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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.
11.02.16. Etc Fairs have two fairs this coming weekend. Saturday 13th February sees the first Gerrards Cross Book Fair of 2016. A great little fair that offers something for enthusiasts, collectors or just ordinary book lovers! Full details including an exhibitors list on the website.
This is followed on the Sunday 14th by the Bloomsbury Book Fair. This month is the first of our collaborations for 2016 where we welcome exhibitors from the Ephemera Society. So expect 95 dealers offering books, maps, prints, posters, ephemera, bookbinders, auctioneers plus the added bonus of new ephemera specialists! Full details on the website. Add a comment
7.02.16. Two stars of the show at next weekend's Durham Book Fair on February 13th will be an enormous, framed etching of the city from 1745, and a poster of penalties payable on the Stockton and Darlington Railway, dated July 11th, 1826 ... 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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