Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association

Founded in 1974, the Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association, or PBFA, is a larg association of second-hand booksellers. The association organises over 70 fairs of second-hand, collectable and rare books in the UK each year.

These fairs include various ‘premier’ fairs such as the York Book Fair, London Book Fair and Oxford Book Fair.


PBFA online fair to go monthly

25 May 2020

The Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association (PBFA) is planning an unlimited succession of virtual fairs starting on the 29th of each month as it adapts to a world without traditional fairs.

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Dealers report sales at PBFA's inaugural online fair

11 May 2020

A 1902 calendar from Hasegawa, Tokyo, filled with colourful illustrations and verse was among the sales at the Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association’s (PBFA) first virtual fair.

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Coronavirus: PBFA launches inaugural virtual book fair

23 April 2020

Browsing at a fair can mean the serendipitous discovery of a treasure for the collection. To help recapture a bit of this magic online, The Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association (PFBA) launches its first virtual book fair next week.

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Four London book fairs will go into one week in June

21 May 2019

For the first time this year, the four fairs that make London a destination for bibliophiles in June will be held side-by-side across the space of just four days. ATG looks at the personality of each event.

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Take your Wilton pick at PBFA fair

25 February 2019

In ATG No 2380 February 23 I wrote a piece on the annual antiques fair held at Wilton House in Wiltshire from Friday to Saturday, March 8-10. It is worth noting that the Provincial Booksellers’ Association (PBFA) is running an antiquarian and out-of-print book fair at the Michael Herbert Hall in the village of Wilton on Sunday, March 10.

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Book dealer uncovers story of soldier in disguise

05 February 2018

If you want to find something unusual in the book and ephemera line, then head to one of the fairs held by the Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association (PBFA).

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A tale of two book fairs: ABA and PBFA kick off Rare Books London

05 June 2017

Two antiquarian book fairs held by the Antiquarian Booksellers Association (ABA) and Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association (PBFA) kicked off Rare Books London last week. The ABA’s London International Antiquarian Book ran from June 1-3 and the PBFA’s London International Premier Fair ran from June 1-2. Here, ATG takes you on a journey through the two west London events.

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Largest PBFA book fair gets set to open in Oxford

18 April 2017

This weekend Oxford hosts the PBFA’s 100-dealer antiquarian and out-of-print book premier fair, one of the largest in the association’s calendar. It is held at the Oxford Brookes Wheatley Campus on Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23.

PBFA and Oxfam settle dispute and agree a deal to work together

07 December 2009

THE Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association (PBFA) and Oxfam have come to an agreement in their dispute over how the charity is affecting the secondhand book market.

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