The Zamorano Club is Southern California’s oldest organization of bibliophiles and manuscript collectors.

Founded in 1928, it sponsors lectures and publications on bookish topics. Most noteworthy among the latter is the Zamorano 80 (1945)—a member-selected and -written catalogue of the most significant books in California history—recently complemented by Zamorano Select.

The Club was named in honor of Agustín V. Zamorano (1798-1842), a provisional governor of Alta California and the state’s first printer.

The Zamorano Club holds monthly meetings for members and their guests on the first Wednesday of the month from October to June.

These meetings include time for mingling, followed by a dinner, and a lecture with dessert.

The group also puts out publications from time to time, in addition to keepsakes that members print and share with other members.

These keepsakes can happen throughout the year but are most commonly associated with the Joint Meeting the group holds with their fellow bookclub, the Roxburghe Club of San Francisco, every two years.