With special guest Stephen Fry opening the fair, The Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association’s event is not something you want to miss.
“I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book” – J K Rowling.
All people who love to read know that books can transport you to another place – you can live a thousand times, love a hundred different ways, and experience a whole new world and way of life. Most readers are not only united by this power of storytelling however, they also share a passion for books themselves: they are bibliophiles who see the aesthetic in beautiful books, and love to collect them and display them in their homes.
For those who find themselves nodding along in agreement – yes, that’s me! – Firsts: London’s Rare Book Fair is not to be missed from your calendar.
The fair is being presented in its 62nd edition by The Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association at Battersea Evolution SW8 4NW from 7 to 9 June. It is being opened by actor and bibliophile Stephen Fry, and across the three days leading specialist dealers from all over the world are presenting a breathtaking variety of books, maps, prints, letters and photos from museum-quality works to modern first editions.
Shuttles are running from Sloane Square to the venue, so you don’t have to miss the special exhibition of rare Shakespeare editions staged with 2019 Charity Partner, Shakespeare’s Globe. The exhibit includes a First Folio which is returning to the UK after more than forty years.
Other events include specialist and author talks, demonstrations and activities, specialist tours, and discovery day.
If you’d like to attend the fair, you can do so for free by downloading the complimentary double pass pictured above; either print it out or display it on your phone for your guaranteed entry.
The fair is open from 12pm to 8pm on Fri 7 June, 11am to 7pm on Sat 8 June, and 11am to 5pm on Sun 9 June – it’s not to be missed.