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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

 

Events

 

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

 

www.Cabookfair.com

 

800.454.6401

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> SMITH, CHRISTOPHER WEBB. 1793-1871. <i>Indian Ornithology.</i> [Patna, India]: 1828. $50,000 to $80,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> DUPRÉ, LOUIS. 1789-1837. <i>Voyage à Athènes et à Constantinople, ou Collection de portraits, vues et costumes grecs et ottomans.</i> Paris: Dondey-Dupré, 1825. $60,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> ADAMS, JOHN. Autograph Letter Signed ("J Adams"), [to Dr. Perkins?] while recovering from his small pox inoculation, [late-April, 1764]. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> AUSTEN, JANE. Autograph Letter Signed ("J. Austen"), to her sister Cassandra, 4 pp, "Thursday – after dinner," [September 16, 1813,] Henrietta St. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> AUDUBON, JOHN JAMES. 1785-1851. <i>The Birds of America, from Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories.</i> New York & Philadelphia: J.J. Audubon & J.B. Chevalier, 1840-1844. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> DODWELL, EDWARD. 1767-1832. <i>Views in Greece.</i> London: Rodwell and Martin, 1821. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> JAMES, JESSE. Autograph Letter Signed ("Jesse W. James"), to Mr. Flood demanding Flood retract spurious accusations, 3 pp, June 5, 1875. $200,000 to $300,000.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Textile of the Great White Fleet, with portraits of Theodore Roosevelt, Rear Admiral Robley D. Evans & successor Charles Stillman Sperry, 1908. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> William J. Stone, <i>Declaration of Independence,</i> Force printing, 1833. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Shugart family papers including documentation of the Underground Railroad, 63 items, 1838-81. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Records of the Dickinson & Shrewsbury salt works, over 2000 items, with extensive slave labor correspondence, legal records & receipts, bulk 1820-1865. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Gloria Steinem, typescript for her speech <i>Living the Revolution,</i> with related letters and documents, 1941-77. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> <i>Liberty Triumphant or the Downfall of Oppression,</i> depicting the aftermath of the Boston Tea Party, c. 1774. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Juan Eusebio Nieremberg, <i>Historia naturae, maxime peregrinae, libris XVI distincta,</i> Antwerp, 1635. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Antonio de Mayorga, manuscript map of Mexico City, 1779. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Thomas L. McKenney & James Hall, <i>History of the Indian Tribes of North America,</i> first edition, 3 volumes, Philadelphia, 1842-44. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Samuel Walker, diary of the entire first cruise of the USS Kineo, a gunboat on the Mississippi, 1854-69. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Scrapbook on early Stanford football, with letters from Walter Camp, 1893-95 & 1931. $8,000 to $12,000.
  • <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Roberts, David. Twenty Lithographs of the Holy Land, 19th Century. $2,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Declaration by the Reps. of the United Colonies of N.A. 1775. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Composer Jerome Kern personal Letters, Albums and Other. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Paine, Thomas. <i>Common Sense,</i> London 1776. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Stowe, Harriet Beecher. <i>Uncle Tom’s Cabin,</i> Cleveland 1852. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Hobbes, Thomas. <i>Leviathan,</i> 3rd edition, London 1651. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Anno Regni Georgii III. Intolerable Acts and other Bills, 1774. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Wilberforce, William. An Abstract of the Evidence, 5 Letters, and two books. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Nightingale, Florence. Notes on Nursing and Signed Letters, ca. 1860 $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Tolstov, Leo. <i>War and Peace,</i> 5 volumes, 1886. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Dickinson, John. Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania, 1768. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Twain, Mark. <i>Tom Sawyer,</i> 1877 [and] <i>Huckleberry Finn,</i> 1885. $4,000 to $6,000.

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