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Inside Whitmore Rare Books

Inside Whitmore Rare Books

Tom Teicholz
Monday August 5, 2019

In my hands I held a copy of “Les Fleurs du Mal,” by Charles Baudelaire, certainly one of the most famous books of French poetry. And it was not just a copy, it was a first edition, signed by Baudelaire himself, with an inscription thanking the recipient for his patience...

Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Herstory

Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Herstory

Allie Turner
Friday July 19, 2019
Whitmore Rare Books specializes in creating catalogues that tell the stories of people forgotten by history.

There is a certain indescribable but instantly recognizable aura surrounding an independent bookstore. It’s even stronger when you step inside a shop that sells rare and antique books—the energy in the room feels charged. It...

Whitmore Rare Books features three exceptional, hand-illustrated pieces at Tomes, on exhibit at Art Center College of Design

Whitmore Rare Books features three exceptional, hand-illustrated pieces at Tomes, on exhibit at Art Center College of Design

Thursday July 18, 2019

TOMES features a look at 25 artist books from the 1970s and 1980s, emphasizing the works’ poetic and emotional message.

These unique works challenge the notion of the book beyond its conventional definitions. As vehicles for exploration in the realms of fantasy, personal, collective, past and present, artist books continue...

By Her Own Hand showcases rare books and manuscripts by women

By Her Own Hand showcases rare books and manuscripts by women

By EVA RECINOS
Saturday May 25, 2019

Whitmore Rare Books in Pasadena feels almost like a library, there’s dark wood furniture, leather couches and Midcentury Modern accents throughout the space. But the real treasures are on the shelves.

Stowed away behind glass cabinet doors, the shelves display a number of rare pieces, including first edition, signed copies...

Bookstores We Love

Bookstores We Love

Saturday May 18, 2019

May 18, Saturday, 3-4 p.m., Vroman’s Bookstore, courtyard

Great independent bookstores deserve our admiration—and our money. They host readings with famous and up-and-coming authors, provide a space to meet and discuss ideas, and fiercely reflect the soul of the communities they serve. Join booksellers from Vroman’s Bookstore, Skylight Books, Flintridge...

Talking shop

Talking shop

Tuesday May 14, 2019

 

At a Rare Book Fair, the Prices Are Steep but the Lore Is Free

At a Rare Book Fair, the Prices Are Steep but the Lore Is Free

By John Williams
Sunday March 17, 2019

There are countless books at the annual New York International Antiquarian Book Fair, of course, but also ephemera of all kinds: posters, pamphlets, calendars, playing cards. The price tags can be eye-popping — by the end of a stroll around the fair, $2,500 for a beautiful old deck of cards...

The NY Book Fair 2019 Wrap-Up

The NY Book Fair 2019 Wrap-Up

By Rebecca Rego Barry
Tuesday March 12, 2019

Rockwell Kent was on my mind owing to our new spring issue’s feature story about the time when Rockwell Kent, Rex Stout, and Egmont Arens teamed up to publish Casanova’s memoir in the states, where it was still banned. So I was perhaps pre-disposed to notice Ken Lopez’s display of a Rockwell Kent...

TREASURES OF THE NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL ANTIQUARIAN BOOK FAIR

TREASURES OF THE NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL ANTIQUARIAN BOOK FAIR

By Britt Stigler
Monday March 11, 2019

Visitors to the Park Avenue Armory‘s Wade Thompson Drill Hall this weekend found the vast space transformed into a veritable cabinet of curiosities thanks to the arrival of the New York International Antiquarian Book Fair.

The fair, which marked its 59th anniversary this year, brings together bibliophiles, scholars and browsers...

Panther paths

Panther paths

Monday March 11, 2019

We interviewed Annie Locke Scherer '08, Mackenzie Sikora '13, and Dan Whitmore '99, to learn more about the rewards and challenges of their work, as well as how they are willing to help mentor and support fellow Panthers. Connect with Annie, Mackenzie, Dan, and nearly 400 other alumni on the PolyConnect...

Yes, there’s a rare book shop in that Old Pasadena storefront

Yes, there’s a rare book shop in that Old Pasadena storefront

By Michelle Mills
Friday March 8, 2019

At Whitmore Rare Books in Pasadena, wooden cabinets line the walls, displaying books that you may have only dreamed about.

“You’ll get to see and touch and interact with material that you wouldn’t be able to find anywhere, other than a museum or a library or a major private collection,”...

