A very special exhibit on wine and viticulture, courtesy of the Shields Library, University of California, Davis. The grape growing and winemaking collections at the University of California, Davis are the finest such collections in the world. In addition to books and journals, the collection includes maps, pamphlets, wine labels, wine merchant and wine auction catalogs, and menus. In addition, the collection has extensive manuscript collections, including the papers of grape and wine scientists such as Maynard Amerine and Harold Olmo, the papers of wine writers such as Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson and the archives of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF) and the Wine Institute. These collections are held in trust by the UC Davis Library for the world. A representative selection of the collections will be on display at the 54th California International Antiquarian Book Fair in Oakland.

View a selection of images from the special exhibit.


Several in-person seminars and presentations will take place during the day, and will be live-streamed here.

Saturday, February 12, 2022

12:45 PM - 1:45 PM -- Good Words Make Better Wine: Building the UC Davis Library's Wine Writers Collection
Jullianne H. Ballou

In 2018, the UC Davis Library began to expand its Wine Writers Collection, which includes the papers and digital files of people who have written or podcasted about California wine from the 1950s to the present. The writers' archives — and the ephemera they include — extend the literary works in the library’s circulating and rare wine book and manuscript collections, which date to the start of the twelfth century. UC Davis's wine library documents the evolution of a genre and of a drink that's both agricultural product and art. This lecture is jointly sponsored by the Bibliographical Society of America and the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America.

Jullianne H. Ballou
As the first Warren Winiarski Fellow at the UC Davis Library, Jullianne Ballou curates the library’s Wine Writers Collection. Previously, she was a librarian at the Harry Ransom Center, and before that, worked with writers as an editor of the Oxford American magazine and books published by The University of Texas Press.

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM -- The UC Davis Library Wine Collection: Origins, Highlights, and Use
Christine Cheng and Axel Borg

The grape and wine collections at the UC Davis Library are widely regarded as the finest in the world. Drawing on rare books and items featured in the special exhibit, Axel Borg, Bibliographer Emeritus, will talk about the breadth and depth of the wine collections at UC Davis as well as how the collections were built. Christine Cheng, Instruction and Outreach Librarian, will discuss the materiality of items and how they are used in the context of instruction.

Christine Cheng
Christine is the Instruction and Outreach Librarian for Archives and Special Collections at the University of California, Davis. She designs library services and education programs that enhance access to and understanding of rare books, manuscripts, and archival materials. Her interests are promoting and developing skills in primary source literacy.

Axel Borg
Graduating from Pomona College in 1976, Axel was commissioned in the United States Army as an Armor Officer. In 1983 he left the Army to become a librarian. Axel earned his MLIS at UC Berkeley and served as an agriculture librarian at Berkeley. In 1986 Axel took a position as a general science librarian at UC Santa Cruz and in 1988 he began his service at UC Davis as the Wine and Food Science Bibliographer. While at UC Davis, Axel worked with Professor Maynard A. Amerine and was co-author on his last book, A Bibliography On Grapes, Wines, Other Alcoholic Beverages, And Temperance Published In The United States Before 1901, published by UC Press. Axel retired from UC Davis after 37 years of service as a librarian in the UC System.

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM -- Collecting Oakland’s Activist Roots: the Black Panthers and Beyond
Lisbet Tellefsen & Alexander Akin

Lisbet Tellefsen, former publisher of the Black lesbian journal Aché, has become a noted archivist of materials from the Black Panther Party and other activist organizations. Many items from her collection are now at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, and her papers now reside at Yale University’s Beinecke Library. The recent book “Seize the Time” is based on her extensive archive of materials related to the activist Angela Davis. Alexander Akin, co-owner of Bolerium Books, has gone from producing and distributing material as an activist, to collecting it as a historian (he received his PhD in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University in 2009), to selling it as a dealer. His recent projects include an emphasis on Asian American activism in the Bay Area. The speakers will feature a selection of original ephemera from Oakland’s many historical social movements, discussing how these materials bring alive the people and events of the past while highlighting their continuing relevance to contemporary society. When working with the relatively recent ephemeral materials of social movements, why do we collect, how do we collect, what do such collections mean for our understanding of the past - and how can a budding collector get started?

