The 2014 fair has now closed.
The 2015 Fair will be held on 6th and 7th November, and this website will be updated for that fair in the summer of 2015

Buy Antiquarian Books


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This long established fair is presented and managed by the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (ABA), in collaboration with the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), (click logos to visit websites).


The Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair will be held once again at the stunning Chelsea Old Town Hall in the King’s Road, London SW3 5EE

Over its life, the Chelsea fair has become a fixture in the November calendar for book collectors and dealers from Britain, Europe and America. Warmer than Boston, more intimate than York, less formal than Paris – Chelsea has it all. Most of our exhibitors come back year after year, and that’s because sales continue to increase, and the customers return, again and again.

Book collectors love the fair, as we find from comments made or overheard: it’s friendly and varied, the dealers have time to talk, there are plenty of books but it’s not overwhelming. ‘See you at Chelsea’ has become a phrase familiar to everyone in the British rare book trade.

Yet it’s not all about dealers and committed book people: we want to welcome new collectors too. With Christmas around the corner, are you looking for an unusual and memorable present? Or is there a subject, author or period of history that especially attracts you? Perhaps you have been thinking of collecting books but are unsure of where to start, what to look for, who to approach or what on earth booksellers mean by yapp edges, pochoir plates or slightly foxed ...

If so, then Chelsea is the place to meet and talk to antiquarian booksellers who will be happy to answer – or attempt to answer – whatever questions are thrown at them.

Whether you are a bookseller, a collector or you are simply curious about old, antiquarian and collectable books, maps and ephemera, then the Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair is not to be missed.

This year, we are very pleased to be staging a book signing at 5pm on Friday – see “Events at the Fair” page, for full details.

See you at Chelsea – again.

Complimentary Tickets

Latest news from the ABA

CHELSEA 2014 - Applications to Exhibit 18/06/2014
The application to exhibit will be circulated to ABA Members, and members of any association affiliated to ILAB before the end of June. Applications must be completed... read more »

The Chelsea Book Fair is now full! 02/08/2013
We are pleased to announce that the Chelsea Book Fair 2013, is now full. We have 82 Exhibitors (same as last year) and are now opening a Waiting List. read more »

LIVE! at the Antiquarian Book Fair 30/07/2013
Application forms for LIVE! at the Antiquarian Book Fair 2014 will be circulated to allied trades, bodies and organisations that are affiliated in some way to the anti... read more »

Olympia 2014 - dates confirmed 30/07/2013
We are pleased to confirm the dates for the next London International Antiquarian Book Fair, Olympia as 22nd to 24th May 2014. The fair will once again take place in ... read more »