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The Book Fair Calendar - UK's only guide to all the secondhand and antiquarian book fairs, ephemera and postcard fairs, charity and library book sales. Add your event here.
20.02.17. The PBFA regret and we apologise for the inconvenience but we have had to cancel the UK Fine Press Book Fair due to take place in November as our venue is still going through renovations and there is no other suitable venue that suits our needs. However, we hope to hold the fair in the Spring of 2018 and will announce those dates soon. Add a comment
20.02.17. Edgbaston Book Fair at the MAC Birmingham on Saturday 25th February will see twenty two dealers from around the country offering a wide range of books, maps and ephemera. An item of note will be displayed by Salsus Books is a letter circa 1767 from James Brindley asking for plans from Droitwich which we assume was the construction of the canal. He asks for them to be sent down to the Navigation Office in Birmingham. This appears to be an important piece of canal ephemera as the last signed item we could find was a pencil portrait a few years ago at auction which now resides in Burton Museum. Other highlights and full fair details here. 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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