The Amsterdam Antiquarian Fair is an absolute must for both serious bibliophiles and general book lovers. It has been taking place almost annually since 1965. Due to its slow increase in size over the years, venues have changed due to necessity and it is now held in the Amsterdam Marriott Hotel. The fair attracts a large number of prominent antiquarians from both the Netherlands and abroad, and there is guaranteed to be something here to interest everyone.
It is not just books that are for sale at the Amsterdam Antiquarian Fair. Visitors will also find atlases, old maps, fine prints, manuscripts, first editions, and all kinds of items featuring the written and printed word in general. This event is incredibly relaxed and welcoming. It is free to enter and is sure to prove entrancing to anyone of the ilk who can not resist a good book store. Browsing is encouraged and vendors love to share the stories behind the items up for sale.
The Amsterdam Antiquarian Fair takes place over a weekend. Often, on the Sunday, the curators of the event give a guided tour around the stands. They take visitors on a walk through the collections and highlight their favorite items displayed among the vendors’ collections. These talks demonstrate the passion that the organizers have for collectible antiquarians, and it is this passion that has built the reputation of this event over the years.
Many of the names that book a spot to trade at the Amsterdam Antiquarian Fair will be well known to those aficionados in the field. Since these traders come from all over Europe, it is the perfect chance for collectors to be able to meet all of these dealers under the one roof. This annual opportunity should not be missed, and collectors often come back to this fantastic fair year after year.