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

June 2020

Book Fairs

Book Fairs
Sunday 31st May 2020, 11:00-16:00 (10:00 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!

All welcome
Early admission for members from 10am with membership card
Entry £3

Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury, Coram Street, London WC1N 1HT
Book Fairs
Thursday 4th June 2020 12:00-18:00 Friday 5th June 2020 10:00-17:00

PBFA London Antiquarian Book Fair

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
Book Fairs
Friday 5th June 2020, 12:00-21:00 Saturday 6th June 2020, 11:00-19:00 Sunday 7th June 2020, 11:00-17:00

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 returning to Evolution London in the heart of Battersea Park, in 2020 for a third time. 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 150 leading UK and international dealers, the 2020 edition of Firsts London will honour the life and work of one of the country’s most eminent writers, Charles Dickens, in the year which marks 150 years since his death.

Information on how to acquire tickets will be announced in the coming weeks.

Battersea Evolution, Chelsea Bridge Gate, Battersea Park, Queenstown Road, London SW8 4NW
Book Fairs
Saturday 6th June 2020, 12:00-19:00 Sunday 7th June 2020, 10:00-18:00

London Map Fair 2020

The largest Antique Map Fair in Europe, established 1980.

This event brings together around 40 of the leading national and international antiquarian map dealers as well as hundreds of visiting dealers, collectors, curators and map aficionados from all parts of the world. A very large selection of Original Antique Maps will be available for sale, ranging in age from the 15th C. to the 20th C., covering all parts of the world and priced to suit all pockets: from £10 to £100,000.

Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, Kensington, London SW7 2AR (Entrance Exhibition Road)





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.