Antiquarian Booksellers Association

A trade body for the UK’s antiquarian and rare book dealers, the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (ABA) was founded in 1906. It runs the annual London International Antiquarian Book Fair at Olympia as well as the Chelsea Book Fair, with other events organised throughout the UK by the Provincial Book Fairs Association (PBFA).

ABA works closely with the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), the umbrella organisation for 32 countries.


Oxfam defiant over attack by antiquarian book trade

28 September 2009

OXFAM remain defiant in the face of criticism from the antiquarian book trade who say the charity is threatening their livelihoods.

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Ulysses sold for £275,000 at Olympia

08 June 2009

THERE were notable sales in the first hour of the two fairs which opened at Olympia in West London last Thursday.

ABA steps up efforts to resolve Slade affair

26 May 2009

THE Antiquarian Booksellers Association (ABA) has stepped up its efforts to recover books stolen by its former president, David Slade, from Sir Evelyn de Rothschild.

Former ABA president jailed over book thefts

16 February 2009

A FORMER president of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association has admitted stealing dozens of books from Sir Evelyn de Rothschild valued at a total of around £230,000.

ABA mark their centenary with a rather saucy publication of their own… and it’s a hit

16 April 2007

A surprisingly saucy book commissioned by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (ABA) to celebrate their centenary has become an unlikely hit, and is having to be reprinted to meet demand.

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Booksellers turn to Edinburgh

06 March 2007

FOR the third successive year, dealers from the UK’s two major antiquarian bookselling organisations, ABA and PBFA have combined forces at the Edinburgh Book Fair which this year takes place on March 23 and 24 in Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms.

Trade remove 1m books in online protest

24 April 2006

...but Web provider still won’t budge on credit card charges

April Fool’s Day boycott planned against ABE credit card charges

03 April 2006

Book buyers on the internet are likely to face higher prices when the Advanced Book Exchange introduces new charges to booksellers on April 3.

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Books patron Paxman

01 March 2005

PRESENTER and interviewer Jeremy Paxman, pictured right, has agreed to be the patron of this year’s Antiquarian Book Fair, which will be held at Olympia in West London from June 9 to 12.

Book trade hits back over court broadside

04 January 2005

THE Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association has hit back at criticism levelled at the trade in a court case involving a serial thief of valuable maps.

Credit card fraud spree targets book dealers

20 August 2002

The Antiquarian Book Dealers Association have sent out a warning to dealers to be alert to a credit card scam that has already claimed more than $100,000 worth of items from the trade.

English-Speaking Peoples on the African Game Trails

26 March 2001

US: JUST as it was with the Morris bird books featured in last week’s Antiquarian Books pages (see issue no. 1481), we are looking here at a very familiar set of books in an unfamiliar context.

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