The second weekend of June 2019 promises to be unmissable for book lovers as a major new fair will open every day between Thursday 6 and Sunday 9 June. For the first time the flagship summer book fairs of the ABA and PBFA will coincide with the annual London Map Fair and Etc Fairs' Bloomsbury Book Fair.
For many years the fairs have been days or even weeks apart. 2019 will mark a return to traditional June dates which will not clash with Bank or School Holidays. Collectors, dealers and curators from around the world will not have to make tough decisions about which fairs to attend.
Book, map and print lovers can start this special weekend with an extravaganza of books at the PBFA London Antiquarian Book Fair. Opening at noon on Thursday June 6, and running through Friday June 7, the IBIS hotel in Lille Road will welcome over 100 dealers from all around the world. This guarantees a wide range of material to suite every interest and pocket.
Opening on Friday June 7 and running through to Sunday June 9: Firsts - London’s Rare Book Fair, the ABA’s annual flagship event and one of the most prestigious rare books fairs in the world, will be staged in beautiful Battersea Park and will welcome over 170 international exhibitors.
Opening at noon on Saturday June 8: The London Map Fair. Held annually at the Royal Geographical Society, SW7, with over 40 leading international exhibitors, this is the largest as well as the oldest specialist antique map fair in the world.
The Bloomsbury Book Fair, organised by Etc Fairs will be held on Sunday June 9 from 10am - 3.30pm. With over 120 dealers from the UK, Europe and further afield, the summer fair is a key event in their fairs calendar, always drawing an excellently diverse selection of buyers and booksellers.
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