Definition of term:: Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA)


  • Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA)
    The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America is the American organization that represents the rare book trade. It consists of approximately 475 members and their firms, and counts among their numbers most of the country's best rare booksellers. Most competent and ethical booksellers in the U.S. should probably aspire to eventual membership. Since 1949 the ABAA has a published Code of Ethics for its members, and works hard to enforce it. ABAA sponsors three annual rare book fairs, the best of their kind in America, and many would say in the world - the New York, California (which alternates between San Francisco and Los Angeles), and Boston. See www.abaa.org
Source: What bookdealers really mean. A dictionary by Tom Congalton and Dan Gregory (Between the Covers), with additions from other sources
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