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.


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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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Book fair makes a Brighton booking

09 August 2021

An update from Jeremy Carson, organiser of PBFA’s Brighton Book Fair which will run at Brighton Racecourse (assuming it is not being used as a vaccination centre then…) on Saturday, October 30 – the first in Brighton for more than 20 years.

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PBFA's first live book fair since lockdown to go ahead in Ilkley

26 July 2021

After a succession of virtual fairs, the Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association (PBFA) has announced the return of its first live event in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, on July 30-21.

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A fair to make Brighton rock

10 May 2021

Organiser tells ATG why the south-coast city is a great place for a new PBFA event

UK books fairs

10 May 2021

The return of fairs as lockdown restrictions have eased has been a welcome boost for dealers, event organisers and buyers.

International book fairs

10 May 2021

This calendar lists a selection of forthcoming specialist fairs and markets around the world.

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Three booksellers’ associations open new digital chapter

10 May 2021

The antiquarian booksellers’ associations of Switzerland, Austria and Germany have joined forces to launch a new online rare book fair.

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Barbara Jones sketchbook offered at Firsts online winter edition

15 February 2021

A sketchbook by English artist and muralist Barbara Jones (1912-78) is among the items for sale at 'Firsts Online: Winter Edition'.

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Online: PBFA monthly virtual showcase set to be a permanent booking

14 December 2020

So well has the Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association’s (PBFA) monthly online book fair been received that it is being continued as a permanent fixture.

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It moss be love: naturalist’s album bought by museum

19 October 2020

At a recent PBFA fair, dealer John Underwood sold a collection of albums of mosses compiled by the naturalist Frederick DuCane Godman (1834-1919) to Horsham Museum & Art Gallery.

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Early English sea atlas among real sales at ‘virtual’ book fair

21 September 2020

An English translation of a Dutch 16th century sea atlas was among the standout sales at the recent online edition of Firsts: London’s Rare Book Fair.

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Firsts book fair forms second digital staging as Boston event offers online showcase

31 August 2020

'Firsts, London’s Rare Book Fair' has announced a second digital staging to take place this month.

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ABA Firsts fair gets new autumn staging online

26 August 2020

Firsts, London’s Rare Book Fair has announced a second staging for this year to take place next month.

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Firsts book fair moves to London's Saatchi Gallery

03 August 2020

The Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (ABA) is moving its annual flagship event Firsts – London’s Rare Book Fair from Battersea to Chelsea.

PBFA online fair to go monthly

25 May 2020

The Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association (PBFA) is planning an unlimited succession of virtual fairs starting on the 29th of each month as it adapts to a world without traditional fairs.

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London rare book fair 'Firsts' cancelled and digital event to be launched

05 May 2020

'Firsts, London’s Rare Book Fair 2020', has been cancelled for the summer and will instead be replaced with a digital version.

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Coronavirus: PBFA launches inaugural virtual book fair

23 April 2020

Browsing at a fair can mean the serendipitous discovery of a treasure for the collection. To help recapture a bit of this magic online, The Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association (PFBA) launches its first virtual book fair next week.

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