Book Fairs

York National Book Fair 2019

Biblio is proud to be a sponsor of the 45th annual York National Book Fair. This impressive event began in 1974 and has grown into Britain’s largest antiquarian book fair, and this year is ornithologically and artistically focused, with a large-scale art installation inspired by the works of John James Audubon by Lu Mason.


The important details:

When: 13th September 2019, 12:00 – 19:00 – 14th September 2019, 10:00 – 17:00

Where: The Knavesmire Suite, York Racecourse, York, Yorkshire, YO23 1EX

Cost: £ 2.00 (or register for free tickets in advance)

More info: http://www.yorkbookfair.com


This year, around 220 of Britain’s leading booksellers will offer for sale an awe-inspiring diversity of books, maps, and prints ranging in price from just a few pounds up to tens of thousands of pounds. There will also be a range of trade stands selling marbled papers and binding materials, and providers of services to the book trade will also be present. You can see the list of exhibitors and their highlights on the fair website.

Anyone interested in books and reading is encouraged to come along to this brilliant event. This is not just an event for dealers or traders but is open to bibliophiles both young and old. This is a great place to explore and start book collecting – with over 100,000 books for sale, where else can you look at, touch, enjoy, and even purchase so many rarities under one roof?

Co-organiser and York-based bookseller Janette Ray said:

“The book fair at York is a high-spot in the book selling calendar and reaches out to a wide audience so we are pleased to be able to provide both a platform for booksellers to display their best books alongside supporting Yorkshires artistic pool of talent.”

More from the official press release:

Alongside the customarily impressive array of items available for sale, this year’s event is also embracing the arts with a large-scale mobile installation inspired by some of the breath-taking books on offer. Winner of ‘Best in Show’ at last year’s art& Art Show, York-based artist Lu Mason has been working on the installation for the last few months and has drawn her inspiration from John James Audubon’s huge illustrated book Birds of America.

A facsimile of Audubon’s book will be exhibited and for sale by Red Books at the fair, alongside more specialist items on the same theme. Sellers such as Patrick Marrin will be offering exquisite contemporary images on the theme. Marrin’s Bookshop will have for sale, images from Illustrations of Ornithology, by the celebrated ornithologist and botanist, John Prideaux Selby – often considered to be the English Audubon.

The Fair venue is easy to reach, with unlimited free parking, and also a free shuttle bus running from the Railway Station to the Racecourse every 20 minutes. Entrance to the event is £2 on the door and tickets can be re-used all weekend.


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