About the ABAC The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of Canada was founded in 1966 with the aim of fostering interest in rare books and manuscripts and maintaining high standards in the antiquarian book trade. To further these objectives the ABAC sponsors the Toronto International Antiquarian Book Fair and endeavours to stimulate interest in book collecting by private collectors and public institutions.
Membership in the Association is restricted to booksellers who have a minimum of three years' experience and can provide four recommendations from members in good standing who can vouch for the applicant's expertise and integrity. Election is at the discretion of the executive.
ABAC booksellers offer a broad variety of antiquarian and rare material which they are qualified to describe, authenticate and guarantee. They are also available to provide guidance to individuals and institutions building collections within the firm's specialty subjects. Our member firms also continually require replenishment of their stocks so they are always eager to purchase individual items and collections of merit as well as general libraries.
ABAC firms are qualified to provide appraisals of manuscripts, antique maps and prints, and antiquarian and rare books; for estate, tax, insurance or sale purposes. It should be noted that evaluating books and manuscripts is a professional service for which a fee may be charged. The amount of the fee will depend on the quantity and value of the items appraised and the time and specialized knowledge required. The bookseller may waive the fee for material he or she subsequently purchases, or for items of little or no value.
This website is intended to provide information about ABAC firms and their specialties to all who may desire professional assistance in the purchase, sale or appraisal of antiquarian and rare books; antique maps and prints; and manuscripts.