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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.
27.07.16. The next Bloomsbury Ephemera, Book & Postcard Fair is on 31st July and with over 50 exhibitors displaying a whole plethora of material there is something for everyone, whatever you collect. Doors are open from 9.30 until 3pm, admission is £1.50. Come treasure hunting all day, or divide your time by spending time in London with all that the captial has to offer! Full details on the website. For any late availability contact Kim: Tel: 01707 872140. Add a comment
22.07.16. Wimbledon is over and the Olympics a month away, the great British Summer is here and it is time once again for the annual Ilkley Book Fair. Over 40 dealers will be bringing the usual varied and attractive selection of stock - including local history, natural history, illustrated items, detective fiction, modern first editions, children’s books, art, architecture and much 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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