About ABAA:

The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America was founded in 1949 to promote interest in rare and antiquarian books and book collecting, and to foster collegial relations. We strive to maintain the highest standards in the trade. All members agree to abide by the ABAA's Code of Ethics. While our members sell, buy, and appraise books and printed matter, our staff can assist you with finding a bookseller and with other trade-related matters.

Paying Your Bills in 1868 America – Expansively

Paying Your Bills in 1868 America – Expansively

In 1868 America you had to pay your bills in America just like you do now. If you were the tidy type, you might have this collapsible pocket bill organizer on your desk. This unusual survival —an expandable pocket bill organizer— was manufactured from gilt-stamped and lettered black cloth (close... [ more ]

Satire, Persecution, & Charlie Hebdo

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The horrible murders at the offices of Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical weekly, inspired international discussions on a range of topics: the causes of such extremism and how to combat it; the place of free speech in civil society; how people of varying religions and ethnicities can learn to live with each other; the role and history of satire; and (slightly heartening from a bookseller's perspecti... [ more ]

On Your Marks, Get Set…

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I've always enjoyed the international nature of the book trade. Buying books from all over the world, and selling them to collectors all over world: what could be better than that? Livres sans frontières. The coming month will see me do just that. This week, I shall be in Stuttgart for the 54th Stuttgarter Antiquariatsmesse. Then, two weeks later, I travel to Oakland for the 48th California Internat... [ more ]

Upcoming Event

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The 48th California International Antiquarian Book Fair will be held on Feb. 6-8, 2015, at the Oakland Marriott City Center. For more information, please visit cabookfair.com.

February 6th, 2015 - February 8th, 2015

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