The first major antiquarian book fair of the year in America, the California International Antiquarian Book Fair will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2017!
50 years of seeing, learning about, and purchasing the finest in rare and valuable books, manuscripts, autographs, graphics, photographs, print and ephemera.
The fair is sponsored by the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, ABAA and ILAB.
Nearly 200 international booksellers will exhibit at the fair.
To see a full listing of all exhibitors, please visit the website.
Book collectors and visitors can also enjoy a stimulating programme of seminars and presentations:
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.
Two books were commonly found in eighteenth century households in North America: the Bible and the Other Book, or the Almanach. Susan M. Allen, who teaches "History of the Book, 200-1820," at California Rare Book School, will share an illustrated lecture from her course demonstrating how to "read" almanachs, both bibliographically and culturally, and how to decipher their puzzling tables.
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. Kurutz, 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 Bibliographical 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 Philadelphia 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 to find additional information.
1:15 pm - 2:00 pm
Seminar: What's This Book Worth? Presented by Vic Zoschak Jr. of Tavistock Books 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.
This year’s Book Fair will include a special exhibit from The Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley, which has a long history of collecting the literary fiction of California. In more recent years, that scope has expanded to include mystery and detective fiction, fantasy and science fiction, and western fiction. This special exhibit will highlight California authors’ notable contributions in genre fiction and will emphasize recent donations to the library by featuring materials from the extensive collection of influential author, critic, and literary mentor Anthony Boucher, first editions by early members of the Northern California Chapter of Mystery Writers of America, selections by popular western and adventure writer Kenneth Perkins and MWA Grand Master Ross Macdonald, and more.
The Book Fair will work 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!
The 50th California International Antiquarian Book Fair
10 - 12 February 2017
Oakland Marriott City Center
BOOK FAIR HOURS
Friday, February 10, 2017 • 3 pm to 8 pm
Saturday, February 11, 2017 • 11 am to 7 pm
Sunday, February 12, 2017 • 11 am to 5 pm
Three-day admission tickets are available at the door on Friday for $25.
Tickets purchased on Saturday and Sunday are $15 and all tickets allow return admission for the remainder of the fair.
For more information about tickets or exhibiting, visit www.cabookfair.com.
All tickets will be available to purchase online for a pre-event discount.
For more information about the 50th California International Antiquarian Book Fair, please visit the website at www.cabookfair.com or the ABAA website at www.abaa.org; or contact Fair Managers, White Rain Productions at, firstname.lastname@example.org, (800) 454-6401.