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The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association looks forward to welcoming visitors to Firsts, London's Rare Book Fair from 21-23 May 2021. Marking the 64th edition of the fair, the event historically attracts over 120 exhibitors from over 15 countries around the world.

We are very lucky to have this kind of fair… it’s not elitist, it’s not specialist, you don’t have to be a scholar, you just have to be someone with an immense thirst for the glory of books.” Stephen Fry, actor, writer and book collector

Friday 21st May: 11am - 7pm
Saturday 22nd May: 11am - 6pm
Sunday 23rd May: 11am - 5am


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Exhibitor Highlights

Hernandez Opera Mexican plants binding copy

Hernández, Francisco; Gomez Ortega, Casimiro

Medici atque Historici Philippi II. Hisp. et Indiar…...

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Bertelli, Francesco

Bertelli, Carnevale

Our Partners

The ABA is proud to partner with Biblio, Official Partner for Firsts London.

Our 2020 Official Charity Partner is The London Library.

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

Firsts London 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

It is presented 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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