Arcana: Books on the Arts is an open shop in Culver City, California
specializing in new, rare and out of print books, catalogues, and ephemera on 20th + 21st Century
Art, Design, Architecture, Fashion, Cinema, Culinaria, and Music.
Since 1984.


We regret that the shop is currently closed.

We are available by appointment and for shipping, delivery, and pick up. Please contact us with any questions and be well!



Interested in more information?  Have a look at some of the nice things that have been written about us here.

Looking for something in our field beyond what you see on our website?
Please email us at, or call us (310-458-1499).

We'll gladly search our extensive stock of over 100,000 items to help locate the titles you are seeking.

8675 Washington Boulevard
Culver City, California 90232

Tuesday - Sunday: 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM

We are closed on  July 4th, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.


Free parking is available in the lot directly outside our door (at the rear of 8675 Washington Boulevard).
Please feel free to call or write us with any questions.

Join our Email List!
We'll let you know about stuff going on at Arcana (sales, book-signings, new releases). If you change your mind, just let us know and you won't hear from us again. And, of course, we will NEVER share any information about you whatsoever to anyone.



While we make every effort to keep our online listings current and up to date, we are an open shop, and all items are offered subject to prior sale. In the rare instance that a title ordered and processed from our website is no longer available, we will refund your payment immediately.

By placing an order on, you represent that you are eighteen (18) years of age or older, and are responsible for all charges incurred.

Our website payment processing utilizes the services of third parties; including Braintree Merchant Services and PayPal.
We reserve the right to cancel any order these processors advise us are fraudulent.

All items shipped to a California address or picked up at our shop are subject to 9.5% State Sales Tax.

For payment via check, cash, or bank transfer, please contact us directly.
We’re happy to discuss financing / lay away terms for your purchase.



We typically process orders the day they are received, and ship by the next business day. Please note that we do not ship Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

Postage prices are calculated based on weight, value, destination, and carrier service.

If you require expedited shipping, courier service, or your order is time-sensitive, please contact us directly for shipping quotes and arrangements.

Time in transit varies by location. Shipping durations are as quoted by the websites of the US Postal Service, UPS, FedEx, or an alternate chosen carrier.
We are not responsible for any delays due to weather, customs inspections, etc., after your package has been delivered to the carrier.

Domestic Time In Transit Estimates

Media Mail, 2-10 Days
Priority Mail, 2-3 Days
Express Mail, 1-2 days

International Time In Transit Estimates

First-Class Mail International, 2-4 weeks, No Tracking
Priority Mail International, 6-10 business days, No Tracking
Express Mail International, 5-8 business days, Tracking

Any International duties, taxes and/or customs charges levied by the country of import are solely the customer's responsibility,
and are not included as part of the sale price or shipping cost.

Parcels valued over $100.00 will be insured automatically. In the unlikely event of loss or damage, we will assist with a claim for indemnification for any insured parcel. If you would like us to insure a parcel valued at under $100.00, please contact us in advance directly to request insurance.


Return Policy

Books are returnable for within one week of receipt ONLY if our online description differs substantially from the actual condition of the item upon arrival.
You must contact us BEFORE initiating any return.

Please read our full description for each item and if you have any questions at all, please ask them before placing your order.



We take your privacy very seriously. We are the sole owners of the information collected on this site.
We only have access to information that you voluntarily provide us with via email or other direct contact from you.
We will not give, sell, lease, or in any way make available the information you supply us with to another organization or individual.
We take precautions to protect your details. When you submit sensitive information via the website, it is protected both online and offline.  All credit card transactions are secured by an industry standard 128-bit encrypted SSL certificate for your protection.
Credit card payments on this site are processed by Braintree, a division of PayPal.

We also protect your information offline. Only employees directly involved in the processing of an order are granted access to personally identifiable information. The computers and servers in which we store personally identifiable information are kept in a secure environment. We may use your contact information to respond to you, regarding an inquiry or order. We will not share this information with any third party outside of our organization, other than as necessary to fulfill your request, e.g. to ship an order.

Unless instructed otherwise, we may contact you via email in the future to tell you about specials, events, new products or services. 
You may opt out of any future contacts from us at any time