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 Now, the ILAB website has been archived by the BSB.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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  • Peter Kiefer - Books and Prints

    10 Oct 2014 - 11 Oct 2014

    Peter Kiefer - Books and Prints

    Founded in 1979 the auction house Peter Kiefer runs 3 to 4 auctions a year offering rare and valuable books from all centuries. Due to its organisational structure, the auction house is able to...

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Rare Book Gallery

  • ITINERARIO, VOYAGE OFTE SCHIPVAERT...NAER OOST OFTE PORTUGAELS...

    Linschoten, Jan Huygen van:

    Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana

    ITINERARIO, VOYAGE OFTE SCHIPVAERT...NAER OOST OFTE PORTUGAELS INDIEN....[bound with:] REYS-GHESCHRIFT VANDE NAVIGATIEN DER PORTUGALOYSERS IN ORIENTEN....[bound with:] BESCHRIJVINGE VANDE GANTSCHE CUSTE VAN GUINEA, MANICONGO, ANGOLA, MONOMOTAPA, ENDE TEGE
    Amsterdam: Cornelis Claesz, 1596 - 1595 - 1596.. Three parts bound in one volume (parts two and three bound in reverse order in this copy). Text in... More

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    Price: 275000.00 USD

  • GEOGRAPHICAL, HISTORICAL, POLITICAL, PHILOSOPHICAL AND MECHANICAL ESSAYS. THE...

    Evans, Lewis:

    Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana

    GEOGRAPHICAL, HISTORICAL, POLITICAL, PHILOSOPHICAL AND MECHANICAL ESSAYS. THE FIRST, CONTAINING AN ANALYSIS OF A GENERAL MAP OF THE MIDDLE BRITISH COLONIES IN AMERICA; AND OF THE COUNTRY OF THE CONFEDERATE INDIANS: A DESCRIPTION OF THE FACE OF THE COUNTRY; THE BOUNDARIES OF THE CONFEDERATES; AND THE MARITIME AND INLAND NAVIGATIONS OF THE SEVERAL RIVERS AND LAKES CONTAINED THEREIN...The Second Edition
    Philadelphia: B. Franklin and D. Hall, 1755.. Folding handcolored engraved map by James Turner after Lewis Evans. Quarto. Full tan polished tree... More

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    Price: 280000.00 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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    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

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  • The Unavoidable: The Restoration of Books

    The Unavoidable: The Restoration of Books

    A quick look at the shelves or the show cases of exhibitors at antiquarian fairs shows how well books can withstand the bite of time. Whether the property of collectors or of libraries, many incunabula have braved the centuries without a wrinkle.

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  • Rare Books in the Press - Taking Stock of Rare Book Catalogues

    Rare Books in the Press - Taking Stock of Rare Book Catalogues

    „I issued my first catalogue as a rare book dealer in 1982, while still lecturing in English at the University of Warwick, from which I resigned a couple of years later in order to deal full-time. By contemporary standards it was pretty fancy: photos of the best items, glossy paper, decent typesetting. I was a bit taken aback when my printer described it as "cheap and cheerful". Or maybe it was me he was referring to?” In his blog “Finger on the page” Rick Gekoski, author (“think Bill Bryson, only on books”) and one of the world’s leading specialists in modern English, Irish and American literature muses about a strange, yet defining aspect of his “strange trade”: the rare book catalogue.

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Rousseau and Women

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Rousseau and Women

    Today is the 300th birthday of the great philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, so I thought I’d post this book from 1792, ‘On Rousseau’s connections with women’, by Carl Gotthold Lenz (1763–1809), described by one bibliography as ‘a rarity of the very first order’ (which it is).

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  • Tante Trude goes to Frankfurt

    Tante Trude goes to Frankfurt

    Every year the Frankfurt Book Fair is a big event in the world of new books and - as an antiquarian book fair is included - also in the world of old books. In October 2012 Frank Werner of Brockhaus / Antiquarium and his lovely Aunt Trude visited this year's Frankfurt fair: the former to buy lots of old books, the latter to admire lots of new books. They both tried hard. Did they succeed?

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  • “The most agreeable servants of civilization” – Booksellers and librarians in a changing world

    “The most agreeable servants of civilization” – Booksellers and librarians in a changing world

    United by the love of books: The Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (ANZAAB) and the National Library of Australia will hold a joint conference on 19th and 20th May, 2014, in Canberra. This conference, the first of its kind held in Australia, brings together an impressive group of speakers to explore a variety of topics of particular interest both to rare booksellers and special collections librarians. It aims to enable these professionals to approach their work with greater acumen and understanding, and will afford a valuable opportunity for delegates to meet others with similar problems and interests. While the conference is aimed primarily at those working with rare books, manuscripts and photographs, it also contains much of value to anyone with a passion for our paper-based heritage. The lectures and panel discussions, held by antiquarian booksellers, scholars and librarians and among them Shef Rogers, Michael Treloar, ANZAAB President Jörn Harbeck, Sally Burdon and ILAB President Tom Congalton, focus on a variety of themes such as “The Magic of Books as Objects”, “The Printed Image – Aspects of Photography and the Book”, “Libraries and the Rare Book Trade”, “Behind the Scenes in the Book Trade”, and “Library Collections Revealed”.

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  • 'The Most Agreeable Servants of Civilization', Booksellers and Librarians in a Changing World – A Conference Report

    'The Most Agreeable Servants of Civilization', Booksellers and Librarians in a Changing World – A Conference Report

    Three categories of people attended the recent joint conference of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (ANZAAB) and the National Library of Australia, held in Canberra on 19 and 20 May 2014 – librarians, booksellers and collectors. Its title was 'The Most Agreeable Servants of Civilization', Booksellers and Librarians in a Changing World. You can see the program at www.anzaab.com.

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