52nd California International Antiquarian Book Fair
|Venue:||Oakland Marriott City Center
1001 Broadway, Oakland (at the 12th Street BART Station)
Oakland, CA 94612
|Dates:||Feb 8th, 2019 – Feb 10th, 2019|
|Times:||Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, 3 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 9 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 10 11 am - 4
|Cost:||$25 for Friday Opening Day $15 for Saturday or Sunday Ticket allows re-entry all weekend All student|
This year’s Book Fair will include a special exhibit by the Book Club of California, an active association of over 800 major California collectors with interests in rare books and manuscripts of all types. Founded in 1912, the Club’s library is dedicated to collecting and sharing works of California fine printers; resources on book making, book design, and book history; and books of historical significance. One side of this bi-faceted exhibit will display a selection of 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.
Joel Harris, a local member of the International Wizard of Oz Club, will be loaning a portion of his collection for a curated exhibit of first edition books by L. Frank Baum and the subsequent authors of the “Wizard of Oz” series. 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.
Other highlights of the Book Fair include an interactive and entertaining exhibition that showcases local artists and organizations specializing in book arts. Local libraries and universities will be exhibiting one-of-a-kind works from their collections. Calligraphers, bookbinders and a small press operator will once again be creating unique souvenirs for attendees to take home.