8 Treasures at the New York Antiquarian Book Fair

8 Treasures at the New York Antiquarian Book Fair

By Katherine McGrath
Friday March 8, 2019

Every year, the arrival of the Armory Show sets New York City buzzing with satellite fairs, art parties, events, and more. Among the shows not to miss is the New York Antiquarian Book Fair, a celebration where bibliophiles and avid collectors can browse a vast selection of rare books, photographs, maps...

6 Reasons to Visit the Antiquarian Book Fair

6 Reasons to Visit the Antiquarian Book Fair

By Eve M. Kahn
Thursday March 7, 2019

A lightly worn copy of the National Woman Suffrage Association’s 1876 Declaration of Rights of the Women of the United States is for sale ($37,500) through Whitmore Rare Books in Pasadena, Calif. No one knows which original owner may have folded it in her purse for safekeeping; a handful of other examples...

A Bibliophile’s Paradise

A Bibliophile’s Paradise

Story by Jervey Tervalon
Friday February 1, 2019

How is a bibliophile made? How is it that a seemingly reasonable person decides to surround himself/herself with books, beautiful books that clutter whatever space is available as though it’s reasonable to hoard books because of, what really? That books might vanish...

The Thrill Of The Rare Book Chase

The Thrill Of The Rare Book Chase

By Emily Glory Peters
Thursday January 24, 2019

Many books are rare—but according to Dan Whitmore, owner of Whitmore’s Rare Books in Pasadena, that doesn’t necessarily make them valuable. So how does a lawyer-turned-book dealer decide what to carry in his shop?

 

“Whitmore Rare Books has been focused on exceptional copies of the literary high spots since...

ABAA Members Expanding

ABAA Members Expanding

Rich Rennicks
Monday November 12, 2018

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Recently, a new trend has emerged, with the five ABAA members below opening new stores or significantly expanding their existing ones. 

 

Whitmore Rare Books (Pasadena, CA)

Whitmore Rare Books recently moved from a second-floor walk-up space to a ground-level showroom on a much more heavily trafficked street in...

Pasadena Perfection

Pasadena Perfection

By Vanessa McGrady
Thursday November 1, 2018

… gallery or boutique that has the exact thing you must have that you didn’t know you needed — perhaps a special first edition or a signed Harry Potter book from Whitmore Rare Books. “We provide a world-class inventory or rare books and manuscripts at our Old Pasadena location,…

Jack Kerouac letter to mother recounts ‘On the Road’ adventures

Jack Kerouac letter to mother recounts ‘On the Road’ adventures

David Barnett
Thursday September 20, 2018

Written 10 years before the book that defined the Beat Generation, appeal for a $25 sub is now on sale in California for $22,500

He may have been the godfather of the Beat Generation, a self-styled crazy hobo mystic who hit the US’s highways looking for himself, but Jack Kerouac wasn’t above...

Meet Miranda Garno Nesler of Whitmore Rare Books in Pasadena

Meet Miranda Garno Nesler of Whitmore Rare Books in Pasadena

VoyageLA
Tuesday September 11, 2018

Today we’d like to introduce you to Miranda Garno Nesler.

Miranda Garno, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was always a reader; there was no better place to be than a bookstore or library, no...

Cooking with Books: A Buffet of Old & Rare Culinary Texts

Cooking with Books: A Buffet of Old & Rare Culinary Texts

Pacific Food & Beverage Museum
Saturday August 4, 2018

Beyond teaching us how to produce an impressive coq au vin or how to pair the right wine with the right oyster, culinary books and manuscripts provide insight into the economic, political, and educational factors that have shaped communities over time. By considering a series of antique European and American...

Books with Stories / Stories About Books: A Conversation with Rare Book Dealers

Books with Stories / Stories About Books: A Conversation with Rare Book Dealers

Los Angeles Country Club
Thursday April 26, 2018

Rare book dealers sometimes appear as characters in movies and novels -- but what do they really do? Dan Whitmore and Miranda Garno Nesler of Whitmore Rare Books open the pages on the work of dealers, revealing that the narrative contained within a book is only part of the story...

What Can Rare Books Teach Us About Career Narratives?

What Can Rare Books Teach Us About Career Narratives?

Invitations to Industry: The Curb Center at Vanderbilt University
Thursday March 29, 2018

After four years as an assistant professor of Shakespeare studies, Miranda Garno Nesler left the tenure track and leveraged her advanced degree to participate in a wide variety of fields. At this event, she speaks to graduate students about how her work as an art critic, a collection development manager...

