The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, founded in 1906, is the oldest organization of its kind in the world.
Our members have all been elected by their peers; many are internationally renowned experts in their fields, and all of them have undertaken to abide by our Code of Good Practice. The Code offers an unconditional guarantee of the authenticity of everything we sell: here are some of the best dealers in the world, offering the best books.
The Directory also contains a wealth of other information which you may find useful and interesting.
We hope that having this in physical form will help remind you of the pleasures of owning, and leafing through, an actual booklet: contrary to rumour, the printed book (in many respects unchanged since 1455) is not in decline, but goes from strength to strength, and our members will prove it to you. Of course, we buy and sell many things other than books: in these pages you will find dealers in maps, manuscripts, illustrations, ephemera and much besides. But, whatever your interests, we look forward to welcoming you.
If you wish to receive a copy or have any questions with regards to the ABA, please contact the ABA office in London here.
The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association is a member of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers and is the senior trade body for dealers in antiquarian and rare books, manuscripts and allied materials in the British Isles. Its membership also extends to many of the leading booksellers overseas. Members are elected solely on the basis of proven experience, expertise and integrity. They are expected to observe the highest professional and ethical standards and to foster the mutual trust and respect that exists between the trade and the public.
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
● and the fairness and honesty of offers to purchase
All information can be found on the website: www.aba.org.uk