Our Booksellers

Browse this page to find short biographies of our booksellers, a list of their specialties, and some featured items from our book fair. The dealers with a star by their name cater to beginning collectors, and we encourage you to browse their booths at this year’s fair.

A group of booksellers in repose after a book fair’s set-up has concluded.

Type Punch Matrix
Business specialties:
Pivotal books in all fields; children’s books; counterculture.

Rulon-Miller Books
Business specialties:
Rare and fine books in many fields.

Virg Viner, Books
Business specialties:
Religion, Film, General

Varangian Trade and Plunder*
Business specialties:
Japan, Scandinavian, Outdoors, Travel/Exploration, Science Fiction, Science and Math

Featured Items from Varangian Trade and Plunder:

Of interest to both legal and naval collectors. Admiral Byng is the only British flag officer to be shot for being insufficiently aggressive. Supposedly this encouraged the “mad dog” nature of British naval tactics noted by the French in the Napoleonic wars. “Pour encourager les autres”
Beaumont’s “Observations” is the first great American contribution to medicine. One of Beaumont’s frontier patient’s wound healed leaving an external passage to the stomach through which Beaumont could study the digestive process. Rebacked. Current boards either the original or resemble the original binding.

First Folio
Business specialties:
Fine Bindings, Illustrated, Rare Books

John Campbell, Bookseller
Business specialties:
literature, children’s, Americana, Native

Ken Sanders Rare Books*
Business specialties:
western Americana, illustrated books, literary firsts, Utah and the Mormons, children’s books

Ken Sanders has been in the rare book business in Utah since the 1970s. From 1975-1981 he co-owned The Cosmic Aeroplane. He founded Dream Garden Press in 1980, and Ken Sanders Rare Books in 1990. He has been engaged in buying, selling, appraising and publishing new and old books, photography, cartography, and documents for over thirty years.

Starting with Nancy Drew in childhood, and progressing into serious bibliophilia sometime after that, Sanders’ fascination with books and printed matter has been lifelong. From his early love of books, Sanders evolved into a book dealer via a long, strange, and roundabout route through underground comix and illustrated books as a teenager, coming of age during the birth of counterculture environmentalism as a young man, and progressing into fascination with Utah and Western history, Mormonism, and Literature in later years. His ever-changing interests and enthusiasms bring together books and materials from far-ranging areas into a dynamic force we like to call our bookstore.

Sanders’ experiences in the fields of antiquarian books and collectibles are diverse. He is a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America and served on its Board of Governors for six years, during which time he was the Security Chair. He was responsible for bringing numerous book thieves to justice.

He has been the subject of articles in publications including The Deseret News, The Salt Lake Tribune, and San Francisco Magazine. Ken has often been featured in television and film interviews and shows, including France 24, C-Span Book Talk, the popular Netflix miniseries “Murder Among the Mormons,” and A&E’s “City Confidential: Mark Hofmann.” Ken first appeared as an appraiser for the Antiques Roadshow on the Salt Lake City 2007 season shows. He has traveled all over the U.S. with the Roadshow.

Ken Sanders is currently a full-time bookseller, among many other things. Forthcoming projects may include a work on Edward Abbey.

Michael McBrayer*
Business specialties:
literature, vintage paperbacks, art, erotica, poetry, sci-fi, history, children’s

Put simply, I am an eclectic book collector who decided to book scout as a way to support building my own library. I will be exhibiting a number of subjects, including literature, poetry, sci-fi, art, regional/history, and erotica. It is my hope that someone will find a ‘biblio treasure’ they didn’t even know they wanted for their own personal library. From one book caretaker to another, I look forward to meeting you. – Michael McBrayer

Featured Items from Michael McBrayer:

The Price of Salt – Claire Morgan [Patricia Highsmith] / basis for 2015 film “Carol”
The Blue Desert – Charles Bowden / INSCRIBED
The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger / SIGNED

Lorne Bair Rare Books
Business specialties:

Spring Hollow Books*
Business specialties:
comic and illustration art, children’s series, history

Spring Hollow Books has been selling by mail and online since 1987, specializing in early comic art, book arts and illustration, children’s series and World War II unconventional warfare. We are particularly pleased to bring the following scarce and unusual items to this year’s show:

Buster Brown and His Resolutions, (1903) and Buster Brown His Dog Tige and Their Troubles, (1904), the first nationally distributed comic strip collections
Nineteen Eighty-Four: A Facsimile of the Extant Manuscript, with page-by-page transcriptions of one of the few Orwell manuscripts to survive.

Bartleby’s Books
Business specialties:
Americana and general antiquarian

Curtis Wright Maps*
Business specialties:
antique maps and prints

Midway Used and Rare Books*
Business specialties:
art, illustration, children’s, history, literature, sf-fantasy, general

Midway Used and Rare Bookstore has been in business since 1965 on the northeast corner of University and Snelling “midway” between Minneapolis and St. Paul. Our primary specialties include art, illustrated books of all kinds, history, and literature but we stock books in all fields from the ordinary to the obscure.

Featured Item from Midway Rare Books: 

The Travels of Capts. Lewis & Clarke attributed to Meriwether Lewis. The unauthorized Lewis and Clark Apocrypha.

