If you like old books, you’ll love book fairs. They are a superb opportunity to spend a few hours surrounded by beautiful books, to meet fellow addicts and to add wonderful material to your collection. I sell at fairs from the South Coast to York and you can find my diary here. I sell at the Etc Fairs Bloomsbury Book Fair each month, I sell at the Etc Fairs Book and Ephemera Fair each month and I also sell at PBFA Book Fairs.
At each fair I always have an interesting stock of Victorian publishers’ bindings. In addition to that I bring new stock, manuscript material, maps, original art works and plenty more.
OVER : Sunday 8th October: Bloomsbury Book Fair, Royal National Hotel, WC1H 0DG London. Etc Fairs.
OVER : Saturday 14th October: Lewes Book Fair, Town Hall, BN7 2QS. Featuring the return of the £3-a-book stall. Candidly, I get bored easily and do not like to carry around ‘old’ stock. So I sell it at the Lewes Fair for £3 an item, no matter what it cost and no matter what it’s worth. I’m opposite the door – turn up early and bring a box. Lewes is a great fair in a great town and I’ve been doing it on and off for twenty years, although the £3 a book sale is relatively recent. I absolutely love this fair – great place, great people, great books.
Sunday 29th October: Bloomsbury Book and Ephemera Summer Fair, Royal National Hotel, WC1H 0DG London. Etc Fairs. This has a paperback and pulp fair in the second room, running alongside the usual ephemera, postcards and books. I’ll be in that room this time with a great array of passionate pulps like these...
Saturday 4th November: PBFA Norwich Book Fair. Really looking forward to this one. Norwich is a fine city and the line-up here makes it look like a fine fair. It’s at the Forum, NR2 1TK. Doors are 10.00 – 4.00. If you’re looking for a distinctive, one-of-a-kind gift pop in and solve the problem. You can see a preview of the sort of things you’ll find here.
Sunday 12th November: Bloomsbury Book Fair, Royal National Hotel, WC1H 0DG London. Etc Fairs.
Sunday 26th November: Bloomsbury Book and Ephemera Fair, Royal National Hotel, WC1H 0DG London. Etc Fairs.
Saturday 2nd December: PBFA London Christmas Book Fair, Holiday Inn London, Bloomsbury, Coram Street, London, WC1N 1HT. A very big fair, with over a hundred top dealers – displaying a commensurate number of book-shaped Christmas presents.
Sunday 10th December: Bloomsbury Book Fair, Royal National Hotel, WC1H 0DG London. Etc Fairs.
Sunday 27th December: Bloomsbury Book and Ephemera Fair, Royal National Hotel, WC1H 0DG London. Etc Fairs.
The main PBFA page is here; it has a book fair section. Please note that these fairs are run by the PBFA and all the exhibitors are PBFA members.
Larger PBFA fairs get their own website with exhibitor highlights and I’ll link to them as they become live. Like Norwich, here.
Inprint, as the name does nothing to suggest, is a wonderful website for the lover of out of print books. For over a decade it has been the best online resource for serious book collectors and passionate enthusiasts. It features a huge book fair diary as well as invaluable information about book shops, dealers around the country, auctions and more. You can find it here.