Seminar History


YABS is the sister seminar of the long established Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar and was created with the support of the Colorado faculty. YABS was set up when Anthony Smithson, of Keel Row Books, attended the Colorado seminar in 2011 and was so impressed with the intentions, execution and results of the Colorado seminar that he decided to answer the glaring need for a European equivalent.

Anthony developed and launched YABS in 2014 with Alice Laverty (also of Keel Row Books) and Jonathan Kearns, of Jonathan Kearns Rare Books and Curiosities. YABS 2018 will be the fifth annual seminar. The event is still managed by Anthony and Alice of Keel Row Books, with the support of the ABA office and newly appointed York-based event manager Sophie Pointon.


YABS Faculty 2014 – 2017

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From left to right, Justin Croft, Simon Beattie, Anthony Smithson, Sophie Schneideman and Jonathan Kearns.




The York Antiquarian Book Seminar 2018 is proudly sponsored by:

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TL Dallas Insurance

TL Dallas have been offering insurance policies for book dealers, binders and collectors along with associated home insurance policies for over 30 years and are approved by the PBFA. Tailored insurance policies for those in the books and collectables industry include key policy covers, ensuring piece of mind. 

Key policy features include:

Items in transit worldwide by postal/courier service. Stock, goods in trust and ancillary display equipment at book and craft fairs. Stock temporarily at other locations, including transit to and from. Defective title cover as standard.

For more information: www.tldallas.com/our-services/business-insurance/book-scheme-collectables/



Bookseller software has been used by leading booksellers in the UK and abroad since the early 90s.

It is a very comprehensive system offering many features to help booksellers run their businesses. It includes cataloguing, customer management, invoicing, image management and uploading to websites. It can be used by single users or on networks, and runs on both Windows and Macintosh computers. It has been developed using the award-winning database software, FileMaker Pro

For more information: https://www.bookseller.uk.com/index.php


Supporters And Sponsors


The York Antiquarian Book Seminar is proudly supported by:


Antiquarian Booksellers Association

Founded in 1906 and the oldest organisation of its kind in the world, the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association is the senior trade body for dealers in antiquarian and rare books, manuscripts and allied materials in the British Isles. Its membership also extends to many of the leading booksellers overseas. Members are elected solely on the basis of proven experience, expertise and integrity. They are expected to observe the highest professional and ethical standards and to foster the mutual trust and respect that exists between the trade and the public.

For more information: www.aba.org.uk


The Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association

The Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association was founded in 1974 with just 20 members. Its primary aim was to provide provincial bookdealers with a shop window in London by holding regular book fairs. Nearly 40 years later it has over 500 members and regularly organises more than 80 antiquarian and secondhand book fairs a year.

For more information: www.pbfa.org


Special offers for YABS students 2018


We believe that the York Antiquarian Book Seminar is crucial to the future of bookselling as a professional enterprise and are committed to supporting the annual conference, its attendees, faculty, guests and the community they foster. The following offers are valid for any graduate of YABS since it began.

Half-Off BookHound 8 for Mac or Windows. 50% off BookHound 8 for any graduate of YABS. An unlock code will be sent by e-mail after purchase.

For YABS Bookstore Owners. YABS Grad Full Package. Starter website and half off hosting for the first year & Bookhound 8 free. Get an Octavo Website ($999 value) with half off hosting for the first year plus BookHound 8 included at no cost ($325 Value).

For full details, visit the Bibliopolis website https://www.bibliopolis.com/yabs-offer



ViaLibri is the worlds largest metasearch engine for old, rare and out-of-print books. Thanks to the generous folks at ViaLibri students at this year's YABS 2018 will receive a free year of ViaLibri Premium Services to keep them busy after they graduate. To get a flavour of what they have to offer visit https://www.vialibri.net/