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The ABA Code

The Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association, founded in 1906, is the oldest organisation of antiquarian booksellers in the world. Its members deal in books, manuscripts, prints, maps, music, photographs, ephemera and associated material of all ages.

The Association promotes the acquisition, enjoyment, and study of books, fosters cordial and trusting relations between members of public and trade alike, and upholds the highest ethical standards.

Members of the Association are elected on the basis of their knowledge, experience and integrity.


Members of the ABA pledge:

AUTHENTICITY – The guarantee of the authenticity of all material offered for sale

DESCRIPTION – The accurate and professional identification and description of all such material

DISCLOSURE – The disclosure of all significant restoration and repair

PRICING – The clear, informed and professional pricing of all material

FAIRNESS – The fairness and honesty of offers to purchase

Breaches of the Code are rigorously investigated, and strict sanctions are applied when appropriate. In the event of any complaint, in the first instance please contact the Chair of the Standards Committee. All complaints are treated in the strictest confidence.

Guidelines for Members

ABA Equality Policy
The ABA is committed to the principles of equality and diversity and strives to promote these principles within whichever sphere its members operate. The Association is committed to a discrimination free environment for its members regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity or disability.