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Orrin Schwab Books was founded in 1991. I began selling books as a graduate student, more or less as a hobby. The hobby quickly became a business and the business quickly became a career. I began with a mail-order business and sold mainly by catalog and book fair exhibits. I now do quite a bit of business on the internet and exhibit at three or four major shows a year.

I am assisted by my wife Valeta and children Amy (15)  Lindsay (11), Tessa (8), Katie (4), &  Timothy (2).

Click here to see a picture of the Schwab Family taken September 2005

We live in the lovely town of Providence, Utah, in the Cache Valley, located just outside of Logan (home of Utah State University) and nestled against a scenic mountain range. It is a beautiful place to live. It is similar to my hometown of Afton, Wyoming and is the next best thing to being there. 

I enjoy fly fishing, and there are some beautiful and scenic streams and lakes in the Cache Valley. 

Click here to see a picture of a nice, fat Brown Trout that I caught in the Logan River (about 15 inches long)

Click here to see the bend in the river where I caught this fish  (No, I'm not telling where this fishing hole is)

I specialize in Utah and the Mormons, the American West, American History, history in all its varieties, and children's books. I also have strong interest and a respectable inventory of  medical and science, literature, travel and exploration, natural history, books on books, fine bindings, and early printed books.

I believe in maintaining a quality and diverse inventory, so my book buying expeditions take me throughout the United States. The summer of 1999 was my first New England trip. I drove cross-country from Utah to Maine and back. I also visited Ontario, Canada on the trip.

I take an annual buying trip to the East. I have traveled to several times to Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York as well as New England. I also take frequent trips to Southern California.

I have exhibited at antiquarian books fairs in Pasadena and Glendale California, Seattle, Austin, Denver and Salt Lake City. 

The following pictures are from my booth display at a recent Salt Lake City Antiques Show.


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