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23.12.16. I've just added the 2017 Glasgow Botanic Gardens Book Fair dates.  Add a comment

23.12.16. Seasonal greetings and thanks to all our readers, contributors and advertisers for your support and encouragement in 2016. We will be back on January 3rd.  Add a comment

23.12.16. When it's time to walk of some of the festive treat between Christmas and New Year remember, we will be holding our annual Christmas break Book Fair at Glasgow Botanic Gardens on Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th December. Just the venue for a pleasant walk and to browse a fascinating selection of books at the same time.  Add a comment

18.12.16. York Antiquarian Book Seminar provides an opportunity for leading specialists to share their expertise and experience with booksellers, librarians and collectors in a comprehensive survey of the out-of-print, antiquarian, rare and used book markets ... more  Add a comment

14.12.16. Here are the ABA's London International Antiquarian Book Fair and Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair dates.  Add a comment

13.12.16. Come along for some festive fun and Christmas cheer at the Bloomsbury Christmas Ephemera, Book & Postcard Fair on Sunday 18th December. We have dealers selling a vast array of material, come seek out an unusual postcard, a rare piece of ephemera, a gem of a book and lots more. Full dtails including latest Exhibitor list on the website. For any late availability phone Kim: 01707 9721490.  Add a comment

8.12.16. Wendy Collyer and Peter Sheridan announce that the Farnham Maltings Bookfair on Sunday 4th December was the last fair at this venue. A combination of rising costs and falling revenues has led to this decision. Wendy and Peter would like to thank all the exhibitors, past and present for their continued support, also thanks to the many customers who attended the fairs over the past years, their support is much appreciated. Peter Sheridan will continue exhibiting at fairs in London and the southern counties and trading on the internet but he and Wendy have decided to retire from organising fairs.  Add a comment

7.12.16. The Bloomsbury Christmas Book Fair takes place this coming Sunday 11th December at the Royal National Hotel, London WC1H 0DG. Expect plenty of Christmas cheer and some inspiration for unusual gifts, or just come along to add to your own collection! We have over 100 stands with dealers in books, maps, prints, ephemera, auctioneers, bookbinders and much more, come early and stay all day, or combine your visit with some Christmas shopping in London! For any late availability phone Kim 01707 872140, check website for all other details  Add a comment

7.12.16. I've just added Colin Baker's Sherborne Book Fair dates  Add a comment

5.12.16. Do you want to raise the profile of your book fair by writing about it in our news section? Short on ideas of what to say? Have a look at our Crib Sheet for Fair Organisers.   Add a comment

5.12.16. The 2017 annual Epsom Charity Book Fair will take place on February 16th - 18th, with the usual dealer's preview on Friday 15th. Expect over 60,000 books including antiquarian, out-of-print, children's, fiction and non-fiction. Also CDs, DVDs and records.  Add a comment

5.12.16. After ten years Jon Smith has retired from organising North West Book Fairs. A group has got together to continue the fairs: Keith Birchall will organise four in Gargrave, John Wilson two in Settle, Edward Huddleston one in Lancaster and Mike Waites one in Glasson Dock. The short straw was drawn by Gerry Cotter, who will organise twelve fairs: at BartonHornbyLongridgeLythamGalgate near Lancaster, and, back by popular demand, Ingleton. If any book dealers would like to take a stall we would be delighted to hear from you. We hope you will be able to visit and look forward to seeing you during the year.  Add a comment

30.11.16. Our Provisional 2017 Calendar is now live. I'm still waiting for a number of organisers to confirm their dates, and lots of smaller and one-off fairs or sales are often only confirmed nearer the time. However, if you visit or exhibit at a fair that you think should be listed here, please contact us.  Add a comment

29.11.16. Steve Marshall has retired from running Tunbridge Wells Book Fair and the event is now being managed by Jon Gilbert of Hall's Bookshop .  Add a comment

28.11.16. Dealers at this month's Farnham Book Fair on December 4th will offer children's collectable fiction, modern firsts, military & natural history - plus Joss Mullinger's huge selection of local history publications from Surrey & surrounding area, comprising vintage town guides, church histories, maps and other local history publications. Full event details here.  Add a comment

28.11.16. The NSPCC Annual Book Sale in Colchester will be held on October 28th & 29th. Elizabeth Borg reports that the 2016 sale raised £24,117 for the charity.  Add a comment

28.11.16.  There will NO Churchdown Book Fair in January 2017 due to venue unavailability - otherwise first Sunday of the month as usual.  Add a comment

27.11.16. Edward Huddleston's Christmas Book Fair on December 3rd at Lancaster Library is now in it's third year. It's a small book fair with a wide range of good quality used books for sale. Also out-of-print and older books, plus classical CDs.  Add a comment

27.11.16. The PBFA have a couple of venue changes in 2017 - the Illustrated, Children's & Modern First Editions Fair on April 8th and the Christmas Book Fair on December 2nd. There will be a new Art & Illustration Book Fair in Penzance on June 17th, the UK Fine Press Fair returns on November 11th & 12th and the Military Book Fair will again be held in Aldershot on December 2nd.  Add a comment

23.11.16. With over 60 dealers at the Bloomsbury Ephemera, Book & Postcard Fair on Sunday 27th November, you can expect a whole room full of delights! With items to suit all budgets and all collectors the fair is fast growing in size and reputation - if you are new to collecting or want to add to a collection, come along and see for yourself! Situated close to Russell Square the venue is ideally situated and easy to find. Full details on the website.  Add a comment

21.11.16. Sheila Eames is sorry to report that she has CANCELLED her Newington Book Fair on December 10th due to lack of support at the previous dates. However, she and another dealer are looking for a venue in another local town with a a bigger population and better footfall - so there maybe a new fair in 2017.  Add a comment

