Melbourne Rare Book Week and Melbourne Rare Book Fair 2016

Melbourne Rare Book Week commenced in 2012 as a partnership between ANZAAB, the University of Melbourne and eight other literary institutions.

In 2016, 55 free events were held at libraries, literary and historical societies and bookshops throughout Melbourne, attracting local, national and international visitors. Melbourne Rare Book Week is a major attraction for book collectors, librarians and all who have a love of words, print on paper and literary heritage. Melbourne Rare Book Week ran from 14-24 July. 

The 44th ANZAAB Australian Antiquarian Book Fair (Melbourne Rare Book Fair) was once again held at the University of Melbourne's historic Wilson Hall, from 22-24 July, 2016. 

A short video on Melbourne Rare Book Fair 2014 can be viewed here.

In 2017, Melbourne Rare Book Week will run from 30 June – 9 July 2017.



On UNESCO's World Book and Copyright Day Bookellers from around Australia will be exhibiting for 5 hours only at the State Library of NSW.

Join us!

On offer will be a fabulous range of rare books, ephemera, maps, prints and other works on paper. These booksellers all support UNESCO's World Book and Copyright Day fundraising for UNESCO ambassador Forest Whitaker's Peace and Development Program in South Sudan. This inspirational programme includes a strong literacy aspect. We invite you to join us on April 23 and help fill a symbolic Empty Bookcase to make a literate South Sudan.

Venue: State Library of NSW, Sydney / Email: / Time: 11am - 4pm / Phone: (02) 6251 5191 for more information

We very much regret that the ANZAAB Conference at the State Library of NSW April 21 and 22 has been postponed. We hope to see you at the Pop Up Book Fair instead.


ILAB Pop-Up Book Fairs on UNESCO World Book And Copyright Day

Each year UNESCO celebrates the 23rd of April as World Book and Copyright Day.
This year, antiquarian booksellers from all around the world joined together to fight illiteracy.

The ILAB Pop Up Book Fairs were a fantastic success, with the 3 Australian fairs in SydneyHamilton and Dunkeld filling numerous "bookcases" with symbolic book spines and raising a total of $1800 for UNESCO literacy projects in South Sudan

There were over 30 pop up fairs held throughout the world, starting the day in Australia and continuing through JapanAustriaGermanyThe Netherlandsthe UK, and the USA.

See the full details at the dedicated ILAB Pop Up Fair Blog.

The Sydney fair was officially opened at the State Library of New South Wales by Professor Dame Marie Bashir, former Governor of New South Wales, together with ANZAAB President Jörn Harbeck and Sally Burdon, ILAB Committee and co-convenor of the ILAB Pop Up Book Fairs.

Read more and see all the amazing photos of the day at the special ILAB Pop Up Fair Blog (maintained by Barbara van Benthem)

Read 'A Tale of Two Towns', an article about Dunkeld and Hamilton here

ANZAAB Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar Scholarships Awarded

We are pleased to announce that the two 2015 ANZAAB Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar scholarships were awarded to Dawn Albinger of Archives Fine Books in Brisbane and to Tom Baker-Stimson of Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers in Adelaide. Both Dawn and Tom were ‘over the moon’ when they found out they will be going to Colorado in July.

We are honoured to have been able to award these scholarships through the generous support of an anonymous benefactor. ANZAAB received many excellent applications for the scholarships that strive to promote excellence in the book trade. The scholarships will make a real difference. Both Dawn and Tom have been working in the trade for a few years now and have already shown real promise. More than that: they have both proven that they will make a significant contribution to the antiquarian book trade in the long term.

Every year the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar, or CABS as it is known, delivers extraordinary ‘insider’ information to interested booksellers, would-be booksellers, rare book and special collections librarians and collectors. Now in its 37th year, over 2000 students have attended and many students are still working in the trade today.

For more information on CABS and on how to register for this year’s seminar click here.

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What is ANZAAB?

The Australian & New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (ANZAAB), which was formed in 1977, has 56 full members today, who, together with the other categories of ANZAAB membership, associate, retired, life and honorary make up a total membership of 79.

ANZAAB is the professional body which represents the members of the antiquarian book business in Australia and New Zealand. It aims to promote antiquarian bookselling and collecting; it makes statements on matters affecting these topics on behalf of its members. 

The ANZAAB Code of Ethics may be seen by clicking on the preceding link.

Click on ANZAAB Office Bearers to see the current ANZAAB Office Bearers. A list of Life Members and Retired Members can also be seen on this page. 

The association organises a regular series of antiquarian book fairs in major cities. 

Like many national associations, ANZAAB is affiliated with the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers. Like other national associations it sets out standards of commercial behaviour to which its members voluntarily adhere. It encourages the observance of the courtesies and honourable practices traditionally associated with the trade. In particular, ANZAAB seeks to encourage its members to achieve high standards of accuracy in descriptions of materials offered for sale. 


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