“Firsts” London’s Rare Book Fair

  The sign of the book fair the entrance of Battersea Park

 I have mentioned the book fair by ABA (Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association) in my blog several times.
(Please see my June 2013, May 2015 and May 2016 blog posts). The venue of the book fair use to be at Olympia in West Kensington. However, ABA changed their venue to the Evolution Center in Battersea Park last year. Last years theme for the fair was “Evolution” with the new venue I could feel the organiser’s enthusiasm. This year theme is “Firsts”, ABA had organised an exhibition ‘ Highlights from The John Wolfson Rare Book Collection’ with their charity partner Shakespeare’s Globe.
The new venue is still near my studio and during the 3 days of the fair there were a number of interesting demonstrations, workshops and lectures. Also, it was a good opportunity to see the gorgeous and beautiful books that are equally matched in the museum and fine art gallery pieces. I visited with my Chelsea class members and had a nice time there. The Royal Bindery had a stand, so we could see familiar faces again.

If you would like to know more about ABA, please visit the website as below.



ABA(稀覯書協会) の詳細に関しては上記ウェブサイトをご覧ください。

Battersea Park 

The Evolution Centre in Battersea Park 

The stand of Royal Bindery and the Shepherds, Sangorski & Sutcliffe 

Printing demonstration at the St. Bride Foundation's stand 

The card was printed from the original wood cut by Robert Gibbings