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London WC1N 2BF
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Pom Harrington
President Phone
+44 (0)20 8004 9513
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London SW3 6HS
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+44 (0)20 7591 0220

Founded in 1906 and the oldest organisation of its kind in the world, the Antiquarian Booksellers Association is the senior trade body for dealers in antiquarian and rare books, manuscripts and allied materials in the British Isles. Members are elected to the ABA solely on the basis of proven experience, expertise and integrity. They are required to observe the highest professional and ethical standards. The display of the Associations badge pledges members to: the authenticity of all material offered for sale the expert and proper description of all such material the disclosure of all significant defects or restorations the clear, accurate and professional pricing of all material the fairness and honesty of offers to purchase. For the last forty years, the Association has run a small number of high quality book fairs. At present there are two major fairs each year. Firsts London is held in June, and the Chelsea Book Fair takes place in Chelsea Old Town Hall during November. Smaller fairs are held in Edinburgh and Bristol, in concert with the PBFA. The Association also provides a Benevolent Fund for charitable use to help all UK antiquarian booksellers and their dependants, and also for educational purposes.


Pom Harrington

Vice President

Deborah Coltham


Daniel Crouch

Immediate Past President

Roger Treglown


Jenny Allsworth (Allsworth Rare Books), Simon Beattie, Michael Graves -Johnston, James Hallgate (Lucius Books), Thomas Heneage (Thomas Heneage Art Books), Ed Maggs (Maggs Bros Ltd), Tom Lintern-Mole (Antiquates Ltd), Sophie Schneideman (Sophie Schneideman Rare Books and Prints), and Bernard Shapero (Shapero Rare Books Ltd).

Company Secretary

Riley Grant

Book Fairs

Firsts London, the ABA's summer fair, is the oldest and one of the most important fairs of the rare book trade, taking place in London in June, while the Chelsea Book Fair fair takes place in November.

More information

>> History of the ABA

>>> History of the London International Antiquarian Book Fair - Founded in 1958. By Keith Fletcher

>>> Diana Parikians Swansong. By Beatie Wolfe

>>> Insider Collecting - A talk given by Keith Fletcher to The Private Libraries Association

>>> A working life: The rare-book dealer - Ed Maggs

>>> Mike Tsang - London Rare Booksellers

>>> 'Far-Flung' Booksellers

>>> Sotherans: 250 Years of Bookselling

>>> Sheila Markham - A Book of Booksellers

>>> Alan Shelley (1941 - 2009)

>>> A Life for Rare Books - W.R. Bill Fletcher 1906-1996

>>> Half a League Onward. By Percy H. Muir

>>> The International League. By Anthony Rota

>>> International League Conference - London 1956

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