NORBERT DONHOFER - NEW ILAB PRESIDENT

Congratulations to Norbert Donhofer! At the Presidents' Meeting in Paris the Presidents of ILAB's 22 member associations voted for Norbert Donhofer as new ILAB President. Gonzalo Fernandéz Pontes was elected Vice-President. Norbert Donhofer succeeds Tom Congalton who was President of the League from 2012 to 2014. Click here for more information!

Bienvenue à Paris! Welcome to Paris! The Syndicat national de la Librairie Ancienne et Moderne (SLAM) and its president Anne Lamort welcomed rare book dealers from all over the world to the 41st ILAB Congress in Paris from 13th to 16th April, 2014, succeeded by Salon International du Livre Ancien, in this year's edition the 25th ILAB International Antiquarian Book Fair at the Grand Palais from 10th to 13th of April 2014.

LIBRARIES AND BOOKS YOU HAVE NEVER SEEN BEFORE!

SLAM President Anne Lamort and her team set up a splendid program including private exhibitions and guided tours through some of the world's most impressive libraries. About 120 ILAB delegates from Europe, Canada, the United States, Japan, Russia and Australia saw the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the Bibliothèque de L'Arsenal, the castles and libraries of Ecouen and Chantilly, the Dutuit Collection and the Bibliothèque Mazarine.

SALON INTERNATIONAL DU LIVRE ANCIEN AND 25th ILAB INTERNATIONAL ANTIQUARIAN BOOK FAIR

Most elegant! The Paris International Antiquarian Book Fair at the Grand Palais, offered its ever increasing number of visitors highlights of our written heritage presented by 180 plus leading professionals from Europe, America and Japan. Precious manuscripts incunabula, rare and fine books, bindings, maps and photographs, old and modern prints provide a fascinating potpourri for collectors and newcomers.

SHAKEN, NOT STIRRED ... THE 16th ILAB BRESLAUER PRIZE FOR BIBLIOGRAPHY GOES TO JON GILBERT!

And the winner is: James Bond! 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.

WHY ILAB CONGRESSES?

"Our world is global and we have a variety of means of communication at our disposal. We "meet" on Facebook we communicate through email. Why bother to travel a long way to meet real people? ILAB Congresses offer the possibility to meet colleagues, collectors, librarians, and real books, and the possibility for collectors, librarians and real books to meet us!" (ILAB Past President Tom Congalton)

SLAM - A HUNDRED YEARS YOUNG

Founded on 23rd June 1914 on the initiative of 29 booksellers, the Syndicat national de la Librairie Ancienne et Moderne (SLAM) - the second oldest antiquarian booksellers' association worldwide and with 250 members also on of the biggest organizations - celebrates its centenary with a number of major events, among them the 41st ILAB in Paris from 13th to 16th April 2014.

SLAM President Anne Lamort delineates SLAM's importance for rare book world a hundred years ago and today.

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  • THE BIRDS OF AMERICA

    Audubon, John James:

    Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana

    THE BIRDS OF AMERICA
    New York & Amsterdam: Printed in Holland for the Johnson Reprint Corporation and Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, 1971-1972.. Four volumes. Limitation... More

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    Price: 80000.00 USD

  • A DESCRIPTION OF NEW ENGLAND: OR THE OBSERVATIONS, AND DISCOUERIES, OF...

    Smith, John:

    Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana

    A DESCRIPTION OF NEW ENGLAND: OR THE OBSERVATIONS, AND DISCOUERIES, OF CAPTAIN JOHN SMITH (ADMIRALL OF THAT COUNTRY) IN THE NORTH OF AMERICA, IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD 1614: WITH THE SUCCESSE OF SIXE SHIPS, THAT WENT THE NEXT YEARE 1615; AND THE ACCIDENTS BEFELL HIM AMONG THE FRENCH MEN OF WARRE: WITH THE PROOFE OF THE PRESENT BENEFIT THIS COUNTREY AFFOORDS: WHITHER THIS PRESENT YEARE, 1616, EIGHT VOLUNTARY SHIPS ARE GONE TO MAKE FURTHER TRYALL
    London: Printed by Humfrey Lownes, for Robert Clerke, 1616.. [16],61,[2]pp. plus folding engraved map of New England. Small quarto. Full calf in... More

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    Price: 125000.00 USD

  • [MANUSCRIPT LETTER, SIGNED BY JOHN PAUL JONES, ORDERING A MEMBER OF THE...

