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Section I: Autographs & Manuscripts, Lots 1-23

Section II: Fine & Rare Books, with Photographs, Lots 24-149

Section III: Books sold to benefit the Antiquarian Booksellers Benevolent Fund, Lots 150-222


Join us for this special sale, Sunday morning during the ABAA (Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America) Book Fair in Pasadena, California.  The sale will be held at 8:00 am in the Cordova room of the Pasadena Sheraton, 303 East Cordova Street, just next door to the Pasadena Convention Center and the 47th California International Antiquarian Book Fair.  The majority of the auction will be PBA's offering of Rare Books & Manuscripts but the last part of the sale will be devoted to books donated by ABAA members to benefit the Antiquarian Booksellers' Benevolent Fund which was established to benefit all booksellers in times of distress.

Previews for this sale will be held at the San Francisco Book, Print & Paper Fair, February 1-2, 2014 and at the Pasadena Sheraton, February 7-8, 2014.  There will be NO previews in our San Francisco gallery. Exact times are:

In San Francisco
San Francisco Antiquarian Book, Print & Paper Fair
Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, Booth 421
Saturday, February 1, 10 am - 7 pm
Sunday, February 2, 10 am - 5 pm

In Pasadena
Pasadena Sheraton Cordova Room
Friday, February 7, 2014 12 pm - 5 pm
Saturday, February 8, 2014 9 am - 5 pm

Sunday, February 9, 8:00 am

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PBA Dynamic Bidding

When you place an absentee bid online, PBA's Dynamic Bidding will calculate your absentee bid against competing absentee bids and determine the current high bid amount.  So, for example, if you place an absentee bid of $200 on an item with a minimum bid of $100, you will be notified that you are the high bidder and the bid is at $100.  If a second bidder then places a bid of $150, your bid will be incremented up to $160.   The under bidder will also be notified by email that their bid was outbid with a link to the item to enter a higher bid if desired. The current high bid will be the starting bid when the lot comes up in the live auction itself. In addition to providing full transparency, Dynamic Bidding will allow you to make more informed decisions.

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Shipping info:

We have a full service shipping department to ensure proper packing and safe delivery of purchases at reasonable cost. We are specialists at packing and shipping books and works on paper.   All lots purchased by the same client are combined for shipping in order to keep the cost as economical as possible.  Our preferred method for domestic shipments is UPS Ground but we can also ship via FedEx or USPS.  For international orders we select the most appropriate carrier depending on the value and weight of the items purchased.  We are happy to accommodate special arrangements by request.

Invoices are sent out the day following the auction and include a $10 handling fee plus actual shipping and insurance charges.

Shipping estimates can be obtained directly from the lot details page for each item or by contacting William Taylor prior to the auction.


Terms and conditions


All accepted bids are contracts and are considered final and non withdrawable.


A buyer's premium of 20% will be applied to all purchases.


The person posting the bids online has to be the person who has registered for the auction.

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