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Jimi Hendrix’s Delinquent Bar Tab – 48th California International Antiquarian Book Fair, 6-8 February 2015

The world's preeminent celebration of the written and printed word returns to Northern California at a new venue in downtown Oakland. The 48th California International Antiquarian Book Fair will run from Friday, February 6 through Sunday, February 8, 2015 at the Oakland Marriott City Center. Sponsored by the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), the three-day event is the world's largest antiquarian book fair with 200 booksellers from the United States and around the globe. The annual fair features a rich selection of books, manuscripts, maps and other printed materials, including incunabula, literature from all centuries and nationalities, fine bindings, children's and illustrated books, ephemera, and antiquarian books on dozens of topics – from Jimi Hendrix's delinquent bar tab to the first English-Language Sex Manual, a 19th Century 3-D children's book, a lock of Franz Liszt's hair from 1884 and handwritten letters by Charles Bukowski.

Published on 29 Jan. 2015

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Thousands of Rare Books and Manuscripts - Hundreds of Booksellers - Dozens of Seminars and Events


"The Book Fair is all about bringing people closer to books by giving them a chance to browse, touch and even go home with items that they might imagine could only be found in a museum or special collections library."

Michael R. Thompson, ABAA Member


The world’s preeminent celebration of the written and printed word returns to Northern California at a new venue in downtown Oakland. The 48th California International Antiquarian Book Fair will run from Friday, February 6 through Sunday, February 8, 2015 at the Oakland Marriott City Center. Sponsored by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), the three-day event is the world’s largest antiquarian book fair with 200 booksellers from the United States and around the globe.

The annual fair features a rich selection of books, manuscripts, maps and other printed materials, including incunabula, literature from all centuries and nationalities, fine bindings, children's and illustrated books, ephemera, and antiquarian books on dozens of topics – from Jimi Hendrix’s delinquent bar tab to the first English-Language Sex Manual, a 19th Century 3-D children’s book, a lock of Franz Liszt’s hair from 1884 and handwritten letters by Charles Bukowski.

With special exhibitions this year’s California Fair will also present highlights from the Special Collections of the F. W. Olin Library at Mills College, the Darius Milhaud Collection, the Albert M. Bender Papers, the Jane Bourne Parton Collection of Books on Dance, the Bookbinding Collection, the Early Printed Books Collection, the Patti Smith Collection, and the Fine Press and Artists’ Book Collection. Talks and seminars on book collecting and all aspects of the trade and the rare book will attract book lovers from all over the world. The book fair schedule includes:


Saturday, February 7, 1 pm

Building New Audiences for Rare Books


Daniel De Simone, Eric Weinmann Librarian, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC. Sixth annual talk at the Book Fair, co-sponsored by the ABAA and the Bibliographical Society of America.


Sunday, February 8, 11:30 am - 12:15 pm

Book Collecting 101


Learn from the experts how 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.


Sunday, February 8, 12:15 - 1:00 pm

What’s This Book Worth?


Experienced ABAA members will discuss the primary factors that give books commercial and monetary value, as well as strategies for appraising and selling books.


Sunday, February 8, 1:00 - 2:30 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.


Sunday, February 8, 1:30 - 2:30 pm

Jack London, Photographer - Presented by Sara S. "Sue" Hodson


Jack London (1876-1916), still one of the most widely read American writers in the world, is known for stories and novels, as well as his own adventures as a sailor, Klondike gold-seeker, and rancher. Far less well known is London's work as a photographer, embodied in 4,000 negatives housed with the California Department of Parks and Recreation and 12,000 photographs in the Huntington Library. London's vivid, sensitive photographs capture the homeless of Great Britain in 1902; battle images and portraits of freezing. Korean refugees during the 1904 Russo- Japanese War, which London covered for the Hearst Syndicate; some of the first photos of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, again for Hearst; the diverse people and places of the Hawaiian Islands and the South Seas photographed on the voyage of his sailboat, in 1911. Many of the images appeared in his newspaper and magazine stories and in his books The People of the Abyss (1903) and The Cruise of the Snark (1911), but most have been seen by very few people and have never appeared in print.

Sue Hodson has overseen the Huntington's London archive for thirty years and has co-edited a volume of his photographs with Jeanne Campbell Reesman and Philip Adam, published by the University of Georgia Press in the autumn of 2010. She will present a lecture illustrated with selections from London's photographic works.

The Book Fair’s new venue in downtown Oakland is an added convenience for bibliophiles. The Oakland Marriott City Center is just steps away from the 12th Street BART Station, making it easily accessible to attendees from San Francisco and all over the East Bay. Out-of-town visitors will appreciate staying onsite at the Marriott, plus fair visitors arriving at both Oakland and San Francisco airports can take BART directly to the new venue. Moreover, downtown Oakland is within easy walking distance to diverse and eclectic cuisine, hip nightspots, historic Old Oakland, museums, Lake Merritt and the waterfront at Jack London Square. In fact, Oakland was recently named by the New York Times as the number five destination to visit in the world! Be there!


48th California International Antiquarian Book Fair

6 – 8 February 2015, Oakland Marriott City Center


Opening hours

Friday 3 pm - 8 pm, Saturday 11 am - 7 pm, Sunday 11 am - 5 pm

>>> For more information please visit the official website

(Pictures: www.cabookfair.com)

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