WHY ILAB?

Have you ever wondered what ILAB is all about?  The answers are to be found in a recent issue of Sheppard’s Confidential, featuring an article by Norbert Donhofer.

NORBERT DONHOFER - “TO BUILD UP CONFIDENCE IN THE PROFESSIONAL ANTIQUARIAN BOOK TRADE”

In mid-April 2014 the Austrian antiquarian bookseller Norbert Donhofer was elected ILAB President. In an interview with Bettina Führer he talks about recent challenges of the international antiquarian book trade and his plans for the upcoming two years of his presidency. Read it!

NEW ILAB DIRECTORY TO BE PUBLISHED IN 2015 – BUY ADVERTS NOW!

The world’s expert antiquarian booksellers - in 1 book! ILAB is pleased to announce that the next edition of the ILAB Directory will be published in January 2015. Same as the preceding edition, it will be produced by ILAB with the advertising revenues covering all costs. Advertising rates have remained unchanged and are extremely reasonable.

MELBOURNE RARE BOOK WEEK – FOR THE LOVE OF BOOKS!

The Melbourne Rare Book Week from 17th to 27th July 2014 incorporates the 42nd ANZAAB Australian Antiquarian Book Fair from 25th to 27th July at Wilson Hall, University of Melbourne. Melbourne Rare Book Week, a partnership between ANZAAB, the University of Melbourne and eight literary institutions, offers an amazing programme with numerous lectures, exhibitions, fairs, guided tours and other events.

ILAB WEBSITE – ARCHIVED BY THE BAVARIAN STATE LIBRARY (BSB)

"Digital knowledge preserved for the future" - The BSB as one of the largest research libraries in Europe administers a digital long-term archive which stores websites of scientific relevance and makes them available to the public via the OPAC catalogue. Now, the ILAB website has been archived by the BSB. Open your browser, click on the OPAC catalogue and search for: ILAB.

ILAB CONGRESS PICTURE GALLERIES

THE 16th ILAB BRESLAUER PRIZE FOR BIBLIOGRAPHY GOES TO JON GILBERT!

Shaken, not stirred ... ILAB officially presented the 16th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography to Jon Gilbert, author of: Ian Fleming. The Bibliography (Queen Anne Press 2012). The official ceremony took place during the 25th ILAB International Antiquarian Book Fair on Saturday, 12th April, noon, in the orchestral area of the Grand Palais.

IN MEMORIAM PATRICIA AHEARN

“The antiquarian book world lost one of its nicest, most beloved figures … with the passing of Patricia Ahearn, the wife of Allen Ahearn, her partner for close to forty years at Quill & Brush booksellers of Dickerson, Maryland, one of the nation's leading dealers of modern first editions and literary collectibles” (Nicholas Basbanes).  In Memoriam: Michael Ginsberg's video interview with Patricia and Allen Ahearn.

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  • The Book of Mormon: An Account Written by the Hand of Mormon, Upon Plates...

    SMITH, Joseph, Junior

    Bookseller: Main Street Fine Books & Manuscripts, ABAA

    The Book of Mormon: An Account Written by the Hand of Mormon, Upon Plates Taken from the Plates of Nephi
    Small 8vo. Full calf with black leather and gilt spine label. iv, 588pp, (2pp). Good plus. Almost, but not quite, rates very good, for it's tight,... More

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    Price: 95000.00 USD

  • ISAGOGE IN TYPUM COSMOGRAPHICUM SEU MAPPAM MUNDI

    Apianus, Petrus:

    Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana

    ISAGOGE IN TYPUM COSMOGRAPHICUM SEU MAPPAM MUNDI
    Landschut: Joannem Weyssenburger, [1521].. [8]pp. Woodcut map on titlepage. Small quarto. Modern three-quarter vellum and marbled boards, leather... More

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    Price: 85000.00 USD

  • HISTOIRE DE LA NAVIGATION DE JEAN HUGUES DE LINSCOT HOLLANDAIS ET DE SON...

