The 55th London International Antiquarian Book Fair, which is a haven for collectors and novices alike, will be held at London’s Olympia from Thursday, 24th May to Saturday, 26th May, 2012. This year it has expanded to the bigger than ever and has expanded to the National Hall.
Organised by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (ABA), the world’s premier book Fair attracts over 160 booksellers from around the globe selling illustrated books, manuscripts, fine bindings, maps, prints, photography and associated ephemera, from the genesis of printing in the 15th Century to today.
The Fair is a magnet for collectors with its unparalleled array of books and related material covering a vast range of interests. But, while the Fair prides itself in offering first, rare and fine editions in all areas of literature, the humanities and science, it is also very welcoming to visitors who are not regular collectors.
There are guided tours where you can learn more about the fascinating treasures on display and expert lectures that will give an insight into book collecting and how to start your own collection. It’s the ideal place to dip a toe in the water of antiquarian book buying. There will be special, more family focused events and talks on the Saturday to introduce the ‘digital age’ youngsters to some fascinating books.
For fans of old books, there will also be bookbinding and calligraphy demonstrations and the ABA Roadshow will help you find out more about your own books and manuscripts.
Whether you are sitting on a real literary treasure, you are an expert collector, you are keen to find a first edition of your favourite book or you simply want to add some style to your home with a well-stocked bookshelf, this year’s Fair won’t disappoint you.
Full details of opening hours, location, and travel to Olympia can be found on www.olympiabookfair.com Tickets to the Fair may be purchased on the door for £10 each, £15 for two
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