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The ABA Fair:  a seduction in London

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A weekend affair

Each May The London Antiquarian Book Fair commands center stage in London.  This year the fair is to be held Thursday to Saturday May 24-26.  One hundred and sixty firms are exhibiting.  To handle an increasing number of exhibitors and an expected increase in attendance the show is moving next door to the larger National Hall at Olympia.  Hours are 3:00 pm to 8:30 pm on Thursday 24 May, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm on Friday 25 May and 11:00 am to 5:30 pm on Saturday 26 May.  Four lectures on Friday, each in a 30 minute discussion, 30 minute Q & A format are being offered:

The Libraries of the National Trust.  Lecture by Mark Purcell at 1:30 pm.

And all men kill the thing they love.  A bookseller, surrounded by fiery legions of all the books he has loved and sold, attempts to square the circle of having but not holding.  Lecture by Ed Maggs at 3:30 pm.
   

Telling good books from bad.  Sound advice in a difficult market.  Lecture by Jolon Hudson at 4:30 pm.

Libraries of the Mind.  Lecture by Donovan Rees at 5:30 pm.

An updated website www.olympiabookfair.com organizes the fair for those thinking about attending.  Under the heading More About the Fair a personal perspective on the history of the fair is offered by Keith Fletcher.

As is becoming the norm links for Visit us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter are provided, tools that imply either a younger audience, an older audience that is quite hip, or of course both.

The organizers of this event have gone to great lengths to connect what has always been interesting but complex and obscure with fresh approaches that will appeal to a generation seeing collectible books through the prism of 2012.

The event should be well worth the trip.

The main website:  www.olympiabookfair.com

History of the fair

www.olympiabookfair.com/p/more-about-the-fair/history-of-the-fair



The Lecture Programme:  

www.olympiabookfair.com/index.pl?id=2590

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Abraham Lincoln, <i>Emancipation Proclamation by the President of the United States,</i> pamphlet, 1862. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Family papers of the distinguished Ruby-Jackson family, Portland, Maine, 1853-1961. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Family papers of the Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens & the persons who served him, 1866-1907. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Autograph book with inscriptions by orators Moses Roper & Peter Williams, 1821-54. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Archive of letters, postcards, and greeting cards sent by Romare Bearden, 1949-87. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b><br>E. Simms Campbell, <i>A Night-Club Map of Harlem,</i> in inaugural issue of Manhattan, 1933. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Papers of the comedian Nipsey Russell, including a letter from MLK, 1929-2000. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Early German-American anti-slavery broadside, <i>Sclaven-Handel,</i> Philadelphia, 1794. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Edmonia Lewis, prominent sculptor, carte-de-visite by Henry Rocher, c. 1866-71. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b><br><i>The Black Panther: Black Community News Service,</i> 44 issues, San Francisco, 1967-1971. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ernest Withers, <i>I Am A Man, Sanitation Workers Strike,</i> silver print, 1968. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> <i>March For Freedom Now!,</i> poster for the 1960 Republican Convention. $4,000 to $6,000.

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