Run by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (ABA), it usually takes place once a year in the spring, but this year ran its first digital staging in June after it was cancelled in the face of coronavirus restrictions.
Since then, the ABA has worked with its partner Biblio, a rare and antiquarian book-dealing platform, to adjust the website to suit the needs of members and exhibitors. It is now better equipped to handle high volumes of traffic and exhibitors may upload up to 20 highlights.
Participants’ stock will be unveiled at 2pm GMT on Thursday, September 10, and the fair continues until the 14th. The next physical edition of the event is planned for May 21-23 next year.
The ABA’s smaller event, the Chelsea Rare Book Fair, due to take place in November, has been cancelled.
However, book lovers can still get their fix that month at the 44th Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair, which is running online from November 12-14. Open to Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America and ILAB members only, participants will showcase up to 50 items of stock.
Fresh items are ‘restocked’ throughout the week.
It includes a private ticketed preview on the 12th and opens to the public the following day with a series of webinars planned throughout the event.
A ‘Discovery’ section for newer collectors features items priced at $100 or less.