Monday, February 14, 2022

54th California International Antiquarian Book Fair


The California International Antiquarian Book Fair returned to Oakland for the first time in a couple of years and I was happy to go:

An autographed first edition of this classic

A signed First Edition of Roots by Alex Haley

From 1838

Written by Donato Rossetti in 1676

Published a month after the Big Earthquake of 1906

The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer and only 425 copies were made. Can be yours for $300,000

Pioneering Book of Spanish Feminism- only 250 copies printed

And there were some other cool things besides books there:

A Massachusetts Proclamation of Lincoln's First National Day of Thanksgiving

Circa 1960's

1966 First Edition with Malcolm X on the cover.

The California International Antiquarian Book Fair is always a great time. Love seeing what is there. 


  1. Were you allowed to purchase the first edition or just browse the books. Sounds fun. I do like looking at books and when reading I prefer a book in hand, but lately I don't read as much as I use to. But love going to the library.

  2. Hi Patrick - such a diverse selection of books and I bet there were a lot of people browsing and buying. It's nice to see that "real" books still have value and haven't lost their appeal.

  3. Some very interesting and rare books to be seen there. Thanks for sharing

  4. Wow... that's a very interesting view in the back of literary. I enjoyed reading so much. By the way, I have an old book from 1904 (!) here. It's called Simplicissimus and was a newspaper.

    Thank you for sharing. Have a good week.

  5. Brilliant and a lot of nostalga too what a fab book fair

    Have a chaptertastic week 👍

  6. How cool. I had been to that book far a couple of years ago. It's fascinating to browse the old books.

    Hole you have a great week and stay safe!

  7. That looks interesting. I bet it smelled great too.

  8. This looks so cool! Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party this week and have a wonderful weekend!

  9. Such a variety of things to find. Love all the historic stuff.

    Thanks for sharing your link at My Corner of the World this week!

  10. Fun to look through. We have events that happen at the library that are like that.


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