Ernest Dawson founded Dawson's Book Shop in Los Angeles, California, in 1905 at 713 South Broadway. Dawson specialized in
rare books and went on buying expeditions in Europe and at book auctions in Boston, Philadelphia, and New York. The store
also published small editions of books related to western America and the history of books. The collection consists of the
personal correspondence of the Ernest and Thomas Dawson families, and the business correspondence, catalogs, invoices, and
ledgers of Ernest, Glen, and Muir Dawson and Dawson's Book Shop.
Ernest Dawson founded Dawson's Book Shop in Los Angeles, California, in 1905 at 713 South Broadway; Dawson began the store
with a purchase of 2,250 books from the Salvation Army at 1 cent apiece, and immediately resold one of them, a book on Indian
basketry, for $ 2.50; issued first rare book catalog in 1907, and with its success, Dawson began to specialize in rare books;
the shop moved to 518 South Hill St. in 1908; Dawson made his first business trip to London in 1911, beginning a long series
of buying expeditions made by members of his staff; soon he was attending book auctions in Boston, Philadelphia, and New York
and conducting worldwide searches for collectors; the business moved to 627 South Grand Ave. in 1922, and to 550 South Figueroa
St. in 1952; while always dealing primarily in rare and second hand books, the business has published small editions of books
related to western America and the history of books; after Dawson's death in 1947, his sons Glen and Muir continued the book
21.5 linear feet
(43 boxes and 7 oversize boxes)
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