Rare Book Monthly

Articles - February - 2022 Issue

Rare Books LA – Pasadena February 4-6


For those interested in old and rare books, manuscripts, maps and ephemera here’s a fair in southern California, in Pasadena to February 4-6.  During the Covid-19 period, in-person book fairs, in the main disappeared while on-line book fairs became the way to stay connected with the collecting community.


With many positive signs that Covid is yielding to vaccinations, both the organizers and local health societies are waving their green flags, it’s time to get back to normal.


For this event there are two versions; one is on-line and the other is in-person.  For the in-person fair 82 exhibitors will be there to meet, greet, buy and sell.  For those joining the fair via the Internet 104 exhibitors are participating.


Here are the days and hours:


Friday, February 4 – 5pm-8pm PST

Saturday, February 5 – 10am-6pm PST

Sunday, February 6 – 11am-4pm PST


The Virtual Fair opens February 3.


The Huntington Library of Pasadena has also organized a series of events relating to the 100th anniversary of the publication of James Joyce’s novel Ulysses.  For information about these events contact the Huntington at 626.405.2240


Here’s the website:  https://rarebooksla.com/


For those who cannot make it to Pasadena but can make it to the Bay Area, they will find many of the same dealers participating at the ABAA’s Biannual west coast fair at Oakland in the Bay Area February 11-13.


In accordance with state and local health orders:

  • Masks are required for everyone in indoor public settings and businesses regardless of vaccination status
  • Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within one day for antigen tests and within two days for PCR tests is required prior to entry into the facility or venue (Details).
  • Identification is required for all attendees age 18+ to validate vaccination record or proof of negative test.




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  • <center><b>Swann Auction Galleries<br>View Our Record Breaking Results</b>
    <b>Swann:</b> Scott Joplin, <i>Treemonisha: Opera in Three Acts,</i> New York, 1911. Sold March 24 — $40,000.
    <b>Swann:</b> Louisa May Alcott, autograph letter signed, 1868. Sold June 2 — $23,750.
    <b>Swann:</b> Anne Bradstreet, <i>Several Poems Compiled with Great Variety of Wit and Learning, full of Delight,</i> Boston, 1758. Sold June 2 — $21,250.
    <b>Swann:</b> William Shakespeare, <i>Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. Published according to the true Originall Copies. The Second Impression,</i> London, 1632. Sold May 5 — $161,000.
    <center><b>Swann Auction Galleries<br>View Our Record Breaking Results</b>
    <b>Swann:</b> John Bachmann, <i>Panorama of the Seat of War,</i> New York, 1861-62. Sold June 23 — $35,000.
    <b>Swann:</b> Charlotte Bronte, <i>Jane Eyre,</i> first edition, London, 1847. Sold June 16 — $23,750.
    <b>Swann:</b> Elihu Vedder, <i>Simple Simon, His Book,</i> 1913. Sold June 9 — $12,350.
    <b>Swann:</b> Frederick Catherwood, <i>Views of Ancient Monuments in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan,</i> London, 1844. Sold April 7 — $37,500.

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