Monday, June 11, 2012

Art and Books Collide-

LA artist Mike Stilkey uses books (and a few cans of Guinness) to present a portrait of Charles Bukowski-

Sunday, April 22, 2012


 Announcing our Special Spring Sale-

items change daily, but as we post this, 776 books and catalogs are on sale at 25% or 50% off their regular prices!

Books and catalogs are drawn from all our categories- books about furniture, silver, glass, ceramics, art, architecture, books, printing, history, food, orientalia, Americana, folk art, metalwares, and more!

Here is the link to our 

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Bookplate of a CIA Bibliophile-

The bookplate of newspaper publisher James Strohn Copley [1916-1973]. Copley published the San Diego Union, The San Diego Union-Tribune, and the San Diego Evening Tribune, and was President of the Inter American Press Association. He also, according to Carl Bernstein, cooperated closely with the CIA during the Eisenhower through Nixon administrations. According to Bernstein-

“at least twenty‑three Copley News Service employees performed work for the CIA. ‘The Agency’s involvement with the Copley organization is so extensive that it’s almost impossible to sort out,’ said a CIA official who was asked about the relationship late in 1976. Other Agency officials said then that James S. Copley, the chain’s owner until his death in 1973, personally made most of the cover arrangements with the CIA., which had widespread contacts in the US media.”

The University of San Diego has a library named in honor of Copley and his wife.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Monday, March 19, 2012

American Indian Basketry Magazine-

We have recently purchased some very nice American Indian arts & artifacts books and catalogs. Here is an example we just catalogued:

A complete run of-
American Indian Basketry Magazine

Volume 1, Number 1 to Volume V, Number 4 (issues 1-20)
Published in Portland, Oregon, between 1979 and 1985.

The entire 7-year run of this important tribal arts magazine, 20 issues in all.

Softcovers. 20 issues. 8.5”x11”, black & white illustrations. Issues were typically 20 to 35 pages each. Some scattered wear and light soil, but overall clean and nice.


Thursday, March 15, 2012

An Interesting Bookplate-

Found in an auction catalog which sold a snuff box collection. If you Google Mr. Jones you will find listings for a number of tobacco-related books bearing his bookplate.