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LOS ANGELES—From February 12 - 14, 2016, thousands of book lovers, rare book

An auction where the highest priced lot, in this case a 1632 Second Folio edition of William Shakespeare, selling for $114,000, is something of an afterthought, does not occur very often. Yet such was the case at PBA Galleries’ auction of Rare Books & Manuscripts with Early Medical Works from the George Bray Collection. True, there were a few oohs and aahs when the cornerstone of

Guest Post by Jonathan Shipley, our man in Oakland...????

They came in droves. Booksellers and book buyers from the four corners of the world flew in from London and Los Angeles, Australia and Alabama. Fielding row upon row of booths at the 48th California Antiquarian Book Fair, attendees sought out their particular interests, fueled by an
Dust jackets are a twentieth-century invention, right? Wrong. In fact, a dust jacket for a book published in 1830 and found in the Bodleian Library is thought to be the earliest extant example, though printed paper covers for bound books were probably introduced in the previous decade. Still, finding nineteenth-century books in their jackets can be challenge, since many were discarded as mere