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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 announce that Bernard Middleton will be signing copies of his 'A Bookbinder's Miscellany' at 5pm on Friday – see “Events at the Fair” page, for full details.

See you at Chelsea – again.

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Latest news from the ABA

Guided Tours at Chelsea 22/10/2015
Guided tours led by expert ABA booksellers are a highlight of the Chelsea Fair, giving everyone from first time visitors to experienced collectors the opportunity to l... read more »

Record Exhibitor Numbers for Chelsea 2015 21/09/2015
The ABA is very pleased to report that this year's Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair will feature a record number of exhibitors, with eighty-nine British and international... read more »

Future ABA Book Fair dates announced 17/07/2015
Edinburgh Book Fair: Friday and Saturday, 4th and 5th March 2016. Olympia Book Fair: Thursday to Saturday, 26th to 28th May 2016. Chelsea Book Fair,Friday & Saturday... read more »

Book Signing at Chelsea 29/06/2015
We are very pleased to announce that ABA Honorary Member and world-renowned bookbinder, Bernard Middleton, will be signing copies of his 'A Bookbinder's Miscellany' at... read more »

New joint ABA / PBFA Book Fair 29/06/2015
The ABA and PBFA have joined forces to bring a new fair into the calenday - the Bristol Antiquarian Book Fair, Friday and Saturday 10th and 11th July 2015. Please see... read more »

New ABA Website is launched 29/06/2015
Please visit the new-look website for the ABA: read more »

CHELSEA 2015 - Applications to Exhibit 18/06/2014
The application to exhibit will be circulated from the 1st of August and the closing date for applications is 31st August 2015. We can only accept applications from m... read more »