21.11.16. If you are organising a Book Fair or Book Sale in 2017 - now is the time to contact me. As ever, we aim to have a provisional 2017 calendar up by the start of December.  Add a comment

17.11.16. There will be a Charity Book Sale at the St Giles Hospice Warehouse in Lichfield on November 26th. Expect modern and vintage collectable books - some from the estate of a long-term bookdealer.  Add a comment

14.11.16. Lovers of books and bargains will be delighted by the Blackheath and Greenwich Amnesty International Group's Annual Book Sale on November 19th. Donations, which are often brand new, come from individuals, publishers and book reviewers. The group will be selling everything from second-hand paperbacks to review copies of recently published novels.  Add a comment
    This is my second year of attending this fair/sale in a nice old Church on the edge of the Heath. I arrived quite late about 1300 hrs to see people walking up the road carrying piles of books. I feared that I might be too late, but in the event found the venue still busy with the books as usual on the church pews and better categorised than last year. In the modern and recent fiction category, I found many new / review copy hardbacks and many I had bought full price this year as well. A recent biography of Douglas Haig was a snap up and I came away having paid £10.00 for 10 books, mostly new, mostly hardback. The books were all half the marked price, in most cases £2.00. The full retail price of my haul would have exceeded £135.00. I heard unconfirmed talk of another sale in the summer. Their web site mentions June (going on 2016 at any rate) . This, as with many charity causes, is well worth supporting, especially at the moment when regimes around the world are lurching into insanity. For me at least this event is WWAD. - Jon Morgan 20.11.16.

13.11.16. ExLibris (members of the Federation of Masked Booksellers) are holding a Charity Children's Book Sale in Nottingham on November 19th & 20th. Children's books rescued from destruction and sold at low prices to raise funds for Nottingham charity, School for Parents.  Add a comment

13.11.16. Privately printed Balzac amongst the treasures at the new Frome Book Fair on November 19th ... more  Add a comment

10.11.16. The ABA report a record-breaking Chelsea Book Fair this year. 89 exhibitors turned over £582,609 - an astonishing increase of about 50% on 2015. Friday visitor numbers were very slightly down, but Saturday's were up 44%. The guided tours were a huge success and 86% of exhibitors have already stated their intention to exhibit next year.  Add a comment

10.11.16. RIP Martin Stone - renowned book scout and guitarist ... more  Add a comment

9.11.16. The monthly Bloomsbury Book Fair on Sunday 13th November is extremely popular with dealers and visitors, being the largest monthly book fair in the UK  and attracting some of the finest specialist dealers. Although the fair is primarily about books, it is not restricted to them! You can find ephemera, maps, prints, posters, photographs, auctioneers, bookbinders and more! In fact a whole plethora for dealers, casual collectors, or just enthusiasts about the printed word. Full details on the website, late availability phone Kim on 01707 872140  Add a comment

7.11.16. Saturday 12th November 2016 sees the return of the Northern Illustrated, Childrens & Detective Fiction Book Fair, which is held at the Pavilions of Harrogate and attracts specialist dealers from all over the country ... more  Add a comment

6.11.16. Steve Marshal writes that while he was booking next year's quarterly Tunbridge Wells Book Fair dates, he discovered that the venue booking clerk had reserved his December 3rd Fair for the wrong weekend. Sadly, her administrative error means that the December fair has had to be CANCELLED. He apologises for the inconvenience to all the regular fair visitors and advises that the next date will now be March 4th, 2017.  Add a comment

31.10.16. 'Just awful' was Jon Morgan's view of Sunday's Pulp and Paperback Fair in London - but Henk thought the NSPCC Annual Book Sale in Colchester was 'fantastic'.  Add a comment

30.10.16. Apologies - the fair listed in Barnet on November 5th is the Transport Book Fair - NOT the Observer, Warne & related Collectors Book Fair.  Add a comment

26.10.16. Held each autumn in the beautiful and historic Chelsea Old Town Hall, the Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair on November 4th & 5th brings together more than 80 exhibitors specialising in antique books, first editions, maps, prints, and manuscripts from all over the world. Prices begin at just a few pounds and dealers are happy to guide you, making this an accessible and exciting venue for beginning collectors or those simply looking for an extra special Christmas gift. In addition a line-up of unique events, including guided tours, are designed to introduce visitors to the world of rare books. Exhibitors' highlights and free tickets are available on the website.  Add a comment

26.10.16. The Bloomsbury Ephemera, Book & Postcard Fair on Sunday, 30th October, welcomes Pulp and Paperback dealers in the Ellis Suite. The fair has proved to be very popular this month and we are fully booked! We have postcard dealers, ephemera specialists, book dealers, as well as dealers in prints, map, photographs and posters! As if that's not enough we welcome pulp and paperback specialists, all in one great fair! Make sure you leave plenty of time to visit, there is lots to see and lots to buy. So whether you are just starting collecting, or adding to a collection the fair has something for everyone in all price ranges. Full details on the website.  Add a comment

25.10.16. Sorry, we have been off-line because we were hacked. They couldn't steal anything but left a mess - so Colin had to take the site down and clean it - a process that takes a while. I asked him if we can stop them breaking in? He says he's fixed a number of potential vulnerabilities but it's a popular site, so this is what happens.  Add a comment

23.10.16. Karen Jakobsen is organising a new book fair in Frome on November 19th. Exspect some of the best antiquarian book dealers from the South West and further afield, offering visitors an opportunity to buy good quality rare books and ephemera on many subjects.  Add a comment

17.10.16. According to John Bacon who is exhibiting there, the West Surrey Family History Society Book Fair on November 5th will have lots of secondhand topography and local history books on offer.  Add a comment

