The 2017 Chelsea Book Fair is now over. The 2018 Fair will be held on the 2nd and 3rd of November.
And keep an eye out for our redesigned website, coming soon!


Join an expert-led guided tour of the Fair to learn more about collecting a specific type of book, or to be introduced to the basics of rare books terminology and book collecting. Book free tickets through EventBrite and meet at the stage in the main hall on the day.


5.30pm. Introduction to Rare Books. Join ABA Secretary Camilla Szymanowska to learn the basics of rare book terminology and book collecting.

6pm.  Introduction to Rare Books with a Focus on Children's Books. Bookseller Tom Ayling of Jonkers Rare Books will teach you about rare book terminology and the basics of book collecting, with a focus on children's books, from household names like Harry Potter to intriguing lesser-known works.


1pm.  Introduction to Rare Books. Join bookseller Roger Treglown to learn about the basics of rare book terminology and book collecting. Roger has been a bookseller since 1980, and his business stocks a wide variety of antiquarian books and pamphlets, with one of his specialties being chess books.

1.30pm.  Fine Bindings.
Bookseller Tom Lintern-Mole of Antiquates will introduce you to fine bindings in a variety of styles and materials that dating from the late Middle Ages to the present day. Antiquates specialises in books and manuscripts from 1500-1850, especially historical, philosophical, and religious texts.

2pm.  Art.
Learn about beautiful, unusual , and important volumes on art with bookseller Janette Ray, whose business focuses on art, architecture, design, and photography.

2.30pm.  Lifestyle, Food & Drink.  Meet ephemera dealer Valerie Jackson-Harris, who will explore the delights of 18th and 19th-century dining, food, and drink through ephemera such as advertisements, greeting cards, and trade cards.

3.30pm.  Introduction to Rare Books.  Join Greg Coombes, Chief Executive of Francis Edwards, to learn the basics of rare book terminology and book collecting.