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rare book catalogues

Holiday Sale Guide

Browse our new list of 100 rare books that are new to our website and part of our 2022 year-end holiday sale. Catalogue items include fine press books, antiquarian books with engraved maps, and books with illustrated plates.

Sixteenth Century

A catalogue of 32 books printed in the sixteenth century, including works by Georg Agricola, Pietro Bembo, and Plutarch. Come for the woodcuts; stay to brush up on your Latin.

Inflation & Economics

This list attempts to explore two questions: What is money? And, what happens when our unit of accounting, our measuring stick, starts to disintegrate? Join us on a wide-ranging jaunt through 500 years of inflation and economics. 

Science Fiction

There was a narrow window of time when teenagers gathered around mimeograph machines in basements and garages to publish science fiction fanzines. This catalogue is the story of “American samizdat”, a history of science fiction, amateur self-publishing, and nerd culture.

Fascism

This catalogue delves into the underlying structure of German fascism, with a strong emphasis on its legal and bureaucratic institutions. Contents include banned books, psychiatry, legal history, and the diaries of Dr. Gerhard Scholtz, co-conspirator in the July 20, 1944 plot to kill Hitler.

East Germany

Explore items related to the former German Democratic Republic, including a photo album relating to the race track where Bruce Springsteen gave the largest concert in East German history and an unusual union dues book with extensive Cuba and Vietnam solidarity stamps.

Circus

A short list catalogue of 10 items related to the American Circus along with film and theater in Berlin, Germany.

Palm Springs Fair

A short list catalogue of 12 books and archives highlighted at the Rare Books Palm Springs Antiquarian Book Fair held in May, 2022.

California ABAA Fair

A catalogue of 33 books and manuscripts presented at the California International Antiquarian Book Fair in Oakland in February, 2022.

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