Written By: Adina Vega

Edited By: Marlinda Gallardo and Michelle Sosa

Rare Books LA’s logo 

Is your prized literary possession an old or rare book? Do you enjoy searching for a dusty first-edition copy of your favorite novel? Does the history of book collecting interest you? If you answered yes to any of these questions, Rare Books LA may be right up your alley. Rare Books LA hosts book sales and fairs, presentations, and exhibits featuring specialists in antiquarian books, photography, ephemera, and more at convention centers in cities like Palm Springs, Santa Monica, LAX, and Pasadena- and soon New York City! Their events have become a hot spot for bibliophiles and collectors worldwide to share their love of books, manuscripts, and more. Their book fairs have attracted history buffs, collectors, and researchers looking for their next big find. 

An example of the images displayed at 2023’s Rare Books LA book fair

One of their most successful book fairs was held on October 7th and 8th, 2023, at Los Angeles’ historic Union Station. This exciting event partnered with Angel City Press, offering a series of presentations by authors of the publisher’s award-winning books. The Press, founded in 1992, publishes illustrated and meticulously researched books that focus on the cultural and social history of Los Angeles. 

A famous collection of prayers for the Islamic prophet Muhammad dated 1256 AH (1840 AD)

Rare Books LA annually holds book fairs across California and will expand to New York City in 2024. On February 3rd, 2024, Pasadena will host a book fair with nearly 100 exhibitors, including antiquarian booksellers from the United States, Canada, Europe, the United Kingdom, and Australia, and specialists in fine prints, historical maps, and vintage photography. Shapero Rare Books, an internationally renowned dealer in antiquarian and rare books and works on paper, will be offering a remarkable manuscript Dala’il al-Khayrat of Muhammad Ibn Suleyman Al-Jazuli, lithographed on paper with contemporary hand-coloured illumination, printed from a manuscript copied by Abdul Qafar Efendi dated 1256 AH (1840 AD), likely printed in the same year. The book is a famous collection of prayers for the Islamic prophet Muhammad and will undoubtedly be a treat to view. 

For a complete list of book fairs hosted by Rare Books LA  in 2024 and information on how to purchase tickets, click here. Also, check out their Instagram page, which gives a sneak preview of the many exciting and invaluable featured titles. 

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