Welcome to the Antiquarian Book Fair, 2014
This major three-day event is one of the highlights in the world for book lovers and collectors – and centrepiece of London International Antiquarian Book Fair Week. In the light and airy Olympia National, you will find thousands of rare, unusual and unique items offered for sale by 180 leading UK and international dealers.
At the Fair you can view, handle and buy books, maps, prints, photographs, manuscripts, ephemera and original art work spanning the centuries, many items of museum quality. All items are freely available for inspection before purchase and in contrast to the e-book or downloaded text, here you may hold a remarkable piece of history in your hand. You can purchase a text as it first came off the printing press and bound by a craftsman hundreds of years ago - or the very latest collectable author’s first editions.
Organised by the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, the fair, now in its 57th year attracts nearly 200 of the world’s best dealers offering a range of fascinating books, maps and ephemera including historical items from the early days of printing to modern first editions: a must for all lovers of history and the written word. Our exhibitors welcome you to browse (and buy!) their highlights on this website and encourage you to visit their own web-sites 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. So whatever you are looking for, or interested in, get in touch.
LIVE! at the Olympia Book Fair
LIVE! is a carefully selected group of companies and organisations dedicated to antiquarian and collectable book-related crafts and services including bookbinding, printing, calligraphy and numerous others. They will be giving fascinating demonstrations and discussing their areas of expertise every day in the dedicated LIVE! area at the heart of the Fair.
In addition to the events taking place in LIVE! there will also be themed guided tours of the Fair led by several of our expert exhibitors, offering a deeper look at the Fair’s many treasures, rarities and curiosities. An updated list will be published soon but in the meantime you can see a taster of last year’s tours here.
Many of Saturday’s activities have been created especially for children, with lots of crafts for families to try together. A full list of LIVE! exhibitors and all their free workshops, classes, demonstrations and talks can be found here. Do check back regularly as we will be adding more events and details as the Fair draws closer. We look forward to welcoming you to LIVE! at the Olympia Book Fair 2014!
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