The Observatory ABAA

Antiquarian Books, Maps and Prints

Specializing in Alaska and other Polar Regions


Here are some of our favorite websites:


Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA) – – the nonprofit organization, established in 1949, that sets and enforces strict standards of ethics for bookdealers, helps find out-of-print books online, and lists certified book appraisers around the nation; the average ABAA member has been in the business at least 20 years

International League of Antiquarian Bookdealers (ILAB) – – the international nonprofit association, established in 1947, with dozens of member national organizations (such as the ABAA in the United States)

Fine Books Magazine

Rare Book Forum


MapForum - – a monthly online magazine for anyone who is interested in antiquarian maps

International Map Collectors’ Society (IMCos) - – a nonprofit society that sponsors an annual symposium, publications, and discussion groups for collectors and would-be collectors of antiquarian maps – – one of a network of other map dealers – tell them The Observatory sent you

A Belgian map society -

Juneau, Alaska:

Juneau Empire – – Juneau’s local daily newspaper, online – – this site has links to state and municipal government, retailers, services, and nonprofits in Juneau

Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau – – the JCVB will tell you all about how to reach Juneau and enjoy it once you’re here

For a really good show, visit my son the playwright at

The company that created and maintains our site.

Alaska Historical Society

Paul Dresser

Fairbanks group working on Cold Climate Housing Research