Fairs | January 2020 | Rebecca Rego Barry

On the Horizon: CA Book Fairs & Related Goings-on

Courtesy of PBA Galleries

An illustration from History of San Bernardino County (1883). The rare book of lithographs is being sold at PBA Galleries in Pasadena on February 6. Estimate: $6,000-9,000

As the antiquarian book world readies for the first of its big gatherings of 2020, we thought we’d provide a quick, chronological rundown of the major events. Stay tuned for more information and highlights as we get closer to kickoff.

January 31-February 1: The 2020 San Francisco Antiquarian Book, Print & Paper Fair will be held at the South San Francisco Conference Center. Admission is $12 per day, unless you pre-buy for a discount here.

February 6: PBA Galleries’ Special Pasadena Auction to be held at 10:00 a.m. in the Piazza Ballroom of the Pasadena Sheraton. The first half of the auction will be devoted to books donated by ABAA members to benefit the Antiquarian Booksellers' Benevolent Fund. The second part of the sale will be PBA's offering of Rare Books & Manuscripts.

February 7-9: The 53rd California International Antiquarian Book Fair will be held at the Pasadena Convention Center. Women’s suffrage and Ray Bradbury are among the featured topics. Admission is $25 for F/S/S; $15 for S/S.

February 8: Rare Books LA Shadow Fair, with more than 30 specialists in ephemera and rare books, happens at the Pasadena Masonic Temple. Admission is $10.

And while you’re in California, these exhibitions might interest you:


Bound for Beauty: Highlights from the Kathleen V. Roberts Collection of Decorated Publishers Bindings at the American Bookbinders Museum

(retro)(intro)spection: moving past into the forward at the San Francisco Center for the Book


Beside the Edge of the World at the Huntington Library

In Focus: Platinum Photographs at the Getty Center