14.10.16. Farnham Maltings Book Fair Sunday 23 October 10am to 3pm.held in the Great Hall with around 30 exhibitors, with specialists in juvenile collectable fiction, modern first editions, Military, Natural history plus a good selection from many other subject areas, also books for the casual reader and some ephemera, prices from £1 to a few hundred pounds ... more  Add a comment

8.10.16. I'm out of the office until 14th October, so no news or updates until then.  Add a comment

8.10.16. The Silk Mill Museum in Derby are organising a Book Fair on June 10th 2017. It is timed to coinside with the Derby Book Festival, which this year attracted 10,000 visitors. Table prices will start at £40 + vat for a 5 footer and if you are interested in exhibiting contact Mohammed Suleman 01332 641901 email.  Add a comment

5.10.16. The monthly Bloomsbury Book Fair on Sunday, 9th October will welcome some dealers from the Ephemera Society, alongside all our regular exhibitors. Expect books, maps, prints, ephemera, photographs, posters, bookbinders and more! A veritable treasure trove for all collectors with items available in all price ranges from a few pounds to thousands! Full detail including the latest Exhibitor List on the website.  Add a comment

27.09.16. As usual there will be 1000s of quality secondhand & antiquarian books, postcards and ephemera on offer at Churchdown Book Fair is on Sunday 2 October. Of particular note are items relating to the designer Enid Marx and antiquarian and early books offered by Stephen Rench  Add a comment

26.09.16. Menai Bridge Book Fair on Saturday 8th October will offer fifty tables of books in English and Welsh. Old, new and antiquarian - some prints, postcards, collectables - with the emphasis on books about Wales or in Welsh.  Add a comment

26.09.16. The Summer has gone and Christmas is inexorably looming, so it's now time to think about, and buy, Christmas Presents. The Inaugural ABA Grasmere Book Fair on October 8th gives you that opportunity!  Add a comment

24.09.16. The Family & Local History Fair in Hungerford on October 23rd is not a book fair as such, but most dealers and societies sell all sorts of historical books, many of them secondhand or out of print and not available in 'regular' book shops.  Add a comment

21.09.16. The Glasgow Botanic Gardens Book Fair which runs from Friday 23rd to Monday 26th September coincides with the Byre Road Book Festival, so it is well worth a visit to the West End of Glasgow this weekend.  Add a comment

21.09.16. This month's Bloomsbury Book, Ephemera & Postcard Fair on Sunday, 25th September apromises to be a bumper event, we have 60 dealers selling a wide array of material. Whether you love books, collect ephemera, love to search out postcards, maps, prints, photographs or posters, the fair really will have something for you! With items available in every price range, from a few pounds up, the fair really is a collector's paradise! Full details on the website.  Add a comment

19.09.16. INK LDN is a new international antiquarian book and art fair in London with an emphasis on luxury and quality. INK LDN brings together 25 of the most significant and respected European and American dealers in rare books, art works, and manuscripts, for a two-day event on October 21st & 22nd.  Add a comment

18.09.16. The Dublin Book Fair on Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd October will feature established booksellers from all over England, Scotland and Ireland, including Maggs Brothers and Foster's Bookshop from London, Mark Skipper from Cheltenham, P & B Rowan of Belfast, Jerry Kelleher from Kildare, Joe Collins and Stoney Road Press of Dublin and William Cowan Books from Oban in Scotland. Full details on the website.  Add a comment

15.09.16. Sherborne's regular Book Fair returns to the Digby Memorial Church Hall on Saturday September 17th, for the first Quarterly Fair since its change from a monthly basis. ... more  Add a comment

10.09.16. I'm away in the wilds of Wales, so no news or updates until Friday September 16th.  Add a comment

10.09.16. The annual York National Book Fair - the largest in Europe and now in its 42nd year - opens next Friday September 16th in the Knavesmire Suite at York Racecourse. The fair will feature the largest ever number of exhibitors, with more than 220 leading dealers offering rare, antiquarian, unusual and hard-to-obtain items on all conceivable subjects. Highlights of what's on offer can be found here along with complimentarty tickets and the full event details.  Add a comment

10.09.16. William Tyler, 70, is semi-retired after a distinguished career as an historian and teacher, including at the City Lit in London. He has donated 1,500 books, many on the history of Essex and Suffolk, to the NSPCC Book Fair in Colchester on October 29th & 30th ... more  Add a comment

7.09.16. Expect a bumper Bloomsbury Book Fair on Sunday September 11th after the quieter summer months. We have dealers in all types and genres of books, including:  collectable, rare, out of print, antiquarian, fine bindings, first editions and more! We also have ephemera specialists, bookbinders, auctioneers, and map and print specialists. Full details are on the website.  Add a comment

5.09.16. RIP Mike Abrahams - Lichfield Bookdealer and long-time organiser of the Lichfield Book Fair. Updated with funeral details ... more  Add a comment

5.09.16. The seccond Nottinghamshire  Book & Postcard Fair of the year takes place on Sunday October 2nd, expect up to 20 dealers with a wide selection of secondhand books, maps and ephemera.  Add a comment

2.09.16. This year's Friends of Nonsuch Book Sale is being held on October 15th & 16th, with thousands of fiction and non-fiction books for sale plus children's books. Admission is free and all proceeds go towards the restoration work.  Add a comment

28.08.16. Sheila Eames is organising a brand new book fair at Newington in Kent and the first of 3 dates this year is October 8th. It's being held in the 12th century Grade 1 Church and is limited to 14 tables. If you are interested in standing, give her a call on 01795 844 239.  Add a comment

