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Articles and information leading up to the Fair.

The Movies Come to Firsts London

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Sophie Dupré Autographs

4th June 2019

Dealer in autograph letters, historical autographs, manuscripts and much more Sophie Dupré will be bringing a wide range of items from her stock of almost eleven thousand.

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Focus On Beaux Books

30th May 2019

Independent bookseller working in the heart of Hampshire, Clare Trimming of Beaux Books, is dedicated to offering a bespoke selection of the finest books on subjects including fashion and society, photography and design, art and architecture, interiors and lifestyle.

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There will be a host of beautiful, unusual and eccentric but very collectable objects on offer at the Fair this year.

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E McKnight Kauffer (1890 – 1954) was one of the most talented and internationally admired graphic designers of the twentieth century. Once again, Bas Books finds a treasure with E McKnight Kauffer's original gouache 'Revolutionary Flag Bearer' (1925). The other four original advertising designs are held in the Prints & Drawings Collection at the V&A.

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Dealers, photographers and collectors have arrived in London for Photo London at Somerset House which runs from 16 – 19 May so we’re turning our spotlight on the dealers and the photography-related highlights they are bringing to the Fair this year.

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John Wolfson’s Shakespeare’s First Folio (1623), one of the most complete examples of the text in the world, to be displayed in a special exhibition at Firsts - London's Rare Book Fair with charity partner Shakespeare's Globe.

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First time fair exhibitors, The International Society of Bible Collectors (Stand L1), will present 'Collecting the Bible: From Gutenberg to the Jerusalem Chamber'. 

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With just under two months until the curtain goes up, it's with great delight that we can announce that Stephen Fry will open this year's Fair at noon on Friday 7 June.

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Discovery Day at Firsts London Sunday 9th June 1pm - 3pm

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Firsts – London’s Rare Book Fair is the perfect place for bibliophiles to learn about world of rare books from the experienced collector to the curious novice. The fair will feature specialist talks and guided tours on all manner of literary, rare book and collecting themes. Over the coming weeks we will be sharing some of the fascinating topics that will be discussed over the weekend.

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John Atkinson Fine and Rare Books is a family run business located in Harrogate, Yorkshire and run by husband and wife Dr John Atkinson and Lottie Atkinson.

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To mark International Women’s Day on 8 March, we’re celebrating the lives and careers of women in the book trade. Today, we’re in conversation with American-born Laura Massey of London’s Alembic Books.

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Our latest exhibitor profile is ABAA member Imperial Fine Books. We caught up with owner Bibi Mohamed who has been a rare book specialist for over 35 years.

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Shakespeare’s Globe becomes our 2019 Charity Partner and the world’s largest independent marketplace for rare and out-of-print books - Biblio - is our new Official Partner.

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We will be featuring articles about many of our exhibitors in the run up to Firsts London. With the focus in the capital very much on art at the moment as Connect - The Independent Art Fair opens on 29 January, we're delighted to share Michael Schleicher's passion for art books and ephemera related to early 20th century avant-garde.

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