Book Fairs | August 4, 2017

Early Details for the 41st Boston Antiquarian Book Fair, Nov. 10-12

BOSTON, MA - The annual fall gathering for booklovers, the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair, will return to the Hynes Convention Center in Boston’s beautiful Back Bay for its 41st year, November 10-12, 2017. More than 120 dealers from the United States, England, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Denmark, Argentina and Australia will exhibit and sell a vast selection of rare, collectible and antiquarian books, as well as illuminated manuscripts, autographs, maps, atlases, modern first editions, photographs, and fine and decorative prints.   

One of the oldest and most respected antiquarian book shows in the country, the event offers the top selection of items that are available on the international literary market. Whether you are buying or just browsing, the Fair offers something for every taste and budget—books on art, politics, travel, gastronomy, and science—to sport, natural history, literature, music, children’s books, and an increasing representation of graphic and art works on paper.

The Fair gives visitors the opportunity to see, learn about, and purchase the finest in rare and valuable books and ephemera. Attendees who want to start collecting without breaking the bank can browse the booths of select dealers offering “Discovery” items priced $100 or less and attend a “Discovery” panel on Saturday to learn tips for starting a personal collection.  

Tickets are $20 for Friday night’s exclusive Opening Night preview event, an opportunity for the public to get a first look at items for sale at the Fair, and admission is free on Saturday and Sunday.

“We were so thrilled with last year’s attendance, that we’ve decided to continue to offer free weekend admission at this year’s event,” says show producer Betty Fulton. “We especially saw an increase in younger audiences, who are discovering that holding a book with an amazing history in their hands is a uniquely satisfying experience.“

Seminars and events will be featured throughout the weekend, including the annual Ticknor Society Collectors’ Roundtable. More events will be announced in early fall, and folks can visit for up to the minute details.

Friday, November 10           5:00-9:00pm           Tickets: $20.00 - Opening Night

Saturday, November 11     12:00-7:00pm          Free Admission
Sunday, November 12       12:00-5:00pm         Free Admission

Hynes Convention Center
900 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 

The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair is sponsored by the New England Chapter of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America. A portion of the ticket sales will benefit the Boston Public Library and the American Antiquarian Society. Tickets will be sold online at and at the show’s box office during Friday evening show hours. For more information, please visit or call 617-266-6540