Sunday, February 13, 2022

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM -- Sherlock Holmes in Popular Culture
Glen S. Miranker

Sherlock Holmes first appeared in 1887 during the 50th year of the reign of Queen Victoria. No 19th century reader would have thought that this literary juggernaut would be just as alive for 21st century readers as it was for them. This durability is in no small part a result of how profoundly the Great Detective has permeated popular culture. In this presentation, Grolier Club member Glen S. Miranker will explore how Holmes has left his mark on popular culture over the last 135 years in books, radio, movies, advertising and our language.

View a selection of images

Glen S. Miranker
After co-founding and/or serving in executive positions at several Silicon Valley start-ups, Glen Miranker was invited by Steve Jobs to join Next Computer in 1990 and Apple Computer in 1996. For most of his tenure at Apple, he ran hardware development and served as Apple’s Chief Technology Officer (Hardware), retiring in 2004. Long a bibliophile, Miranker now devotes himself to book collecting, lecturing and assisting special-collections departments and boards at such institutions as the Houghton Library of Harvard University, the Toronto Reference Library (Toronto), the Harry Ransom Center (University of Texas, Austin) and the Newberry Library (Chicago), among others. He also collects and lectures on the history of cryptography and is a director of the National Cryptologic Foundation (Ft. Meade, Maryland).


Visit book arts and local libraries and university collections. Confirmed Participants as of January 13, 2022:

The Bancroft Library Special Collections
The Book Club of California
The Ephemera Society of America
The Hand Bookbinders of California
Mills College Book Art Program


Visit The California Young Book Collector’s Prize showcase near the ABAA booth during the Fair!

In recognition of the next generation of bibliophiles, The California Young Book Collector’s Prize is open to collectors aged 35 and under who are living in California. All collections of books, manuscripts, and ephemera are welcome, no matter their monetary value or subject. The collections will be judged on their thoroughness, the approach to their subject, and the seriousness with which the collector has catalogued his or her material.

This year’s first place winner is Stacy Shirk. Her collection features books of fairy tales as “cultural and historical touchstones," reflecting transformations in society, such as Jewish tales published in the traumatic 1940s, or new twists on old standards that appeared after the rise of second-wave feminism. As Ms Shirk put it, "They are some of our oldest stories, yet they have permeated popular culture with their unique adaptability so that they always remain current."

In addition to $500 to spend at the 2022 California International Antiquarian Book Fair, to be held in Oakland, California (February 11-13, 2022), she will have the opportunity to exhibit a selection of the highlights of her collection at the Fair, with a stipend of $250 toward exhibition expenses. Other prizes include a one-year membership to The Book Club of California, a one-year membership to the Bibliographical Society of America, a one-year subscription to The Book Collector, and a one-year subscription to Fine Books & Collections magazine. Furthermore, STILT Book Cradles is awarding a gift box of display products to the first-place winner, and Spencer W Stuart, Collections Advisor, offers a complimentary one-hour consultation session about potential approaches and strategies for further collection development.

Kelsey Clarke Grode won second place for her collection, "High Points of Twentieth-Century Radical Feminism," and Nathan Dusaban won third place for his collection of artist's books by Edward Ruscha. They will receive $300 and $200, respectively, to spend at the Oakland Fair. Warm congratulations to all three winners!

BOOK FAIR FINDS - Gems $100 and Under

This optional program is intended to encourage younger attendees and new collectors by offering a selection of more affordable items. Participating dealers exhibit a selection of items priced at $100 or less in a section of their booth, which will be designated by a small sign to make them easy to identify. Exhibitor participation will also be indicated by a symbol in the Fair Directory.