On December 1, 1997, I sent an e-mail to many booksellers in New England and the eastern United States, alerting them that a copy of the first edition of James Joyce's Ulysses had been stolen from my bookstore. That was 19 years ago, and the book is still missing. Here are the details: Joyce, James:... [ more ]
In May my heart was breaking- Oh, wide the wound, and deep! And bitter it beat at waking, And sore it split in sleep. And when it came November, I sought my heart, and sighed, "Poor thing, do you remember?" "What heart was that?" it cried. --Dorothy Parker "Autumn Valentine" November is a time of reflection and pause. We steel ourselves for the holidays and the onslaught of sociability (whether we w... [ more ]
Several years ago my teenaged son and I were lunching with the late Burton Weiss at a popular Berkeley bistro, Le Rendezvous. Burton was a tall, thin mordant guy, prone to squawking when he got worked up, really quite a brilliant bookseller (he would sometimes say things in passing that belonged in the Bartlett's Book of Antiquarian Quotations, such as: “Reading is bad for books” and “Never jud... [ more ]
The 50th California International Antiquarian Book Fair will be held on February 10-12, 2017, at the Oakland Marriott City Center. Featuring the collections and rare treasures of over 200 booksellers ...
February 10th, 2017 - February 12th, 2017learn more >