Picks and Pans Review: John Howell-Books
updated 11/09/1981 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 11/09/1981 AT 01:00 AM EST
With 75,000 rare books, many of them first editions, Howell has the largest inventory on the West Coast. To acquire books, the founder's son, 68-year-old Warren Howell, regularly travels the globe with a steamer trunk and 11 navy blue suitcases. Often he'll return $1 million poorer but with a treasure trove, picked up in cities ranging from London to Tokyo.