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Rare Books & Manuscripts
PBA Galleries Sale 607

Sunday, February 12th, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time
At the Oakland Marriott City Center Hotel - Room 202 on Level II
1001 Broadway, Oakland, California

Venue of the 50th California International Antiquarian Book Fair


Friday, February 10th, Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 11th, 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Section I: Rare Books & Manuscripts, Lots 1-127

Section II: Books donated by ABAA members and sold for the benefit of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Benevolent Fund and the Elisabeth Woodburn Fund, Lots 128-221


PBA presents 221 lots of rare, important, interesting, and charitable works, ranging from manuscript laws of Venice from the 16th century to legendary 20th century fantasy, with landmarks of philosophy, science and literature, rare illustrated books, historical accounts of travels through the world, and much more. Concluding the auction are nearly 100 lots of material donated by antiquarian booksellers to be sold for the benefit of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Benevolent Fund and the Elisabeth Woodburn Fund, which provides financial support for scholarly research and education relevant to the antiquarian book trade.

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 Priority Mail.  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 minimum $10 handling fee plus actual shipping and insurance charges.

Shipping estimates can be obtained  by contacting [email protected] 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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