28.08.16. Steve Newman advises us that the date of the Theydon Bois Transport Book Fair has been changed from October 1st to October 8th, due to a to clash with related events.  Add a comment

24.08.16. Spend a thoroughly enjoyable day browsing 1,000’s of interesting, unusual and rare items at Bloomsbury Ephemera, Book & Postcard Fair on Sunday 28th August. Prices range from a few pounds up, so there is something for everyone and every budget, whether you are starting out collecting, or an avid collector looking to add to your collection. Full details on the website, and phone Kim on 01707 872140 for any late availability.  Add a comment

22.08.16. Janette Ray urges students to attend York National Book Fair and stresses the range of items and prices available. ... more  Add a comment

21.08.16. Stratford upon Avon Book Fair will be held on Saturday August 27th at King Edward VI School, just round the corner from New Place in the heart of the town ... more  Add a comment

21.08.16. Gerrards Cross Book Fair in South Buckinghamshire on September 10th, is one of the largest and longest running independent book fairs in the country. The fair, now under the management of Richard Frost, is held 5 times a year ... more  Add a comment

21.08.16. Steve Marshall (who used to own Pantiles Bookshop and now of Goudhurst Bookshop) and has organised the Tunbridge Wells Book Fair for 10 years, is to hand over the running of the event to well known local book store Halls Bookshop in Chapel Place from next year ... more  Add a comment

19.08.16. I'm sorry for the late notice but the organiser has just told me that the Sandwich Book Fair on August 20 and November 19 are both CANCELLED.  Add a comment

16.08.16. An enjoyable day out in Bakewell is on offer for all book lovers on Saturday 20th August at the PBFA fair.
    25 bookdealers will be exhibiting with a wide range of material - local topography, military, children's and illustrated, natural history. industrial, agriculture, crime fiction, maps and trade catalogues are just some of the specialities on offer with much more besides.
    Bakewell itself is one of the most attractive towns in the Peak District. The venue at the Agricultural Business Centre is surrounded by car parks and is only 3-4 minutes walk over the bridge into the town centre.  Add a comment

14.08.16. The Aviation & Aerospace Book Fair at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London on September 19th will have a big selection of secondhand and new books on sale from the National Aerospace Library (donations), The Aviation Bookshop, Grub Street Publishing, Paladwr Press and others.  Add a comment

14.08.16. Do you want to raise the profile of your book fair by writing about it in our news section? Short on ideas of what to say? Have a look at our Crib Sheet for Fair Organisers.  Add a comment

12.08.16. An ancient map of Angus, possibly the oldest in existence, is set to be a star attraction at Scotland's largest one-day book fair at Glamis on Saturday August 13th ... more  Add a comment

10.08.16. This month's Bloomsbury Book Fair on August 14th welcomes some specialist Military Dealers alongside all our usual exhibitors. Expect items for sale from a few pounds up, across a whole range of subjects and specialisms, not only books, but maps, prints, ephemera, photographs and more! Full details on the website.  Add a comment

7.08.16. The inaugural ABA Grasmere Book Fair will be held on Saturday 8th October and Sunday 9th October at Grasmere Village Hall. Throughout the fair there will be events and activities at The Wordsworth Trust, including the opportunity to view treasures from the collection, an exhibition of early illustrated Lake District guidebooks and the launch of a new illustrated version of Wordsworth's The Prelude. More details to follow.  Add a comment

3.08.16. If you are planning to visit Churchdown Book Fair on Sunday August 7th, Gloucester Marathon may affect your journey there (part of the B4063 will be closed between 9.00 and 10.000). Here are details of the route and which roads will be closed.  Add a comment

31.07.16. On July 15th & 16th exhibitors from the ABA and the PBFA set out their stalls in Brunel's magnificent old station in Bristol. Whilst the number of dealers exhibiting and the take was down on last year, the organisers felt that the 25% increase in the number of paying visitors showed that they were attracting new potential customers. Indeed, many young people were attending their first book fair. And it's not unreasonable to assume that drop in takings was at least in part down to the current economic uncertainty and a cautiousness about committing to expensive purchases. Fair managers Will Goodsir and Graham York remain enthusiastically committed to the venue and belive the fair can really build into something special, provided the trade can be persuaded to support it.  Add a comment

27.07.16. The next Bloomsbury Ephemera, Book & Postcard Fair is on 31st July and with over 50 exhibitors displaying a whole plethora of material there is something for everyone, whatever you collect. Doors are open from 9.30 until 3pm, admission is £1.50. Come treasure hunting all day, or divide your time by spending time in London with all that the captial has to offer! Full details on the website. For any late availability contact Kim: Tel: 01707 872140.  Add a comment

22.07.16. Wimbledon is over and the Olympics a month away, the great British Summer is here and it is time once again for the annual Ilkley Book Fair. Over 40 dealers will be bringing the usual varied and attractive selection of stock - including local history, natural history, illustrated items, detective fiction, modern first editions, children’s books, art, architecture and much more  Add a comment

16.07.16. I'm out of the office until 22nd July - so no news or updates until then.  Add a comment

14.07.16. Etc Fairs has passed the organising and running of the Gerrards Cross Book Fair over to Richard Frost, organiser of the long-established Berkhampsted Book Fair, which is held 7 times a year. The fair will continue as usual, the next fair being September 10th. All enquiries should be directed to Richard on 01442 862011 or email.  Add a comment

11.07.16. Do you want to raise the profile of your book fair by writing about it in our news section? Short on ideas of what to say? Have a look at our Crib Sheet for Fair Organisers.  Add a comment

