York Antiquarian Book Seminar

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

The next three day seminar will be held in the week of the Book Fair in 2021

The fees for 2019 were £525.

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

For five years this highly popular course has been described as a ‘boot camp for booksellers’. YABS provides an opportunity for leading specialists to share their expertise and experience 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.

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.