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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.
25.09.18. Bloomsbury Ephemera, Book & Postcard Fair on Sunday, 30th September includes a Small Antiques & Collectables Fair in the Ellis Suite. The event is fully booked with a diverse and great mix of dealers making the fair a great event for all collectors whatever your passion! You can find rare and unusual items, including ephemera, books, maps, prints, posters, postcards, photographs plus small collectables and antiques! Items are priced to suit all budgets. Full details on the website. Add a comment
23.09.18. Over twenty dealers will be exhibiting at Gargrave Book Fair on September 29, selling a wide range of secondhand and antiquarian books, maps and ephemera. Café serving excellent home-made food and a large free car park. Add a comment
23.09.18. Good quality books will be offered by dealers from all over the North of England at Bedale Book & Postcard Fair on October 7th - many of them out-of-print and on numerous subjects. Also thousands of postcards, on endless topics and themes, including street and village scenes prior to WW1. 32 pre-booked stalls, ample free parking and only one mile from A1 motorway. 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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