Rare Books San Francisco is making its debut as the "shadow show" for the Pasadena ABAA fair ... and we're going to miss it. We've already had a crazy 2023, and alas had to cancel our booth at the show. BUT we already had our material ready to go, so in lieu here is our list, packed full of interesting Californiana and our usual mix of eclectic items.
We’re kicking off the year with what we hope is a banging list of freshly-catalogued manuscript and archival materials. Highlights include the pictorial archive of a mad California inventor lady; the substantial archive of a U.S. military officer stationed in Central and South America who also happened to be a famous maker of castanets; several large photographic archives documenting African-American families; the manuscript accounts of a St. Domingue plantation; an annotated real photo postcard archive documenting an American soldier’s experiences in Russia in 1918, and more. Enjoy!
We offer here a short list of cookery and gastronomic delights for the end of the year. Highlights include a Mexican manuscript cook book, scarce or unrecorded community cook books from several states, and -- undeniably our favorite -- a Colombian treatise on raising guinea pigs for meat. Bon appetite!
For this year's Boston fair we have hoarded a treasure trove of new material. Our list includes numerous archives, rare imprints, unique and interesting materials, with distinct sections on African Americana and Latin America. Enjoy!
Our latest list is comprised of thirty items of Western Americana. Highlights include a book by an African-American bishop from Los Angeles; an archive of letters recording one man’s experiences working on the railroad in turn-of-the-century Arizona; a wonderful archive of an Oregon miner’s letters; a Japanese-American woman’s photo album from the 1940s; a large map of Limestone County, Texas; and more. Enjoy!
We return to Rare Books LAX! Highlights from our fair list include a Mexican manuscript cook book; a Mexican-American California girl's archive; several interesting pieces of Californiana, both printed and manuscript; a rare work on the Cuban revolution; several works of Japanese Americana; a handsome volume of Mexican novenas, and more. Enjoy!
If you missed the Seattle Fair, this is your chance to shop our booth! Highlights include choice pieces of African Americana; an Indian School report from Alaska; an Oregon gold miner's archive; manuscript diaries and archives from Montana, Arizona, and Colorado; a diary recounting a journey cross-country by rail in the 1880s; several Native American photographic items; and more. Enjoy!
Our second printed catalogue offers seventy-five items from a wide array of genres and formats. Highlights include a rare printing of the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation; an important account of the French intervention in Mexico; a Texas-related Civil War archive; a rare California Gold Rush broadside, and much more.