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

June 2019

Book Fairs

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
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. 

Battersea Evolution
Book Fairs
Saturday 8th June 12pm - 7pm Sunday 9th June 10am - 6pm

London Map Fair 2019

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


Wednesday 16th May 6-8pm

Traditional and contemporary perspectives on Bookbinding

The University of London Bibliophiles wish to invite you to a panel discussion which will explore a range of traditional and contemporary perspectives on book binding.

In conjunction with Birkbeck’s Arts Week and the Designer Bookbinders, the panel will be comprised of those who work in the industry and the individuals who collect fine bindings. The discussion will explore various perspectives on book binding and will examine the role of book-binding in the modern age.

The panel will be chaired by the President of the UoL Bibliophiles and will be followed by a drinks reception, sponsored by the Private Libraries Association.

The event is free but prebooking is essential.

Room 106, 1st Floor, 43 Gordon Square, Bloomsbury, London, WC1H 0PD
Wednesday 6th June, 5.30pm

Bloods and Penny Dreadfuls: a tale of sensational Victorian fiction

“Bloods” and “penny dreadfuls” are terms used to describe sensational  penny fiction written principally for the working classes between 1830 and around 1910.  The often gruesome stories concerned criminals, particularly highwaymen, pirates, ghosts, and sensational historical stories.  Nearly all would have been produced in penny parts, issued weekly, with each part of four or eight pages featuring a lurid illustration.  The ‘moral panic’ amongst certain sections of society brought about by these publications can be related to the similar modern condemnation of ‘video nasties’ and ultra-violent computer games. However, the ephemeral nature of the penny dreadful means that many are now exceptionally rare and highly prized. This talk will include a rare opportunity to view some of the Guildhall Library’s own dastardly and morally reprehensible collection.  Not for the easily corrupted!

Tickets are free, but must be prebooked.
Guildhall Library, Aldermanbury, London EC2V 7HH
Tuesday 11th June 6pm - 8pm

Five Minute Books’, Fine Bindings, and The Wind in the Willows: Sir Courtauld Thomson’s Library at Dorneywood

Elisabeth Grass first worked with rare books as a bookseller at Bernard Quaritch Ltd. She is now a freelance cataloguer within the book trade and for National Trust Libraries, and is studying for a doctorate in history at the University of Oxford.

Bedford Room, G37, Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street WC1E 7HU