6.07.16. ETC Fairs has two events this coming weekend, starting with the Gerrards Cross Book Fair which takes place on Saturday 9th July. A popular fair in a great location, a good mix of dealers, ample free parking and on site café. What more could a visitor want? This is followed on Sunday 10th July by the Bloomsbury Book Fair in London with dealers in books, ephemera, maps, prints, bookbinders and more! We welcome exhibiting members from the Ephemera Society this month so there’s plenty of treasure hunting to be done! Full details on the website or for any late availability phone Kim 01707 872140.  Add a comment

4.07.16. The Bristol Book Fair returns to The Passenger Shed for its second year, bringing together dealers in old, rare, vintage and secondhand books, maps, manuscripts, ephemera and more from all around the UK, on all subjects and to suit all budgets. Whether you are a keen reader looking to expand your collection, or a seasoned collector searching for one elusive title to complete your library, the Bristol Fair is well worth a visit. Full event details, free tickets and highlights here.  Add a comment

2.07.16. Man pleads not guilty to murder of Oxford book dealer Adrian Greenwood ... more  Add a comment

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

22.06.16. At the Bloomsbury Book, Ephemera & Postcard Fair on Sunday 26th June more than 55 dealers will display a whole plethora of material, from a few pounds upwards. Whether seeking that rare book, elusive piece of ephemera or postcard we have plenty to keep you hunting for hours! We are open from 9.30 until 3pm, so you can come all day or combine your visit with a day out in the capital. Full details are on our website, for any late availability phone Kim on 01707 872140 for any late availability  Add a comment

19.06.16. Sidney Blackmore organised the first fund-raising book sale for the Holburne Museum Friends in the summer of 1976. He little thought that he would be collecting, sorting and pricing forty years on! This year's event has everything from paperback fiction to learned tomes. Experts on books and antiques will offer (from 2.00 - 4.00 pm) appraisals of your treasures. There will also be stalls and sideshows, tombola and a silent auction. In fact, something for everyone!  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

12.06.16. Due to my absence last week, I've only just had time to look at the reports of the ABA & PBFA London Summer Fairs. Both fairs overlaped again with the Bank Holiday Weekend but the negative effect on takings was not as pronounced as in 2014, with the ABA down 10% on 2015 and the PBFA just 3%. The ABA total take was £3.2 million and the PBFA £627,543 with both organisations reporting a continuing rise in the median average. Visitor numbers to the ABA event were up 8.6% on the Thursday but fell on the other two days making an overall drop of 5.3%. The PBFA visitor numbers were up, with between 1,600-1,700 on Friday, although Saturday was somewhat quieter.  Add a comment

10.06.16. The Holst Birthplace Museum in Cheltenham are holding a Vintage Clothes and Book Sale on July 9th. The Museum will be turned into a vintage emporium with sellers of clothes and second-hand books from the 1920s-50s, as part of the exhibition 'Gustav'sGramophone.'  Add a comment

4.06.16. I'm out of the office until June 10th, so no further news or updates until then.  Add a comment

4.06.16. The Blackheath and Greenwich Amnesty Book Sale returns for its 42nd year on Saturday 18 June at the Church of the Ascension. This is a regular event, much loved by the local community and buyers from further afield. The church is filled with over 10,000 high-quality books at low prices.  Add a comment

31.05.16. Farnham Book Fair on July 3rd will see around 30 exhibitors, with specialists in children's collectable fiction, modern firsts, military, and natural history - plus a good selection from other subject areas and books for the casual reader - with prices from £1 to a few hundred pounds. This month's fair is back in the main hall allowing more exhibitors and space for viewing than at the April fair and there are a few fresh faces on the exhibitor list ... more  Add a comment

29.05.16. On the 4th June at Long Melford you will not only find the usual well supported book fair with regular exhibitors offering a vast selection of books, including antiquarian, natural history, folio society, children's, local history, crime fiction and much more, but you will also find a large number of Observers, Warne's and Wayside books. These later categories will be offered for sale by members of the Observer Books Society. They will be taking over the stage area for a fair within a fair. Full details on the website.  Add a comment

26.05.16. The Bloomsbury Summer Book, Ephemera & Postcard Fair at the Royal National Hotel on Sunday May 29th rounds of London book fairs extravaganza, with over 70 dealers spread across the Galleon and Ellis Suites. Expect dealers in rare, antiquarian and secondhand book plus some of the country's finest ephemera specialists as well as postcard dealers with a whole plethora of items for sale. With so much on offer we guarantee you won't be disappointed! Full details on the website.  Add a comment

26.05.16. Martin Aldred reports that the Christian Aid Book Sale in St John's Wood last weekend raised £1,305.00.  Add a comment

23.05.16. The 2016 London Summer Fairs Season continues on Thursday May 26th with the opening of the ABA International Antiquarian Book Fair at 2.00 pm. A full list of all the remaing events can be found here.  Add a comment

23.05.16. Many thanks to Tim Kitchen for reporting the resurrection of the Paperback & Pulp Book Fair at the Royal National Hotel, Bloomsbury, on Sunday October 30th. Last held in 2012, let's hope that new fans of all things vintage embrace its reincarnation with open arms.  Add a comment

19.05.16. A "very scarce" signed novel by A Clockwork Orange's author Anthony Burgess, which was pulped following libel action, is just one of a host of rare titles on offer at the London ABA International Antiquarian Book Fair on May 27-28 ... more  Add a comment

18.05.16. The Bloomsbury Summer Book Fair on Sunday 22nd May 'kicks-off' London Fairs Week where the capital plays host to several important fairs of antiquarian, rare, secondhand and generally collectable books. Come immerse yourself in this annual bonanza over 130 exhibitors from all over the UK, USA, Europe and further afield! The website has a detailed exhibitor list with all specialisms and contact details and this week sees dealer highlights being uploaded regularly. And don't forget we are back on May 29th with the Bloomsbury Summer Book, Ephemera & Postcard Fair another annual event with much more diversity to suit a whole range of collectors.  Add a comment

