Joining the PBFA!

The Criteria


If you are a seller of antiquarian and/or secondhand books, you may wish to think about joining the PBFA. You may be a full time or part time bookseller, with a minimum, verifiable trading history of at least two years. These two years should have given you:

Knowledge of the terminology used in the trade, the necessary skills for identifying the condition of books that you buy or sell, a commitment to high professional standards, and a thorough understanding of the ethics and etiquette of the trade.

You will be asked to provide the names of a proposer and seconder who are current members of the PBFA and who have been full members for at least four years. This is normal procedure for most professional organisations.


AFFILIATED MEMBERSHIP: Affiliated Membership is open to bookbinders, conservators, fine press publishers, packaging suppliers and others who supply the book trade. The annual subscription is 50% of that paid by our members who are booksellers.  Those applying for Affiliated Membership should go through the usual joining procedure, with a Proposer and Seconder. Affiliated Members may book spaces at fairs and those bookings will be processed as soon as the main booking process is completed. Affiliated Members will be included in any Directories and represented on the Association’s website. (Note: Membership does not in any way guarantee space at any of the Association’s fairs). Affiliated Members shall not be entitled to voting rights at meetings.


The Benefits of Joining the PBFA

Membership of the PBFA is open to anyone who has been trading in antiquarian and second-hand books for a minimum of two years subject to certain criteria. They must be proposed and seconded by established members of the Association. We are pleased to announce that Membership is now also open to Fine Press Publishers, Bookbinders and others who supply goods or services to the book trade. 

The benefits of membership are extensive and include listings in members’ directories, fair catalogues and being able to add PBFA after members’ trading names. Members may exhibit at around 60plus fairs including fairs in London and around the UK, some specialist fairs and large premier fairs such as York International one of the largest book fairs in Europe.

Members may also showcase up to 100 of their best books on the PBFA website without any charges for listing and no commission on sales.

Other benefits include:

  • being able to join the PBFA Credit Union,
  • Parcelforce contracts for UK, European and Worldwide services.
  • PBFA members can also take advantage of bespoke booksellers’ insurance for stock and third party cover at discounted rates with T L Dallas (City) Ltd and Playle Russell

The Hon. Membership Secretary and office are happy to answer questions regarding the membership of the Association.  Email us at

We are also working closely with ABEBOOKS who are offering all PBFA members currently not selling with ABEBOOKS 4 months FREE subscription until end of 2018 to use their services and sell more art, books and ephemera.  Why not take advantage of being a member of one of the earliest established associations of second-hand and antiquarian booksellers. 

To find out more please click HERETo take advantage of the  ABEBOOKS OFFER, use promo code PBFAONLINE18 during registration.  Code good until the end of 2018.  See TERMS AND CONDITIONS.

How to apply

If you have been trading for two years and can provide the names of two existing Full Members of the PBFA who know you, have traded with you for at least two years, and are willing to propose and second your application, then email or call  01763 248400 and she will send you an application form and information pack.








Applying for membership does not guarantee acceptance.