Bookish Events

There are a whole series of events coming up this Autumn (running alongside out programme of course). We’re planning to be at them all!

Collectors and the Country House Library Conference

The shelves of Horace Walpole’s Library at Strawberry Hill, emptied in the great sale of 1842, have recently been filled with the loan of books from the library of Aske Hall, North Yorkshire. To celebrate this event we are holding a study day on the Country House Library. Particular themes of the study day are the evolution of country house libraries, including how the libraries of art collectors such as Walpole support and enrich our understanding of their broader collections. We will be looking not only at Walpole, but at a broad range of other collectors and their collections to show how much these libraries can reveal. Papers will be given by Megan Aldrich, Stephen Lloyd, Giles
Mandelbrote, David Pearson, Stephen Clarke, Claire Reed and Mark Purcell.

Location: Strawberry Hill, Strawberry Hill, 268 Waldegrave Road,
Twickenham, TW1 4ST
Date: Thursday 19th October
To book:

Bloomsbury Etc. Fair

The Bloomsbury Book Fair, the largest of the fairs organised by Etc Fairs is held in the Galleon Suite of the Royal National Hotel. The fairs has a range of antiquarian books, second hand books, out of print books, maps, prints, postcards,  manuscripts and ephemera on sale, the Bloomsbury Book Fair also has auctioneers and bookbinders regularly exhibiting.

Visitors, whether they are dealers or  casual collectors, or just enthusiasts about the printed word will find something – all are welcome!

The ABA Chelsea Rare Book Fair

Whether you are an experienced collector or simply curious about old and rare books, The ABA Chelsea Rare Book Fair is not to be missed.

Held each autumn in the beautiful and historic Chelsea Old Town Hall, the Fair brings together more than 80 exhibitors specialising in antique books, first editions, maps, prints, and manuscripts from all over the world. Prices begin at just a few pounds and dealers are happy to guide you, making this an accessible and exciting venue for beginning collectors or those simply looking for an extra special Christmas gift.

In addition to our regular exhibitors we have a line-up of unique events, including guided tours designed to introduce visitors to the world of rare books. You can also browse our exhibitors’ highlights, which can be purchased online before the Fair opens.

The ABA Chelsea Rare Book Fair has something to offer every type of book lover, so don’t wait – register for your free tickets today.


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