Events and News


The booksellers of ANZAAB are delighted to present you with our Highlights Catalogue for December, an outstanding showcase of some of the treasures selected from our members’ shelves and picture rails. This catalogue is full to the brim with heritage Australiana, modern literature, fine art, exquisite manuscripts and more; it is a wonderful reflection of our members’ diverse interests and areas of expertise.

Over two hundred pages are fulled with illustrated descriptions of the material you might usually expect to find at an ANZAAB Book fair, with 25 dealers contributing to present you this showcase of the very best we have to offer. Take amount to read the catalogue and discover that precious work you have been searching for, to select a unique gift for a loved one, or just to learn something new. 

While so much has changed due to coronavirus the booksellers and their customers remain passionate about collecting and have adapted well to sharing their passion online. Amor librorum nos unit - the love of books unites us.

The catalogue can be viewed and downloaded here.

Please contact the individual booksellers about any items of interest.

Stay well, and enjoy the catalogue. We wish you all the very best for the holiday season, and a brighter and happier year for all of us in 2021.

Douglas Stewart

Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (ANZAAB)




For the first time in our 43 year history, the Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (ANZAAB) have united to publish a joint catalogue online.

Usually in July, we gather at the University of Melbourne to celebrate our love of books at the Melbourne Rare Book Fair. Due to the extraordinary circumstances of COVID-19, this cannot take place in 2020. Instead, a combined effort of 26 business located across Australia and even expatriates in New York has resulted in a catalogue of exceptional books, manuscripts and artworks, many being presented for sale for the first time.

While so much has changed due to coronavirus, we remain passionate about collecting welcome sharing our passion online.
Amor librorum nos unit - the love of books unites us.

The catalogue can be viewed and downloaded here.



In place of the Melbourne Rare Book Fair, which would have taken place this weekend, ANZAAB members have come together to offer a catalogue of exceptional books and documents which they would have shown you personally at the book fair this year. The catalogue will be launched here the ANZAAB website on Thursday morning, July 9, at 10am. So watch this space, or join The ANZAAB Newsletter Email List to receive the link to email inbox.


ANZAAB 2020 Book Fairs cancelled.

It is with sincere regret that ANZAAB announces the cancellation of the Melbourne Rare Book Fair and the Sydney Rare Book Fair in 2020 due to the impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

We wish everyone in the rare book community the very best as we deal with this issue, and look forward to your continued support during the year and the return of the Rare Book Fairs in 2021. 


Previous fairs:


SYDNEY RARE BOOK FAIR  1 - 2 November 2019

The ANZAAB Sydney Rare Book Fair was held on 1st and 2nd November 2019 at MacLaurin Hall at the University of Sydney

Visit Sydney Rare Book Fair 2019

The Fair was held in conjunction with Sydney Rare Book Week, organised jointly by the University of Sydney and the State Library of New South Wales, in the week leading up to the Book Fair.




ANZAAB held its Melbourne Rare Book Fair 2019 from 12 - 14 July at Wilson Hall, The University of Melbourne.




The Eighth Melbourne Rare Book Week took place from 5 July 2019 to 14 July 2019.




Sally Burdon elected ILAB President

It is with great pride that ANZAAB announces that member Sally Burdon of Asia Bookroom, in Canberra, was elected unopposed to the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers' (ILAB) Presidency at its National Presidents' Meeting in Pasadena, California on 4 February 2018.  She will hold the chair until September 2020.

It is of interest that since the inception of ILAB in 1947 there have only been two female Presidents.  The first was Kay Craddock (Kay Craddock - Antiquarian Bookseller) from Melbourne who held the ILAB chair from 2001 to 2003, and now Sally Burdon.

The ANZAB Board and membership wish Sally a successful and productive Presidency.  



Are You New to Antiquarian Bookselling? Have you recently become a bookseller?

Would it help if you could get regular advice from an experienced ILAB antiquarian bookseller in your field?

The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers has launched a free Mentoring Programme to help young or recently established booksellers throughout the world. The aim of the programme is to offer support and advice when it is most needed in the early days of a bookseller’s career. Experienced ILAB specialists are offering their time as unpaid mentors on all aspects of antiquarian bookselling: buying and selling, whether from bricks-and-mortar or on the internet, cataloguing, day-to-day operations, and book fairs. Whether you are looking for specialized advice from a dealer on the other side of the world, or face-to-face discussions with one closer to home, the ILAB Mentoring Programme may be for you. A link to the current list of mentors and their specialities can be found in the Education section on the ILAB website: For more information and an application email ILAB

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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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