Monday, February 25, 2019

The 52nd California International Antiquarian Book Fair

Had some fun as I attended the 52nd California International Antiquarian Book Fair. It is always amazing to see these great books and artifacts up close and in person and learn more about the them. It is something that a book lover like me enjoys. Even though everything is out of my price range (All the books are first edition unless noted)

Rock Aganist Racism poster-Australian 1976

1967 Muhammad Ali Handbill
One of the first travel books ever printed 1475-The Holy Land
16th century in the Slavic traiditon
1647-Blaine Pascal- Only three editions are known to exist
First UK edition

19th century Vernacular Burmese Manuscript 
James Thurber drawing of E.B. White
1737 Atlas of China
Set of first trade editions of the Winnie the Pooh series
Dylan's first appearance in New York

The Essayer by Galieo Galilei 1623
The coolest thing there was a leaf from an orginial Gutenberg Bible. Printed in the 1450's, a book collector in the 1920's got an incomplete copy of a Gutenberg Bible in the 1920's and sold leafs to other collectors:

The California International Antiquarian Book Fair only comes to Oakland every two years. It is something that I always look forward to.


  1. Sold leafs, that was enterprising. I might have had a hard time ripping it apart. Lots of great books here, I think I'd spend extra time with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Dracula. Loving the Thurber drawing as well, used to copy him as a kid. I do wonder about taking photos, was it okay as long as you didn't use a flash?

  2. Rock against racism could very well been done today. Unfortunately it´s still an issue these days.

  3. That is awesome! I am loving that Dracula book!!!! WOW! And the Essayer?!??!?!? Awesome!

  4. I love this I would find it very interesting

    Hve a bookfairtastic week :-)

  5. Oh, a book fair! So fun. Thanks for linking and commenting on Amanda’s Books and More!

  6. Patrick, this is so cool! I would love to see this fair. I love old books! I will have to check their schedule and see if they come any where near me!


  7. I love old books! I have one that would fit right in.

  8. Wow! Love this old book... each. I have an old edition from1904 of SIMPLICISSIMUS.

    Happy WednesdayAroundTheWorld

  9. Hubby and I would have loved visiting here. We love all things books and hubby has a lot of very old books.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday and rest of the week. 😎

  10. What a fascinating and varied exhibition, Patrick. Thank you for sharing with us at #MLSTL and have a great week.

  11. Patrick are you ever home? You photograph so many interesting things - and you seem to find such a lot of variety to catch your eye. These books were a really unusual twist to your usual photos.
    Thanks for linking up with us at MLSTL and I've shared on my SM :)

  12. What a really interesting place to visit. I would love to look through thee books :)

  13. Wow. I have never been to one of these and would love to as I am an avid reader and collector.
    I will have to check this out!!
    Thanks for sharing!


  14. Oh, I could get lost and stay there forever, I love book fairs!
    Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party, and enjoy the rest of your week!

  15. Looks like an interesting book fair!

  16. Wow, I can't even imagine.... Mind you, I probably appreciate the content more than the books themselves - if that makes sense!

  17. That Ali memorabilia looks impressive! Thank you for sharing this with us at #TriumphantTales. I hope to see you back next week!

  18. Ooooh! I love old books! Thanks for sharing these - so cool you go every time they come to the area! :)

  19. I love books! This looks like a fab way to spend a day. Thanks for sharing withe the #DreamTeam

  20. OMG!!!! These are such treasures Patrick!I am so blown away. Must have been such an exciting day.

    I so wish I got this opportunity of a life time too. Books are my besets friend, I say.

    Keep posting these fascinating pictures with us. We so love them on #WordlessWednesday

  21. You always find such great book events! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on!


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