17.05.16. The 2016 London Summer Fairs Season runs from Sunday May 22nd to Sunday June 5th, and will see seven distinctly individual events providing an unparalleled opportunity to explore the very best that the world of printed paper has to offer.  Add a comment

15.05.16. The Feed The Minds Book Sale in Norwich is now in its 46th year, with 1,000s of donated books in all genres for sale at St. Andrew's Church from June 8th - 11th  Add a comment

10.05.16. Due to organiser Steve Marshall's continuing health issues the proposed Orpington (Kent) Book Fair planned for the end of November 2016 will unfortunately not go ahead.  Add a comment

8.05.16. A Book & Local Artists Fair is being held at The Python Gallery in Middlesbrough on May 14th. Expect a "regular book fair selling art, local history, esoteric, non-fiction, modern fiction. Also tables taken by local artists & local history groups"  Add a comment

8.05.16. I've just added the Book Sale in Support of Christian Aid at St John's Wood Church, London, on May 21st & 22nd. Expect "thousands of good-as-new, second-hand and old books on every subject."  Add a comment

3.05.16. At the Bloomsbury Book Fair on May 8th the emphasis will be on books (though not exclusively), expect to find the rare and out of print as well as the unusual and collectable. Also have dealers in ephemera, prints and maps, and bookbinders. The fair is a complete one-stop event for all bibliophiles and collectors, you can expect some new dealers exhibiting each month as well as all our regulars. Full details on the website, for any late availability Phone Kim 01707 872140  Add a comment

2.05.16. Exlibris: Ten years of selling books and wearing masks ... more  Add a comment

1.05.16. Do you want to raise the profile of your book fair by writing about it in our news section? Short on ideas of what to say? Have a look at our Crib Sheet for Fair Organisers.  Add a comment

1.05.16. The popular biannual Devizes Book and Postcard Fair on May 7th is held in the Corn Exchange in the centre of Devizes, with the Farmers Market running opposite during the morning. With up to twenty dealers offering antiquarian and secondhand books, postcards, prints, maps, ephemera and children's collectables for sale - there will be something for all interests and budgets.  Add a comment

26.04.16. It's the new PBFA Norwich Book Fair on May 14th and Carolyn Trant who will be exhibiting there has an interesting blog entry about her artist's books on Sir Thomas Browne, a Norwich c17th author and divine. Hugh Aldersey-Williams, an author and journalist who wrote ‘The Adventures of Sir Thomas Browne in the 21st Century’ will be making an appearance.  Add a comment

26.04.16. Murdered book dealer Adrian Greenwood missed by friends at Oxford book fair ... more  Add a comment

24.04.16. As part of the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival, 8 PBFA booksellers are holding a Book Fair in Langmoor Room, Marine Parade on April 30th. As well as books and prints on fossils, geology, local history and topography, there will be books on many other subjects, including art, architecture, industrial archaeology, railways, travel and photography, as well as maps and ephemera.  Add a comment

24.04.16. The PBFA have had to cancel the Alnwick Book Fair on June 11th becauce refurbishments of the venue have overrun and the hall will not be ready in time.  Add a comment

19.04.16. Long Melford Book Fair April 23rd is the place in East Anglia to go to for natural history, childrens annuals, topography, illustrated books, folio society books, antiquarian and much more including postcards. There are 21 exhibitors booked in, so expect a wide range of choice.  To highlight just three items: The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham, 1957, 1st edition with dw £125 (Richard Edwins).The Birds of Egypt by G.E. Shelley, 1872, 1st edition. £435 (John Crawford). The History of Audley End by Lord Braybrooke, 1836 1st edition in half leather binding. £450 (Missing Books). Full details on the website.  Add a comment

19.04.16. The Bloomsbury Book, Ephemera and Postcard Fair on April 24th will feature a wealth of items on sale from a few pounds to the more expensive, rare and collectable - the event really does have something for everyone. With a great mixture including books, maps, prints, ephemera, postcards, posters and photographs the fair is a real eclectic mix for all collectors whatever your interest. Situated in central London travel is easy by train, bus or car - plus you can spend the day enjoying all that the capital has to offer! Full details on the website, for any late availability phone Kim on 01707 872140   Add a comment

17.04.16. The tenth Annual Charity Booksale by ExLibris, the Masked Booksellers starts on Friday April 29th an continues over this and the subsequent weekend. Expect all sorts of fiction and non-fiction including scarce and collectable books, all sold to raise funds for local good causes by Masked Booksellers, with prices from 10p. Even if you can't visit the book sale check out The Federation of Masked Booksellers website for more about the history of this wonderfully eccentric organisation.  Add a comment

11.04.16. I'm out of the office until April 15, so no further news or updates until then.  Add a comment

10.04.16. Oswestry Book Fair on April 16th is a new event to be held on the third Saturday of every month in the Hermon Arts Chapel. Expect everything from £1 books to antiquarian, with a bar and live music from 2pm onwards.  Add a comment

10.04.16. A fabulous copy of the second complete English and most popular seventeenth-century edition of Don Quixote will be exhibited at the Oxford Book Fair on April 23-24 by Peter Harrington - on the weekend of the 400th Anniversary of the death of the author, Miguel Cervantes ... more  Add a comment

10.04.16. Ian Blakemore was a bit late sending us his Keswick Book Fair dates this year but you will find them in the Lake Road Congregational Hall on the last Saturday of the month, starting on April 30th.  Add a comment

