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Antiquarian Booksellers' Association

21 John Street, London WC1N 2BF

Founded in 1906 and the oldest organisation of its kind in the world, the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association is the senior trade body for dealers in antiquarian and rare books, manuscripts and allied materials in the British Isles. Members are elected to the ABA solely on the basis of proven experience, expertise and integrity. They are required to observe the highest professional and ethical standards. The display of the Association’s badge pledges members to: the authenticity of all material offered for sale the expert and proper description of all such material the disclosure of all significant defects or restorations the clear, accurate and professional pricing of all material the fairness and honesty of offers to purchase. For the last forty years, the Association has run a small number of high quality book fairs. At present there are two major fairs each year. Firsts London is held in May, and the Chelsea Book Fair takes place in Chelsea Old Town Hall during November. Smaller fairs are held in Edinburgh and Bristol, in concert with the PBFA. The Association also provides a Benevolent Fund for charitable use to help all UK antiquarian booksellers and their dependants, and also for educational purposes.

Roger Treglown
Roger Treglown, President of the ABA 


Roger Treglown

Vice President

Pom Harrington 


Daniel Crouch

Immediate Past President

Angus O'Neill


Jenny Allsworth, Simon Beattie, Deborah Coltham, Michael Graves-Johnston, James Hallgate, Ed Maggs, Tom Lintern-Mole, Sophie Schneideman, Bernard Shapero

Company Secretary

Riley Grant 

Book Fairs

Firsts London, the ABA's summer fair, is the oldest and one of the most important fairs of the rare book trade, taking place in London in May, while the Chelsea Book Fair fair takes place in November.

More information

>> History of the ABA

>>> History of the London International Antiquarian Book Fair - Founded in 1958. By Keith Fletcher

>>> Diana Parikian’s Swansong. By Beatie Wolfe

>>> Insider Collecting - A talk given by Keith Fletcher to The Private Libraries Association

>>> A working life: The rare-book dealer - Ed Maggs

>>> Mike Tsang - London Rare Booksellers

>>> 'Far-Flung' Booksellers

>>> Sotheran’s: 250 Years of Bookselling

>>> Sheila Markham - A Book of Booksellers

>>> Alan Shelley (1941 - 2009)

>>> A Life for Rare Books - W.R. “Bill” Fletcher 1906-1996

>>> Half a League Onward. By Percy H. Muir

>>> The International League. By Anthony Rota

>>> International League Conference - London 1956

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