Book Fairs

Fairs have become a main source of business for many booksellers. These range from high-end fairs such as Firsts London where the rarest books are typically offered, to more relaxed events such as the long list of those organised by the Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association.

Fairs that focus on specific sectors of the books and works on paper market like maps, ephemera and photographs are also held throughout the year.


Dubliners

Big sales as Firsts and Tribal Art Fair open in London

19 September 2022

Major sales marked the opening days of two London fairs, Firsts: London’s Rare Book Fair and Tribal Art London.

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Fair Preview: Banned books is the theme of this year’s Firsts

12 September 2022

A copy of 'Howl' signed by leading lights of the Beat literature scene in New York is on offer at 'Firsts: London’s Rare Book Fair', where this year the theme is banned books.

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PBFA fair date falls in autumn this year

12 September 2022

The PBFA swapped its London fair dates from the usual early summer slot to autumn, meaning it coincides as usual with the ABA’s flagship fair.

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York National Book Fair coincides with the ILAB Congress taking place in Oxford

29 August 2022

Visitor numbers are likely to be swelled above the usual 1000 a day at the annual 'York National Book Fair' held at the city’s racecourse on Friday and Saturday, September 9-10.

La fête de l’amitie

Firsts book fair racks up many extra dealers

15 August 2022

Firsts: London’s Rare Books Fair has added an impressive 49 dealers to the roster for its 65th edition thanks to an influx of international traders.

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Dealers prepare for next PBFA online book fair

20 June 2022

The next PBFA online book fair goes live on June 29 with a wide range of dealers exhibiting.

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Trials and tribulations: case study of cross-border trade

23 May 2022

Marc and Marcia Harrison transported their own stock from their home in the Netherlands to the Chelsea Rare Books Fair in May, trialling the system they expect to use frequently in the future and hoping to demonstrate the process for their fellow book dealers.

PBFA: All fairs great and small

16 May 2022

The Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association hosts more events in this sector than any other organiser.

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London Map Fair: Discoveries new and old

16 May 2022

Dealer Tim Bryars previews this year’s London Map Fair with an eye on current collecting trends

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Fair review: Welcome back to Chelsea

16 May 2022

But Brexit red tape is the talk of the trade as favourite fair returns to Old Town Hall

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ATG letter: Chelsea book fair – what a lovely venue

09 May 2022

I went to the Chelsea book fair [The ABA Chelsea Rare Book Fair] at Chelsea Town Hall on Saturday, April 30. What a delightful fair, set in a wonderful building, with a wonderful atmosphere and books on proper bookshelves.

Books

PBFA looks for new London fair manager

25 April 2022

The Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association (PBFA) is searching for a new fair manager for its London Antiquarian Book Fair.

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Explore the Oxford book fair after Endurance discovery

21 March 2022

News earlier this month of the discovery of Endurance, Sir Ernest Shackleton’s expedition ship, in the icy waters of the Weddell Sea in Antarctica, will surely have made the hearts of dealers and collectors of polar material beat a little faster.

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Bibliophiles spoilt for choice with one live and two online book fairs on the way

29 November 2021

Buying online took off in the trade last year with one notable example being The Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association (PBFA) which launched its monthly online back-to-back book fairs in April.

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Contemporary gallery rebooked as Firsts fair enters new chapter

08 November 2021

For just a few short days in October, the white-walled contemporary space of the Saatchi Gallery was transformed into a veritable feast of rare and sought-after first-edition books, prints and posters.

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ATG letter: Don’t forget the more general buyers at fairs

01 November 2021

I understand that the Battersea antiques fair had to be ticketed this time to recoup monies lost to previous cancellations.

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Go on a treasure hunt at Firsts

11 October 2021

Tolkien classic in bespoke binding is one of the highlights as the London event returns

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Tale of Bedouin life roams into new London event

11 October 2021

This October, the capital hosts The London Autumn Book Fair – a fresh addition to the Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association’s (PBFA) 2021 calendar.

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Pantastic poster on offer at York National Book Fair

06 September 2021

This poster was used in the promotion of the first-ever stage production of Peter Pan.

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Book fair returns as some turn from New York to old

30 August 2021

According to the Booksellers Association, more than 60 bookshops opened in the UK and Ireland over the past 18 months, reflecting the rediscovery by many people of the pleasure of books during the pandemic despite the increase in online shopping.

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