16 - 19 May 2024, Entire Gallery


Preview night: Thursday 16 May, 5pm – 9pm. £60. Saatchi Gallery Members get 50% off – email to redeem.

Friday 17 May, 11am – 8pm. £10.

Saturday 18 May, 11am – 6pm. £5. Saatchi Gallery Members get FREE ENTRY – email to redeem.

Sunday 19 May, 11am – 5pm. FREE ENTRY.


Firsts London – one of the most popular and prestigious rare book fairs in the world – returns to Saatchi Gallery. Whether you’re a collector looking for the next masterpiece to add to your library, or a bibliophile who loves browsing second-hand classics, Firsts London is a unique cultural event not to be missed. Get up close with inscribed firsts editions, occult manuscripts, letters between prominent figures, and gorgeous bindings embroidered by deft hands, or inlaid with precious stones.

The theme for Firsts London 2024 is ‘The Art of the Book’. In books, the visual arts meet literature, and beauty may be admired in illustration and illumination; in calligraphy and cartography; in typography and photography; in printmaking and paper manufacture; and within the art of bookbinding itself. Book design represents shifting tastes and conventions through the centuries and across cultures, as well as revealing socioeconomic factors which influence their production. Our theme for Firsts London 2024 brings together the best the market has to offer when it comes to beautiful and finely crafted books.

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