ABOUT THE FAIR

Featuring over 150 booksellers from the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), this three-day event is recognized as one of the largest and most prestigious antiquarian book fairs in the world. Visitors have the opportunity to see, learn about, and purchase the finest in rare books, manuscripts, autographs, maps, fine prints, photographs, ephemera, and more.

The artwork used in the promotion of the book fair is reproduced from artist Bertha Boye's beautiful "Votes for Women" poster. On October 10, 1911, California became the sixth state where women could vote equally with men, nine years before the 19th Amendment enfranchised women nationally. Boye's artwork is probably the most popular poster produced during the American suffrage movement. Her design won first place in a contest sponsored by the College Equal Suffrage League in San Francisco, and the image was later reproduced on cards, fliers and publicity stamps. For an entire week in August, stores in San Francisco featured the poster in their windows, often accompanied by decorations in suffrage yellow, which supporters referred to as "the color of success."

Boye's artwork is probably the most popular poster produced during the American suffrage movement. Her design, featuring a draped western suffragist posed against the Golden Gate as the sun sets behind her, won first place in a contest sponsored by the College Equal Suffrage League in San Francisco. The image was later reproduced on cards, fliers and publicity stamps.

Additional Fair Features include:

  • A special exhibit celebrating the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in the United States of America: Votes for Women!
  • A special exhibit featuring the works of one of Los Angeles' cultural treasures: Ray Bradbury
  • Culture Row – featuring local libraries, calligraphers, and bookbinders
  • Seminars & Lectures
    • Lisa Baskin - 100 Years of Women's Work
    • Something Wonderful This Way Came: 100 Years of Ray Bradbury
    • Profiles in Suffrage: Depictions of Women and their Struggle for Equality
    • What's This Book Worth?
  • Book Fair Finds - Gems for $100 or less
  • Discovery Day - free appraisals for up to three books per attendee

Spotlight on Young Collectors!
In recognition of the next generation of bibliophiles, the Fair is pleased to announce The California Young Book Collector's Prize, the second annual competition open to collectors aged 35 and under who reside in California. The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2019. More information and entry rules can be found here.