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We were delighted that actor, writer and book collector Stephen Fry opened the 2019 Fair when more than 150 dealers from the UK and around the world gathered to offer rare and beautiful works including books, maps, manuscripts, art and ephemera.

Friday 5th June: 12pm - 9pm
Saturday 6th June: 11am - 7pm
Sunday 7th June: 11am - 5pm

Evolution London, Battersea Park
Queenstown Road London SW8 4NW

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Events at the 2019 Fair

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Specialist & Author Talks

Authors and rare book specialists will provide a variety of talks throughout the weekend, join us on the mezzanine level of the fair.

Demos & Activities

Demonstrations & Activities

Alongside our booksellers, skilled craftspeople will be at work throughout the fair, demonstrating traditional and contemporary crafts that go into making a book. Come and watch, and have a go.

Specialist Tours

Specialist Tours

Explore the fair in the company of expert tour guides. Tours range from an introduction to those visiting a book fair for the first time, to revealing the hidden histories in LGBTQ+ books featured throughout the fair.

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Discovery Day!

For the first time at the fair there is an opportunity to bring your rare books to be appraised on Discovery Day, Sunday 9th June between 1pm and 3pm.


Highlights from The John Wolfson Rare Book Collection

Together with our 2019 Charity Partner, Shakespeare's Globe, we are delighted to be staging an exhibition, Highlights from the John Wolfson Rare Book Collection, on the Mezzanine level.

Our Partners

The ABA is proud to partner with Biblio, Official Partner for Firsts London. We are also delighted that Shakespeare's Globe is 2019 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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