Rare Books London - London's festival of old and rare books – May – June 2017

23rd May - 12th June 2017

Book Fairs

Book Fairs
Sunday 28th May 0930-1500

Bloomsbury Ephemera, Book & Postcard Fair

The Summer Book, Ephemera & Postcard Fair is one of the key events in Etc Fairs annual calendar and an integral part of their summer events having grown in size considerably over the past 3 years. Outside of the ephemera, books and postcards on offer there will be a diverse and eclectic range of other items on available from dealers from all over the UK, Europe and further afield to enthuse collectors from most walks of life whatever their budget.  The fair always draws an excellently diverse selection of browsers, buyers and bibliophiles and booksellers from this country and beyond.

No pre-booking required. £1.50 entry on the door.

 

Royal National Hotel, Bedford Way, London WC1H 0DG
Book Fairs
Thursday 1st June 1300-2000; Friday 2nd June 1100-1900; Saturday 3rd June 1100-1600

ABA London International Antiquarian Book Fair

Now celebrating its 60th year, this major three-day event is one of the largest and most prestigious antiquarian book fairs in the world, showcasing rare, unique and unusual items from 180 leading UK and international dealers.  To celebrate our anniversary and the launch of Rare Books London 2017, the Fair will be running a new “Affordable Collectables” initiative, with books under certain price points highlighted and a special guided tour to introduce them to visitors. Tours on other themes are also available. Visit www.olympiabookfair.com for more information.

 

The Fair is presented and managed by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (ABA), in collaboration with the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB). These internationally recognized badges of excellence guarantee the accuracy of description and authenticity of all items for sale, as well as the professionalism and knowledge of the exhibitors.

Entry is free in 2017.

 

National Hall, Olympia London, Hammersmith Rd, London W14 8UX
Book Fairs
Friday 2nd June 1300 - 1900 Saturday 3rd June 10:00 - 1600.

PBFA London International Premier Book Fair

We are the largest booksellers’ organisation in the world for rare and second-hand booksellers.  Our PBFA London International Book Fair is our flagship book fair featuring over 100 of the world’s best dealers; offering books, maps and ephemera, covering many areas of specialism.  Enjoy looking through the wide and varied stock brought to the fair from the UK and all around the world.

Entrance is £2 but please visit our website www.pbfalondonbookfair.org to download your complimentary ticket, view the exhibitors and highlights of the fair.

ILEC Conference Centre, Ibis London Earls Court Hotel, 47 Lillie Road, London SW6 1UD
Book Fairs
Sunday 4th June 1000-1600

Bloomsbury Summer Book Fair

The largest of the fairs organised by Etc Fairs.

Etc Fairs’ monthly London Book Fairs are held at the Royal National Hotel, Bloomsbury, and run throughout the year. These fairs are extremely popular with dealers and visitors, the Bloomsbury Book Fair is the largest monthly book fair in the UK and attracts some of the UK’s finest specialist dealers.

All fairs have a range of antiquarian books, second hand books, out of print books, maps, prints, postcards,  manuscripts and ephemera on sale, the Bloomsbury Book Fair also has auctioneers  and bookbinders regularly exhibiting.

Visitors, whether they are dealers or  casual collectors, or just enthusiasts about the printed word will find something – all are welcome!

Payment on the door; £2 until 12.30pm, free thereafter.

 

Galleon Suite, Royal National Hotel, Bedford Way, London WC1H 0DG

Talks

Auctions, Talks
Tuesday 30th May 1800-1900

Discovering books and the stories behind them

 

Simon Nuckley, Head of Printed Books and Manuscripts at Chiswick Auctions, and Nicholas Worskett, Consultant in Special Collections, share their experiences in discovering rare and undocumented books in the most unlikely of places. This lecture explores the detective work behind the researching and valuing of books and how stories are uncovered.

Before the lecture there will be a chance to view materials in the Printed Books and Manuscript Auction on 31st May (1000-1800).

 

The lecture is free but ticketed.

 

Chiswick Auctions, 1 Colville Rd, London W3 8BL
Talks
Wednesday 31st May Drinks 1830 - 1930 Lecture 1930-2030

Fleming, Ian Fleming – the author as collector

Jon Gilbert, author of the award-winning Ian Fleming Bibliography, antiquarian book dealer and collector, will enlighten the audience with his insightful knowledge of the Bond author. Not only did Fleming set up The Book Collector 65 years ago, he also managed to create one of the most inspiring book collections. The theme? Books that changed the world.

Lecture preceded by drinks reception sponsored by The Book Collector.

By kind permission of the Institute of English Studies

Places are limited, so do book in advance.

 

         

Chancellors Hall, Senate House, University of London, Malet St, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7HU
Auctions, Talks
2pm Sunday 4th June

The Library of William O’Brien: a short introduction

The library of the Irish judge William O’Brien (1832-1899) is a microcosm of the late nineteenth-century taste for book collecting. There are medieval manuscripts, about 100 incunabula, numerous Aldine editions as well as three Shakespeare folios, a number of sixteenth-century English books and some fine collected works of English literature. This short lecture will introduce both the collector and the collection, which has been undisturbed for over a century. Peter Selley, Sotheby’s auctioneer and head of the English literature and history sales, and Charlotte Miller, specialist in early printing and continental books, will discuss a number of the highlights.

 

There will be time for viewing after the talk.

 
The Book Room, Sotheby’s 34-35 New Bond Street London W1A 2AA
Performance, Talks
Monday 5th June 1330-1430

An Audience with Robert Frew

All your questions about the trade answered with this exclusive opportunity to enjoy a delicious lunch at Orsini in the company of renowned international bookseller Robert Frew.  After lunch, pop into Robert’s shop next door for a browse.

