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

434 Post Street, San Francisco

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.

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