Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Free Tickets to 2011 California International Antiquarian Book Fair From Booktryst

by Stephen J. Gertz

Booktryst has acquired twenty-three (23) courtesy passes to the 44th California International Antiquarian Book Fair in San Francisco, February 11-13, 2011 at the Concourse Exhibition Center. Readers who wish to attend the Fair and want a courtesy pass should contact me as soon as possible.  Passes will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, and your request must be received by 8PM Wednesday, February 9th, 2011. If your request is received in time confirmation will be sent to you. Your passes to be left at the Will-Call desk at the entrance.

The theme for this year's Fair  is Music. In addition to book-related lectures and seminars,  a stunning special exhibit of rare musical books and manuscripts from the Jean Gray Hargrove Music Library of the University of California at Berkeley will be exhibited. All exhibiting booksellers have been encouraged to showcase their collections related to music.

Over 200 members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA)and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) - the most respected rare booksellers in the world - will offer books on the history of music; travel & exploration (including maps); early science and medicine; technology & manufacture; law and commerce; fine bindings; childrens books; Americana; history of California and the West; literature and the arts; and so much more.

Visitors will be able to browse and purchase items ranging from medieval illuminated manuscripts to 20th century modern literature, and everything in-between. The California International Antiquarian Book Fair routinely offers a cornucopia of books in all areas of interest. Chances are, if you can't find it here, it can't be found.

And if you seek to discover a book that you didn't know existed, book fairs (and this one in particular) remain, despite the Internet, the only way to stumble across buried treasure unearthed  and available.

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