Firsts: London's Rare Book Fair

AbeBooks is proud to support Firsts: London's Rare Book Fair - one of the most popular and and prestigious rare book fairs in the world. Whether you're a collector looking for the next masterpiece to add to your library, or a bibliophile who loves browsing secondhand classics, Firsts London is the book fair for you.

Discover titles by distinguished authors, ephemera from celebrity readers and manuscripts from history's great moments, all in the heart of Chelsea, London.

  • May 16 to May 19, 2024
  • Saatchi Gallery, Dukey of York's Square, King's Road, London SW3 4RY, UK
  • Thursday (Invitation only); Friday 11am-8pm; Saturday 11am-6pm; Sunday 11am-5pm

Meet us in London

All exhibitors are foremost experts for antiquarian books, maps or prints. They are happy to help you if you have questions about specific objects - before, during, and after the Fair.
Picture This operated for many years in Hong Kong before relocating to the UK in late 2016. The gallery provides a unique mix of the contemporary and the old, and has been recommended as “a one-of-a-kind source” for buying artwork by Fodor’s Travel Guides.
Sophie Schneideman has been an international rare book and print dealer for over 30 years and dealing as Sophie Schneideman Rare Books since 2007, after serving a long apprenticeship at Maggs Bros, an eminent London book firm.
James Hallgate founded Lucius Books in 1993 and has built Lucius Books into one of the leading dealers of rare books and manuscripts in the North of England.
Established in 1981, Keel Row Books is the North East’s leading specialist bookshop for rare, fine, collectable and first edition books. Anthony and Alice have owned Keel Row Books since 2006.
All exhibitors are members of ILAB and foremost experts for antiquarian books, maps and prints.
Libreria Bardón is located in the heart of Madrid. The bookstore offers early books from incunabula to prints from the 18th and 19th centuries. One of it's specialties are illustrated books.
Dean Cooke specialises in interesting and unusual manuscripts and antiquarian books that record their histories as material forms.
We specialise in rare science books, including first editions, signed copies, manuscripts, and ephemera, as well as original scientific instruments.
We are a family-run business in Market Harborough. We have over 10 years experience of collecting and selling a range of genres, specialising in iconic modern fiction and children's titles.

The Art of the Book

Our theme for Firsts 2024 brings together the best the market has to offer when it comes to beautiful books, in the appropriate setting of the Saatchi Gallery. From bejewelled bindings to pop-up books, from Japanese woodblock printing to illuminated Qur'ans, Firsts London 2024 will gather over one hundred international dealers under one roof, promising to be an exceptional demonstration of the book as art and the art of the book.

Pictures from Firsts London 2023

Visitors queuing in front of Saatchi Gallery in London. Firsts: London's Rare Book Fair opens on May 17, 2024.
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Firsts: London's Rare Book Fair
Doors will open on May 17, 2024
A collector opens a copy of an beautifully decorated edition of Venus and Adonis
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Venus and Adonis
Discover beautiful books
A visitor inspects the details of a specific book
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Firsts: London's Rare Book Fair
Inspect details
A customer opens a rare book featuring an illustration
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Firsts: London's Rare Book Fair
The theme of the 2024 fair is "The Art of the Book"
A smiling exhibitor at the fair is holding a print showing two naval vessels
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Firsts: London's Rare Book Fair
Talk to friendly experts
A customer is holding a book with a precious, richly decorated binding featuring a bird in the center.
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Firsts: London's Rare Book Fair
Handle precious bindings
Two visitors of the fair are smiling in front of the camera. One of them holds a glass with a drink in his hands.
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Firsts: London's Rare Book Fair
Have a good time
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Firsts: London's Rare Book Fair
Doors will open on May 17, 2024
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