Rare Books London - London's festival of old and rare books – May – June 2017

20th May - 10th June 2018


Performance, Talks
Monday 5th June 1330-1430

An Audience with Robert Frew

All your questions about the trade answered with this exclusive opportunity to enjoy a delicious lunch at Orsini in the company of renowned international bookseller Robert Frew.  After lunch, pop into Robert’s shop next door for a browse.

Spaces strictly limited. £25 a head, to include a glass of wine.


Ristorante Orsini, 8A Thurloe Place, Kensington, London SW7 2RX
Wednesday 7th June from 1000-1600

Rare Books Discovery Day

Do you have an old book you’d like to know more about?  What is really on your bookshelves?

Call into ABA dealers across London for their expert appraisals…


Bloomsbury: Jarndyce Antiquarian Booksellers, 46 Great Russell St, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3PA

Chelsea:  Worlds End Bookshop, 357 King’s Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 5ES

City: Marlborough Rare Books, No 1 St Clements Court, Clements Lane, London EC4N 7HB

Henley:  Jonkers Limited, 27 Hart Street, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 2AR

Way’s Bookshop, 54 Friday Street, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 1AH

Kensington:  Robert Frew Ltd, 8 Thurloe Place, London SW7 2RX

Mayfair:  Heywood Hill, 10 Curzon St, London W1J 5HH

Bernard Quaritch Ltd, 40 South Audley Street, London W1K 2PR

Soho: Francis Edwards, 72 Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0BE

Vauxhall: Unsworth’s Antiquarian Booksellers, 30A Bonnington Square, London SW8 1TQ


All participants are members of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association, the UK’s senior trade organisation for rare booksellers.

Membership of the Association pledges members to

● the authenticity of all material offered for sale ● the expert and proper description of all such material ● the disclosure of all significant defects or restorations ● the clear, accurate and professional pricing of all material ● and the fairness and honesty of offers to purchase





Performance, Talks
Wednesday 7th June 7pm

An Introduction to Johnson

Dr Johnson is most famous for his Dictionary of the English Language, the first comprehensive body of work of its kind, but his prolific output of other writings is less well-known.

Join us for an opportunity to hear excerpts from a selection of Samuel Johnson’s key works, including The Rambler essays, his novel Rasselas and the Preface to Johnson’s edition of Shakespeare, some of which were written whilst pacing these very floorboards. Our curator will guide you through the House, where you will find out more about eighteenth-century London, literature and Johnson’s circle of friends.

Afterwards, enjoy a glass of fino whilst you explore the House on what will hopefully be a warm summer’s evening in the heart of the city of London.


Tickets are £12.50 per person, and are strictly limited.


Doors open at 6.30pm, and the performance will start at 7pm.


Dr Johnson’s House, 17 Gough Square, London EC4A 3DE