Spaces strictly limited. £25 a head, to include a glass of wine.

 

Ristorante Orsini, 8A Thurloe Place, Kensington, London SW7 2RX

Tours

Tours, Walks
Sunday 28th May 1030-c.1200

Bibliophiles in St James: a walk about obsessive collectors

Obsessive book collectors, eccentric scholars, resourceful publishers and extravagant monarchs. This is a special walk for book lovers through one of London’s most fashionable areas, St James’s, telling its story and introducing some of the remarkable bibliophiles and literary figures who walked the elegant streets. Come and see where Samuel Pepys set his wig alight, the house which inspired the word ‘bibliomania’, the premises of the first sexologist and the only London square designed by a poet.

Guide: Anthony Davis of Booksteps is a book collector and author, educated at Oxford and London universities. He is a Fellow and Trustee of the Society of Antiquaries and a Council Member of the Bibliographical Society, as well as a qualified City of Westminster tour guide who leads tours in London for People Who Love Books.

Free but ticketed. Meeting point confirmed to attendees.

 

St James. Exact meeting point confirmed to Attendees
Tours
Saturday 3rd June 12.15pm-1.00pm

An Introduction to Rare Books

What counts as a rare book?

What makes an old book valuable?

How can I start collecting?

Do you want to know more about the fascinating world of rare books?

 

For the answers to all of the above, come along to the ABA Olympia Book Fair for a free guided Introduction to Rare Books tour.

Lasting about 45 minutes, and led by a rare book specialist, the tour will lead you around the treasures of London’s largest antiquarian book fair.

 

 

ABA Olympia Book Fair, National Hall, Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, London W14 8UX
Tours
Saturday 3rd June 2pm

An Introduction to Rare Books: A Tour for Children

Most people have books at home, but don’t know that books can be rare, or even valuable.

Come and explore the extraordinary world of rare books, from books that are 500 years old to Harry Potter and co.

Led by a friendly and approachable rare book specialist, the tour will last approximately 30 minutes, and finish in the fair cafe.

Afterwards, why not try your hand at printing or book-binding in the LIVE! section of the fair.

Suitable for accompanied children aged 7+.

 

 

ABA Olympia Book Fair, National Hall, Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, London W14 8UX
Tours, Walks
Sunday 4th June 1130-1300 & 1400-1530

Bloomsbury’s lost libraries: a walk through some forgotten book collections

Twenty-first century London contains some of the finest book collections in the world, but what about the libraries that haven’t survived? If you know where to look, London’s streets and alleyways are crammed with the ghosts of libraries past.

Led by the infamous Walking Librarian, Alice Ford-Smith of Bernard Quaritch Ltd, this walk will carry you back through Bloomsbury’s history, to long-forgotten libraries, readers, librarians and collectors. Alice will reveal some of the links between London’s past and present book collections- and the tales of enterprise, transformation, obsession and destruction that are often behind them.

The exact meeting point will be confirmed to ticket-holders.

Generously Sponsored by CILIP Library and Information History Group

 

Russell Square, London WC1B 5BE

Auctions

Auctions, Talks
Tuesday 30th May 1800-1900

Discovering books and the stories behind them

 

Simon Nuckley, Head of Printed Books and Manuscripts at Chiswick Auctions, and Nicholas Worskett, Consultant in Special Collections, share their experiences in discovering rare and undocumented books in the most unlikely of places. This lecture explores the detective work behind the researching and valuing of books and how stories are uncovered.

Before the lecture there will be a chance to view materials in the Printed Books and Manuscript Auction on 31st May (1000-1800).

 

The lecture is free but ticketed.

 

Chiswick Auctions, 1 Colville Rd, London W3 8BL
Auctions
Wednesday 31st May-Sunday 4th June

An exhibition of July sale highlights

 

Highlights will be on show at:

Wednesday 31st May  0930-1630

Thursday 1 June 0930-1630

Friday 2 June 0930-1630

Saturday 3 June 1200-1700

Sunday 4 June 1200-1700

 

For more information contact

Thomas Venning

tvenning@christies.com

020 7389 2255

 

Christie's, 8 King Street, St. James’s London SW1Y 6QT
Auctions
Friday 2nd - Tuesday 6th June

The Library of William O’Brien

The sale features the historic collection of rare books and manuscripts assembled by the Irish judge William O’Brien (1832-1899) in the 1880s and 1890s, including incunabula, Shakespeare folios, Aldines, English and Continental literature, medieval manuscripts and works of science and travel.

Auction in London 7 June 2017
Viewing: 2 June 2017 9am – 4.30pm
3 – 4 June 2017 12noon – 5pm
5 – 6 June 2017 9am – 4.30pm

Contact: Charlotte Miller

020 7293 5893

 

Sotheby's, 34 – 35 New Bond Street, London, W1A 2AA
Auctions, Talks
2pm Sunday 4th June

The Library of William O’Brien: a short introduction

The library of the Irish judge William O’Brien (1832-1899) is a microcosm of the late nineteenth-century taste for book collecting. There are medieval manuscripts, about 100 incunabula, numerous Aldine editions as well as three Shakespeare folios, a number of sixteenth-century English books and some fine collected works of English literature. This short lecture will introduce both the collector and the collection, which has been undisturbed for over a century. Peter Selley, Sotheby’s auctioneer and head of the English literature and history sales, and Charlotte Miller, specialist in early printing and continental books, will discuss a number of the highlights.

 

There will be time for viewing after the talk.

 
The Book Room, Sotheby’s 34-35 New Bond Street London W1A 2AA