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Antiquarian book fairs & rare book events calendar

As part of the bookselling community since 1996, AbeBooks is proud to support and promote book fairs and rare book events around the world. This calendar offers dates and details for important antiquarian and rare book fairs, and also events dedicated to paper collectibles and ephemera. If you need more information about an event, please contact the organizers directly.

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Amsterdam is back! It is with great pleasure that the Dutch Antiquarian Booksellers' Association can finally welcome book collectors and the rare book trade to its 40th book fair.

When: 11 - 12 June, 2022
Where: Mariott Hotel Amsterdam, Stadhouderskade 12, 1054 ES Amsterdam, Netherlands
Opening Hours: 4am to 6pm (Saturday); 11am to 5pm (Sunday)
The Australian & New Zealand Antiquarian Booksellers Association (ANZAAB) is excited to announce the return of the Melbourne Rare Book Fair after a two year break. The Fair will be held Thursday 7th to Saturday 9th July at Wilson Hall, the University of Melbourne. This will be Australia’s 49th Antiquarian Book Fair and the 50th Anniversary of the first fair in 1972.

When: 7 - 9 July, 2022
Where: Wilson Hall, the University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
Opening Hours: 6pm Thursday 7 July to 4pm Saturday 9 July 2022
The fair takes place in the Schoenecker Arena at the University of St. Thomas in the beautiful city of St. Paul, MN. The arena is in the Anderson Athletic Complex and Recreation Center. We will have a special event on Saturday 9 July, dedicated to the CABS-Minnesota seminar and how it has impacted the lives of beginning and experienced booksellers.

When: 8 - 9 July, 2022
Where: 2115 Summit Ave., St. Paul, Minnesota 55105, U.S.A.
Opening Hours: 3pm to 7pm (Friday); 10am to 4pm (Saturday)
This year marks the 65th edition of one of the most popular and prestigious rare book fairs in the world. Whether you're a collector looking for the next masterpeice to add to your library, or a bibliophile who loves browsing second-hand classics, Firsts London is the book fair for you. Discover titles by distinguished authors, ephemera from celebrity readers and manuscripts from the history's great moments in the heart of Chelsea.

When: 15 - 18 September, 2022
Where: Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York's Square, King's Road, London SW3, 4RY, United Kingdom
Opening Hours: 5pm to 9pm (Thursday); 11am to 8pm (Friday); 11am to 6pm (Saturday); 11am to 5pm (Sunday)
The Mantova Libri Mappe Stampe fair carries on a tradition started in 1975, when the first event in Italy entirely dedicated to antique prints, maps & books and their collection was held in Mantua. Over fifty Italian and international exhibitors have already confirmed their attendance to this renowned and most awaited fair. Precious old books, rare and curious prints dating from the 16th through to the 20th centuries and a large variety of antique maps and decorative prints attract the interest of enthusiastic visitors and satisfy even the most demanding collectors. A special section of the fair is dedicated to cartography and includes maps, atlases, landscapes etc.

When: 17 - 18 September, 2022
Where: Museo Francesco Gonzaga, Mantua, Italy
Opening Hours: 10am to 6.30pm (Saturday); 9.30am to 1pm (Sunday)
As in 2021, this key rendezvous for collectors, the rare book trade or anyone interested in the world of rare books, will take place in the Grand Palais Ephémère, a temporary structure which houses Parisian cultural events while the Grand Palais itself is closed for renovations. The Fair will refocus on the world of books, autographs and paper documents. Booksellers, as well as drawing and print galleries, will be happy to share with the public the timeless appeal of our written, printed and illustrated patrimony.

When: 23 - 25 September, 2022
Where: Grand Palais Éphémère, Champ-de-Mars, Place Joffre, 75007 Paris, France
Opening Hours: 11am to 8pm (Friday and Saturday); 11am to 6pm (Sunday)
Dealers from across North America and beyond descend annually upon Seattle, offering for sale thousands of collectible books, prints, maps, autographs, photographs, posters, postcards, ephemera, manuscripts, broadsides, fine bindings and more. Come tour the aisles of this most literate city’s beloved event. Meet with specialists from all over the world. Browse this veritable museum of cultural and historical artifacts. There is something interesting and unique to take home for all attendees on any budget.

When: 09 - 00 October, 2022
Where: Seattle Center’s Exhibition Hall, 301 Mercer Street, Seattle, WA 98109, Canada
Opening Hours: 10am to 6pm (Saturday); 11am to 4pm (Sunday)
The 2022 ANZAAB Sydney Rare Book Fair will be held on 28 & 29 October in the historic MacLaurin Hall at Sydney University. Sydney Rare Book Fair is run by Paul Feain and Peter Tinslay in association with theAustralian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers as a forum to sell books to institutions and collectors.

When: 28 - 29 October, 2022
Where: MacLaurin Hall, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
The Antiquarian Book Fair Zurich 2022 will take place November 4 - 6 at the Vortragssaal of Kunsthaus Zurich. The fair is the only of such kind in Switzerland, offering rare and valuable books, prints, posters and autographs.

When: 04 - 06 November, 2022
Where: Vortragssaal Kunsthaus Zürich, Heimplatz 1, Zurich, Switzerland
Opening Hours: 3pm to 8pm (Friday); 11am to 6pm (Saturday); 11am to 5pm (Sunday)
The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair is one of the oldest and most respected antiquarian book shows in the USA. Rare book dealers from the United States, but also Europe, Australia and Asia offer rare, collectible and antiquarian books, modern first editions, manuscripts, autographs, maps, atlases, and a plethora of other literary ephemera. In 2022, the fair will return as a physical fair to the Hynes Convention Center.

When: 11 - 13 November, 2022
Where: Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02115, U.S.A.
Opening Hours: 4pm to 8pm (Friday); 12pm to 7pm (Saturday); 12pm to 5pm (Sunday)
The 2023 California Antiquarian Book Fair will take place from 10 - 12 February at the Pasadena Convention Centre. More information will be available shortly. Registrations for exhibitors start in August 2022. The three-day event features the collections and rare treasures of booksellers from around the globe, including manuscripts, modern first editions, children’s books, ephemera, maps and autographs, as well as antiquarian books on a vast array of topics.

When: 10 - 12 February, 2023
Where: Pasadena Convention Center, 300 East Green Street, Pasadena, CA, U.S.A.
Opening Hours: 3pm to 8pm (Friday); 11am to 7pm (Saturday); 11am to 4pm (Sunday)
The 60th Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair will take place from 16 to 18 June 2023 at the Forum am Schlosspark, Ludwigsburg. This means that for the first time the fair will move from the end of January to June, which provides greater certainty of the event being held against the overall background of the pandemic situation in winter, which is expected to be critical again. Since the premises of the Württembergischer Kunstverein in Stuttgart are only available to a very limited extent, if at all, due to ongoing renovation work, the German antiquarian booksellers association consulted its members and reached a large majority supporting this change of date and location. The scheduling was done in agreement with the Antiquaria Fair in Ludwigsburg, so that the Association of German Antiquarian Booksellers can now look forward to a successful and parallel staging of both fairs.

When: 16 - 18 June, 2023
Where: Forum am Schlosspark, Stuttgarter Str. 33, Ludwigsburg, Germany

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