6.04.16. Etc Fairs has two events this weekend. Gerrards Cross Book Fair Saturday 9th April is great little fair in a good venue with free parking, cafeteria and books on offer for all - avid collectors, casual readers or just enthusiasts of all things on paper! Sunday 10th April is the regular monthly Bloomsbury Book Fair at the Royal National Hotel. This month a bumper event, with all our regulars, some new faces and we are pleased to welcome some members from the Ephemera Society. Expect over 100 stands full of books, maps, prints, ephemera, photographs, posters, auctioneers and bookbinders. A whole treasure trove of delights! Late availability phone Kim on 01707 872140.  Add a comment

31.03.16. This year's Christian Aid Book Sale at St Andrew’s and St George’s West, Edinburgh, runs from May 14th - 20th. Chris K's advice is that you need to be in the queue before 9.00 on Saturday to stand a chance of buying the best and cheapest items. (last year the sale raised £105,000 for the charity.)  Add a comment

29.03.16. I've recently added Fleur Hepworth's Mayfield Book Fair dates, which this year are May 7th and October 1st.  Add a comment

27.03.16. The annual PBFA Oxford Book Fair on April 23rd & 24th is one of the largest events in the British antiquarian, rare and second-hand book, map, print and ephemera calendar. In 2016 around 100 dealers will offer tens of thousands of rare and collectable items, ranging in price from £2 to £35,000+. In a new venue for 2016, the Oxford Brookes Wheatley Campus offers good national transport links via rail and road, with ample free on-site parking.  Add a comment

24.03.16. The knife sales petition by murdered bookseller Justin Skrebowski's widow results in stricter controls ... more  Add a comment

20.03.16. Farnham Maltings Book Fair Sunday 17th April will see 30 exhibitors, including specialists in children's collectable fiction, modern firsts, military, natural history plus a good selection from many other subject areas, also books for the casual reader and some ephemera, prices from £1 to a few hundred pounds ... more  Add a comment

20.03.16. This Year Taunton Baptist Church are holding their annual Charity Book Sale to raise funds for Christian Aid on April 9th. expect thousands of second hand books from 50p each.  Add a comment

16.03.16. The Bloomsbury Book, Ephemera & Postcard Fair on Sunday 20th March will be packed full of exhibitors and you can expect a whole room full of delights! From rare books, unusual ephemera, posters, prints, maps and plenty of postcards! All in one great event! or latest Exhibitor list and lots more information visit the website. For any late availability phone Kim on 01707 872140.   Add a comment

15.03.16. Because the PBFA Bristol Fair has had to change dates from July 8-9 to July 15-16, it now clashes with our Stourhead Book Fair. Unfortunately, the fair manager has made the decision to the CANCEL this fair.  Add a comment

13.03.16. Lewes Book Fair on Saturday March 19th will have as always  over 40 sellers who cover a full range of collectable books with antiquarian, juvenile and topography well represented and at reasonable prices. With the Bow Windows, The 15th Century Bookshop and A and Y Cumming a short walk away from the venue, Lewes is well worth a visit for the serious book buyer.  Add a comment

8.03.16. CB visited the Nottinghamshire Book Fair on March 2nd and writes: "A very enjoyable experience. We travelled more in hope than expectation and I thought that there would be a few amateur dealers with huge piles of old, tatty hardbacks and  greasy, well thumbed paperbacks. On the contrary excellent dealers, some of them familiar to us in the West Midlands. Interesting selection of books but few maps. Very friendly atmosphere and my enthusiasm for attending fairs was renewed."  Add a comment

6.03.16. The popular Fundraising Book Sale at St James South Elmham will be hed on September 24th & 25th this year. Expect thousands of books on every conceivable subject.  Add a comment

6.03.16. This year Gerald Cramp is only been able to organise 1 date for the Sevenoaks Book Fair and it is November 19th.  Add a comment

3.03.16. It's Spring! And the first of the quarterly London Photograph Fairs in Bloomsbury of 2016 is being held on Sunday March 6th.  Add a comment

1.03.16. It's the Bloomsbury Book Fair this coming Sunday 6th March (not the usual second Sunday due to later Easter). At this fair we welcome our Military Friends! Following on from our other successful collaborations the fair will feature all our regular exhibitors, plus specialist military dealers, who will be situated in a dedicated room within the main event. Expect dealers in books, maps, prints and ephemera at one great event and in central London with all that the capital has to offer! Full details on the website, phone Kim on 01707 872140 for any late availability.  Add a comment

29.02.16. I've just been told by the PBFA that the dates of this year's Bristol Premier Book Fair have been changed from July 8-9 to 15-16.  Add a comment

29.02.16. Epsom book fair raised almost £32,000 for local charities in its 15th year last weekend - breaking its fundraising record for the second year in a row ... more  Add a comment

23.02.16. With over 55 dealers at the Bloomsbury Book, Ephemera & Postcard Fair on Sunday 28th February, expect a whole plethora of treasures! Whether you love collecting, reading or treasure hunting come along! You can search out that elusive piece of ephemera, that unusual postcard, or collectable book, there are also maps, prints and much more, the fair has it all! From a few pounds up to thousands there is something for everyone. There may be some late availability phone Kim on 01707 872140. For all other details, including latest exhibitor list visit the website.  Add a comment

22.02.16. Bookseller Justin Skrebowski was stabbed to death by a random man who grabbed a knife from the shelves in Poundland. His widow has started this petition to urge retailers to review how knives are displayed.  Add a comment

21.02.16. Hexham Book Fair on February 28th will feature a mixture of secondhand book traders, locals down-sizing their collections, local publishers, book-binders, postcard sellers and other related stalls.   All profits from the fair go to funding events in the town organised by Hexham Community Partnership.  Add a comment

