Rare Books LA Fair: National Parks, Hugh Hefner's Library and More

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While we've been restricted from visiting our National Parks recently, Rare Books LA might be able to fill some of that void. It's the two-day inaugural fair produced by Jen and Brad Johnson, the owners of johnson rare books and archives. If you are a book nerd, rabid collector, or you just want to get a look at Hugh Hefner's library collection this is an event you might want to add to your calendar.

The Johnsons have been running their Southern California based business since 1981 and specialize in a everything from first editions to a heavy metal zines. This next move for the duo is a fully-fledged book fair at the Pasadena Convention Center, where they are joined by over 120 leading specialists who are traveling from around the country and abroad to haul in these hard to find items.

From the late Playboy founder's private library to a National Parks material, Rare Books LA will be showcasing a variety of rare books, fine prints, photography, ephemera, maps and, more from throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.

The Hugh M. Hefner collection "showcases some of the extraordinary contributors to Playboy magazine through the decades, including Gahan Wilson, Shel Silverstein, George Plimpton, David Halberstam, Helmut Newton and Gay Talese," said Hefner's daughter, Christie Hefner.

Assembled by Walkabout Books of Laguna Beach, California and Back of Beyond Books of Moab, Utah, the National Parks specific material to peruse ranges from trail crew member's journals while they were in lands that later became the Rocky Mountain National Park to an album of mammoth photographs from Mammoth Cave.

Rare Books LA

  • Friday, February 1, 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 2, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m
  • Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green Street - Google Maps

Opening night tickets will benefit the Huntington Library and will be sold for $20 and Saturday's tickets are $10. To receive $5 off your tickets, use the code LAIST at checkout. To purchase tickets for this rare chance to see these items and more, visit here.