Book Fairs | April 16, 2013

London’s Book Fair Week in June

LONDON — Seven fairs displaying Rare Books, Maps, Photographs and Ephemera have come together to set up the first London Book Fair Week from Saturday, 8th to Sunday, 16th June 2013. This is the first time all the fairs organisers have joined together to create a major event for both trade and public by holding all the major summer fairs in one week.

This will make it the biggest celebration of Print-on-Paper in the World — with seven different fairs in nine days. The fairs will be offering antiquarian and rare books, maps, manuscripts, prints, posters, ephemera and photographs.

A specially designed Book Fair Week ticket will be available, which means that visitors just need this single ticket to find out about the fairs — and the joint ticket will give entry to most of them FREE of charge.

The London International Antiquarian Book Fair at Olympia, organised by the ABA (Antiquarian Booksellers' Association) is the flagship event of the week, taking place from the 13th-15th June, with the PBFA London International Summer Antiquarian Book Fair down the road at Earl's Court on Friday and Saturday 14th -15th. There will be a FREE shuttle bus service between the Olympia and the PBFA fairs.

London Book Fair Week kicks off with the London Map Fair at the Royal Geographical Society on the 8th and 9th June — a must for all those with a keen interest in maps, collectors and novices alike. Bloomsbury is worth a trip on Sundays, with both the Ephemera Society London Fair and the Bloomsbury Summer Book Fair taking place within walking distance on the first Sunday, 9th June, and rounding off the week on 16th June are the Bloomsbury Summer Ephemera Fair and the London Photograph Fair, showing highlights from the early days of photography to modern day masters.

Make the most of this great opportunity to be able to visit all the fairs - a great way to discover some real treasures or a new passion. Tickets for Book Fair Week are available from all the fair organisers.

Visit the Olympia website ( or follow us on Twitter @BookFairWeek and like us on Facebook (Book Fair Week) to find out about any special talks or tours happening at the fairs and other events at participating book dealers during this week.


London Map Fairs

Organised by London Map Fairs Ltd; Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore SW7 2AR; Saturday 8 to Sunday 9 June; 12 noon to 7pm (Sat),10am to 5pm (Sun); Entrance free with the BFW ticket;

The Ephemera Society London Fair

Organised by The Ephemera Society; Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, Coram Street, WC1N 1HT

Sunday 9 June; 11am to 4pm Entrance £3;

Bloomsbury Summer Book Fair

Organised by Etc Fairs; Royal National Hotel, 38-51 Bedford Way, WC1H 0DG

Sunday 9 June; 10am to 4pm; Entrance £2 until 12.30, then free;

London International Antiquarian Book Fair

Organised by the ABA; National Hall, Olympia, Hammersmith Road, W14 8UX

Thursday 13 to Saturday 15 June; 3pm to 8.30pm (Thu), 11am to 7pm (Fri), 11am to 5.30pm (Sat) Entrance free with the BFW ticket;

PBFA London International Antiquarian Book Fair

Organised by the PBFA; ILEC Conference Centre, Ibis London, 47 Lillie Road, Earls Court, SW6 1UD Friday 14 to Saturday 15 June; 2pm to 7pm (Fri), 10am to 4pm (Sat) Entrance free with BFW ticket;

The London Photograph Fair

Organised by James Kerr; Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, Coram Street WC1N 1HT

Sunday 16 June; 10am to 4pm; Entrance free with the BFW ticket;

Bloomsbury Summer Ephemera Fair

Organised by Etc Fairs; Royal National Hotel, 38-51 Bedford Way, WC1H 0DG

Sunday 16 June; 10am to 4pm Entrance £1;

More information on the ABA London International Antiquarian Book Fair:

Starting on Thursday, June 13th and running until Saturday, June 15th , 2013 the Fair will coincide again with the second weekend of the Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair, which will be held next door in the Grand Hall. The Fair continues to be the annual 'must-see' for collectors with its unparalleled array of books and related material covering a vast range of interests, but it is not just about finding the missing pieces for your collection. While the Fair prides itself in offering first, rare and fine editions in all areas of literature, the humanities and science, it is also very welcoming to visitors who are not regular collectors.

2012 saw the introduction of a variety of tours, which proved extremely popular and these have been extended and developed for 2013.

For more information, please visit

or follow the Fair on Twitter @OlympiaBookFair

or like ABA Antiquarian Book Fairs on Facebook.