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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. Visit our 2019 Provisional Calendar.


10.12.18. The Bloomsbury Christmas Ephemera, Book & Postcard Fair takes place this coming Sunday, 16th December, and is our last event for 2018! We also have dealers at this event selling Small Antiques and Collectables. Expect over 120 tables full of festive delights including antiquarian, out of print and rare books, an abundance of unusual and interesting ephemera, stands packed with postcards as well as dealers in posters, photographs, maps, prints and small antiques! Full details on the website.  Add a comment

9.12.18. Welcome to our Provisional 2019 Book Fair Calendar.  Add a comment

9.12.18. Around 1,000 unique visitors a day use our site and most of them are looking to buy or sell all sorts of books, maps and ephemera. The news section of the Book Fair Calendar is widely read and frequently commented upon - and you could be promoting your fair here for FREE by writing about it.  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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