The London International Antiquarian Book Fair is one of the highlights on the rare book calendar. This year's fair begins on Thursday 24 May and continues until Saturday 26 May in the National Hall at the Olympia Exhibition Centre.
Visitors will see rare and collectable books offered for sale from the world’s finest booksellers. The fair showcases a wide range of books and ephemera, stretching from 15th century antiquarian gems to hypermodern first editions.
Organised by the Antiquarian Booksellers Association (ABA) in collaboration with the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), the London International Antiquarian Book Fair has been in business for 55 years.
Many of the booksellers will be familiar to customers of AbeBooks. Bauman Rare Books, Paul Foster, Stephen Foster, Robert Frew, Adrian Harrington Rare Books, Peter Harrington, Jonkers Rare Books, Maggs Bros., Bernard Quaritch, Royal Books, Bernard Shapero, Sims Reed, Peter L Stern and Voyager Press Rare Books are just a handful of the 140+ exhibitors.
Friday 25 May features several lectures:
Visitors will see many collectable treasures, including the original illustrations for Roald Dahl’s Danny, Champion of the World, a handwritten account of Martin Chuzzlewit, a first edition of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service signed by Ian Fleming, a signed expense account for the Sex Pistols from their last gig, a copy of Nicholas Nickleby signed by Charles Dickens, a pocket volume, 30-volume set of The Works of Charles Dickens in a custom-made presentation cabinet (pictured at right), a first edition of The Waves by Virginia Woolf and first editions of The Hound of the Baskervilles, Great Expectations, Origin of Species, Peter and Wendy and The Little Prince.