The Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (ABA) is thrilled to announce the launch of the organisation’s first digital fair “Firsts London Online” to take place the same day as what would have been the opening day on 5th June 2020. Hosted on the event’s dedicated website FirstsLondon.com, the online fair will be launched at 2PM GTM on Friday 5th June 2020 to the public and will feature items from international dealers. Each exhibitor has been invited to showcase up to 12 highlights from what would have been their stock at the annual fair in London. This smaller showcase of items has encouraged the dealers to upload many of their most interesting and significant pieces; creating a remarkable and diverse selection from around the world. The website will launch an ‘Exhibitor’s Highlights” section as well as contact details for each individual exhibitor at 2PM GMT on Friday 5th June. Items will be searchable with each item featuring a brief description, condition, and price. Viewers and customers will be able to contact dealers directly and enquire on particular items.
Due to the current worldwide COVID 19 - crisis, the Paris Salon du Livre Rare / Paris Rare Book Fair was postponed to a new date in September: 4 - 6 September 2020. The Paris fair should have opened its doors on 23 April 2020. However, in an enormous effort, the organizers have put together the first VIRTUAL RARE BOOK FAIR which was launched with a digital catalogue on Thursday 23 April 2020. It has allowed booksellers to display many items that would have been for sale in Paris. The catalogue can be accessed from 23 April through to 23 May. Until 23 May: View the CATALOGUE HERE
Come see what ABAA members have been working on during our time apart. New acquisitions, discoveries, and rare finds are available exclusively at the first ABAA Virtual Book Fair! From June 4-7, 2020, the ABAA will launch its first Virtual Book Fair, an online event showcasing fresh material from ABAA booksellers across the country. The books, manuscripts, and ephemera featured will be available only at the fair. Visitors will be first in line for handpicked highlights and new acquisitions, and will be able to interact with ABAA booksellers in real-time. Admission is free. JOIN YOUR FAVORITE BOOKSELLERS on JUNE 4-7, 2020 and use this link: www.abaa.org/virtualbookfair The virtual fair will go live at 10AM EST on June 4. For enquiries about this new fair model, please direct all your questions to the ABAA Office via email here. The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA) was founded in 1949; it is the United States' senior body for the professional rare book trade. The ABAA is a member of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB); all its members adhere to the ABAA's Code of Ethics and ILAB's Code of Customs and Usages, requiring books and related material to be accurately and professionally described and to guarantee the authenticity and genuineness of all material for sale. These standards apply to all types of bookselling, whether online or at a bookshop or traditional ILAB-sanctioned book fair.