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Olympia 2 Exhibition Centre
Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London

”The Olympia Fair ranks as one of the very top international book fairs alongside the likes of New York and Paris. London has held its position in June in the antiquarian book fair calendar since 1957 ... The mix of British and foreign dealers from all continents creates a genuinely international flavour which is of course reflected in the stock on view. So not just the finest dealers, but more importantly, the finest books from around the world.” (Robert Frew)

Buy from the best of British and International antiquarian dealers

At present the antiquarian book trade appears to be more resistant than many sectors to the economic downturn of recent times. An impressive 150 internationally renowned dealers from 18 countries have signed up for the 53rd London International Antiquarian Book Fair at Olympia from 3-5 June 2010. The works on display at the fair cover a vast range of collectors’ interests, including fine books from the genesis of European printing: prints, fine bindings, illustrated books, manuscripts, maps, first editions and ephemera. Collectors will find the world’s leading antiquarian booksellers with their unparalleled choice of stock.

The event stands as one of the top antiquarian books fairs in the world alongside Paris and New York and is now, in its 53rd year, the oldest of all of the collectors’ fairs. The London International Antiquarian Book Fair, Olympia is the only truly international fair of its kind in the UK and attracts over 3,500 visitors every year. It is organised by the Antiquarian Booksellers Association (ABA) and affiliated to the ILAB.

”This is the real thing!"

”The mix of British and foreign dealers from all continents creates a genuinely international flavour which is of course reflected in the stock on view. So not just the finest dealers, but more importantly, the finest books from around the world. … Do come and visit the fair, talk to the dealers, view, touch and smell the books. This is not a virtual fair, this is the real thing!”  (Robert Frew, Fair Chairman)

New exhibitors 2010

Everything shown at the Olympia fair derives from vetted dealers that are only allowed to exhibit at the fair if they are a member of a national trade association. “As dealers, we are only invited to become a member of these trade bodies if a commitment has been made to guarantee the quality of stock. What sells in today’s market is quality, rarity and provenance and as a dealer we have to guarantee that a purchase is safe.” says Pom Harrington, one of the leading antiquarian dealers in the UK.

New exhibitors in 2010 include Fuad Audi (Italy), Librairie Auguste Blaizot (France), Librairie Moorthamers (France), Contact Editions (Canada), The Cornstalk Bookshop (Australia), Nikodim Publisher (Russia) as well as UK dealers Deborah Coltham Rare Books, High Street Books and Sophie Schneidemann Rare Books. For the first time ever, there will be an exhibitor from China, Cathay Bookshop Beijing. In the Downstairs section, the fair will once again provide space to bookbinders, private presses and other affiliated trades, after the successful launch of this new area in 2009.

>>> Exhibitors’ list

Charity Preview

The Fair will host a Charity Preview on Thursday 3 June from 2 to 4 pm before the official fair opening in aid of The Royal Society of Literature, supporting their mission to promote and extend the knowledge and love of English literature. Through public lectures and debates, awards and master classes, the Society encourages writers at all stages, and campaigns on issues affecting readers and writers. Charity Preview Tickets are £25 per person and can be purchased from the ABA office.

Melvyn Bragg – Fair Patron

The Organisers are pleased to welcome Melvyn Bragg as Patron of the London International Antiquarian Book Fair for 2010. Melvyn Bragg is widely recognised as an English author, broadcaster and media personality, well known for his work on The South Bank Show on ITV and is a Fellow and supporter of the Royal Society of Literature.

Book Fair Roadshow - A Shakespeare in your attic?

Would you like to know more about your old or antiquarian books, letters or manuscripts? Bring in your books and manuscripts for appraisal by a panel of experts: Adam Blakeney, Justin Croft, Clive Farahar, Brian Lake

Lectures - Friday 4 June 2010

Introduction to Book Collecting - Mr Jolyon Hudson (Marlborough Rare Books)

2 pm

Jolyon Hudson started as an auction porter in 1976 eventually becoming a director and auctioneer for Christie’s. In 1992 he left Christie's to become manager of Pickering & Chatto and in 2006 he also became manager of Marlborough Rare Books.

Trends in Modern Book Collecting - Rick Gekoski (Gekoski Booksellers)

3 pm
Rick Gekoski - described by Tatler as “think Bill Bryson.... only on books” - is a rare book dealer, writer, and occasional broadcaster. Gekoski’s lecture will refer to his book “Tolkien's Gown and Other Stories of Great Authors and Rare Books”, a collection of essays, based on his BBC Radio 4 Series- Rare Books, Rare People.
Trade in literary and historical archives - Joan Winterkorn (Quaritch)

4 pm

Joan Winterkorn is the well known specialist for Archives and Manuscript Collections at Quaritch, one of London’s oldest antiquarian booksellers, buying and selling rare books and manuscripts since 1847.
Why bind? The rights and wrongs of rebinding - Edward Bayntun-Coward (George Bayntun)

5 pm

Edward Bayntun-Coward is the owner of George Bayntun, the bookshop and bindery founded in Bath by his great-grandfather in 1894. It incorporates the bindery of Robert Riviere, founded in Bath in 1829.  Bayntun-Riviere is now the last of the great Victorian trade binderies still in family ownership, continuing to bind entirely by hand.

More information

>>> The 53rd London International Antiquarian Book Fair at Olympia on

>>> The 53rd London International Antiquarian Book Fair at Olympia - official website