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We are delighted that actor, writer and book collector Stephen Fry will open this year's Fair when more than 150 dealers from the UK and around the world gather to offer rare and beautiful works including books, maps, manuscripts, art and ephemera.

Friday 7th June: 12pm - 8pm
Saturday 8th June: 11am - 7pm
Sunday 9th June: 11am - 5pm

Battersea Evolution
Queenstown Road London SW8 4NW

Accommodation Plan Your Visit

Exhibitor Highlights



A study in Scarlet.





Jacques-Fabien Gautier d'Agoty

[Sammelband of Three Works]

Events at the Fair


Demonstrations & Activities

Alongside our booksellers, skilled craftsmen will be at work throughout the fair, demonstrating the age-old crafts that go into making a book. Come and watch, and have a go.

Olympia 2017

Specialist Tours

Explore the fair in the company of expert tour guides. Tours range from introductory tours for those coming to their very first book fair, to subject specific explorations led by specialists.

Our Partners

The ABA is proud to partner with Biblio, Official Partner for the 2019 fair. We are also delighted that Shakespeare's Globe is our Charity Partner this year.

With thanks also to Richard Thompson Insurance Brokers for their continuing support.

Firsts - London's Rare Book Fair is the jewel in the crown of Rare Books London, a multi-locational festival celebrating all facets of the rare book in London. For more details visit

Firsts - London's Rare Book Fair is brought to you by the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association under the auspices of ILAB. All booksellers at the fair are committed to dealing at the very highest levels, and their expertise is second to none.

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