Firsts: London’s Rare Book Fair

I am delighted to be exhibiting at the forthcoming in-person

 Firsts: London’s Rare Book Fair. 

Now in its 64th edition, the Antiquarian Booksellers Association’s fair is taking place for the first time at the Saatchi Gallery in Sloane Square, from 21st to 24th October 2021

For a complimentary e-ticket (Friday to Sunday) please click here

Autumn Bulletin – an illustrated catalogue of highlights

Firsts London Short title

I very much look forward to seeing you at the fair and can be found at Stand I61. 

Opening Hours:

Thursday 21st October: 5pm – 9pm (private preview – invitation only)

Friday 22nd October: 11am – 7pm

Saturday 23rd October: 11am – 6pm

Sunday 24th October: 11am – 5pm

Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s Square, King’s Road, London, SW3 4RY

Firsts Online

I am delighted to be taking part in the Antiquarian Bookseller’s Association next event, Firsts Online from 20-25 May 2021.
Over 115 exhibitors from 15 countries will be offering over 2,000 highlights from 2pm GMT on Thursday 20 May. Highlights are fresh to the market with new items added throughout the event. We encourage you to visit the website regularly to see the newly added items.

You can reach my exhibitor page here:

In addition to the fair, the ABA has also organised three online Webinars, scheduled to coincide with Firsts Online. In partnership with The Book Collector, the three online talks are moderated by Michael Caines, Assistant Editor of the Times Literary Supplement.

Collecting Online: The Advantages and Disadvantages of Collecting Rare Books On The Internet.
Friday 21st May 2021 at 5PM BST
Learn more here.

Collecting Botanical Prints and Illustrations
Saturday 22nd May 2021 at 5PM BST

Learn more here.

Collecting Genre/Fiction
Monday 24th May 2021 at 5PM BST
Learn more here.

And in other news …

26th Mar 2021
Following the AGM held 25th March 2021, the ABA has announced its new president and council, who will help lead the ABA and its members in the coming years.

Interview with Deborah Coltham, the ABA’s new Vice-President

04th May 2021
Deborah Coltham was elected as Vice-President in March 2021. We spoke with her on her new role and her advice to booksellers during this time.


American Association for the History of Medicine 94th Annual/Virtual Meeting.

I am delighted to be taking part once again, albeit virtually this year, at the American Association for the History of Medicine Book Exhibit. Open to meeting attendees from 5pm on Thursday May 13th, the book exhibit runs from 8am – 8pm on Friday 13th  and Saturday 14th, and from 10am – 2pm on Sunday May 16th.

I will be available to chat at certain points during the day – though sadly the time difference means that my appearances may be brief! Nevertheless, sending best wishes to all my AAHM colleagues and friends and very much looking forward to when we can meet again.

I have recently produced a Catalogue of Early Books in Science and Medicine which can be viewed here: EarlyScience&Medicine

‘Wonders Bound’ – Firsts London Online Autumn edition

For the second time, the virtual doors of Firsts London Online  are about to open, and so once again may I extend a warm welcome to you all, should you care to pop along for a leisurely browse. The online fair will remain open for visitors and buyers from today until midnight on Monday September 14th, with new items being added daily. Together with 115 international dealers from 16 countries, I have uploaded a number of recent acquisitions which can be viewed on the site. Exhibitor highlights may be changed during the event, and so please do keep revisiting the site.

As the book collecting community comes together once again, albeit virtually for the time being, I am therefore pleased to present my latest catalogue on the theme of collectors and collecting – ‘Wonders Bound’ – A Selection of Curiosities. Predominantly from a private collection, the 40 item list includes Wunderkammers, associated instructional works on how best to transport, preserve, and display the natural and artificial wonders, as well as works on zoological gardens (Moscow, Paris and Berlin), auction catalogues, guide-books, and other curiosities. After a relatively quiet summer, it has been an enjoyable, and often thought-provoking, catalogue to work on, and I hope that it may be of interest.

Firsts Goes Online!

We may not all be able to meet in person this year, but the fair must go on as they say, and I am delighted to be amongst 120 exhibitors partaking in Firsts Online – a digital version of our Firsts London.

The fair will launch to the public at 2pm GMT on Friday 5th June 2020. Over 120 Exhibitors from 15 countries will gather to offer rare and beautiful works including books, maps, manuscripts and ephemera covering a vast array of subjects.

Each exhibitor has been invited to showcase up to 12 highlights from what would have been their exhibited stock at the annual fair in London. In addition I will be uploading a catalogue shortly after the fair opens – so please do watch this space! I also plan to be ‘manning’ my virtual booth, so please do drop me a line if you have any questions.

The virtual fair will run for a week, and dealers will be updating their stock throughout the week.