Ken Sanders Rare Books is a full service antiquarian bookshop in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. We carry an ever-changing inventory of art, ephemera, maps, photography, and postcards in addition to a vast selection of used and rare books along with a few new books. We also purchase and appraise books. New arrivals and acquisitions are posted to the KSRB website first on Saturday mornings. The inventory will then be posted to the other sites we use abebooks.com, alibris.com, and biblio.com later in the following week. 

We have a lot of our inventory online, but many of the items in our store never get catalogued, so be sure to visit our downtown shop (268 South 200 East, SLC, UT) or call us (801-521-3819) if you are searching for something in particular.

Our inventory is diverse, and our specialties include Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, B. Traven, Utah and the Mormons, Modern First Editions, Grand Canyon, Colorado River & Colorado Plateau, Western Americana, Native Americans, The Intermountain West, Southwest, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Wilderness & National Parks, Public Lands, the Environment, Explorations & Surveys, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and the Literary West.

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An Evening of Songs and Stories with Teresa Jordan and Hal Cannon

Date: Friday, February 13th at 7:00 PM
Location: Ken Sanders Rare Books (268 S 200 E, SLC, UT)

Ken Sanders Rare Books is pleased to announce an evening of songs and stories with Teresa Jordan and Hal Cannon on Friday, February 13th from 7-9 PM at our downtown bookstore (268 South 200 East, SLC, UT). For this evening at Ken Sanders Rare Books, they will take the inspiration of Teresa’s just-released book, The Year of Living Virtuously (Weekends Off), to celebrate some particularly Western takes on virtue and vice. The book will be available for purchase and signing (hardcover, $23). This event is free and open to the public.

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We will be exhibiting at the following book fairs this winter/spring, hope to see you there!

January 31 - February 1

Pasadena Antiquarian Book, Print & Paper Fair

Pasadena Convention Center - 300 E. Green Street, Pasadena, CA


February 6-8

48th California Int'l Antiquarian Book Fair

Oakland Marriott City Center - 1001 Broadway, Oakland, CA


April 9-12

New York Antiquarian Book Fair

The Park Avenue Armory - 643 Park Avenue, at 67th Street


Ken Sanders Rare Books Catalogue #48 is NOW AVAILABLE.

To view a copy of the catalogue, please CLICK HERE.

Print copies are also available. Please contact us if you would like to receive a print copy by mail (no charge). books@dreamgarden.com

Catalogue #48 features new acquisitions in the fields of Utah & the Mormons, Native & Western Americana, Maps & Photographs, and Illustrated Books & Wordless Novels. Catalogue 48 also features some fantastic original artworks for sale, and an exciting Charles Bukowski archive.

Ken Sanders Rare Books will be seeking a new home.

July 15, 2014

Dear Friends and Patrons of Ken Sanders Rare Books,

Sometime in the next 3-5 years our bookshop will be relocating. Over the past year our landlord has thrown us (and the rest of our East Broadway neighbors) under the developmental bus. The entire northwest corner at 300 South and 200 East has been taken over by a real estate developer. We have enjoyed being here for the past seventeen years and I have always known that this day would come. The low rent that we have paid over the years here has enabled the bookshop to grow from a small operation, with my daughter Melissa and myself being the only employees, to a large thriving bookshop with six full-time employees: Kent & Katie Tschanz, Travis Low, Esther Cannon, James Long and myself -- along with Melissa Sanders part-time and doing her own thing with Red Queen Book Arts, which is just around the corner from us and will likewise be affected by the development. 

We would very much like to stay in the downtown area, but we may not be able to afford it. Bookshops have traditionally thrived in low rent districts of downtown areas in cities across America. We require lots of square footage, but can't afford to pay market rates. Going forward, we would like to find a new home with 4,000 - 6,000 square feet of space and ample parking. We believe we have at least three years to find a new home, but we have already started to look around for available spaces that will work for us.

Don't be alarmed by this news; the bookshop is healthy and thriving. In many ways a new home will enable us to go forward to the next generation. I am committed to the process of finding a new home for us, prior to my fading off into the sunset. We have teamed up with Vasilios Priskos and his Internet Properties team. No one knows downtown real estate better than Vasilios and we are hopeful that he and his team can get us into that fabled new home. Given our needs for lots of space at a modest rate, it isn't going to be easy. I invite any of you to be a part of the process, and when the time comes, we'll be sure to call upon you to come help us move all of these bloody books! Better yet, come buy them now and that problem will be solved!


Ken Sanders, on behalf of Kent & Katie Tschanz, Travis Low, Esther Cannon, James Long, and of course, Melissa Sanders.

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