Rare Books London - London's festival of old and rare books – June 2019

June 2019

Book Fairs

Book Fairs
Sunday 19th May 2019 10:00am

ETC Bloomsbury Book Fair (May)

During the Summer Etc Fairs run special editions of their Bloomsbury Book Fair as part of Rare Books London.


Royal National Hotel Bedford Way London WC1H 0DG
Book Fairs
Sunday 2 June 11am - 4pm (10am entry for members with membership cards)

Ephemera Society Fair

A window into the past for both the curious and the collector — find rare, unusual and historic paper items, priced from £2 to over £2000. A huge range of ephemera will be on display. The fairs will be on for one day only so make a note in your diary now!

Entry £3

Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury, Coram Street, London WC1N 1HT
Book Fairs
Thursday 6th June 12noon - 7pm and Friday 7th 10am - 7pm

PBFA London International Premier Book Fair

Over 90 book dealers from the UK, Europe and US will be offering books, maps, prints, photographs, manuscripts and printed ephemera with prices to suit book hunters and large and small.

ILEC Conference Centre, Ibis London Earls Court Hotel 47 Lillie Road, London SW6 1UD
Book Fairs
Friday 7th June 12pm - 8pm Saturday 8th June 11am - 7pm Sunday 11th June 11am - 8pm

Firsts – London’s Rare Book Fair

The ABA’s annual flagship event and one of the most prestigious rare books fairs in the world, will be staged in beautiful Battersea Park. 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 more than 170 leading UK and international dealers, Firsts – London’s Rare Book Fair is the jewel in the crown of Rare Books London. Specialisms range from unique manuscripts to fiction, world travel to cookery. Also enjoy expert guided tours, temporary exhibitions and Live! – where book related specialists come to provide workshops and talks.


Entry is £20 for Two on opening day, Friday 7 June.

If you provide your first and last name, and your email address, you can register for a free Ticket for Two for use on any of the three days of the Fair. Simply go to our website to register for free tickets.



22/05/2019 5:30 pm - 7:30pm

London Old and Middle English Research Seminar (LOMERS)

The seminar aims to include contributions from both leading medievalists and from new members of the London medievalist community, to encourage participation from graduate students, and to range as widely as possible within the fields of Old English and Middle English studies. The selection of topics offers a balance of detailed analysis and more general theoretical / methodological or historical discussion. The seminar fosters a friendly spirit of collaboration among London medievalists and is an essential and vital forum where London medievalists can meet, exchange ideas, and keep abreast of current trends in medieval studies.

Room 243, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
4th June 2019, 17.30-19.30

Library of Richard Houldsworth (1590-1649)

Dr Jean-Pascal Pouzet of the University of Limoges discusses the Library of Richard Houldsworth

One of the few Masters of Emmanuel College Cambridge, before the late 20th century, to have been elected from outside the College. Richard Holdsworth was a Fellow of St. John’s from 1613.

Holdsworth – academic, preacher, theologian and bibliophile – bequeathed his entire library to the University of Cambridge. This bequest represented a harvest of book-collecting over some 40 years, comprising more than 10,000 volumes (some 185 manuscripts, 215 incunables and 9,695 printed books). On its arrival in 1664, this amounted to a second foundation of Cambridge University Library, but it has barely been studied at all. This presentation offers a survey of current research on the collection, together with the first tangible results on Holdsworth’s manuscripts, set within a broader frame of reflection about the process of bibliographical and bibliophilic creation.

This talk will be held at Lambeth Palace Library, London SE1 7JU. Admittance not before 5.15 p.m. via the main gatehouse of Lambeth Palace. A meeting of the University of London research seminar on the History of Libraries, in association with the Friends of Lambeth Palace Library. All are welcome, but for security purposes those wishing to attend should send their names in advance tomelissa.harrison@churchofengland.org no later than Friday 31 May.

The History of Libraries Research Seminars seminars are jointly sponsored by the Institute of English Studies, the Institute of Historical Research, the Warburg Institute and the Library & Information History Group of CILIP.

Great Hall of Lambeth Palace, London SE1 7JU
4 June 2019, 5.30pm - 7.30pm

History of Libraries Seminar

Dr. Jean-Pascal Pouzet (University of Limoges) on the Library of Richard Houldsworth (1590-1649).

Great Hall of Lambeth Palace, London SE1 7JU
Saturday 8th June

“‘Unreal City’: Journey to the dark side of London”

“Unreal City” is the new art photography book by international award winning photographer Adriaan van Heerden. “Unreal City” is a photographic conversation with “The Waste Land”, T.S. Eliot’s modernist poetic masterpiece. The book comprises 85 black and white photographs (accompanied by lines of text from the poem) which present London as if it were the waste land. The book reflects many of the themes of the poem: a feeling of alienation; the failure of people to connect meaningfully; the cruel demands of the City; the failure of religion to provide comfort in this broken world; and the apparently unbridgeable divide between rich and poor.

Join Adriaan and the book’s designer, Claire Parsons Brown, on a journey through this exciting and important project, and discover how Adriaan set about translating Eliot’s words into pictures nearly 100 years after they were written. Claire will provide a first hand view of how the choice of font, papers, design elements and printing process helped to bring the ideas behind the book to life. A 45 minute presentation will be followed by a 15 minute Q&A session.

Firsts - London's Rare Book Fair, Battersea Evolution, Queenstown Road, London SW8 4NW