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Since 1905, Dawson's Book Shop has been a leading source in Southern California for rare and out of print books in the fields of California history, Western Americana and photography. In fact, Dawson's is the oldest continuously operating book shop in the city of Los Angeles. Ernest Dawson started the shop in downtown Los Angeles. After 3 moves downtown and passing on to the second generation of Glen and Muir Dawson, the shop settled on Larchmont Boulevard in the Hollywood/Hancock Park area in 1968. Michael Dawson marks the third generation of the Dawson family to helm this Los Angeles treasure. Dawson's "Los Angeles Salon" series, featuring exciting thought and discourse on the past and future of Southern California, has become an anticipated periodic event and has included such well known writers as Mike Davis, Robert Winter, and A. I. Bezzerides.

Michael Dawson Gallery, nestled in the interior of the book shop's Larchmont Village location, is a spacious exhibition area highlighting its photographic inventory of fine vintage photographs of California and the Southwest by artists such as Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, and Will Connell. The gallery also displays work in the exciting new field of vernacular and historical photography of the Western States. Michael Dawson Gallery, since April 2000, continues to be a distinct business enterprise complementing the books, manuscripts, and printed ephemera currently handled by Dawson's Book Shop.

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Photographer Leland Rice with his work in the Gallery

Our most recent L.A. Salon on April 21st 2007, featuring acclaimed author Gregory Paul Williams.