Book Club of California

One side of the Club’s bi-faceted exhibit will display materials by California women printers and book artists, with a spotlight on Jane Grabhorn’s test prints for the illustrations of the Grabhorn Press’ Shakespeare plays. Also on display will be some of the Club’s oldest and most sought-after books, including a beautifully ornamented Virgil printed by Miscomini in 1476 and Ansel Adams’ Taos Pueblo.


The Book Club of California membership is made up of a diverse and vital community united by a love of fine books and the marriage of content and craft. BCC members include printers, binders, typographers, historians, librarians, curators, collectors, readers, and scholars from California and around the world.


A curated exhibit of first edition books by L. Frank Baum and the subsequent authors of the "Wizard of Oz" series, courtesy of Joel Harris, a local member of the International Wizard of Oz Club. The theme of a Saturday lecture jointly sponsored by the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America and the Bibliographical Society of America will be Cyclone on the Prairies: The Magic of the Land of Oz.



Visit informative and entertaining Culture Row. In addition to local libraries, calligraphers, bookbinders and a small press operator will once again be creating souvenirs for attendees!

The American Bookbinders Museum
The Bancroft Library
Bay Area Book Artists
The Book Club of California
California Rare Book School
The Cartoon Art Museum
C.V. Starr East Asian Library
The Ephemera Society of America
Friends of Calligraphy
Gleeson Library Associates
Hand Bookbinders of California
The International Wizard of Oz Club
Letterform Archive
Mills College Book Art Program
Printers' Chappel of Santa Cruz
Rare Book School
Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (a division of ACRL/ALA)

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Paid admission to the Book Fair includes seminars appealing to both the dedicated collector and those new to the world of rare books. **Note: schedules are subject to change.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM – Lecture: Cyclone on the Prairies: The Magic of the Land of Oz

Peter E. Hanff, Deputy Director of The Bancroft Library, will be presenting a lecture on L. Frank Baum jointly sponsored by the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America and the Bibliographical Society of America.

3:00 - 4:00 PM – Panel Discussion: California Rare Book School's Road Show

Meet the faculty. Learn CalRBS' focus for 2019. Discover what knowledge and skills you need as a collector, librarian, or bookseller for success with rare materials. Have all your questions answered. Invited experts on the panel include: Randal S. Brandt, UC Berkeley; Gerald Cloud, Bookseller; Liza Mardoyan, UCLA Graduate Student & CalRBS Project Manager; Daniel J. Slive, SMU; Kathleen Walkup, Mills College; Gawain Weaver, Independent Photography Conservator; and Susan M. Allen, Director, CalRBS, UCLA.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

9:30 AM – Panel Discussion: Zamorano Celebrates 90

(Please note that this panel takes place at the Oakland Marriott City Center prior to the Fair opening. It is free and open to the public.)

A panel discussion organized by the ABAA Women’s Initiative with project coordinator/editor Jean Gillingwators; first woman president of the Zamorano Club Judy Sahak; and contributors Jen and Brad Johnson who will speak on fine press printer Lillian Marks of the Plantin Press and bookseller Peggy Christian. The Zamorano Club is Southern California’s oldest organization of bibliophiles and manuscript collectors. Founded in 1928, it sponsors lectures and publications on bookish topics. Most noteworthy is the Zamorano 80 (1945)—a member-selected and -written catalogue of the most significant books in California history.

12:30 PM - 1:15 PM -- Seminar: Book Collecting 101

Learn from ABAA president Vic Zoschak, Jr., Tavistock Books, to create a strategy for collecting books, as well as how to spot a “first edition,” judge a book’s condition, and learn bookish terms and jargon.

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM – Seminar: What’s This Book Worth?

Vic Zoschak, Jr., Tavistock Books, will discuss the primary factors that give books commercial and monetary value, as well as strategies for appraising and selling books.

2:00 – 3:30 PM -- Discovery Day

This is the public’s chance to discover if those old books gathering dust are worth something! The public will receive free, expert oral appraisals on up to three books. Appraisals are limited to a first come, first served basis within the scheduled times.


Designed with the budding collector in mind, "Book Fair Finds" is a program in which dealers spotlight items priced at $100 or less. Visitors can look for the Book Fair Finds sign in participating booths.


Visit The California Young Book Collector’s Prize showcase near the ABAA booth during the Fair!

Most great collectors started when they were young, and most great collections started with a passion for a particular object or subject. When these objects are books or manuscripts, the collectors are called bibliophiles, or lovers of the book. Curiously, the love of the book continues unabated today, despite their increasing rarity and the rapid growth of digital media.

In recognition of the next generation of bibliophiles, the Northern and Southern Chapters of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America are pleased to announce the inauguration of The California Young Book Collector’s Prize, open to collectors aged 35 and under living in California.

All collections of books, manuscripts, and ephemera are welcome, no matter their monetary value or subject. The collections will be judged on their thoroughness, the approach to their subject, and the seriousness, with which the collector has catalogued his or her material.

The winner of the competition will receive a gift certificate of $500 to spend at the Fair, as well as a $250 stipend for exhibition travel and other expenses. The winner will then have the opportunity to exhibit and showcase the collection at the Fair, in addition to receiving a one-year membership to the Book Club of California, the Bibliographical Society of America, and a one-year subscription to The Book Collector.

Additionally, in celebration of young collectors, all students with current valid student ID will be admitted to the Book Fair for free.