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27 May 2018
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 Book Fairs

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.


19.05.18. I'm out of the office until May 29 and with limited internet access, it will be maintance only until then.  Add a comment

19.05.18. The Bloomsbury Summer Ephemera, Book & Postcard Fair on Sunday 27th May is a vibrant, busy event is not to be missed. The fair has grown considerably over the past 3 years and now the annual Summer Fair is a keenly awaited part of our calendar of events. This year we have a great mix including antiquarian and rare book dealers, ephemera specialists, dealers in map, print and posters, and a large contingent of postcard dealers. We have exhibitors from all over the UK, Europe and further afield displaying a diverse and vast array of material. The fair marks the end of the International Fairs week in London and is always a great way to end a fantastic week. Full details on the website.  Add a comment

19.05.18. The Wolverhampton Book Sale next to shop mobility in the Wulfrun Centre runs until May 27th. Expect three dealers and lots of choice of books.  Add a comment

19.05.18. Chipping Book Fair on Bank Holiday Monday, May 28, will see around fifteen dealers selling a wide range of second-hand and antiquarian books, maps and ephemera.  Café serving excellent home-made food and free parking.  Add a comment

18.05.18. If you haven't visited it yet, the Rare Books London 2018 website lists all the book fairs, talks, tours, auctions and walls taking place in the Capitol during May and June.  Add a comment

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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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