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Under the Auspices of ILAB – International Antiquarian Book Fairs Across the World

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.
Published on 26 Sept. 2018

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.

ILAB antiquarian book fairs have a long tradition. The oldest one, the London International Antiquarian Book Fair at National Hall Olympia, will be held for the 59th time in 2016. Since their beginnings, the ILAB Fairs are highly esteemed throughout the world. The book fair season 2016 will start in January in Stuttgart. As soon as the fair is closed the intellectual curious will pack their bags and suitcases to fly to California, United States, then back to Scandinavia, France, Italy and the United Kingdom.
Enjoy the wide range of beautiful, rare, extraordinary and valuable books offered wherever you see the logo of the League.

Whether you already have your own personal library or would like to dive into the world of collecting, this is your 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, this is your chance to 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 in your calendar!


55th Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair


January 29-31, 2016
Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart (Germany)

The first book fair of the year.

For more than 50 years the Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair attracts dealers and collectors from all 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 catalogue is published featuring the highlights of the 2016 offers.

Organized by the German Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, VDA

More information: www.stuttgarter-antiquariatsmesse.de

49th California International Antiquarian Book Fair


February 12-14, 2016
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena, 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

Probably the world's largest and most prestigious exhibition of antiquarian books: The California International Antiquarian Book Fair will offer something exciting for every book lover and collector. 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, literature, the arts, science and medicine, children's books, and Americana. 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

More information: www.cabookfair.com


Libri Antichi e di Pregio a Milano


March, 11-13, 2016
Salone dei Tessuti, Milan (Italy)

Young and exciting.

The fourth edition of the Libri Antichi e di Pregio a Milano will take place at an exciting new venue. The Salone dei Tessuti is 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

More information: eventi.alai.it

The New York Antiquarian Book Fair


April 7-10, 2013
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 will 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

More information: http://nyantiquarianbookfair.com


Scandinavian Antiquarian Book Fair 2016


April 16-17, 2016
Armémuseum, Stockholm (Sweden)

The major book fair in Scandinavia.

The Scandinavian Antiquarian Book Fair 2016 will be held in Stockholm in one of the wings of the beautiful Army Museum. Come and meet book dealers from the whole of Scandinavia.

Organized by Swedish Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association, SVAF

More information: www.svaf.se

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


April 22-24, 2016
Nef du Grand Palais, Paris (France)

Most elegant.

One of the most prestigious fairs of its kind in the world, 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 two hundred 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

More information: www.salondulivreancienparis.fr


ILAB Pop Up Book Fairs on UNESCO World Book & Copyright Day


April 23, 2016
across the world

Bookish flashmobs - speed dating for booklovers.

The UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day is celebrated all over the world with a series of amazing events promoting the essence of reading and the culture of the book. On April 23, 2016, this day will once again be a special day for ILAB. In cooperation with UNESCO ILAB affiliates will organize Pop Up Book Fairs across the world. Starting the day in Australia, the fairs will open their doors in unusual places one after another from Australia to Asia, South Africa, Europe and the United States.

AUSTRALIA - JAPAN - RUSSIA – SOUTH AFRICA - HUNGARY - AUSTRIA - GERMANY - ITALY - SPAIN - NETHERLANDS - UNITED KINGDOM - USA ... anywhere else in the world where you decide to be a part of it!

Organized by the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers and its affiliates worldwide, ILAB

More information: www.ilabpopupbookfairs.blogspot.de

59th London International Antiquarian Book Fair at Olympia


May 26-28, 2016
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

More information: www.olympiabookfair.com

Melbourne Rare Book Week - Melbourne Rare Book Fair


July 14-24, 2016
all over Melbourne, fair: Wilson Hall, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne (Australia)

One week – one city – millions of books.

The Melbourne Rare Book Week is well established in the City of Melbourne’s event calendar. It is a major attraction for book collectors, librarians and all who have a love of words, print on paper and heritage. As part of Rare Book Week, the Melbourne Rare Book Fair will be held from 22 to 24 July at the University of Melbourne's historic Wilson Hall, with free admission to all visitors.

Leading Australian and international antiquarian booksellers will bring a rich and diverse array of books together that cater for all who genuinely love print on paper and who share a passion for books. Subjects including early printed books, maps, historical accounts of travel and exploration, prints, literature, art, militaria, children's books, and ephemera will be offered for sale at prices to suit all levels of collecting. Whether you already have your own personal library or would like to explore the world of book collecting, this is your opportunity to explore the world of books with experts in their fields.

Organized by the Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers, ANZAAB

More information: www.anzaab.com

The series of antiquarian book fairs, officially supported by ILAB, will continue:


Next stops for collectors will be Toronto in Canada, Boston, United States and the Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair in London.

Stay tuned.

(Pictures: the organizers)

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