About Us

Laurelle Swan, the proprietor, was drawn to old books as a child. Having completed a successful career in business and corporate sales, Laurelle decided to share her love of fine books with others and thus Swan’s Fine Books was born.

Swan’s Fine Books opened its doors in May of 2013 as a general collectible / antiquarian shop to serve the Walnut Creek community and our neighbors.  We are pleased to also offer our books to friends across the globe via our web site.

Our shop is located in the heart of downtown Walnut Creek, a thriving community located east of Berkeley/Oakland, where routes 680 and 24 intersect.  We welcome visitors (we are open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am to 7 pm); if you drive, parking is available either on the street or in nearby city garages.  BART is an excellent option, we are about 5 blocks from the Walnut Creek BART station (approximately a 15-mintue walk).

We are members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA), its international affiliate, the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), and the Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA).  As such, we adhere to a strict code of ethics and strive for customer satisfaction with every transaction.

Laurelle is also a member of various book-related associations in the Bay area including the Colophon Club and the Book Club of California; both of these groups welcome visitors, please contact us for more details.

About Our Collection

As an open shop wishing to serve the community, we offer a wide selection of quality used, collectible and rare books in a variety of general interest subjects.  While some of these books will be listed online, many are not and we encourage you, if you live in or visit the Bay area, to come visit us and peruse our shelves for treasures.

Our specialities are Fine Press, Illustrated, and Artist books, and it is these that you will most likely find on our web site and at book fairs.  We particularly love the early British fine presses, such as the Kelmscott Press, the Ashendene Press, the Cresset Press, and the Golden Cockerel Press.  Illustrators of which we are particularly fond include Arthur Rackham, Edmund Dulac, and Eric Gill – but there are so many it’s impossible to name them all.

We also adore the creativity and ingenuity of book artists such as Susan Allix, Charles Hobson, Dmitry Sayenko and Caroline Saltzwedel.  The joy that comes from book forms other than the traditional codex, and from variations such as cut-outs or inserts consisting of old sheet music is indescribable!  Each of these book artists design and create their works with their own hands, publishing extremely limited editions of their work.

Considering Downsizing?

We invite those with quality collectible books for sale to contact us, we purchase individual books as well as entire libraries.  We are happy to discuss your collection in more detail and make arrangements for viewing it and discussing purchase terms.