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From modest beginnings with just 20 exhibitors at the White Swan Inn in York in 1974, the York National Book Fair has grown into the largest, and many say friendliest, rare, antiquarian & out-of-print book fair in the UK and Europe.

At the York National Book Fair, you will find books over 500 years old, be able to review copies of recently published works, and everything in between. The book fair will take place at York Racecourse. This venue is very easy to reach - there is unlimited free parking, and also a free shuttle bus from the Railway Station (Memorial Gardens) to the fair every 30 minutes, starting at 10.30am on Friday, and 9.30am on Saturday.  The last buses from the fair to the station will depart at 7.15pm on Friday and 5.15pm on Saturday.

Do also visit the fair's website, www.yorkbookfair.com where you can find more fair details, including an interactive floor plan.

Who Will Enjoy The Fair?
Anyone interested in books and reading. This is not just a Fair for dealers, but is open to everyone young and old, and a great place to start 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. If you are already a collector then attending the York National Book Fair is a great opportunity to meet new dealers in your area.

Books, Prints, Maps & Ephemera
Held over two days, over 150 of this country's leading booksellers offer for sale a breath-taking diversity of books, as well as posters, ephemera, manuscripts, maps & prints, ranging in price from just a few pounds up to tens of thousands of pounds. This year we also welcome a number of dealers from overseas.

Refreshments: Light refreshments available in café.

Key Details

Time & Date 15th September 2023, 12:00 - 19:00 16th September 2023, 10:00 - 17:00

Venue The Knavesmire Suite, York Racecourse, York, YO23 1EX

Website http://www.yorkbookfair.com

Organisers Tony Fothergill, Ken Spelman Books Ltd Tel: 07960 350909 Email: kenspelmanbooks@gmail.com

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Ticket Information

Admission £ 2.00

Travel Information

Parking

Free, at the venue

Train

York station, just over a mile away

Bus

Free shuttle bus from and to York railway station (Memorial Gardens)

Driving

A1(M), J1

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Highlights

If you are thinking of attending this fair, why not have a look at some of the books recommended by some of the Members who will be there.

Doctor Who - The Ambassadors of Death

Dicks, Terrance

W. H. Allen

£150.00

Offered by Humford Mill Books

THE FUTURE WATER SUPPLY OF BIRMINGHAM.1st 1898

THOMAS BARCLAY

CORNISH BROTHERS.BIRMINGHAM & SIMPKIN< MARSHALL & Co. LONDON

£95.00

Offered by Black Cat Bookshop

The Play's of Shakespeare

SHAKESPEARE, William

William Pickering

£1800.00

Offered by Rainford & Parris

The Spectator 1733, Eleventh Edition, 7 volumes

Addison, Joseph, Richard Steele, et al

J. Tonson, at Shakespear's-Head

£350.00

Offered by C L Hawley

Heidi's Early Experiences and Heidi's Further Expe...

SPYRI, Johanna

Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington

£10000.00

Offered by Rainford & Parris

The Ian Fleming Collection

FLEMING, Ian

Indiana University Library, Bloomington

£250.00

Offered by Rainford & Parris

Love All - signed copy

Howard, Elizabeth Jane

Macmillan

£60.00

Offered by C L Hawley

Black Mischief

WAUGH, Evelyn

Chapman & Hall Ltd

£1500.00

Offered by Rainford & Parris

The Tailor of Gloucester

POTTER, Beatrix

Frederick Warne & Co

£3750.00

Offered by Rainford & Parris

A Significant Collection of books by and about Wal...

WHITMAN, Walt ~ Signed

£12500.00

Offered by Rainford & Parris

Geography & Plays

STEIN, Gertrude

The Four Seas Company

£350.00

Offered by Rainford & Parris

French Provincial Cookery ~ Signed

DAVID, Elizabeth

Michael Joseph, London

£1750.00

Offered by Rainford & Parris

The Complete Harry Potter Collection (Adult Editio...

Rowling, J. K.

Bloomsbury

£295.00

Offered by Humford Mill Books

My Own Life of Adventure

Price, Willard

Cape

£85.00

Offered by Humford Mill Books

A Picture A B C

WEISSENBORN, H & EARDLEY-WILMOT, D

Acorn Press, London

£275.00

Offered by Rainford & Parris

The Letters of Edward FitzGerald

A. M. Terhune (ed.)

Princeton

£125.00

Offered by David Whittaker

John Fell, the University Press and the "Fell" Typ...

Morison, Stanley (with the assistance of Harry Carter)

Clarendon Press

£200.00

Offered by Missing Books

The History & Topography of the County of Essex (W...

Wright, Thomas

George Virtue

£375.00

Offered by Missing Books

Secret Speech: Delivered to the Closed Session of...

