Earlier this month I had the opportunity to visit the London Antiquarian Book Fair. It was a great pleasure to visit this fair once again and to meet with a handful of the 160+ booksellers exhibiting there.
According to organizers, this year's fair was a great success with attendance up approximately 23% from last year. Booksellers also reported an improvement in sales, with reports of overall sales increasing by 20% over 2010.
A special congratulation goes to the nearly 150 AbeBooks' rare & antiquarian booksellers who were exhibiting at the fair. Many AbeBooks' booksellers experienced a very successful fair with notable sales such as a 1637 copy of Rene Descartes: "Discours de la methode pour bien conduire sa raison, et chercher la verité dans les sciences" sold for £87,500 by Peter Harrington, as well as a limited edition of Hans Christian Andersen Tales with an original drawing by Arthur Rackham and signed by the artist sold for £20,000 by H. M Fletcher.
I would also like to thank the many booksellers who took the time to speak with me during the fair to discuss their accounts and any questions or concerns. It was a great opportunity to personally meet with some of our most established booksellers and to gather important feedback which will help us to continually improve our service to booksellers and buyers.