Preparations for the PBFA London Antiquarian Fair

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It is that time of year again, when Marcia and I must put all thoughts of road trips to one side, whilst we concentrate on preparing for the PBFA London Antiquarian Book Fair.  As the name suggests, this is in London, has lots of antiquarian books and is put on by the PBFA. We manage the fair – so it keeps up pretty busy.


This year, we have once more gathered a group of over 100 exhibitors who come to London to buy and sell beautiful books, maps and other works on paper. Dealers come from every part of the world to be part of the fair. This year at the Ibis Hotel, Lillie Road, we will welcome dealers from Canada – including Aquila books, and Voyager Press. From America,  B & B Rare Books and D & D Galleries. (My new policy of only accepting Americans who use initials for their trading name seems to be bearing fruit). We also have friends old and new from Europe. Christian Haslinger and Antiquariaat Talke will both be presenting their usual impressive stands. We are also bringing along a contingent of Dutch booksellers this year, who we have met on our travels.

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Of course our core membership are the stalwarts of the PBFA. . We are very pleased that we span the generations of the organisation. Gerry and Glenda Mosdell, from the Junction bookshop are amongst the “founding fathers” of the Association, and are at the other end of the spectrum we are pleased to once again welcome the Bibliomaniacs, a group of booksellers from Papplewick school in Ascot, who proudly claim themselves as the youngest antiquarian booksellers in the world.

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Whatever your particular taste in books,  you will find examples here. From the fine bindings of Temple Bookbinders to the Modern Firsts of Holybourne Books and Cheltenham Rare Books From the ancient manuscripts of Alastor and Modern First Editions to the Antarctic explorations of Kingsbridge Books and Meridian Books. Naturally there will be a variety of maps and prints from the likes of Michael Morris and several others.

As usual, the event is part of Rare Books London, which sees London present a variety of book fairs and events to the world. We hope you will be able to come and visit the fair. If you do – be sure to say hello to Marcia on the reception, and Marc on the Harrison-Hiett stand

PBFA London International Fair

The fair is nearly upon us. This year, the fair at the ILEC suite is our biggest ever. We have more dealers than ever, with a wider range of stock. Please do come and join us at the fair. We will have regular free buses up to Olympia so that you can enjoy both fairs.

PBFA London International Fair – Ibis Hotel, 47 Lillie Road, London. SW6 1UD

Here is the floor plan and exhibitor list for the PBFA fair:

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(I’m afraid you have to click on that one for a pop up!)

Pitch Dealer Name
A1 Veronica Watts
A2 Chris Mees
A3 White Fox
A4 Harrison-Hiett Limited
A5 Jonathan Kearns (Martin Stone)
A6 Rare & Antique Books
A7 Lorych Books
B1 Ballantyne Way (Roger)
B2 Antiquariaat Christian Haslinger
B3 Michael Morris Maps
C1 Nicholas Daly Books
C2 Unsworth Antiquarian
C3 Wildside Books
C4 Grove Rare Books
C5 Nicholas Bernstein
D1 Besley’s Books
D2 Paul Bostock
D3 Collectable Books
D4 Lymelight Books
D5 Interamnia
E1 J & S Bonham
E2 Matthew Butler
E3 Marcus Campbell
E4 Old Town Bookshop
E5 A G Cram
F1 Extraordinary Editions
F2 Bow Windows
F3 Love Rare Books
F4 Wool House Autographic
F5 Adrian Harrington
G1 John Underwood
G2 Sarah Key Books
G3 Lucius Books
G4 Voyager Press
G5 C.R. Denistoun
H1 Meridian Rare Books
H2 Rainford & Parris
H3 B.J. Walsh Old Books
H4 Robert Frew
H5 Pablo Butcher
H6 Peter Harrington
I1 Mayfly Ephemera
I2 Imperial Fine Books
I3 Bookmark Children’s Books
I4 Sevin Seydi Rare Books
I5 Zimnol Books
I6 Fine Books at Ilkley
I7 Demetzy Books
J1 West Hull Rare Books
J2 Aquila Books
J3 Dik Ramkema
K1 Petersfield Bookshop
K2 Turner Donovan Military Books
K3 Antiquarian Book Company
L1 Steven Ferdinando
L2 Keogh’s Books
L3 Deverell Books
L4 Peter Foster Books
M1 The Bibliomaniacs
M2 Any Amount of Books
M3 The Book Business
M4 Hans Lindner
N1 Eclectica
N2 Walden Books
N3 Sportspages
N4 Claude Cox
O1 Rochdale Books Company
O2 Barnaby Chiari
P1 Yesterday’s Books
P2 Simon Finch
P3 Fawsley First Editions
P4 Mark Sutcliffe
Q1 Wilfrid M. de Freitas
Q2 G. Mosdell T/A Junction Bookshop
Q3 Jarndyce
Q4 Peter Whetman
R1 E. J. Morten Books
R2 D & D Galleries
R3 Bauman Rare Books
R4 Staniland Books
S1 Alastor Rare Books
S2 London Rare Books
S3 Wykeham Books
S4 Modern First Editions
T1 B & B Rare Books
T2 Edmund Pollinger
T3 Robert Kirkman Ltd
T4 Picture This
U1 Prior Books
U2 G David
V1 Michael Kemp
V2 Scott Brinded
V3 Shapero Rare Books
V4 Holybourne Rare Books
V5 Cheltenham Rare Books
V6 Tittle Books
W1 Hereward Books
W2 Peter Hill
W3 White Eagle Books
W4 Design for Today
W5 Chantrey Books
W6 World’s End Bookshop
X1 Kingsbridge Books
X2 Gresham Books
X3 R.E. & G.B. Way
X4 Antiquates Ltd
X5 Antiquariaat Talke
X6 Reigate Galleries

If you would like a ticket to both the PBFA fair, and the ABA Olympia fair – please click on the link below:

Joint Ticket download

I hope we shall see you there soon.