KHRUSHCHEV, Nikita Sergeyevich

No Publisher

£4000.00

Offered by York Modern Books

The Wry Romance of the Literary Rectory

Alun-Jones, Deborah

Thames and Hudson

£16.00

Offered by C L Hawley

Sharpe’s Honour

Cornwell, Bernard

Collins

£150.00

Offered by Humford Mill Books

The Scots Kitchen

McNeill, F. Marian

Blackie & Son Ltd.

£295.00

Offered by David Ford Books

The Book of Tea A Japanese Harmony of culture &...

Okakura-Kakuzo

T.N. Foulis Edinburgh & London

£155.00

Offered by David Ford Books

White Teeth (signed)

Smith, Zadie

Hamish Hamilton

Reserved

Offered by Humford Mill Books

Fair Exhibitors

If you would like to see which Members will be at this fair, you can browse through them all below. Just select the letter their name starts with and click their name to see their specific page.

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108

Daniel Ahern | Daniel Ahern Tidworth

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Guest Exhibitors

We are pleased to announce that we will have some special guests at this fair! Have a look at who they are.

Otter Bookbinding Ltd
Book printing and binding; traditional fine binding; restoration and repair; boxes, folders and portfolios.

Contact: Marysa De Veer

Telephone: 01730 352042
Address

Cissbury
Ashfield Road
Midhurst
West Sussex
GU29 9JS

T L Dallas (City) Ltd.
T L Dallas is one of the UK's leading independent Insurance Broking and Risk Management companies with offices throughout the UK. They are also PBFA approved.

Contact: Molly Jones & Esther Oram

Telephone: 020 7426 5330
Website: www.tldallas.com
Address

14 Devonshire Square
London
EC2M 4YT

Victoria Hall Hand Decorated Papers
Victoria makes hand marbled and paste papers with a particular interest in historic papers which are available from stock or may be ordered. Requests to match old papers are welcome, as are enquiries for use in modern editions and other applications. Gift products. Established 1989.

Contact: Victoria Hall

Telephone: 01328 701381
Address

Hill Farm House, London Street
Whissonsett
Dereham
Norfolk
NR20 5ST

Creative Computing
Creative Computing is based in Abingdon, near Oxford. It offers a variety of computer services, including database and website development. Its "Bookseller" cataloguing database system is used by many of the leading antiquarian booksellers in the UK and worldwide.

Contact: Tom Dupre

Telephone: 01235 539395
Address

Newburn
Tatham Road
Abingdon
Oxfordshire
OX14 1QD

Private Libraries Association
We are an international association of people who love and collect books. We aim to share that love and enthusiasm by publishing books and articles on all aspects of the book, anything, in fact, that reflects the interests of our members. In 2016 we celebrated our 60th anniversary and intend to keep going for another sixty years. We publish four journals a year and in 2018 we will be publishing the latest of our books, Early Private Presses 1730-1900, a two-volume work by David Chambers, the well-known expert in this field. We will have the full range of our journals and publications available to buy at the fair.

Contact: David Fry

The Institute of English Studies
The Institute of English Studies (School of Advanced Study, University of London) offers training in book, print, and manuscript studies through the London Rare Books School, Palaeography Summer School, and the MA/MRes in the History of the Book.

Contact: Anne-Marie Stephen

Telephone: 020 7862 8679
Address

University of London
Senate House, Malet Street
London
WC1E 7HU

Universal Short Title Catalogue (USTC)
The Universal Short Title Catalogue Project presents "The Book at War" and titles from "The Library of the Written Word". The Universal Short Title Catalogue Project is a searchable resource providing free access to descriptions of over 1.5 million editions published throughout Europe between 1450 and 1700, along with 400,000 full digital reproductions. It is curated by the book history research team at the University of St Andrews led by Professor Andrew Pettegree and Dr Arthur der Weduwen. E. bookproj@st-andrews.ac.uk.

Contact: Arthur der Weduwen

Telephone: 07572 856079
Address

St John's House
69 South Street
St Andrews
KY16 9QW

R F Shipping Ltd

Contact:

Telephone: 0203 002 6026
Address

Wow Acton, Unit 5, Wendover Court
Western Avenue
London
W3 0TG

Roo Waterhouse Art
Celebrate your life in books with a bespoke 'Shelf Portrait'. Roo Waterhouse’s detailed oil paintings of treasured and iconic books build up a portrait to resonate with your stories and reflect your life and passions. Rather like Desert Island Discs... Which books would you choose?

Contact:

Telephone: 07905 889773
Address

Northlight Art Studios
Valley Road
Hebden Bridge
West Yorkshire
HX7 6DG

Resources

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