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Burbank Books & Antiques

Jun 9, 2012

There is something magical about the feeling of an old book lying open in your hands; the rough leather bookbinding dances across the textures of your fingertips as the musty aroma spills off the page and fills your nostrils, only to alarm you that what you are holding can only be that of an ancient book.   

 Today, with technology produced devices like the Nook and Kindle, we have forgotten what it is like to be in love with a book, not just for the miraculous words that hold it together, but for the history that the book lived, the distance traveled, and the hearts it warmed for so many years.

In Magnolia Park, a quaint shopping community in the heart of Burbank that prides itself on fine antiques and handmade art, a special little bookstore has sprouted, called Burbank Books & Antiques.  With 60% of indie bookstores closing across the nation in the past 6-7 years, Burbank is lucky for this brick and mortar store to call it home.  

 Owners, Adrian and Alice Danescu, opened the store front just a few weeks ago, but have been selling online for over 10 years.  With 35 years of experience, and being the third generation book seller, the couple has learned a lot about the trade during their younger years in Europe where they still go to shop.

Burbank Books specifically sells rare antique books dating back to the 16th century, over 4,000 contemporary first edition books from authors as well known as Anne Rice, Tom Clancy, and Stephen King, and a large collection of signed first edition books.  Come in and run your fingers over the spot where Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize winner, Toni Morrison, signed her masterfully written novel, Sula.    

Not only collectors, but all book enthusiasts alike will find a signed first edition that catches their eye.  You can find everything from John Updike, Henry Miller, Nicholas Sparks, J.K. Rowling, Arthur Miller, and the Dalai Lama. 

Nothing comes closer to a time machine then when you’re standing in the store holding rare books and first editions by Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, and John Milton.  But that’s not all!  Books are not even the half of it.  Linger through the store and enjoy handpicked art and antiques including tables dating back to the late 1800’s, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Americana, and Pop Culture.   

You don’t have to be a collector or appraiser to truly understand the complexity and raw beauty of the bronze sculptures and hand-painted porcelain picked out by Alice.

“We care for every item we have in the store, and some of them spent years in our home before being brought to the store,” says Adrian whose charming accent and cheerful character make you feel as if you were a guest in their home not in their store.  Come in for a book and you’ll be leaving with a story.

3429 W. Magnolia Blvd.
(818) 478-5019

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