This runs on Friday and Saturday, September 14-15, at York Racecourse.
Giving an idea of the variety on offer at the fair, Ray added: “With a few pounds you could start a collection of radical literature. You could buy some 20th century American and European culture as represented in little reviews, pulp imprints and counter-cultural ephemera from £10 per title.
“For the mid-range at £60 you could pick up a book about a classic mid-century British design icon such as This and That by Barbara Jones. In the multi-thousands there’s a modern first edition or something with enduring high value such as a complete set of Ernest Shackleton’s The South Polar Times, 1907-1914 at £12,500.”
The York Book Fair started out in 1974 with 20 stallholders at the White Swan Inn in the city. It now attracts a global audience of collectors and dealers to pick from the 100,000 books for sale from worldwide exhibitors, at what is billed as Europe’s largest antiquarian, rare and out-of-print book fair.