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A select assemblage of rare and collectible books, manuscripts, photographs, prints, and other items, ranging from the 16th to 21st centuries, and spanning a broad range of subject matter. The first seventy-five lots in the auction are donated by members of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America, and are sold for the benefit of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Benevolent Fund. The final one hundred lots comprise material consigned to PBA Galleries, ranging from antiquarian rarities by Aristotle and Thomas Hobbes to hard-boiled detection by Dashiell Hammett.

At the Oakland Marriott City Center Hotel

1001 Broadway, Oakland, California

Venue of the 52nd California International Antiquarian Book Fair




At 1233 Sutter Street

Monday, February 4th, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, February 5th, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 6th, 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon





Thursday, February 7th, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

                     SALE AT 10:00 AM, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2019

PBA Dynamic Bidding
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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. We do NOT ship USPS Media Mail under any circumstances.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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