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49th California International Antiquarian Book Fair February 12-14

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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.

Biblioctopus

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.

Bookvica

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

Eclectibles

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)

Philobiblon

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

ReadInk

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.

SOPHIA RARE BOOKS

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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