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International Rare Book Fair Bancroft Exhibit

International Rare Book Fair Will Feature Bancroft Exhibit

          SAN FRANCISCO, July 25 -- The Bancroft Library of the
University of California at Berkeley will showcase a special exhibit of
rare books and manuscripts documenting the international heritage of
California that dates back to Sir Francis Drake and before at the
upcoming 16th International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) Book
Fair, Sept. 6 - 8, here.

Entitled "California Arrivals: The International Heritage of the State"
the hand- chosen exhibit highlights rare pieces not usually displayed,
including items from the personal collection of H. H. Bancroft. The
three-day-long public showing will feature early maps that Europeans used
in the 16th and 17th centuries depicting California as an island,
accounts of the first Japanese sailor who came to the state, documents of
Chinese prosperity despite the "Exclusion Act," and letters from Adolph
Sutro discussing his San Francisco cigar stores. These and other items
reflect the wealth of diverse cultural influences in California's

The Bancroft Library has selected the theme of the exhibit to mark the
return of the ILAB Book Fair, recognized as the world's most prestigious
rare book fair, that was last held in the United States in 1980 and on
the West Coast in 1967. With a larger overseas representation (more than
40 percent) than any other U.S. rare book fair, it will feature more than
170 of the most noted rare booksellers from 20 countries.

Rare booksellers selections will include early printed books and
manuscripts dating to the 15th century or before, illustrated books, One
bindings, early American literature, travel books, history of science and
modern first editions. (A partial list of the exhibitors' specialties is

The Bancroft exhibit and the 16th ILAB Book Fair will be held at the
Concourse Exhibition Center in San Francisco Sept. 6 - 8. For more
information on the fair, please call (415) 695-1449.

The book fair will also feature seminars on the history of children's
books and how to use the Internet to find rare books, as well as a
"Discovery Day." from 1 to 3 p.m., Sept. 8, on which the public can bring
up to three books for a free appraisal by experts.

The ILAB Book Fair is held every other year in one of its member
countries. Two years ago, the fair was held in Amsterdam, The
Netherlands; the 1998 fair will be held in Vienna, Austria. The
International League of Antiquarian Booksellers is an association
comprised of 20 national organizations, the largest of which is the
Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA) with about 450

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Editors Please Note: Photos and a list of the books, manuscripts and maps
in the Bancroft's exhibit at the 16th ILAB Book Fair may be obtained by
calling Dawn Jackson at 415/837-1612

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