Book Fairs | March 11, 2020

Firsts, London’s Rare Book Fair, Will Honor Dickens This Year, June 5-7

Courtesy of the ABA

London — The Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association’s (ABA) annual flagship event Firsts - London’s Rare Book Fair will be held from Friday 5th - Sunday 7th June in Battersea Park, London. The major three-day event, which is returning for its 63rd year, is one of the world’s largest and most prestigious book fairs with more than 150 exhibitors from 11 countries around the world showcasing rare, unique and unusual works. Visitors will have the chance to view and buy signed first editions, maps, museum-quality manuscripts, art and ephemera and see an exhibition honouring the life and work of Charles Dickens, in the year which marks the 150th anniversary of his death.

Firsts - London’s Rare Book Fair at Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, London, SW8 4NW:
    •    Friday 5th June:  noon – 9pm (£20 admission)
    •    Saturday 6th June: 11am – 7pm (free admission)
    •    Sunday 9th June: 11am – 5pm (free admission)

The Fair includes live demonstrations, talks, tours and the hugely popular Discovery Day where visitors can bring rare books to be appraised by the experts.

To register for complimentary tickets visit:
Prints at Firsts London - NEW
New for this year at Firsts London is a Prints and Multiples section which will bring together an international group of over 15 leading dealers and gallerists who will be holding an exhibition in the mezzanine level. It will draw on the centuries long relationship between the printed word and the printed image to bring together enthusiasts of both bibliographic material and prints, creating a fantastic opportunity for cross-collecting and collaboration between both sectors.

2020 Fair Partners
Firsts London is pleased to announce that international online rare bookseller Biblio is the Official Fair Partner and The London Library is the 2020 Charity Partner.

The London Library will play an essential role in this year’s Fair showcasing Dickens-related work, previously unseen outside of the Library's archives and collections.

As Pom Harrington, Chairman of Firsts London says, “We are thrilled to be partnering with The London Library who’s contributions to the conservation and management of Charles Dickens-related works will be an important and valuable contribution to this year’s Fair; celebrating the life and work of one of the country’s most eminent writers.”