From April 29 to May 16, Paseo de Recoletos in Madrid, will celebrate its annual 40th Old & Used Book Fair, organized by the Asociación de Libreros de Lance de Madrid. Nearly 50 specialized bookstores from all over Spain will have their booths in the central Paseo de Recoletos, where visitors can find a wide range of books, primarily used and antiques.
The first edition of this event was held in 1977. Since then, in the last days of April and early May, the Old & Used Book Fair is installed in the Paseo de Recoletos. The number of participating booksellers vary each year, being mostly in Madrid and Barcelona, with some assistants sporadically in other locations in Spain. This year there will be 31 booksellers from Madrid, 4 from Barcelona, 2 from Granada, 1 from Seville and Pamplona. Visitors can find volumes from years that are not edited, second-hand works cheaply and oddities that will delight collectors.
Since 1977 the fair has three “traditions”…the first is the poster, commissioned each year to an artist – view past editions here. Second is the issuing of a play about a Madrid theme. This year it is Madrid-Moscou. De la Dictadura a la Guerra Civil en España by Armando Boaventura. Thirdly, and the biggest event of the fair, is the opening day inaugurated by an important literate figure.
April 29 to May 16, 2016
Monday – Sunday & Holidays 11:00 – 21:00