Category Archives: BOOK FAIR NEWS

Spring and early summer activities and dates for your diaries

It is Easter weekend and still a bit cold in York but the city is looking good and bracing itself for the Easter visitors.

We are bracing ourselves for upcoming events; In four weeks time it is the Oxford Book Fair April 20th-21th  

We will be at Oxford with a selection of our stock, majoring on photography, stained glass and church monuments on this occasion as well as a selection from the range of books on the arts we have.

A few weeks later it will be Firsts London, our major British event of the year run by the Antiquarian Booksellers Association.  At the Saatchi Gallery in the heart of Chelsea it looks like it will be a treat. Held between 16th and 19th May.  We hope to have a interesting range of books on the arts including architecture and photography at this event. Our stand is F48 on the first floor.

Hoping we can see you at one of these events.


YORK CERAMICS FAIR 9-10th March 2024 – 69 exhibitors

We will be showing our stock of rare and out of print books alongside new titles on Contemporary Ceramics at the wonderful York Ceramics Fair, held at the Knavesmire Suite, York Racecourse,  YO23 1EXYork. This is a fabulous event where makers from throughout Britain meet and sell their works. There are also great pottery demonstrations and an opportunity to try out a bit of working with clay as well as visiting our book stall for all kinds of titles from “how to do it” to how the experts have crafted their pots. Hope to see you there. More details on our book fairs page or at

Christmas Books, Advent Calendars and Winter themed cards

We are setting up our shop for the Christmas season. There are a selection of books for Christmas gifts, Advent Calendars by Angela Harding, Emily Sutton and Alice Melvin and Calendars for 2024 including Martin Dust’s Brutal Calendar featuring iconic concrete  buildings for devotee’s of the modernist in architecture. We are also open every Saturday between 10.30am and 5.00pm up until Christmas. Please call by rather than walk by.


Our shop will be open on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th October as part of the York Unlocked programme where buildings of heritage merit and interest are opened to the public. Come and explore our shop and find out a bit more about the history of the building. We are open between 10-00 and 16.-00 both on Saturday and Sunday.

Hope to see you there. Further information about York Unlocked can be found on their website or in the green booklets which most participants have for you to pick up.

FIRSTS LONDON 18-21May 2023 Stand 49

It is hard to believe it is that time of the year again. Firsts, the Antiquarian Booksellers Association  book fair ,for 2023, opens at the Saatchi Gallery, just off the Kings, Road, Chelsea. We are getting our stock list together for this event which will go live on this site in the Catalogues section on the day the fair opens.

It is a wonderful place to see some of the fabulous books produced in the past.  In our subject area, we will have a range of modern rarities as well as a few from the past which were at the cutting edge of design in their own time. Come along. Prepare to be amazed.

If you need a ticket, we can send you one or you can get one  from the book fair website which you can link to here.


California – we are packed and ready to go

The California Book Fair starts on February 10th and we will be there. Just finished packing up our books to take and they will be winging their way there in the next week. Whilst the fair will be on our shop will be open as usual for those who cannot get to Pasadena and sample the books and the Spring weather. We will be at Booth 507




September 2nd – 19th   2022

The shop will be closed on the following days

Friday September 2nd 2022 from 11.00am [We are exhibiting at the Association of Gardens Trusts Event, North Yorkshire]

Thursday and Friday September 8th and 9th [We are exhibiting at the York National Book Fair]

Wednesday to Friday September 14th – 16th [We are exhibiting at FIRSTS LONDON at the Saatchi Gallery]

We are sorry for any inconvenience this might cause. Our on line shop is open 24/7 as usual.

If you see something you like in our window, drop us an email and we will reserve it.

Janette Ray Booksellers

September 1st 2022


The shop continues to be open three days a week Wednesday to Friday 10am to 5pm. We hope to see you if you live, work or visit York. We also open by appointment outside these hours if something can be arranged.

Our new catalogue is progressing and is on Typography and lettering and is a single collection catalogue from the Library of Michael Harvey. Please contact us if you would like a copy and are not generally on our mailing list.

York is looking lovely, so do visit.