York PBFA Premier Fair 2016

Another fabulous fair at York this year. The whole York team deserve many thanks and much praise from us all for their continued efforts. Together, they manage to put on the UK’s largest fair, and one which is certainly the “Jewel in the Crown” attracting buyers and sellers from around the world.


Here is the wondrous Tony – one of the fair manager’s, pointing to his house on a rather over-sized map!

And here is proof that I do attend the fairs with some books:


Finally for this week, is my regular video. This one features Lucy, from Daniel Crouch, talking through one of her favourite items. Although about the newest member of the PBFA (at the time of writing), Daniel Crouch is a well known and very established member of the map trade.

Bristol folk

Whilst in Bristol at the fair, in between beating back the busy customers and their wads of cash, i managed to do a couple more of my video interviews with members of the trade. I decided to go with the most senior couple (in terms of book history rather than age !) that i could find, with mr & mrs Lee, and then in a poetic juxtaposition, one of the newest couples to join the PBFA with Robert & Barbara Chalk.

I think this was about my 5th attempt at interviewing the Lee’s – every time we would start, a musician would begin just behind them.  We got there in the end though. Mr & Mrs Lee are well known, having been involved with the PBFA for many years.

Opposite Marcia and I at Bristol, were Robert and Barbara, who only joined the PBFA last year.  their company is called “Rare & Antique Books” and they are based in Exeter.  I am always learning new things through the book trade. This fair has taught me never to let Robert choose the starter in a Vietnamese restaurant !

That’s it for now. Next stop York, for YABS, the big York Premier Fair, and the PBFA’s annual general meeting. Will the joy never end ?


Bristol Fair Pics & Videos – 1

Many thanks to Graham, Will, and everyone else who contributed to a very good Bristol book fair. This year continued the co-operation between the PBFA and the ABA.

Here are a few photographs of exhibitors at the fair.

A little light music is fast becoming a Bristol tradition – and this year the Bayntun’s bindery provided us with entertainment. A little video here shows the music and a bit of a sweep of the stalls.

Tom Lintern Mole & Oxford 2016 & Sabotage

At Cambridge I ran into Tom Lintern Mole from Antiquates. He is now managing the Oxford Premier Fair, along with Conor Pattenden – so has his hands full. He found time for a quick plug though:

Please don’t forget that the fair is moving for this year. Building works at the Headington Campus mean that we have to go down the road to their Wheatley campus. This year’s address is: Oxford Brookes Wheatley Campus, Wheatley, Oxford OX33 1HX

free ticket image Click here for a free ticket to the Oxford Fair

Whilst interviewing Tom, I was finally able to capture my nemesis in the act. Neil Summersgill Who I suspect is in the pay of Amazon or some other nefarious group, has been hiding behind me and making many of my interviewees laugh. Here at Industry & Idleness we don’t encourage laughter!

Here is the proof for all too see of his terrible behaviour. I shall expect a written apology when I next see him.


Children’s & Illustrated / Travel Fair

Two for the price of one

Next weekend (Saturday 19th March) we are attending two PBFA fairs at once. This is easier than it may seem, as this year, the Children’s & Illustrated Fair, and the Travel book fair are both being held in the same hotel.
Please do see the information below for more details. Click on the tabs for free tickets, and most importantly – come along to visit us!
Between the two fairs there will be 56 stalls offering some very special items.

There are links to free tickets to each fair at the bottom of this post:

Hope to see you at the fair.

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The Travel & Exploration Book Fair now in its 21st year offers you the opportunity to view and purchase a wide selection of antiquarian books, maps, photographs and prints that relate to travel and exploration in all parts of the world. In particular, we will celebrate the centenary of Shackleton’s Endurance expedition, and Wilfrid Thesiger’s epic first crossing of Arabia’s Empty Quarter in



We look forward to welcoming old and new visitors in this our new venue for 2016!

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For both fairs the venue is: Hilton London Olympia Hotel, 380 Kensington High Street, London W14 8NL,

tel: 0207 603 3333

Enjoying some Tiffin at Durham

Next weekend sees the PBFA book-fair at Durham. Allegedly a fine little fair. (I’ve never actually made it – it is a long way from the south coast). Now run by Jeremiah Vokes (who specializes in detective fiction and Sherlock Holmes material), the free ticket imagefair is being held at the Durham School, Quarryheads Lane, Durham City, DH1 4SZ. Saturday 13th Feb from 10am-4pm. Many of the northern dealers will be there, so it is well worth a visit. If you would like a free ticket to the fair, click on the book here to go to the correct page of the pbfa website.

However, I cannot let mention of Durham pass without mentioning the Tiffins.  Tony and Gill Tiffin managed the Durham fair for many years, and always make me feel very welcome when I venture to the north. I caught up with them at the York fair this January, and bribed them into being interviewed. I have to give special thanks to Neil Summersgill, who was behind me whilst i was filming, and kept Gill in fits of giggles!

Cambridge is coming….

It is that time of year again, and all thoughts turn to Cambridge (well mine do anyway). The PBFA Cambridge fair is set in the fabulous Guildhall. If you haven’t been, this is a lovely building, right in the centre of Cambridge, next to the market and all of the shops. Not that many of us will have much time for anything other than the books, with 75 dealers and some lovely food in the café. free ticket cambridge

You can find more information about the fair and get a ticket by clicking on the book picture here. Naturally, I wouldn’t let this opportunity pass without an interview with the lovely Sarah Key from the Haunted Bookshop who manages the fair with a tad of assistance from Phil Salin.