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The Book Fair Calendar - UK's only guide to all the secondhand and antiquarian book fairs, ephemera and collectors fairs, charity and library book sales. Add your event here.
24.08.16. Spend a thoroughly enjoyable day browsing 1,000’s of interesting, unusual and rare items at Bloomsbury Ephemera, Book & Postcard Fair on Sunday 28th August. Prices range from a few pounds up, so there is something for everyone and every budget, whether you are starting out collecting, or an avid collector looking to add to your collection. Full details on the website, and phone Kim on 01707 872140 for any late availability. Add a comment
21.08.16. Gerrards Cross Book Fair in South Buckinghamshire on September 10th, is one of the largest and longest running independent book fairs in the country. The fair, now under the management of Richard Frost, is held 5 times a year ... more Add a comment
UK book fairs range from the splendour of the ABA's London summer fair and the size of the PBFA's York fair in September, to the more sober (but often rewarding) regular regional fairs. Some of these are very small indeed, made up of perhaps a dozen or so dealers in a church hall - and they can be found all around the country.
Visiting even the smallest of these fairs can offer access to an extraordinary range of printed material - not just books but ephemera, prints, posters, maps - and increasingly you might also find postcards, photographs, vinyl, and sometimes associated collectables
So whilst it's true that the number of book fairs has declined from their heyday in the 1990's (when Drif blamed them for denuding many provincial shops of their better books) they continue to play a vital role in the touchy- feely world of physical book buying.
And you can play a part in ensuring that they continue to thrive by sharing your thoughts and experiences in a review - there is a comment link on every listing.
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