Russell Maret (Gaspara Stampa Inc.)
Business specialties:
book arts

Buckingham Books
Business specialties:
western Americana, mystery, detective & espionage fiction

Midnight Paper Sales

Terrace Horticultural Books*
Business specialties:
gardening, natural history, birds

JA Johnson Books*

Furrowed Brow Books*
Business specialties:
Eastern Orthodox, Christianity, Byzantine civilization, military, history

Rokke Rare Reads*
Business specialties:
modern firsts, 20th century literature

Evening Star Books
Evening Star Books got their start selling books in Madison, WI. Our shop is open by appointment and we have exhibited at various book fairs for several years now. We are a family-owned business and have a passion for rare books and ephemera. Our particular interests are philosophy, mathematics, classical antiquity, history, travel, and all genres of fiction. We love the book as a compendium of history and the book as an object of art. Evening Star Books plans to continue exhibiting at book fairs across the country, and to continue releasing monthly electronic catalogs of our new arrivals, with a yearly print catalog.

Business specialties: philosophy, classical antiquity, genre fiction, and works of historical interest.

The Bookhouse in Dinkytown*
Business specialties:
classics and collectibles in all fields

DeSimone Book Company
Business specialties:
rare books, Italian books, Americana

Uncharted Books*

Jeff Hirsch Books
Business specialties:
Photography, Art, Literary First Editions, Poetry, Broadsides

Carpetbagger Books*
Business specialties:
literature, modern first editions

Cambridge Books*
Business specialties:
regional history

Featured item from Cambridge Books:

History Of The Saint Paul Fire Department.  Saint Paul Fire Relief Fund Association.  1909. This copy recased with brown goatskin over the original cloth boards.  Extremely rare. $480

Rain Taxi

Ampersand Club

Ross & Haines Old Books Co.
Business specialties:

Little Sages Rare Books and Paper
Business specialties:
material relating foremost to women, culture, art, design, and social history.

Kara McLaughlin is the proprietor of Little Sages Rare Books and Paper. With more than a decade of experience as a rare book and materials professional, Kara McLaughlin has collaborated extensively with institutions, collectors, and conservationists. She works closely with letters, rare books, photographic archives, original art, prints, and ephemera in multiple languages. She is passionate and active within many print culture communities, including The Grolier Club, and has recently opened as small bookstore/paper studio in downtown Longmont, Colorado.

Dan’s Books*
Business specialties:
juvenile series, photoplay titles, children’s books and nicely illustrated books with a few cool old mysteries, Westerns, sports fiction and non-fiction and other collectible titles.

Featured Items from Dan’s Books:

The Burgess Animal Book For Children Thornton Burgess 1948 reprint color plates / Mistress Pat L. M. Montgomery Pre-War reprint

The Single Standard Adela Rogers St. Johns 1928 Photoplay edition with stills / The Glass Key Dashiell Hammett 5th Printing, May, 1931

Michael Partney
Business specialties:

Blue Leaf Books*
Business specialties:

DreamHaven Books & Comics*
Business specialties:
science fiction, fantasy, horror, comics

DreamHaven Books & Comics has been a Twin Cities staple for the past 45 years. Greg Ketter opened his first specialty store on April 1, 1977 and has had as many as three stores at one time. Now, settled in a single store in South Minneapolis, Ketter is celebrating 50 years as a bookseller offering the best in new, used, and rare Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Comic Books and much more. Open Monday until Saturday from 12 – 6 pm. DreamHaven Books & Comics 2301 E. 38th St. Minneapolis, MN 55406 dreamhavenbooks.com

Featured items from Dreamhaven Books & Comics:

An Alphabet (Pennyroyal Press 1986) Wood engravings by Barry Moser / Calligraphy by Yvette Rutledge / Printed by Harold McGrath This book was limited to 150 numbered copies; this is an out of sequence copy to Moser’s agent, Richard Curtis.
It is marked “agent’s copy” and signed “To Richard”. Printed on Mohawk Superfine in twenty-seven colors throughout. Illustrations printed from the original blocks. $3000

Hal Johnson Books LLC, dba Against the Current*

Palinurus Antiquarian Books

Featured Items from Palinurus:

17th century coin purse. Late 17th century. Rectangular envelope form, meas. appx. 9 x 11 cm. Heavy raised “gold” thread embroidered decoration (front only) against a leather background within a plain border of equally heavy green thread that seals the edges; a small, center fold, front hook clasp. The purse is lined in a pale rosé colored leather with three inner compartments, each with a pierced and blindstamped leather flap. Remarkable survival; most likely of Italian origin.
BROADSIDE – LABOR – AGRICULTURE. Down With All Monopoly! Farmers Attend! …. Annawan [WI]: Unknown Prtr., 1860. Annawan was a farming community in Wisconsin. It no longer exists. The town was located near the present day city of Menonomie close to the border with Minnesota. This broadside was issued by local farmers calling for a public meeting (May 10, 1860) in response to the local railroad imposing a one cent a bushel tax on all grain shipped out of Annawan. This broadside is among the earliest artifacts of people vs. railroads and railroad rates in the northwestern territories.
Jackson, F G. [Broadside] A Thousand Days in the Arctic. New York: Harper & Brothers, [1899]. Folio sheet, 18.5 x 11.75 inches. Near fine. A small gap in the blank margin along the bottom edge. Some offsetting on verso and a small gum label. As issued.
 The attractive broadside of an ice bound ship that advertised Jackson’s account of his epic of survival in the Arctic. Howgego provides a good account of the journey, Jackson’s rescue of Nansen, and the impact of the book on Amundsen. See Howgego III, 273-275.

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