Picks and Pans Review: John Howell-Books
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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