29 April 2020; Announcement from the organisers:
Dear exhibitors, dear colleagues
It is with great regret that we have to inform you that the 25th Antiquarian Book Fair Zurich has been postponed to autumn 2021. With regard to the ongoing uncertainties in connection with the COVID-19 situation, the board of VEBUKU has decided to cancel this year’s fair. It remains entirely unclear what the situation in autumn will be: can fairs be held, may dealers travel etc.?
We would also like to take the opportunity to thank those of you who have already registered or shown us their support in any other way.
We will keep you posted!
For the fair committee
SAVE THE DATE for the 25th Zurich Antiquarian Book Fair which brings together Swiss and international antiquarian booksellers, organised by the Swiss association VEBUKU!
Dr. Peter Bichsel, President of VEBUKU and the entire Swiss booksellers association invite bibliophiles and collectors to one of Switzerland's most iconic art venues, the Kunsthaus in the heart of Zurich.
"Dear Visitor to the Zurich Antiquarian Book Fair,
During the early 2000’s, the Internet and online trading turned our traditional antiquarian book shops upside down. Any dealer who didn’t want to miss out had to start offering books online and eventually give in to the power of the virtual market place. Over 15 years on, internet selling platforms are now part of our daily life but they do not represent the whole trade. In contrast to many other products, antiquarian books cannot just be shown online. Condition, provenance, binding etc. are very particular characteristics that make an antiquarian book a truly unique product. In an antiquarian bookshop, this uniqueness has a home. A customer wants to see the book and hold it in their hands. We often fall in love with a book because of its feel and look before we buy.
What better place to do exactly that than an antiquarian book fair, where books can be seen and touched? Where collectors are able to meet a variety of booksellers in one place and where it is possible to browse and converse in a comfortable setting. The Zurich Kunsthaus has been the home to the fair for many years and will this year, once again, be a place for special memories, enriching experiences and memorable encounters." Dr. Peter Bichsel.
Read an article in the Swiss Press and why the Swiss fair organisers asked for a date on Tinder (German language):
>> Tinder-Date mit Anna Karenina - Die Antiquariatsmesse Zürich sucht das Publikum von morgen. Dazu setzt man auch mal auf die Dating-App Tinder.