By using this website you are consenting to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.

In The Press

Smiling book dealer turn page of large old book at London Firsts

Ghetto Work

Posted on 16th September 2022 by TLS

Literary anniversaries, Japanese James Joyce, Booker abashment, Yeats celebrated

View the source

Unseen Bowie, London’s Design Festival And An X-rated Book Fair

Posted on 16th September 2022 by Hero Magazine

To mark its 65th year, London’s Rare Book Fair is turning X-rated. Known for always showcasing a plethora of hard-to-find works of literature, memorabilia and artefacts, the fair is taking over three floors of the Saatchi Gallery across the weekend to focus on the beauty of banned books.

View the source

What’s On This Weekend In London? 16-18 September

Posted on 15th September 2022 by London Planner

The book worms among you may be excited to hear that the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea will be hosting the 65th edition of London’s Rare Book Fair.

View the source

WHAT TO DO AND SEE IN LONDON THIS WEEK 16TH-22ND SEPTEMBER

Posted on 15th September 2022 by The Standard

Being cancelled, in 2022, of course means the end. But for a long time getting your book banned was a sure-fire way of gaining notoriety: call it the forbidden fruit effect.

View the source

ENTERTAINMENT ‘Most Elusive Prize In 20th-Century Literature’ To Be Sold

Posted on 13th September 2022 by Vigour Times

Pom Harrington, owner of Peter Harrington Books, calls it the “perhaps the most elusive prize in 20th-century literature”—the only known copy of The Catcher in the Rye that JD Salinger signed with his childhood nickname, Sonny. The London bookseller is asking £225,000—$263,000—for the edition, which will go on sale later this week at a book fair with a “banned books” theme

View the source

Attention, Phonies: A Rare Signed Edition Of The Catcher In The Rye Is Up For Sale.

Posted on 12th September 2022 by LitHub

Let’s be honest: if you have £225,000 to spend on something as frivolous as a signed copy of The Catcher in the Rye instead of giving it to some nuns at a train station, Holden would definitely have considered you a phony. (“Goddam money. It always ends up making you blue as hell.”) Salinger also apparently “resentful of friends and family cashing in on the success of his 1951 novel” by, say, selling the edition he lovingly personalized.

View the source

The Most Famous Banned Books Of All Time

Posted on 12th September 2022 by Country & Town House

Some of the world's most controversial books are on display at the 2022 edition of Firsts: London's Rare Book Fair

View the source

Rare Signed Edition Of The Catcher In The Rye On Sale For £225,000

Posted on 11th September 2022 by The Guardian

JD Salinger did not want his friends cashing in, so inscribed copy of classic novel is one of the hardest titles for collectors to acquire

View the source

7 Magnificent Events To Know About This September

Posted on 2nd September 2022 by Tatler

Bibliophiles are in for quite the treat this month, with the 65th edition of one of the world’s most esteemed rare book fairs set to take place at Chelsea’s Saatchi Gallery.

View the source

'The Satanic Verses' And 6 Other Books Some People Didn't Want You To Read

Posted on 26th August 2022 by CNN Style

The motive behind this month's attack on Rushdie is still unclear, but the incident "highlights that suppression and censorship of books has been going on for centuries and is still happening today," said Pom Harrington, director of the upcoming Firsts: London Rare Book Fair, which centers around the theme of banned books.

View the source

BEETHOVEN LETTER ON DISPLAY AT RARE BOOK FAIR

Posted on 25th August 2022 by Classical Music

The original autograph letter will go on display next month with a price tag of over £75,000

View the source

Une Lettre écrite Par Beethoven Sera Bientôt Mise En Vente à Londres

Posted on 19th August 2022 by RTBF.BE

Une lettre écrite de la main de Beethoven sera bientôt mise en vente, dans le cadre de la 65e édition de "Firsts", le salon de livre rare de Londres qui se tiendra du 16 au 18 septembre prochains. La librairie In Libris, basée à Vienne, y mettra en vente la missive de la main de Beethoven datée du 23 mars 1812.

View the source

Une Rare Lettre De Beethoven En Vente à Londres

Posted on 18th August 2022 by Diapason

La missive montre le musicien au travail, aux prises avec des délais difficilement tenables...

View the source

Des Livres Interdits Seront Présentés à Firsts : La Foire Du Livre Rare De Londres

Posted on 18th August 2022 by Look Travels

En plus des nombreux exposants de retour, Firsts London accueillera pour la première fois 49 nouveaux revendeurs. Parmi ceux-ci, Sam Fogg, l’un des principaux marchands d’art du Moyen Âge européen, exposera une sélection de manuscrits médiévaux enluminés.

View the source

England’s Firsts London’s 65th Outing Features Historic Banned Books

Posted on 17th August 2022 by Publishing Perspectives

In the run-up to Banned Book Week, the rare book fair Firsts London will feature censorship from past centuries.

View the source

Firsts Book Fair Racks Up Many Extra Dealers

Posted on 15th August 2022 by Antiques Trade Gazette

Firsts: London’s Rare Books Fair has added an impressive 49 dealers to the roster for its 65th edition thanks to an influx of international traders.

View the source

For The Glory Of Books: Firsts London’s Rare Book Fair Returns To The Heart Of Chelsea

Posted on 15th August 2022 by I-M Intelligent Magazine

“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

View the source

Banned Books To Be Featured At Firsts: London’s Rare Book Fair

Posted on 12th August 2022 by Fine Books & Collections

This year’s theme for the Fair ‘Banned Books’ was inspired by the 100th anniversary of the publication of Ulysses - one of the most famous censored books in modern times

View the source

FIRSTS LONDON’S RARE BOOK FAIR ANNOUNCES THEME FOR ITS 65TH EDITION

Posted on 2nd August 2022 by Luxe Beat Magazine

This year’s theme for the Fair ‘Banned Books’ was inspired by the 100th anniversary of the publication of Ulysses – one of the most famous censored books in modern times – but also responds to contemporary conversations around censorship across literature, the media and online.

View the source

More Updates

Check out our blog for updates about the upcoming fair.