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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  • Candide, Ou L'Optimisme

    VOLTAIRE (Francois-Marie Arouet)

    Bookseller: Between The Covers

    Candide, Ou L'Optimisme
    (Geneva: No publisher) 1759. First edition, the true first printing preceding all others. 12mo. Text in French. Contemporary full mottled French... More

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    Price: 100000.00 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

  • A discourse of a method for the well-guiding of reason, and the discovery of...

    [DESCARTES, Ren?/ Tr. ANON.]

    Bookseller: Martayan Lan, Inc.

    A discourse of a method for the well-guiding of reason, and the discovery of truth in the sciences
    London: Thomas Newcombe for John Holden, 1649. Very rare first English edition and fine copy of one of the most important works of Western... More

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    Price: 90000.00 USD

  • Varia Opera Mathematica...accesserunt selectae quaedam eiusdem Epistolae, vel...

    FERMAT, Pierre de

    Bookseller: Jonathan A. Hill, Bookseller, Inc.

    Varia Opera Mathematica...accesserunt selectae quaedam eiusdem Epistolae, vel ad ipsum ?lerisque doctissimis viris Gallic?Latin?vel Italic?de rebus ad Mathematicas disciplinas, aut Physicam pertinentibus scriptae
    Woodcut vignette on title, two engraved headpieces, five folding engraved plates, & woodcut diagrams in the text. 6 p.l., 210, [3] pp. Folio,... More

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    Price: 150000.00 USD

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  • Rare Books, Book Illustration, and the DADA movement: Hannah Höch - Brushflurlets and Beer Bellies

    Rare Books, Book Illustration, and the DADA movement: Hannah Höch - Brushflurlets and Beer Bellies

    Rare books, book illustration, book art and the DADA movement – Hannah Höch was born in Gotha, Germany. From 1912 to 1914 she studied at the College of Arts and Crafts in Berlin under the guidance of Harold Bergen. In 1915, Höch began an influential friendship with Raoul Hausmann, since then she was involved in the Berlin Dada movement. She designed dress and embroidery patterns for Die Dame and Die Praktische Berlinerin, published by Ullstein. From 1926 to 1929 she lived and worked in the Netherlands. She was one of the leading DADA artists, and a pioneer of the photomontage. Her collages, photographs and illustrations were statements about life and art in the Dada movement – and are well-known to art and rare book collectors. Snippets …

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  • Living With - And From - Books, Part 2

    Living With - And From - Books, Part 2

    This catalogue, consisting of 34 pages, printed on plain paper in June 1921, for us is just like a “Number One Dime”, a Disney’s good luck charm at the beginning of a long series of publications. The index of subjects is already quite significant: next to fine arts, philosophy, Italian literature and religions, we find, as a matter of fact, unusual entries, such as “anecdotes”, “curiosities”, “erotica” and “freemasonry”. Going through the pages of this family, but also historical, treasure, 90 years after its publication, is really touching. The delicate pages yellowed with dignity, its simple cover in light green wrappers, a little worn out and with a few brown spots, the border surrounding the title - that would have remained as the graphical design for some years to come - make this “elderly and distinguished gentleman” closer to the dust-jacket first editions of the beginning of the century, which are now for sale on the shelves of the bookshop, than to the modern and colourful recently published “colleagues”.

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  • Living With - And From - Books, Part 4

    Living With - And From - Books, Part 4

    The Discoveries of the Book Dealer: The role of the rare book dealer is not limited to purchasing and selling: his attention is not confined to the wholeness of a copy, its preservation, and the beauty of its cover. The charm of a book lies, besides in the text, in its publishing adventures, and in the changes of ownership that it has lived through the centuries. The curiosity in intensifying its study at times brings the antiquarian to notice some details that up to now had been ignored, leading him to some true bibliographic, historical and literary discoveries.

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  • Nigel Beale’s Interview with Jan and Crispin Elsted on The Barbarian Press

    Nigel Beale’s Interview with Jan and Crispin Elsted on The Barbarian Press

    Writer, broadcaster and bibliophile Nigel Beale met Jan and Crispin Elsted in their home in British Columbia. The Elsted’s established Barbarian Press in 1977 in Kent, England. With three hand presses and many cases of type, the couple returned home to Canada in 1978 to set up shop in Mission about 50 miles east of Vancouver in the Fraser Valley.

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  • 1960 - 13th Congress of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, Scheveningen, 29th August to 3rd September

    1960 - 13th Congress of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, Scheveningen, 29th August to 3rd September

    Back to the roots: The Preliminary Conference, organized by the Dutch booksellers and initiated by the “Father of the League” Menno Hertzberger, was held in Amsterdam in the year 1947. In 1960, the ILAB delegates from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland and USA returned to The Netherlands for their 13th Congress. They spent four fruitful and delightful days in Scheveningen, with excursions to the famous libraries and museums in Amsterdam and Den Haag. Jack Joseph, at that time ABA President and one of 51 (!) British delegates, resumed: ““The harmony of this Congress had been perfect, due in part to two working days and two workless days, but in the main to the cordiality exemplified by the splendid feelings evinced by all.”

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  • Rare Books in the Press - 16th-century manuscript could rewrite Australian history

    “A tiny drawing of a kangaroo curled in the letters of a 16th-century Portuguese manuscript could rewrite Australian history. The document, acquired by Les Enluminures Gallery in New York, shows a sketch of an apparent kangaroo (''canguru'' in Portuguese) nestled in its text and is dated between 1580 and 1620. It has led researchers to believe images of the marsupial were already being circulated by the time the Dutch ship Duyfken - long thought to have been the first European vessel to visit Australia - landed in 1606.“ Read the whole story by Charli Newton in The Age:

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