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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.
26.06.16. Christine Harris is holding a Children's Collectable Book Sale in Honslow on October 29th. Expect 2,000 books in total with roughly 1,500
children's books - lots of pre 1950 tiles, with a few from the late 19th C. Also quite a few old annuals including 1970's Ruperts. Add a comment
15.06.16. Colin Baker writes the he has finally read ‘the writing on the wall’and decided that the Sherborne Book Fair on Saturday 18th June will be his last monthly fair. However, he will continue to run the fair quarterly for the rest of this year (17th September and 17th December) and after that he will make a decision about next year. So if you want to see this small but venerable fair continue - turn up and spend some cash! 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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