16.02.16. This year John Cox holding 3 Book & Record Fairs in Stockport, the first of which is on April 3rd, 1 in Manchester on May 1st and 1 in Colwyn Bay on May 14th.  Add a comment

14.02.16. This year's Epsom Charity Book Fair takes place from 18th to 20th of February, with a special dealers' preview on the evening of Wednesday 17 February from 6.00pm to 9.00pm, at Epsom Methodist Church, Ashley Road, Epsom KT18 5AQ. Preview entrance £10. This popular and established sale of donated books is now in its 15th year and as ever, a vast range of carefully sorted, quality books will be on sale (last year in excess of 60,000) with plenty to>interest dealers. The preview gives dealers the opportunity to view and buy books in advance of the crowds on the first day of the sale. Ample town centre parking nearby. Refreshments available. Further information from Jacqui Raggett: 01372 743210, email.  Add a comment

14.02.16. Mike Waites will not be holding a fair at Glasson Dock this year because of the difficulties of finding a suitable date. Last year's fair was successful, so he hasn't shelved the idea of organising one in 2017.  Add a comment

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

4.02.16. Jane Millington has just sent me her Buxton Book Fair dates, the first of which is this Sunday, February 7th.   Add a comment

1.02.16. This year's Save the Children Book Fair in Penkridge, Staffordshire, will be held on February 20th. As usual, this charity event will be enhanced with bookdealers own stalls - and there are still a few available at £10.00.  Add a comment

31.01.16. The Theydon Bois Transport Book Fair date has been moved from the 1st to be 8th of October because the venue was double booked.  Add a comment

31.01.16. Do you want to raise the profile of your book fair by writing about it in our news section? Short on ideas of what to say? Have a look at our Crib Sheet for Fair Organisers.   Add a comment

26.01.16. The Bloomsbury Book, Ephemera & Postcard Fair on Sunday 31st January has proved to be a popular event with over 70 dealers spread across more than 130 tables! A great mix of dealers so something for all collectors, whatever your passion! Situated close to Russell Square station, the event is in a great location, come early and stay all day! Doors open at 9.30 until 3pm. Visit the website for Exhibitor List and lots more information. For late availability phone Kim 01707 872140.  Add a comment

25.01.16. Stratford upon Avon Book Fair comes round again to brighten up the end of January. 23 book dealers, 2 local history societies and a bookbinder will be present at King Edward VI Grammar School on Sunday January 31st from 10.00 to 4.00, with free entry. The fair is held in a spacious sports hall with easy access and plenty of room to browse. In addition to the wide range of books there will also be excellent light refreshments.   Add a comment

18.01.16. I've just added Steve Newman's Transport Book Fair dates for this year, in Barnet, Enfield and Theydon Bois.  Add a comment

18.01.16. Richard Murphy will be holding the first of his monthly 'single seller' book fairs in Falkirk on April 3rd. Richard describes the event as a 'family orientated book fair offering 2,000 books including antiquarian, out-of-print, modern fiction, childrens & young adult non-fiction, postcards & ephemera."  Add a comment

13.01.16. Phill Robbins writes: Sadly I have to report that his daughter has advised me of the sudden death of John Foort of Hatton Warwickshire aged 72.
    John and his wife Rosemary were well known on the Gloucestershire circuit. They stood at Churchdown since its inception and at Ken Fergusons fairs prior to that as well as at Kinver for many years.
    Experts on Observers, Wayside and Woodland and Children's books, many folk bought their first book from them as they were always reasonably priced and had the stock.
    John and Rosemary were at Churchdown on Sunday and so I am surprised and saddened to be writing this, he will be missed. For those who knew him the Funeral will be at St Michaels Church, Claverdon on the 20th of January at 11 am and afterwards at the Falcon Inn. Phill Robbins 01926 494368  Add a comment

10.01.16. Do you want to raise the profile of your book fair by writing about it in our news section? Short on ideas of what to say? Have a look at our Crib Sheet for Fair Organisers.  ... more  Add a comment

6.01.16. The first Bloomsbury Book Fair of 2016 on Sunday 10th January will be the largest monthly book fair in the country - and in it's in London - with all that the capital city has to offer. Whilst the fair primary focus is on books, it will also features strong contributions from some of the country's leading specialists in maps, prints, ephemera, manuscripts and photographs, as well as auctioneers and bookbinders. If you are thinking of exhibiting get in touch, there maybe last minute spaces available - phone Kim on 01707 872140.  Add a comment

5.01.16. Chris Missing of Missing Book Fairs informs us that the book fair to be held at Great Dunmow on the 6th February will be the last one at that venue. Decreasing exhibitor numbers (mainly caused by illness and retirement) combined with an increase in the cost of hiring the hall means that it is no longer financially viable. The February fair will be the 31st held there since fairs started in August 2006. The organiser is trying to recruit as many as possible of those dealers who have occassionaly exhibited there over the last 10 years to join the hardcore of regulars and provide a great last fair for the faithfull customers. Any enquiries to Chris Missing, email, 01245 361609 or visit the website.  Add a comment

3.01.16. Is the new site ok? This might seem like a strange question to ask, but the new site has been live for nearly 4 months and I’m surprised by the lack of feedback. Alice, who knows about these things, says I shouldn’t be: “If it was crap, dad, they would have told you” ... more  Add a comment

3.01.16. Fairs dates are being added regularly to the 2016 calendar - but I'm still waiting for a number of organisers to confirm them - and lots of smaller one-off fairs are only confirmed nearer the time. However, if you visit or exhibit at a fair that you think should be listed here, please contact us. As usual I will list all the late arrivals, here, in this news section.  Add a comment