Firsts: London’s Rare Book Fair

Just over a week until the International Book Trade gathers once again, this time returning to London and the Saatchi Gallery for the 65th edition of one of the most popular and prestigious rare book fairs in the world – Firsts London. I am delighted to be exhibiting and can be found at stand I82. It will be lovely to catch up with friends and colleagues from far and wide. I will be displaying my usual eclectic mix of books and ephemera, with items relating to history, the graphic arts, medicine, science, and books by and for women. The theme this year is ‘Banned Books’, and I will have a few related items on display – if not necessarily banned, certainly a few clandestine ‘under the counter’ publications as it were.

Saatchi Gallery, London, SW3 4RY

Preview by Invitation
Thursday 15 September: 5-9pm.

Open Hours
Friday 16 September: 11-8pm
Saturday 17 September: 11-6pm
Sunday 18 September: 11-5pm

You can find details of the fair at:

Please click here for a short-title listing.

One particular highlight is an early example of a photographically illustrated book created by Josef Georg Böhm- a photographic copy of a 1640s manuscript relating to Tycho Brahe dealing with trigonometry, Photographische copies von Tycho Brahe’s Manuscript. One of only five copies produced, it is currently the only one in private hands – with no copy in the US. It was produced privately in Prague  in 1862 and has a wonderful description by the author of the technical challenges faced trying to take the photographs of the manuscript. For a full description of the book please click Bohm_Brahe