Welcome to the website of Chanticleer Books.
We've had an open bookshop in the town of Sonoma for a total of 17 years, including 9 years at our East Napa St. location. However, as of April 13, 2013 we will close our doors. Subsequently, our business will be conducted online at www.chanticleerbooks.com; www.abaa.org/; and abebooks. We will also be available by appointment, and at the approximately 8 antiquarian bookfairs at which we exhitbit annually. Our areas of interest remain the same, including California History, Western Americana, Jack London, Food & Wine, general antiquarian books, et al, and we look forward to continuing our bookselling career in this new fashion. Chanticleer Books is owned and operated by Steve Blackmer, a full-time bookseller since 1985 and member of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA) since 1998.
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39 volumes, octavos, uniformly bound in original tan calf with black morocco lettering pieces, all edges marbled, various paginations, some volumes with maps, text illustrations, last volume with engraved frontispiece portrait of H. H. Bancroft. ... more
2 volume set, original pale rose cloth with boards stamped in blind and gilt titles on spines, small octavos, pp (x), (13)-393; (xiii), 14-379. 8 + 4pp catalogues at rear of second volume. Frontispiece and 5 engraved plates in each volume. 18.75" x 16" folding map tipped in at first... more
56 pp., original printed wrappers, 9 x 5.75 inches, with engraved portrait on front and advertisement on rear, engraved frontispiece and one full-page engraved illustration by Van Vleck. ... more
10 voiumes, 8vo, publisher's green buckram, top edges gilt, others untrimmed, each volume approximately 350 pp., all profusely illustrated, gravure frontispiece and added title page on japan vellum in each volume, all books in original dustjackets of pale green laid paper watermarked "MBM (France)", each with printed paper spine label... more