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Get Your Old Lit On: The Antiquarian Book Fair

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If old and rare books are your thing, you're in luck this weekend. The 41st California International Antiquarian Book Fair opens at 2pm today and runs through Sunday.

Ever wanted a first edition of Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep? Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451? The first three Harry Potter books? This is your chance! Over 200 exhibitors from all over the globe will be on hand to offer you a peek into their rare and much-sought after book collections. There will be first editions of 20th century literature, books with cool typography (for font-heads!), old travel & exploration books with old maps and books with original engravings by Rembrandt, Picasso and Miro.

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If perusing old musty books seems sort of icky to you, visit the special event areas to learn how bookbinders, calligraphers and book conservators do their thing. If you have no desire to make a book, write a book, or keep a book from falling apart altogether, there are a few interesting rare book seminars that might peak your interest.

What are we looking forward to? The Great Books from Great Institutions exhibit, which will give visitors a chance to lay eyes on rarely seen books and manuscripts from many Southern California libraries including USC, UCLA, UCSD, UCI and UCR. These books are so rare that a few are the only existing copies in the world!

Three day admission tickets are $15 if purchased today. Tickets purchased on Saturday or Sunday are $10 and allow you access for the duration of the fair. All tickets can be purchased on site.

Event Hours:
Friday: 2pm - 9pm
Saturday: 11am - 7pm
Sunday: 11am - 5pm

California International Antiquarian Book Fair
The Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel
2025 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles, CA 90067