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CANCELLED: Firsts London (ABA)

decoration05 Juin 2020|07 Juin 2020

2 May 2020, Announcement from the Antiquarian Booksellers Association UK:

Dear Colleagues,

It is with great disappointment that we announce the cancellation of Firsts 2020. For the past few weeks, The ABA management have been in discussions with the venue, Battersea Evolution, over our cancellation terms. This week we finally came to an amical agreement for cancelling the fair. Ultimately the safety of our exhibitors and visitors is our top priority.

We will be running a highlights based virtual bookfair on the Firsts London website, which will launch June 5. 

We look forward to bringing you a refreshed and exciting London summer fair in 2021.




“Held in the city’s sparkling new Battersea Evolution, it is one of the largest and most prestigious bibliophilic happenings in the world” –


The ABA’s annual flagship event Firsts – London’s Rare Book Fair, and one of the most prestigious rare books fairs in the world returns to beautiful Battersea Park  -  just minutes from central London - where it will welcome around 150 international exhibitors.


This major three-day event is one of the largest and most prestigious antiquarian book fairs in the world. Showcasing rare, unique and unusual items from more than 150 leading UK and international dealers, Firsts London is the jewel in the crown of Rare Books London, which celebrates old and rare books, with special events and behind-the-scenes activities for bibliophiles during May and June.

From museum-quality medieval manuscripts to modern signed first editions such as Harry Potter, visitors to the fair can literally hold history in their hands as they view and buy rare books, maps, prints, photographs, ephemera and original artwork. Whether you are an established collector or new to collecting, exhibitors welcome you to browse their Highlights, 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 in your area of interest.


2020 sees the 150th anniversary of Charles Dickens with a large number of events and exhibitions taking place across the UK. Firsts London will join the celebrations of this literary icon. 


The Fair is presented and managed by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (ABA), in collaboration with the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB). These internationally recognized badges of excellence guarantee the accuracy of description and authenticity of all items for sale, as well as the professionalism and knowledge of the exhibitors.


05 Juin 2020|07 Juin 2020
Battersea Evolution
Chelsea Bridge Gate
Battersea Park
Friday 5th June: 12pm - 9pm
Saturday 6th June: 11am - 7pm
Sunday 7th June: 11am - 5pm
Antiquarian Booksellers' Association
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