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Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association

About the Association

The Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association, or PBFA for short, is a bookselling association based in the UK dedicated to facilitating the trade of rare, out-of-print and antiquarian books through a series of fairs that take place across the country. It is the largest bookselling association in Europe.

The PBFA was founded in 1974 and staged its first book fair in York. Today, the association stages more than 60 fairs stretching from Edinburgh to Edgbaston and Exeter. Books of significance are displayed in smaller towns such as Bakewell in Derbyshire, Stamford in Lincolnshire and Bridport in Dorset. The organization aims to make book collecting fun and accessible. It's common to see maps, prints and a variety of printed ephemera also on offer from PBFA sellers.

The PBFA maintains a code of practice that ensures that items are correctly described and fairly priced. Numerous PBFA booksellers list their books for sale on the AbeBooks marketplace and it's easy to find unusual and fascinating items from these sellers.

A full calendar of fairs is available on the PBFA website. The PBFA also organizes seven larger fairs, called Premier Fairs, in Cambridge, York, Bristol, Oxford, Harrogate, Edinburgh and London.

Featured bookseller

Pendlebury's in Porthyrhyd, Carmarthenshire, Wales. Self-styled as the most unusual bookshop in Wales, Pendlebury's is literally on a hillside in the middle of nowhere - 60 miles from Cardiff and a 4-hour, 206-mile drive from London. Google Maps struggles with this location. Set in a three-acre garden in a forest in the foothills of the Cambrian Mountains, the shop is housed in converted 17th century stone barns. The hamlet of Porthyrhyd is one mile from the A482 which runs between Lampeter and Llanwrda. Visitors are welcome Monday to Saturday and they will be greeted by John Pendlebury and his dog, a white German shepherd, called Holly. "Our stock covers general secondhand and antiquarian books with many gardening and botanical titles dating from 1600 onwards," said John. "We also maintain a stock of about 18,000 theological, philosophical and related academic material. If you don't buy a book then you can always go away with some eggs from our hens."

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