Welcome to the Antiquarian Book Fair, 2015
This major three-day event is one of the largest and most prestigious antiquarian book fairs in the world, showcasing rare, unique and unusual items from 180 leading UK and international dealers. Held in London’s light and airy Olympia National convention hall, this major Fair forms an important part of Rare Books London. This is a new joint initiative by the two leading rare book trade associations, the ABA and the PBFA, to showcase the world's best dealers to London, at two major Fairs held over three days in May.
Now in its 58th year, the Olympia Fair is presented and managed by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (ABA), in collaboration with the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB). These internationally recognized badges of excellence guarantee the accuracy of description and authenticity of all items for sale, as well as the professionalism and knowledge of the exhibitors.
From medieval manuscripts to modern signed first editions, visitors to the fair can literally hold history in their hands as they view and buy museum-quality books, maps, prints, photographs, manuscripts, ephemera and original artwork. Our exhibitors also welcome you to browse their highlights displayed on this website, and to get in touch prior to the Fair. They will be happy to bring specific items for your inspection, and this is an excellent opportunity to make new contacts in your area of interest.
In addition to the regular exhibitors, LIVE! at Olympia is a carefully selected series of exhibitions and live events run by leading professionals. Specialist organisations and craftspeople offer demonstrations of their products and services, and fascinating hands-on workshops (including family-friendly activities) give patrons a chance to dive straight into the world of fine printing, bookbinding, and restoration. Both newcomers and seasoned fair-goers will also enjoy themed guided tours of the show’s treasures led by our expert exhibitors. A complete list of events and tours will be available closer to the date.
The Olympia Book Fair is a highlight of the year for bibliophiles around the world. To join us, order your free tickets today.