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Rare Books L.A.

decoration01 Feb. 2019|02 Feb. 2019

Kicking off California’s rare book week on February 1-2, Rare Books LA features more than 100 leading specialists in rare books, fine prints, photography, ephemera, maps, and more from throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Held at the Pasadena Convention Center, the fair is produced by ABAA/ILAB members Jen & Brad Johnson, owners of johnson rare books & archives, who said: “This is a rare book fair for the modern age … We strive to create a book, fine art, and photography fair as diverse as our own business.” In the spotlight will be books from the private library of Playboy founder Hugh M. Hefner, including this signed presentation copy of Ian Fleming’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. 


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Hefner Books from Hefner’s library

“My father’s book collection showcases some of the extraordinary contributors to Playboy magazine through the decades, including Gahan Wilson, Shel Silverstein, George Plimpton, David Halberstam, Helmut Newton and Gay Talese," said Hefner’s daughter Christie Hefner.

Along with books by these writers, one of the most iconic books from Hefner’s library being offered at Rare Books LA is an inscribed first edition of Ian Fleming’s “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” (1964). The novel was serialized in Playboy before its publication in book form.

“We are honored to represent Hugh Hefner’s library at Rare Books LA and to help find new homes for the books that once filled the shelves of the Playboy Mansion,” said Jen Johnson, co-owner of johnson rare books & archives. 

Hefner published the first issue of Playboy in 1953. Celebrities and models clamored to pose for the magazine that showcased beautiful women, lifestyle advice and some of the most acclaimed and famous journalism and literary pieces of all time, including a 1965 sit down with Martin Luther King Jr., 1974’s "The Great Shark Hunt" by Hunter S. Thompson, and fiction by Margaret Atwood.


01 Feb. 2019|02 Feb. 2019
Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green Street
February 1, 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.
February 2, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Johnson Rare Books & Archives
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