Rare Books Edinburgh is a new festival dedicated to rare, collectable, and important books and the history of the book. Edinburgh's finest bookish institutions have arranged talks, exhibitions, and workshops for collectors, bibliophiles, and book-lovers, the majority of them free to all.
The talks include introductions suitable for budding book-lovers and those merely curious about the history of the book, along with scholars delving into their latest research. Collections rarely seen by the public will be show some of their treasures. At the centre is Scotland's largest and most prestigious book fair, with specialist dealers in rare and collectable books from all over Britain (and farther afield) offering selections from their stock. The Book Fair will be opened by Ian Rankin OBE, creator of Inspector Rebus.
The events of the inaugural festival are taking place between the 20th and 30th of March 2017, with the Edinburgh Book Fair on the 24th and 25th.
UPDATE: We are pleased to have a last-minute addition to the programme: the historic Edinburgh engraving firm Alexander Kirkwood & Son will be welcoming visitors on the 22nd and 23rd, between noon and 3pm. This is a unique opportunity to see equipment and materials they have used in their 191-year history, ahead of an upcoming move from their current premises.