Mystery of a very old book and its sellers

Mystery of a very old book and its sellers

Pasadena Star News
Saturday January 27, 2018

What could be more mysterious than a book? Even the authors sometimes don’t know where one comes from.

USC professor Percival Everett has written 30 of them, and he told an audience in the new Open Book series of the Pasadena Literary Alliance Wednesday night that all he recalls of...

The book-lover's gift of a lifetime: rare books

The book-lover's gift of a lifetime: rare books

LA Times
Thursday December 7, 2017

Steps from the crowds of holiday shoppers streaming into Forever 21 and the Apple Store in Pasadena, in a second-floor walk-up, a trove of unique offerings waits for book lovers with very special gift lists.

At Whitmore Rare Books, which specializes in literary first editions and antiquarian books, Dan Whitmore...

Meet Dan Whitmore of Whitmore Rare Books in Pasadena

Meet Dan Whitmore of Whitmore Rare Books in Pasadena

VoyageLA
Monday June 26, 2017

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dan Whitmore.

Dan, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I founded Whitmore Rare Books in 2010, after a short stint in big law and a lifetime of voracious reading. I’ve been a collector for...

'A Ha Moment' Led Whitmore to Rare Books

'A Ha Moment' Led Whitmore to Rare Books

Penn Law Journal Fall 2016
Tuesday November 22, 2016

It's hard to Dan Whitmore L'08 to pick his favorite sale as a rare books dealer.

But when pressed, he'll tell you about his biggest transaction - copy number six of one hundred signed copies of James Joyce's Ulysses, which netted $125,000 - or the sale of a signed, first...

Rarer than Many Rare Books: The Young Dealer

Rarer than Many Rare Books: The Young Dealer

Rarebookhub
Thursday September 15, 2016

Dan Whitmore is a book dealer in southern California.  He is 35 and never experienced the halcyon days of bookselling two decades ago.  He was in high school then and would go on to Middlebury College for his undergraduate degree and then the University of Pennsylvania for a degree in...

Don't Judge A Book By Its Cover

Don't Judge A Book By Its Cover

Pasadena Magazine
Monday February 1, 2016

Antiquarian book collector and dealer, Dan Whitmore, isn't your average rare bookseller. As a young, dashing 30-something, he brings a novel approach on what it really takes to make it in his field.

Story by Sara Smola  // Photo by MOWRY 

Rare Dream

Rare Dream

Middlebury Magazine
Friday March 20, 2015

It is often said that all of literature can be derived from only seven stories. If that’s true, then the seeds of Dan Whitmore’s dream business—a rare- book dealership based out of his California home—can be traced back to one of the oldest stories, found in the Bible: sibling rivalry.

Younger book dealers are diving into the antiquarian trade

Younger book dealers are diving into the antiquarian trade

Los Angeles Times
Thursday February 5, 2015

In the dark economic times of 2009, Dan Whitmore decided to give up being a lawyer in downtown Los Angeles to sell antiquarian books. "People in the firm thought I was nuts," he says.

2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Whitmore Rare Books

2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Whitmore Rare Books

Alister & Paine Magazine
Friday November 28, 2014

You can almost always find a corresponding book to someone’s interests – with a little help from our friends at Whitmore Rare Books. Whitmore is a luxury rare book specialist that works as a sort of book concierge helping you find whatever you’re looking for whether it’s an exact title...

Exceptional Literary Works from Whitmore Rare Books

Exceptional Literary Works from Whitmore Rare Books

Rare Book Hub
Thursday March 1, 2012

This month we received our first catalogue from Whitmore Rare Books of Pasadena, California. Whitmore Rare Books is operated by Dan Whitmore, one of many in the trade who made the transition from collector to bookseller. It explains why booksellers generally appreciate the goods they sell in ways not often...

Bright Young Things: Dan Whitmore

Bright Young Things: Dan Whitmore

Fine Books Magazine
Tuesday December 13, 2011

I am a reader. I loved reading literature from an early age and realized during college, that I didn’t have the time to read all the books that I wanted to. As a result, I focused on the classics, although from several different genres: Russian, Victorian, Modern, Children’s, etc. While...

Catalogue Review: Whitmore Rare Books

Catalogue Review: Whitmore Rare Books

Fine Books Magazine
Friday April 22, 2011

When I visited the Manhattan Vintage Book & Ephemera Fair two weeks ago (recap here), I met young bookseller Daniel Whitmore of Whitmore Rare Books, Pasadena, CA. I was glad to see his very elegantly produced color catalogue in an age when many booksellers have done away with printed catalogues...

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