Rare Books London - London's festival of old and rare books – June 2020

June 2020

Book Fairs

Book Fairs
10-14 September 2020, 2PM GMT Launch

Firsts – London’s Rare Book Fair (Online)

The second edition of the ABA’s online fairs, Firsts Online will take place from 10th to the 14th September, going live at 2pm GMT on Thursday. With over 116 international exhibitors from 16 countries, visitors to the website can expect up to 2,000 items to browse and view.

The ‘Exhibitors Highlights’ section will be launched on Thursday at 2pm, visitors will be able to click through to the highlights page and search items by exhibitor, keyword, tag, speciality and price.

Book Fairs
Tuesday 29th September 2020 at 12 noon (UK time)

PBFA Online Book Fair

Particularly concentrating on Modern Firsts, Children’s Fiction, Private Press and Crime/Detective Fiction.

Book Fairs
Friday 21st May 2021 10:00-19:00 Saturday 22nd May 2021 10:00-19:00 Sunday 23rd May 2021 11:00-17:00

Firsts, London’s Rare Book Fair 2021

Firsts, London’s Rare Book Fair returns for its 64th edition, this year finding a new home at Saatchi Gallery, in the heart of West London.

Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York Square, London UK
Book Fairs
Thursday 27th May 2021 12:00-18:00 Friday 28th May 2021 10:00-17:00

PBFA London Antiquarian Book Fair 2021

Over 100 bookseller professionals from across the UK, Europe and North America will be offering their books, maps, prints, photographs, manuscripts and printed ephemera for sale.  Entry is free – all welcome!

ILEC Conference Centre, Ibis London Earls Court Hotel 47 Lillie Road, London SW6 1UD





Sunday 2nd June 11:00am

Bram Stoker, Dracula and Friends

Everyone has heard of Dracula, but his creator, Bram Stoker, is much less familiar.  This is a walk through London’s West End, introducing the story of Stoker’s life in places he knew and visiting places associated with people he was friendly with or who influenced his writing – a remarkable range from Oscar Wilde to WS Gilbert and Arthur Conan Doyle among others.   We explore Stoker’s own vampiric relationship with Sir Henry Irving, the great actor.  We hear about the later history of the book on stage and screen.  And there is a real life murder, the front door of a secret society and a dark alley where we learn the unfortunate influence of gas lighting.

Lyceum Theatre, 21 Wellington St, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7RQ
Sunday 9th June, 11am-12.30pm

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.

This walk will carry you back through Bloomsbury’s history, to long-forgotten libraries, readers, librarians and collectors. Alice Ford-Smith 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.

Meet point: Senate House cloister entrance. Pre-booking essential.

End point: near the Bloomsbury Book Fair, which is free to enter from 12.30pm.