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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If you are new to the world of old books, an excellent general introduction is offered by the Rare Book and Manuscripts Section of the American Library Association.
6 volumes, complete. Folios 42 x 30 cm. (16.5 x 12 inches); 3/4 burgundy morocco, spines richly gilt, by Tout Binder for H. Sotheran & Co. Volume 1: xxvii, 196,  pp. (Introduction, tables, glossaires, patrons, with 12 plates on 6 leaves, recto and verso); Volume 2: Plates 1-100. Antiquite... more
Original color lithographed wrappers; 9 x 6 inches; 80 pp. Folding frontispiece map, 4 full-page engraved plates, 2 engraved illustrations in the text, 20 pages of advertisements at rear (included in pagination). ... more
261 pp., wood engraved engraved frontispiece by Edward Burn-Jones, woodcut initials and page ornaments; 8vo, original full limp vellum with gilt spine title, forest-green silk ties. Printed with black and red inks in Chaucer type. In custom cloth slipcase. ... more
Original blue pictorial cloth with front cover lettering in cream, decoration of sailor in dark blue, cream, and orange, spine lettered in gilt, octavo, 366pp. Top edge gilt. Frontispiece and 5 plates by W. J. Aylward. (Most copies have spine lettering in cream, gilt is believed to be the earliest... more