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23.04.14. This weekend's Oxford Book Fair promises to be the most exciting yet. Not only is it the largest ever held, it contains a dazzling array of mouth watering highlights. Mike Kemp is bringing a copy of William Fowler's Magnificent Engravings of Mosaic Pavements, Elephant Folio in 4 volumes and the most complete copy seen in recent times, £25,000. There is, appropriately, a strong First World War theme. Toby English is offering a poignant group of letters to an Englishwoman by a French Soldier, £1,200. Gresham Books have the impressive archive of Robert Loraine and there are several items by Muirhead Bone, the first official war artist. For a taste of what else is available go to the highlights section.  Add a comment

21.04.14. The first Birmingham Book & Ephemera Fair of 2014 will take place on May 8th, with the October date still to be confirmed.  Add a comment

21.04.14. This year's Welsh Antiquarian Book Fair will be held on May 10th. Expect around 15 book dealers selling items mostly of Welsh interest in both English and Welsh.  Add a comment

20.04.14. We have up to 2,500 unique visitors a day to our site and most of them are looking to buy or sell all sorts of books, maps and ephemera. This Book Fair Calendar news section is widely read and frequently commented upon - and you could be promoting your fair here for FREE. Just send me a few paragraphs telling our readers why they should be visiting your event, and I will post it here.  Add a comment

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UK book fairs range from the splendour of the ABA's London June fair and the size of the PBFA's York fair in September, to the more sober (but often rewarding) monthly fairs. Some of these are very small indeed, made up of perhaps a dozen or so dealers in a church hall. However, their very diversity is part of their charm and there is always the prospect of a bargain.

Book fairs flourished during the 1980's and 90's. This expansion was often at the expense of bookshops as dealers reduced their costs and took their books on the road. It also had the effect of denuding many provincial shops of their better books as these were swept up in the rising tide of book fairs. See Drif on 'Bookfairies'.

Times have been hard for many of the smaller regional book fairs of late, but a number have recently been revived, and we have even added a handful of new ones. But what is the future for book fairs, and how well are they serving their customers in the 21st Century? We are always keen to receive your comments and suggestions.

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