The 54th London International Antiquarian Book Fair will host more than 160 booksellers from around the world at the London Olympia Exhibition Center.
The annual event will run from June 9 to 11, 2011, presenting books by local and overseas dealers from the UK, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Sweden, Finland, Australia, the US, Canada and Belgium.
Organized by England's Antiquarian Booksellers Association and sanctioned by the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), this year's fair will also host book dealers from Hungary for the first time, AE Monthly reported.
Visitors can see and purchase rare and antiquarian books, first editions, illustrated, fine prints, bindings, and a wide range of manuscripts, maps, prints, photographs, and other associated ephemera.
The event will feature lectures, guided tours of the fair and live exhibitions of bookbinding on the sidelines of the exhibition and visitors will be able to bring books and manuscripts for appraisal.
The first edition of the London International Antiquarian Book Fair was held in 1958 when only a handful of dealers participated. Organizers aimed to enable booksellers from the countryside to make their collections available to London buyers, along with those offered by London sellers themselves.
Although old books are now mostly traded via the internet, the printed word continues to draw collectors from around the world.