In the News

The Morgan Presents Tolkien's Adventurous Tales and Original Illustrations

New York — This winter, the Morgan Library & Museum offers a once-in-a-generation opportunity... read more

Al Hirschfeld's Marx Brothers Drawing Tops Illustration Art Auction

New York­-Swann Galleries’ auction of Illustration Art on December 6 saw a bustling auction... read more

The Roger Casson Library of Polar Exploration, Travel & Local History Heads to Auction

An important private library of polar exploration, travel and local history books, including many... read more

Original Star Wars Designs Achieve Top Lot at Bonhams

London--A sketchbook showing the original hand-drawn costume designs for key characters in Star Wars... read more

The Getty Museum Presents "Artful Words: Calligraphy in Illuminated Manuscripts"

Los Angeles - The written word was a major art form in the premodern... read more

Olmsted's 1859 Letter Describing his Vision for Central Park to be Auctioned

Los Angeles - A handwritten letter from renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted to... read more

Works by Tolkien, Drawings, and Photography on View This Winter at the Morgan

New York — The 2019 winter season at the Morgan Library & Museum continues... read more

Sotheby's Geek Week Auctions Total $7.4 Million in NY

New York - Sotheby’s Geek Week auctions concluded Friday in New York with a... read more

Follow us on TwitterLike us on Facebook
Auction Guide
Advertise with Us
2015 Bookseller Resource Guide
Digest

Rare Book Week West

Planning for a visit to the California International Antiquarian Book Fair and the CODEX book fair By Nate Pedersen Nate Pedersen is a librarian and journalist in Bend, Oregon.

The exhibition hall at 2013’s CODEX Book Fair. Courtesy of the Codex Foundation.

Go west for the rare books, stay for the cherry blossoms.

For one special week in February, the rare book world will converge on two northern California cities: Oakland and Richmond. The 48th annual California International Antiquarian Book Fair runs from Friday, February 6, through Sunday, February 8, in a new venue at the Oakland Marriot City Center. As that fair closes, the fifth biennial CODEX book fair will kick off twelve miles away in Richmond and continue through February 11. Several book and art-related exhibits, events, and auctions will round out the week.

This year’s California International Antiquarian Book Fair will host an exhibition of approximately forty books and manuscripts from the special collections of the F.W. Olin Library at Mills College, including Ha! Ha! Houdini by Patti Smith (Gotham Book Mart & Gallery, 1977). Limited edition with padlock; signed by Patti Smith. From the Patti Smith Collection. Courtesy of the F. W. Olin Library, Mills College.

The California International Antiquarian Book Fair is, according to its promoters, the largest antiquarian book fair in the world, with over two hundred booksellers onsite from across the globe. Sponsored by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), the three-day event features an unrivaled selection of rare books and manuscripts, along with a wide variety of other printed materials.

“It’s like going to a museum where you can actually purchase the items,” said Neil Figurelli, vice president of Winslow & Associates, which produces the fair. “And it’s not just books, but maps, ephemera, and postcards too. You could spend $20 or $500,000 on a single item.”

The California fair annually pivots between the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas. This year marks the first time it has been held in Oakland.

Figurelli is excited about the move. “Oakland is the new Brooklyn. The book fair is being held in a really cool venue, in a happening area of town. Downtown Oakland has recently gone through a big renaissance.”

This year’s fair will also include an exhibition of approximately forty books and manuscripts from the special collections of the F.W. Olin Library at Mills College.

“Partnering with Mills College was really cool,” said Figurelli. “The Olin Library collections include material from Patti Smith, Diego Rivera, and Frida Kahlo. They’ve also got a substantial collection of vintage dance books, as Mills College is well known for its dance department. So the variety of subjects in their collections will appeal to a variety of people, especially some of the younger attendees coming this year.”

Visitors will also want to check out the seminars on Saturday, February 7, including ‘Book Collecting 101’ and ‘What’s this Book Worth?’ A ‘Discovery Day,’ where attendees receive free appraisals on up to three books, is also on the schedule.

If history is any indicator, many of the book fair attendees will remain in the area and make their way to CODEX V, opening at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond on Sunday. Over 185 international exhibitors will be on hand showcasing fine press books, artist’s books, and prints.

Page 1 | 2 | Next