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City Sights: Antiquarian Book, Print, and Paper Fair

This past weekend was cold and rainy, but I can’t complain since “cold” means 50 degrees and there’s been such a drought lately.  We braved the weather to visit the Antiquarian Book, Print, and Paper Fair at Fort Mason, which was a fun little adventure for a Sunday morning.

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We usually walk down to Fisherman’s Wharves and then follow the waterfront toward the Marina park, but we decided to try a different route this time.  Instead of walking along the harbor, we went through the Fort Mason historical military site which led to this overlook of the bay and view of the Golden Gate bridge.

The Amateur Librarian // City Sights: Antiquarian Book Fair

 

The Amateur Librarian // City Sights: Antiquarian Book Fair

 

The Amateur Librarian // City Sights: Antiquarian Book Fair

 

The Amateur Librarian // City Sights: Antiquarian Book Fair

We didn’t quite know where we were going, but it was fun to take a different route and see a new view!  The path connected to the top of the hill by the Marina park, and we headed down the steep steps to get to the Fort Mason pavilion.  First, though, we stopped by the farmers market for a chilly picnic lunch – a rotisserie chicken and roasted potatoes, with fresh rosemary and sea salt sprinkled on top.  So yummy on a cold day!

The Amateur Librarian // City Sights: Antiquarian Book Fair

I didn’t know quite what to expect at the fair, but it was super interesting.

There were two displays up front which were right up my alley – Victorian alphabet cards and vintage valentines.  So cool!

The Amateur Librarian // City Sights: Antiquarian Book Fair

 

The Amateur Librarian // City Sights: Antiquarian Book Fair

 

The Amateur Librarian // City Sights: Antiquarian Book Fair

There were a ton of vendors with lots of rare books, first editions, signed copies, as well as maps and prints.  I’m certainly not a serious collector, but it was fun to be around all those beautiful old books.  I gravitated towards the children’s books, of course!  I’ve always wanted to frame some old illustrations, but at the same time I’m not sure I could actually cut up a book to do it… maybe one of these days.

The Amateur Librarian // City Sights: Antiquarian Book Fair

 

The Amateur Librarian // City Sights: Antiquarian Book Fair

I didn’t take many pics since I wasn’t sure if it was allowed – but I did ask for permission to take a picture of this cool book art.  I love the trees and the little house in the back corner.

The Amateur Librarian // City Sights: Antiquarian Book Fair

On the way out I bought the booklet about the Victorian alphabet cards – they were just so cool, and the price was more my style… no thousand-plus books for me today!

More city sights coming soon as we continue to explore San Francisco!

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