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Book fairs an evolution

A look at some of the changes and challenges facing the organisers of rare books and works on paper fairs

It’s a big year for London’s leading light in the international rare books calendar. This month’s The ABA Rare Book Fair London on May 24-26 – the flagship of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (ABA) – is the 61st but the first year at Battersea Evolution, in south-west London.

The decision to move after 20 years from the decidedly different Victorian environs of the Olympia complex in West Kensington had been on the cards for several years.

Tony Fothergill, chairman of the ABA, which organises the event in collaboration with the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), says a growing sense that the Olympia venue was in the wrong location meant it was a matter of ‘when’, rather than ‘if’.

“We’ve always needed a ‘plan B’ with Olympia,” he says. “One of the main reasons we first moved there was the tie-in with the summer art and antiques fair in early June. But with changing dates, it left us pretty much as a sole event at that venue.”

Olympia suffers too from the absence of passing footfall, Fothergill says.

“We really felt that the hinterland of the venue was less and less conducive to an event of this type. It was difficult to get the public there in any larger numbers, year on year, mainly because of the location.”

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