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 1100-1800; 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

Talks
Wednesday 24th May 1830-2000

Collecting pains: symptoms and remedies for book lovers

The evening will provide a fascinating insight into the rare book trade, past and present. You will discover the company’s long history, meet staff and view highlights from the archive and current stock.

Wine, soft drinks and nibbles will be provided.

Please note, the event will take place on the first floor, which is accessible by stairs.

 

 

40 South Audley Street, London W1K 2PR
Talks
Thursday 25th May 1830-2030

Tattered remnants of lost civilizations, or fixed points in a shifting world?

A public conversation about the future of books, and of the book trades.

Colloquium will begin at 7pm.

There will be a short reception after the colloquium and Maggs will provide some light snacks, soft drinks and wine.

 

 

Maggs Bros Ltd, 48 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3DR
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.

 

         

Senate Room, Senate House, University of London, Malet St, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7HU

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
Thursday 1st June 0930-1100

Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths

Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths. A curator led tour of the British Library exhibition before it is open to the public.

From the fall of Russia’s last Tsar to the rise of the first communist state, this definitive exhibition takes a fresh look at the Russian Revolution 100 years on.

With rarely seen items from both sides of the conflict – from a first edition of the Communist Manifesto to anti-Bolshevik propaganda – this is a unique chance to understand the lesser-known personal stories behind the events that changed the world.

Also on display for the first time, from the British Library’s own archive: Lenin’s handwritten application for a Reader Pass.

Uniting the political and the personal, explore the Russian Revolution’s central characters, most notably Lenin and Trotsky, alongside the tales of ordinary people living through extraordinary times. Did events in Russia in 1917 transform the international landscape forever? Did they shape the world we live in today?

Bringing to life the hope, tragedy and myths of this seismic revolution, discover Russia 1917 – the biggest flame in a world on fire.

£20 per person to include exhibition entry.  Numbers are strictly limited.

The British Library, 96 Euston Rd, Kings Cross, London NW1 2DB
Tours
Saturday 3rd June 12.30pm-1.15pm

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

Auctions

Auctions
Tuesday 23rd May 1800-2000

Forum Auctions Preview Event

Our sale of Important Books and Manuscripts will take place on Wednesday 24th May at the Westbury Hotel in Mayfair. We invite all Rare Book London bibliophiles to a Preview Event on Tuesday 23rd May and very much look forward to welcoming customers old and new where you can browse and meet Forum’s team of specialists over a glass of wine

RSVP  to Poppy Walker

The Westbury Hotel, 37 Conduit Street, London W1S 2YF
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