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 Now, the ILAB website has been archived by the BSB.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.

IT’S OVER BOOK?

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  • Ken Spelman Books Ltd

    Ken Spelman Books Ltd

    York - UNITED KINGDOM

    Specialties: Architecture, Art, Gardening, Illustrated books, Literature, Manuscripts, Old and rare books

    Most recent catalogue: test

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Rare Book Gallery

  • [GUTENBERG BIBLE]. A noble fragment : being a leaf of The Gutenberg Bible...

    GUTENBERG, Johannes (c. 1398 - 1468)

    Bookseller: Douglas Stewart Fine Books

    [GUTENBERG BIBLE]. A noble fragment : being a leaf of The Gutenberg Bible 1450 - 55
    With a bibliographical essay by A. Edward Newton. New York : Gabriel Wells, 1921. Designed by Bruce Rogers and printed by William Edwin Rudge.... More

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    Price: 85000.00 AUD

  • 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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    Price: 185000.00 USD

  • 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

  • THE AMERICAN ATLAS; OR, A GEOGRAPHICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE WHOLE CONTINENT OF...

    Jefferys, Thomas:

    Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana

    THE AMERICAN ATLAS; OR, A GEOGRAPHICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE WHOLE CONTINENT OF AMERICA; WHEREIN ARE DELINEATED AT LARGE ITS SEVERAL REGIONS, COUNTRIES, STATES, AND ISLANDS; AND CHIEFLY THE BRITISH COLONIES
    London: Printed and sold by R. Sayer and J. Bennett, 1778.. Twenty-three engraved maps on thirty sheets, handcolored in outline. Folio, 21 3/4 x 15... More

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    Price: 140000.00 USD

All ArticlesRare Books - Articles

  • Prevention and Suppression of Theft of Works of Art

    At an international level: The ART LOSS REGISTER, which establishes a worldwide list of stolen works of art, in collaboration with museums, auction houses, national and international police (Interpol), insurance companies, brokers and individuals (including antique dealers), in the hope that the access to the register will stop the sale of stolen goods, help their restitution, and allow the arrest of thieves and receivers. Which works of art can be registered?

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  • Searching for New Sources in Western History

    Searching for New Sources in Western History

    All historians must be concerned with their sources. In many instances these are easily accessible, far more so today than in the past, in the relative convenience of professionally run university libraries, historical societies or museums. Since World War II academic institutions in the United States have enjoyed an extraordinary growth in their collections of the raw materials of American history, coupled with technological advances which have made it vastly easier to catalogue, locate and reach the original documents within the protective web of institutional control. It has never been easier to reach the books and manuscripts that are the bases of historical research.

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  • Beautiful Bookbindings: A Thousand Years of the Bookbinder's Art, by P.J.M. Marks

    Beautiful Bookbindings: A Thousand Years of the Bookbinder's Art, by P.J.M. Marks

    From exquisite medieval bookbindings made of precious metals and jewels to the unique and highly imaginative creations of contemporary bookbinders, in his new publication P.J.M. Marks celebrates over hundred of the most beautiful bookbindings of the last thousand years

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  • Do Rare Books Appreciate in Value?

    Do Rare Books Appreciate in Value?

    I was recently asked by a reporter to comment on this question, and I offered some specific examples. As is often the case, my comments in the article, as well as an explanation of the examples, were very much cut for space (no hard feelings, I understand how these things go). But I thought I would provide the examples here, as well as a fuller answer to this question of how much rare books appreciate in value.

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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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  • The Art of Collecting – An Interview with David Mason

    The Art of Collecting – An Interview with David Mason

    David Mason discovered his love of literature in a bathtub at age eleven, at fifteen he was expelled from school. For the next decade and a half, he worked odd jobs, bought books more often than food, and floated around Europe. He helped gild a volume in white morocco for Pope John XXIII. And then, at the age of 30, after returning home to Canada and apprenticing with Joseph Patrick Books, he found his calling. A few weeks ago Canadian author and rare book dealer David Mason published his memoirs The Pope’s Bookbinder. In his brilliant book he tells the most exciting stories of his legendary international career. An interview with David Mason about his career and the art of collecting.

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