Fairs | March 2010 | Nate Pedersen

Edinburgh Antiquarian Book Fair

The ABA and PBFA joined forces for the sixth annual Edinburgh Premier Book Fair held at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh's New Town.  The fair, which began yesterday and concludes today, saw about 60 dealers exhibiting.

I visited the fair yesterday afternoon, near to closing time, and it was very quiet.  The morning had seen a flurry of activity which died down as the day went on.  I'm happy to say that McNaughtan's Bookshop, where I work, did very well - enough to send me on a run back to the shop to fetch some more books to fill empty shelves.  But overall the fair was rather quiet and opinion of the fair's success amongst booksellers seemed to vary widely.

Today is hoped to be busier.

In the meantime, I'm happily pouring over my two purchases - first editions of the first two volumes in F. Marian McNeill's "Silver Bough" series, a classic, and increasingly scarce, study of Scottish folklore.