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54th London International Antiquarian Book Fair at Olympia (ABA)

decoration09 June 2011|11 June 2011

The Leading Destination for Bibliophiles and Collectors in Europe: The 54th London International Antiquarian Book Fair at Olympia, organised by the Antiquarian Booksellers Association (ABA), returns to the London Olympia Exhibition Centre from 9-11 June. At Olympia, visitors will find on sale an almost unparalleled array of books and related material, covering the vast range of collectors’ interests, from the genesis of printing in the 15th century to today: first, rare and fine editions in all areas of literature, the humanities and science, fine bindings, illustrated books, manuscripts, maps, prints, photography and associated ephemera. The Downstairs section of the Fair aims to promote bookbinders, private presses and other affiliated trades of interest to both the trade and to the public. Visitors can enjoy lectures, guided tours around the Fair and live demonstrations of bookbinding, or they can bring in their own books and manuscripts for appraisal at the ABA Roadshow.

Exhibitors in 2011

In 2011 over 160 of the top dealers from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, Finland, Sweden, Israel, Canada, the United States and Australia will exhibit at the world’s oldest antiquarian book fair, among them a number of new exhibitors and dealers who have not exhibited for several years: Librairie Auguste Blaizot, Bonnefoi Livres Anciens, Librairie Rodolphe Chamonal, Librairie Historique Clavreuil F. Teissèdre, Librairie Lardanchet, Oriens Librairie Orientaliste and Photo Verdeau from France.

Also: Martayan Lan Rare Books & Maps (United States), Antiquariaat Junk BV (Netherlands), Lex Antiqua Studio Bibliografico (Italy), Antiquariat Dr. Paul Kainbacher (Austria), Douglas Stewart (Australia), Kenneth Hince (Australia) and the UK dealers Roger Collicott Books, Charles Cox Rare Books, Sanders of Oxford, Henry Sotheran, Bernard Quaritch, Mark Westwood Books, Classic Bindings and Karen Thomson.

Hungary was accepted for ILAB membership during the ILAB Congress in Bologna in September 2010, and for the first time ever there will be two dealers from Hungary at Olympia: Földvári Antikvárium and Musikantiquariat Adam Bosze.

Charity Preview Beneficiary – Shakespeare’s Globe

“We are excited about our new charity partner, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, represented by Zoe Wanamaker”, says Fair Chairman Robert Frew. Zoë Wanamaker, Honorary President of Shakespeare's Globe and this year’s Fair Patron will open the Fair on Thursday 9 June during the Preview.

The  Globe has recently been bequeathed a priceless collection of early play texts, including Shakespeare quarto and folio editions.  John Wolfson’s world class collection has been built up since the 1970’s and contains Restoration adaptations, Shakespeare sources, 16th, 17th and 18th century play texts and Shakespeare first, second, third and fourth folios. Shakespeare’s Globe is now moving forward to build a unique library and archive. This new facility will be a world class Shakespeare research centre and destination for scholarly research into Elizabethan and Jacobean society (in particular its playwrights, plays and playhouses).

Charity Preview

Thursday, June 9, from 2 pm to 4 pm

>>> Welcome by Zoë Wanamaker Fair Patron 2011

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09 June 2011|11 June 2011
Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London
Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (ABA)
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