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Under the auspices of ILAB

Published on 01 June 2017

Over the year and on all continents, there is an exquisite selection of antiquarian book fairs, where book collectors and the world’s leading experts share their passion for the printed book and our written heritage. Under the auspices of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) and organized by ILAB’s member associations amazing book fairs are held in Europe and America, Asia and Australia, from London and Paris to New York and California, Tokyo and Melbourne. The exhibitors are ILAB affiliates who guarantee high professional standards, high quality offers, the authenticity of the books, prints, autographs and ephemera for sale which are exactly described and accurately priced. On all these fairs, officially supported by ILAB, there is more than just the fascination of rare books: Here you can buy with confidence and trust in the expertise of the exhibitors.

Whether you already have your own personal library or would like to dive into the world of collecting, take the opportunity to explore the world of books with the leading experts in their fields. Whether you are an experienced or novice book collector, a librarian or an archivist, a scholar or an academic, or are simply interested in books and the book arts in general, the ILAB book fairs are the places where you will find something to your taste. And be sure: 

If you have once experienced the fascinating feeling of finding a book, you have never thought you were looking for, you will never be able to stop again.

Save the dates for 2017 in your calendar!

56th Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair

January 27-29, 2017
Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart (Germany)

Always the first event of a new bibliophile year: For more than 50 years the Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair attracts dealers and collectors from over the world. Exhibitors from Germany, Great Britain, Switzerland, Austria, France and the Netherlands show rare and valuable medieval manuscripts, books, autographs, and modern prints. Four weeks before the fair a Book Fair Catalogue is published featuring the highlights of the 2016 offers.

Organized by the German Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, VDA

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50th California International Antiquarian Book Fair

February 10-12, 2017
Oakland Marriott City Center, Oakland CA (United States)

"Even if you are not a collector, if you have ever read a book, it's a place to go to find out what you haven't read, or just what you haven't seen or didn't know exists" - Tony Bill

The California three-day event is the largest antiquarian book fair worldwide and offers something exciting for every book lover. Among the exhibited materials of over 200 American and international dealers, visitors can purchase rare items from medieval manuscripts to collectible editions of authors into the 21st century. There will be unusual books on travel and exploration (including maps), literature, the arts, science and medicine, children's books, law and commerce, ephemera, Americana, and history in all eras and geographical areas. First, signed, and limited editions of many important authors will be present, plus collections of original photographs, prints by renowned artists from the 16th to the 21st century, and remarkable examples of book making, binding, and typography from throughout the world.

Organized by the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America, ABAA

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Stockholm Antiquarian Book Fair 2017

4 -5 March, 2017
Stockholm, Royal Academy of Art

Meet bookdealers from the whole of Scandinavia!


Organized by the Swedish Antiquarian Booksellers Association (SVAF) 

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New York Antiquarian Book Fair

March 9-12, 2017
The Park Avenue Armory, New York (United States)

"The best book fair in the world." - Andy Rooney

“It is exciting in a way you probably don't expect when you just hear the word Book Fair. Well, to me it is just as exciting as sitting in the dark of the theatre and watch a horror film!  This experience is not horror. But it's just as exciting!” - Yoko Ono

Book lovers find a fascinating treasure trove at the Park Avenue Armory.  Over 200 American and international dealers will exhibit at The New York Antiquarian Book Fair,  bringing a vast selection of rare books, maps, manuscripts, illuminated manuscripts and ephemera.

Organized by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America, ABAA

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Libri Antichi e di Pregio a Milano

March, 24-26, 2017
Salone dei Tessuti, Milan (Italy)

Young and exciting!

The 5th edition of the Milan International Antiquarian Book Fair will take place at the Salone dei Tessuti situated in the city centre, just a five minute walk from the Central Railway Station. The building dates back to 1926 and is famous for its architectural details and elegance. 

Organized by the Italian Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, Italy


Salon International du Livre rare, de l'Autographe, de l'Estampe et du Dessin

April 7-9, 2017
Nef du Grand Palais, Paris (France)

Most elegant.

One of the most prestigious fairs of its kind, this annual event attracts both collectors and the curious. The Paris Fair offers its ever increasing number of visitors a panorama of the highlights of our written heritage, together with a selection of engravings and drawings, presented by leading professionals from around the world. Manuscripts, incunabula, exceptional bindings, early maps and photographs, autographs, old and contemporary prints and drawings, provide a fascinating pot-pourri of works for the collector and neophyte alike. Nearly 200 national and international dealers unveil thousands of exceptional documents, various exhibitions and animations are also scheduled during the event - a rich programme is guaranteed to charm the visitor to the fabulous glass-domed Grand-Palais.

Organized by the Syndicat National de la Librairie Ancienne et Moderne, SLAM

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60th London International Antiquarian Book Fair

June 1-3, 2017
National Hall, Olympia, London (United Kingdom)

The oldest antiquarian book fair in the world.

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. 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. 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. The London International Antiquarian Book Fair  welcomes nearly 200 of the world’s best dealers offering a wide 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.

Organized by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association, ABA

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Salon du Mont des Arts - Livre Ancien et Estampe 
Brussels Rare Book & Print Fair 

Salon du Mont des Arts 
22 - 24 June 2017 

The Belgian Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (CLAM) is inviting collectors and the book trade to visit the second edition of the Salon du Mont des Arts, the event for antiquarian book and print lovers in the heart of Brussels, with over 50 European exhibitors from 22 - 24 June 2017! 

For all information about the fair, please visit the website of the Belgium national associaton Chambre Professionelle Belge de la Librairie Ancienne et Moderne (CLAM) or Belgische Beroepskamer van Antiquaren (BBA):



Melbourne Rare Book Fair
(part of Melbourne Rare Book Week)
The 45th ANZAAB Australian Antiquarian Book Fair  

Wilson Hall, The University of Melbourne
7 - 9 July 2017

The Melbourne Rare Book Fair is organised by ANZAAB, The Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers. 

Booksellers from Australia but also the UK, Japan and the US are exhibiting at the 2017 fair. The Melbourne Rare Book Fair is the key event for the Australian rare book trade and part of Melbourne Rare Book Week which will offer over 60 free events in 2017; held at libraries, literary and historical societies and bookshops throughout Melbourne! 

For all information, please visit:

Scandinavian Antiquarian Book Fair 2017 - Copenhagen

28 - 30 September 2017
Old Library Hall, Round Tower Copenhagen

Following the ILAB President's Meeting in Copenhagen in September 2017, the Antiquarian Booksellers Assocaition of Denmark is inviting booksellers and collectors to participate and visit 2017 Scandinavian Antiquarian Book Fair.  Once again, the fair will be held in the splendid old Library Hall in the magnificent Round Tower right in the centre of Copenhagen.  


Amsterdam International Antiquarian Book Fair

30 Sept - 1 Oct 2017
Amsterdam Marriott Hotel

The Dutch Association of Antiquarian book dealers (NVvA) is pleased to announce the 37th Amsterdam International Antiquarian Book Fair to be held on Saturday 30 September until Sunday 1st October.

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Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair 2017

3 - 4 Nov 2017
Chelsea Old Town Hall, London

Held each autumn in the beautiful and historic Chelsea Old Town Hall, the Fair brings together more than 80 exhibitors specialising in antique books, first editions, maps, prints, and manuscripts from all over the world. The fair is organised by the Antiquarian Booksellers Assocation in the UK, ABA. 

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41th Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair

10 -12 Nov 2017
Hynes Convention Center, Boston 

More than 120 dealers from the United States, England, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Denmark and Australia will exhibit and sell all weekend. The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair is sponsored by the New England Chapter of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America.

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