ABOUT THE FAIR

Recognized as one of the largest and most prestigious antiquarian book fairs in the world, this three-day event features the collections and rare treasures of nearly 200 booksellers from over 20 countries, including manuscripts, modern first editions, children’s books, maps and autographs, as well as antiquarian books on a wide range of topics.

Additional Fair Features include:

  • A special exhibit from the Book Club of California highlighting women printers and book artists, as well as a display of some of the Club’s oldest and most sought-after publications
  • An exhibit on the works of L. Frank Baum from the private collection of Joel Harris, a member of the International Wizard of Oz Club
  • Information about local library and university collections
  • Book Arts, such as letterpress printing and calligraphy
  • Book Fair Finds – select items under $100
  • Discovery Day – free appraisals for up to three books per attendee
  • Seminars & Lectures
    • Cyclone on the Prairies: The Magic of the Land of Oz
    • California Rare Book School's Road Show
    • Zamorano Celebrates 90
    • Book Collecting 101
    • What's This Book Worth?

NEW this year!

  • In recognition of the next generation of bibliophiles, the Fair is pleased to announce The California Youth Book Collector’s Prize, a competition open to collectors aged 35 and under who reside in California. This year’s first prize is awarded to Matthew Wills, of La Jolla, whose collection is on the theme of "Anti-Confucian Propaganda in Mao’s China." Please visit his collection next to the ABAA booth in the Exhibit Hall and congratulate Matthew!