    <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. SOLD for $131,250
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> Violin belonging to Albert Einstein, presented to him by Oscar H. Steger, 1933. SOLD for $516,500
    <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. SOLD for $106,250
    <b>Bonhams: Results from Fine Books and Manuscripts on 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. SOLD for $16,250
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> NEWTON, ISAAC. Autograph Manuscript in Latin, being detailed instructions on making the philosopher's stone. 8 pp. 1790s. SOLD for $275,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> 1869 Inauguration Bible of President Ulysses S. Grant. SOLD for $118,750
  • <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> E.H. SHEPARD, Original drawing for A.A. Milne’s The House at Pooh Corner.<br>$40,000-60,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> BERNARD RATZER, Plan of the City of New York in North America, surveyed in the years 1766 & 1767. $80,000-100,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> THOMAS JEFFERSON, Autograph letter signed comparing Logan, Tecumseh, and Little Turtle to the Spartans. Monticello: 15 February 1821. $14,000-18,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN C. FREMONT, Narrative of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, in the Year 1842.. Abridged edition, the only one containing the folding map From the Sporting Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. $3,000-5,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> ZANE GREY, Album containing 94 large format photographs of Grey and party at Catalina Island, Arizona, and fishing in the Pacific. From the Sporting Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. $5,000-$8,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> WILLIAM COMBE, A History of Madeira ... illustrative of the Costumes, Manners, and Occupations of the Inhabitants. produced by Ackermann in 1821; From the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> ERIC TAVERNER, Salmon Fishing... One of 275 copies signed by Taverner, published in 1931,From the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN WHITEHEAD, Exploration of Mount Kina Balu, North Borneo. Whitehead reached the high point of Kinabalu in 1888. Part of a major group of travel books from the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN LONG, Voyages and Travels of an Indian Interpreter and Trader, describing the Manners and Customs of the North American Indians... The first edition of 1791. $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> SAMUEL BECKETT, Stirrings Still. This, Beckett’s last work of fiction with original lithographs by Le Brocquy, limited to 200 copies signed by the author and the artist. From the Estate of Howard Kaminsky.. $1,500-$2,500
  • <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>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann, wallpaper sample book, circa 1919. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Archive from a late office of the Breuer & Smith architectural team, New York, 1960-70s. $3,500 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> William Morris, <i>The Story of the Glittering Plain or the Land of Living Men,</i> illustrated by Walter Crane, Kelmscott Press, Hammersmith, 1894. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Gustave Doré, <i>La Sainte Bible selon la Vulgate,</i> Tours, 1866. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Gustav Klimt & Max Eisler, <i>Eine Nachlese,</i> complete set, Vienna, 1931. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>Eric Allatini & Gerda Wegener, <i>Sur Talons Rouges,</i> with original watercolor by Wegener, Paris, 1929. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>C.P. Cavafy, <i>Fourteen Poems,</i> illustrated & signed by David Hockney, London, 1966. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Jean Midolle, <i>Spécimen des Écritures Modernes...</i>, Strasbourg, 1834-35. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>E.A. Seguy, <i>Floréal: Dessins & Coloris Nouveaux,</i> Paris, 1925. $3,000 to $4,000.

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