Learn about the antiquarian book trade from some of the best booksellers in the country.

York Antiquarian Book Seminar provides an opportunity for leading specialists to share their expertise and experience with booksellers, librarians and collectors in a comprehensive survey of the out-of-print, antiquarian, rare and used book markets. Basic procedures and problems are discussed both formally and informally through a series of lectures, discussions, demonstrations and practical hands-on workshops with emphasis on cataloguing, pricing and bookselling in the electronic age.

The seminar is designed for people of all levels of expertise, from beginners to those with years of experience who want to hone their skills in this rapidly changing field.


This Year’s Seminar

31/07/19: YABS 2019 is now fully booked. Please contact us if you’d like to be informed about last minute cancellation places.

04/07/19: Cancellation place available- go to our Book now page.

27/06/19: YABS 2019 is now fully booked.

The 2019 three day seminar will be held on Monday 9th, Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th September, 2019 at The Bar Convent, 17 Blossom Street, York YO24 1AQ.

The fees for 2019 are £525.

Book promptly to avoid disappointment. We can only accommodate 28 students and the course has been fully booked (with a waiting list) annually since its inception.

YABS will be taking a fallow year in 2020 and won’t be open to students. This is to allow the organisers and faculty to refresh the course and means that the next seminar after 2019 will be 2021. We anticipate high demand for 2019 places.


Contact Us

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Alternatively, please direct any questions about the seminar to:

Camilla Szymanowska, Secretary,
Antiquarian Booksellers Association, 6 Bell Yard, London, WC2A 2JR. United Kingdom.
Email: admin@aba.org.uk / Tel: +44 (0)20 7421 4681  /  Fax: +44 (0)20 7421 4641