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The city’s oldest bookseller is Dawson’s, an antiquarian bookshop where buyers can find Californiana ranging from Sierra Club bulletins from the early 1900s to a rare book of engravings by the woodblock printmaker Paul Landacre.
Ernest Dawson opened the business in 1905, setting up shop on South Broadway more than a decade before the market for rare and out-of-print books really came into its own in Los Angeles. Dawson fostered a culture of books that flourished here in the ’20s, paving the way for Jake Zeitlin — a writer and thinker who opened his own bookshop on Hope Street in 1927 — and catering to collectors like Estelle Doheny, wife of the oil magnate.
By 1968, Dawson’s had moved three times, landing on Larchmont Boulevard after decades in downtown Los Angeles. A century after it opened, the bookstore and photography gallery is now run by a third generation, grandson Michael Dawson, who keeps the store well stocked with publications on California and the West, as well as the region’s art and photography.
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Dawson’s Book Shop ?535 N. Larchmont Blvd., L.A., ?(323) 469-2186