    Linschoten, Jan Huygen:

    Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana

    HISTOIRE DE LA NAVIGATION DE JEAN HUGUES DE LINSCOT HOLLANDAIS ET DE SON VOYAGE ES INDES ORIENTALES...AVEC ANNOTATIONS DE BERNARD PALUDANUS DOCTEUR EN MEDICINE, SPECIALEMENT SUR LA MATIERE DES PLANTES & ESPICERIES...A QUOY SONT ADIOUSTEES QUELQUES AUT
    Amsterdam: Th?ore Pierre, 1610.. Six engraved maps on eight sheets (two double- page, two folding, two on two folding sheets), fifty-eight engraved... More

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    Price: 90000.00 USD

  • Phytanthoza Iconographia, sive conspectus aliquot millium, tam indigenarum...

    WEINMANN, J.W.

    Bookseller: Antiquariaat Junk

    Phytanthoza Iconographia, sive conspectus aliquot millium, tam indigenarum quam exoticarum, ex quatuor mundi partibus... plantarum, arborum, fruticum, florum, fructuum, fungorum, &c. [German title:] Phythanthoza Iconographia, oder eigentliche Vorstellung etlicher Tausend so wohl einheimisch-als ausl
    1737 Regensburg, H. Lentzen [vol 4: H.G. Neubauer], 1737-45. 4 volumes and 1 index volume. Folio (382 x 250mm). With four engraved titles in red... More

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    Price: 127200.00 EUR

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  • La Fondation de l'Association des Libraires d'Ancien d'Australie et de Nouvelle-Zélande

    Ce court mémoire fut présenté sous forme de livret aux présidents participant à la réunion de la LILA des Présidents des Associations Nationales, qui a eu lieu pour la première fois en Australie, en octobre 1997.

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  • Selling a Book by Its Cover

    Selling a Book by Its Cover

    "It took Thatcher Wine a year to amass 2,000 well-preserved white vellum and cream-colored leatherbound books for a 'gentleman’s library' in the Northern California estate of a private equity manager. Perfectly matched sets of books bound in antique vellum, a pale leather made from goat or sheep skin, are an elusive quarry, especially if they all have to be in English, said Mr. Wine, a former Internet entrepreneur who now creates custom book collections and decorative 'book solutions', as he puts it, in his Boulder, Colo., warehouse." New York Times journalist Penelope Green visits "book decorator" Thatcher Wine. Snippets from an article about an unusual profession and about clients who - sometimes - want "the option of being able to read" their books.

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  • The Most Elusive of Rare Books

    The Most Elusive of Rare Books

    Book collecting is an incredibly accessible pastime - collectors can spend as much or as little as they’d like, and there is plenty of information available to inform their choices. Some rare books, however, are so scarce that only the most elite can afford them. Here’s a look at some of the rarest books in the world.

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  • Book Scouting in Japan - Tokyo

    Book Scouting in Japan - Tokyo

    Rare book dealer and photography specialist Harper Levine travels through Japan with photographer John Gossage where Harper was welcomed at the airport as the “best book dealer (also best blogger) from East Hampton”. Part 2 of Harper Levine's report, featuring the Tokyo booksellers and a sushi bar.

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  • The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers. What It Is and What It Does

    The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers. What It Is and What It Does

    In 1977, the 24th ILAB Congress and 7th ILAB International Antiquarian Book Fair took place in Düsseldorf, Germany. On this occasion, Karl H. Pressler, the former editor of the German booksellers magazine “Aus dem Antiquariat”, published a special issue with articles about the League and its history written by representatives of the international rare book trade such as Menno Hertzberger, Helmuth Domizlaff, Percy H. Muir, Georges A. Deny, Dr. Lotte Roth-Wölfle and Stanley Crowe.

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - William S. Burroughs and the Arts

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - William S. Burroughs and the Arts

    There are a lot of “what ifs” in book collecting. What if I had bought this and not that? What if I had more money? Or more time? What if I collected this and not that? “What if I did not collect William Burroughs?” is a question I consider. In a piece I wrote over a decade ago, I came to the conclusion that I would have collected Charles Olson instead. The question that serves as the boundary I can never cross or the horizon I can never see beyond is “What if I did not collect?” Such a question throws my very existence into doubt like “What if my parents never met?” If I did not collect, I quite simply would not be the same person I am now.

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