Ron Randall and Pia Oliver in Randall HouseRandall House is closing!

It all began in San Francisco in 1975 … seems only a few short years ago that Randall House was established. We are sad to announce that we are closing our doors as of July 2020. For the last 45 years Randall House has been a proud member of the rare book community but the time has come to end this wonderful chapter - books, and begin another - spending time with family, especially grand children.

Randall House has always had an open bookshop, first in San Francisco and later in Santa Barbara, California. Ron Randall began his rare book career when he was born; his father was David A. Randall. Ron furthered his book career at John Howell-Books in San Francisco until he and John Windle decided to strike out on their own. Later the partners amicably went their own ways, and each one pursued his own specialties in the rare book business. Pia Oliver met Ron and John when also working at John Howell-Books in 1971. Pia and Ron worked together since 1996 in Santa Barbara, and she will retire to San Diego.

At 87 years old Ron will be returning to Northern California to be close to his older daughter and grand children, and there he will begin to “read all those books.”

We want to  say “Thank You” to everyone, thank you to colleagues, to customers and to friends. The enthusiasm and knowledge of our collectors, is something we treasure and appreciate. The rare book world is a small one, a special one with all varieties of people but infinitely rich, stimulating, rewarding, and always interesting with ever more questions to ask -thank you for letting us be part of it.

Phone number and snail mail will work through July. Email will work through end of year. We will be pleased to hear from you. :)

Ron Randall

Pia Oliver



At Randall House we deal in fine and rare books in many fields; this includes collectible books, limited edition books, and out-of-print books. From Shakespeare Folios to Carter's ABC for Book Collectors, from fine bindings to fine press books, from children's books to early Bibles, from incunabula to modern firsts, they are all part of what makes Randall House Rare Books the book collector's paradise.

In addition to books we carry autographs, manuscripts, autograph letters, historical documents and ephemera. We always have a wonderful selection of original paintings, etchings, works on paper, and sometimes sculpture, of renowned artists on display. We also love to have visitors, so make sure to stop in when you are in the area!

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