De Caro and the Girolamini Thefts – Official Note of Protest of ILAB

Since spring 2012 the issue of the massive thefts in the Girolamini Library and other Italian libraries had kept busy both the Italian Justice and ILAB. The latest developments in this case – the arrest of the Danish dealer Christian Westergaard and the confiscation of eleven books out of his stock – gives ILAB no other choice as to announce an official note of protest. This note will be sent to officials in both the Ministry of Culture of Italy and the Ministry of Justice of Italy, and it will be spread out to librarians, journalists, and the public worldwide. Read it here and spread the news!

De Caro and the Girolamini Thefts – Letter to the Presidents of ILAB's Member Associations

"I am very sorry to be the bearer of bad news which are related to the thefts at the Girolamini-Library and Marino Massimo de Caro. It is known that De Caro had stolen from at least five other libraries: Montecassino, Naples Municipal Library, Ministry of Agriculture Library, a Seminary in Padua, and the Ximines Observatory Library in Florence ... We should therefore no longer talk about the Girolamini-Issue but the De Caro-Issue." Recent news, related by ILAB President 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!

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.

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.

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.

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  • Harmonices Mundi Libri V

    KEPLER, Johannes

    Bookseller: Jonathan A. Hill, Bookseller, Inc.

    Harmonices Mundi Libri V
    Five engraved plates & numerous woodcut diagrams & illus. in the text. 4 p.l., 66 (i.e. 64), 255 pp. Folio, cont. vellum over boards... More

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    Price: 235000.00 USD

  • TO THE HONOURABLE THOMAS PENN AND RICHARD PENN ESQRS. TRUE & ABSOLUTE...

    Scull, Nicholas:

    Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana

    TO THE HONOURABLE THOMAS PENN AND RICHARD PENN ESQRS. TRUE & ABSOLUTE PROPRIETARIES & GOVERNOURS OF THE PROVINCE OF PENNSYLVANIA & COUNTIES OF NEW-CASTLE KENT & SUSSEX ON DELAWARE THIS MAP OF THE IMPROVED PART OF THE PROVINCE OF PENNSYLVANIA. IS HUMBLY DEDICATED BY NICHOLAS SCULL
    Philadelphia. 1759.. Engraved map on six sheets, joined as three. Sheet size: 3 sheets, each approximately 31 x 21 1/2 inches. Excellent condition,... More

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  • AN INQUIRY INTO THE NATURE AND CAUSES OF THE WEALTH OF NATIONS

    SMITH, Adam

    Bookseller: Charles Agvent

    AN INQUIRY INTO THE NATURE AND CAUSES OF THE WEALTH OF NATIONS
    London W. Strahan & T. Cadell 1778 Two large quarto volumes (8.5" x 10.6875"); [8], 510; [8], 589, [1] pages. Complete with half-title in... More

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    Price: 75000.00 USD

  • Connecticut, and Parts adjacent

    ROMANS, Bernard (circa 1720-1784)

    Bookseller: Donald Heald Rare Books

    Connecticut, and Parts adjacent
    Amsterdam: Covens and Mortier and Covens Junior, 1780. Copper-engraved map, engraved by H. Klockhoff, after Bernard Romans, with original outline... More

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  • The Rare Book Market Today

    For the Yale University Library Gazette Vol. 74, Nos. 3-4. April 2000, and reprinted as a separate pamphlet by the Yale University Library.

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  • Bibliographies - Middle East

    Bibliographies - Middle East

    Online: Encyclopaedia Iranica (EIr). The Encyclopædia Iranica is dedicated to the study of Iranian civilization in the Middle East, the Caucasus, Central Asia and the Indian Subcontinent.“

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  • À la découverte d’une œuvre d’art inconnue : la reliure

    À la découverte d’une œuvre d’art inconnue : la reliure

    Ainsi l’on a des reliures carolingiennes, romanes, gothiques, Renaissance, d’autres reflétant les caractéristiques de style des différents règnes et enfin des reliures symbolistes, art nouveau, art déco, cubistes, surréalistes, etc. À partir de la fin du XIXe siècle la créativité des relieurs a été reconnue et, au siècle suivant, ils ont osé s’affranchir des vieux codes de corporations. En pratiquant des techniques nouvelles et en utilisant des matériaux inusités, les relieurs d’art ont donné pour certains la pleine mesure de leur génie et ils se sont mis enfin à signer leurs oeuvres. Le mot de génie n’est pas trop fort lorsque l’on énonce les noms de Pierre Legrain, Rose Adler, Paul Bonet, Pierre-Lucien Martin, Monique Mathieu, Jean de Gonet, pour n’en citer que quelques-uns.

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  • The Case of the First Mystery Novelist

    The Case of the First Mystery Novelist

    Conan Doyle? Wilkie Collins? Émile Gaboriau? “Reader, never mind whether the butler did it. Here’s a real mystery for you: Who wrote the first detective novel?" Paul Collins reveals the rare book mystery in his New York Times article.

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  • Rare Books in the Press: British Library and Google digitize 250.000 books

    Rare Books in the Press: British Library and Google digitize 250.000 books

    The British Library and Google will join forches to digitze 250,000 books from the library’s collections, including printed books, pamphlets and periodicals from 1700 to 1870 in a variety of languages.

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  • "There's enough beauty in the world to keep me here” - David Spode (1936-2013)

    A couple of weeks before he died I asked David why he was so determined to hang on as long as he could. After all, we shared trenchant, dour, views of the universe, of human existence. He replied, "There's enough beauty in the world to keep me here." That didn't make me pause for thought; what did was the realisation that he was so good at sharing beauty. If I begin to count up all the things that I treasure that I learnt from David either directly or indirectly - by following leads given by him down paths of my own making - then I find myself with a tangle of debt that can't and doesn't need to be unpicked.

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