    Jones, John Paul:

    Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana

    [MANUSCRIPT LETTER, SIGNED BY JOHN PAUL JONES, ORDERING A MEMBER OF THE MARINES TO ATTEND A COURT MARTIAL ON BOARD HIS SHIP, THE BONHOMME RICHARD]
    On Board the Bonhomme Richard at L'Orient, France. June 14, 1779.. [1]p. manuscript letter on a folded folio sheet. Docketed on the fourth page and... More

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    Price: 75000.00 USD

  • Bible. Eaux-fortes originales de Marc CHAGALL. Complete in 2 volumes

    (Chagall, Marc: 1887-1985)

    Bookseller: Gemini Fine Books & Arts, Ltd.

    Bible. Eaux-fortes originales de Marc CHAGALL. Complete in 2 volumes
    Paris: Teriade Editeur, 1956, first Chagall edition, two volumes, number 246 of 275 exemplars (total edition 295), printed on Montval paper, signed... More

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    Price: 125000.00 USD

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  • The Wonders of the Shore in Color

    The Wonders of the Shore in Color

    Long before Darwin’s Origin was published in 1859 there was in Victorian society a strong popular interest in natural history. Not only did the microscope reveal previously hidden wonders, exposing for the first time the sexual life of plants, but advances in printing technology made it possible to reproduce and disseminate such images – in color – among the new and rapidly growing middle and working class populations. An excellent example of this historically unique intersection between science, technology and religion just appeared on my desk: the 1855 edition of Rev. Charles Kingsley’s Glaucus, or the Wonders of the Shore.

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  • Matching the Right Wine to the Right Rare Book

    Matching the Right Wine to the Right Rare Book

    "Of the debacle at the ILAB Congress in Madrid, where I denounced all Riojas as swill not suitable to even gargle with and to be accompanied only with cheap reprints of Lorca on a bad day, and of the subsequent riot outside the U.S. embassy and then nationwide strike, I shall say no more." A BOOKTRYST wine tasting in several lessons ...

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  • Diamonds are a Rare Bookseller’s Best Friend

    Diamonds are a Rare Bookseller’s Best Friend

    Don’t judge a book by its cover. Sometimes it is worth more than you think. An antiquarian bookseller in Dunedin, New Zealand, found real treasures between the covers.

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  • Celebrating One Hundred Years of Libreria Pregliasco - A Video Review

    Celebrating One Hundred Years of Libreria Pregliasco - A Video Review

    In 2011 Italy celebrates its 150th anniversary of its unification, while one of Italy’s most famous rare bookshops celebrates its 100th anniversary. The Italian Academy of Art in New York honoured both events with a "Colazione Letteraria" on April 8 , 2011, including lectures by David Freedberg, Professor of Art History at Columbia University, and Umberto Pregliasco who recounted the remarkable history of the Libreria Pregliasco which he now runs in the third generation. Watch the video on Vimeo.

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  • Kate Greenaway: Legendary Illustrator of Children’s Books

    Kate Greenaway: Legendary Illustrator of Children’s Books

    One of the few artists to gain true celebrity from illustrating children’s books, Kate Greenaway was one of the most influential illustrators of her age. Greenaway, along with Randolph Caldecott and Walter Crane, revolutionized illustration. Popular in both Europe and the United States, Greenaway has remained highly sought after, even among contemporary children’s book collectors.

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  • Rare Books on the Blog - Manuscript Road Trip: Mappa Mundi Wisconsinianae

    Rare Books on the Blog - Manuscript Road Trip: Mappa Mundi Wisconsinianae

    Lisa Fagin Davis is currently serving as Acting Executive Director of the Medieval Academy of America. Since 1996 she has been travelling through North America collecting data on the numbers and cataloguing status of pre-1600 manuscripts. Her blog Manuscript Road Trip takes readers on a (virtual) state-by-state tour of manuscripts focusing on less-well-known collections, some of them in very surprising locations. Read her recent blog post

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