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 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! Email organiser: info@pbfa.org

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 9th June 11am - 5pm

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.

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, 1 Kensington Gore, Kensington, London SW7 2AR
Book Fairs
Sunday 9th June 10-15.30

ETC Bloomsbury Summer Fair

Run by Etc Fairs,  The Bloomsbury Book Fair is the largest monthly book fair in the UK and attracts some of the UK’s finest specialist dealers. The Summer Fair is the largest of the year, offering a range of antiquarian books, second hand books, out of print books, maps, prints, postcards,  manuscripts and ephemera on sale.



Admission Fee:
£2 until 12.30pm,
free thereafter

Galleon Suite, Royal National Hotel, Bedford Way, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0DG
Book Fairs
Sunday 9th June 1pm - 3pm

Discovery Day at Firsts London

An opportunity to bring your rare books appraised at Firsts London’s Discovery Day on Sunday 9th June between 1pm and 3 pm. Bring along up to 5 items and show them to our leading experts, whether it’s a favourite book from your childhood or a historic map or photo found hidden in the loft. From Harry Potter to Hippo at the End of the Hall our experts are on hand to reveal the hidden value of your special treasure.

Simply sign up for tickets at firstslondon.com/tickets and book your place on EventBrite.


Photograph by Iona Wolff