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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  • 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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  • [Opera, in Greek, edited by Demetrius Chalcondylas.]

    HOMER

    Bookseller: Peter Harrington

    [Opera, in Greek, edited by Demetrius Chalcondylas.]
    Florence: Demetrius Damilas [in the shop of the Printer of Vergilius (C 6061)] for Bernardo and Nero De' Nerli and Giovanni Acciaiuoli, 9 December... More

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  • Discours Admirables, de la Nature des Eaux et Fonteines, tant naturelles...

    PALISSY, Bernard

    Bookseller: Jonathan A. Hill, Bookseller, Inc.

    Discours Admirables, de la Nature des Eaux et Fonteines, tant naturelles qu'artificielles, des metaux, des sels & salines, des pierres, des terres, du feu & des emaux. Avec plusieurs autres excellens secrets des choses naturelles...Le Tout dress?ar Dialogues, lesquels sont introduits la theorique & la practique
    8 p.l., 361, [23] pp. Small 8vo, cont. flexible vellum, ties gone. Paris: Martin le Jeune, 1580. First edition, and a splendid pure copy in its... More

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  • 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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  • Bibliofilia e bibliomania - Or: The Fascination of Rare Books and Autographs

    Bibliofilia e bibliomania - Or: The Fascination of Rare Books and Autographs

    Umberto Eco held his "lectio magistralis" about "Bibliofilia e bibliomania" in Turin. Professor Eco himself is "A Bibliophile of huge Ec(h)o", as Umberto Pregliasco has characterized him. In September 2010 he will open the 39th ILAB Congress and 23rd International Book Fair in Bologna with a lecture - a great honour for the League, and a great pleasure for every bibliophile who will have the chance to attend this event.

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  • Paul Foster Books. First Catalogue 1993

    Paul Foster Books. First Catalogue 1993

    Yesterday I received several boxes, from my Printer, containing my latest Catalogue. It is always an exciting time for a bookseller. Months of hard work, buying, researching and cataloguing the books, not to mention proof reading and checking photo images, have gone into this one little volume, and it is as near to publishing as most book dealers ever get. This latest catalogue is a selection of the more interesting items I have bought recently, listing 190 books over 48 text pages and with a sixteen page colour section full of photographs in the middle, the whole lot wrapped in colour printed, gloss finished, covers. It is a modest little booklet by some standards, but when I compare it to the catalogues I was producing back in the 1990's it seems a world away. My business, and my catalogues, have seen remarkable advances in technology over the last 20 years.

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  • Young Dealers / Old Books: Colorado Book Seminar - Resounding Mountainous Victory

    Young Dealers / Old Books: Colorado Book Seminar - Resounding Mountainous Victory

    Ashley Wildes is one of the young talents of the trade. For seven months she has been working at Between the Covers. Now she has attended the Colorado Book Seminar for the first time: "So, what did I, a currently-blonde-but-soon to be purple haired young woman, take away from my experience? ... What I really took away from this was that rare bookselling is more than just selling crazy priced books to the bourgeoisie; that people who really make it in this line of work absolutely love what they’re doing. It is at once a business and a preservation of our dwindling culture. Most of all, if you do it right, you can find yourself doing business with people who are happy to see you succeed, and willing to do what they can to help that success along."

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  • Rare Books in the Press: Saluting a Serial Seducer and His Steamy Tell-All

    Rare Books in the Press: Saluting a Serial Seducer and His Steamy Tell-All

    “Giacomo Girolamo Casanova was a gambler, swindler, diplomat, lawyer, soldier, alchemist, violinist, traveler, pleasure seeker and serial seducer. He was also a prolific writer who documented his adventures and love affairs in a steamy memoir that is one of the literary treasures of the 18th century. Born in Venice, he considered France his adopted country but was forced to flee Paris in 1760 after seducing the wives and daughters of important subjects of King Louis XV and cheating them out of their money.”

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  • Nigel Beale and Tim Bowling in Conversation on Book Collecting, and Bowling’s new Book “In the Suicide’s Library”

    Nigel Beale and Tim Bowling in Conversation on Book Collecting, and Bowling’s new Book “In the Suicide’s Library”

    Twice shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for Poetry, Tim Bowling has won the Canadian Authors’ Association Award for Poetry and two Alberta Book Awards. Nigel Beale met the author in Ottawa to talk about his new book In the Suicide’s Library. Topics covered include book collecting, coincidence, suicide, the spirit, passion and harmony of books,  the use of hands, the line between bibliophiles and maniacs and the importance of physical books to the culture.

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - John Bunyan

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - John Bunyan

    Which book, along with the Bible, is the most widely read in the English language? John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress, , a sweeping allegorical tale that takes the protagonist (an everyman named Christian) from the road to perdition to the feet of the Lord. Bunyan's use of simple imagery (taken from his Bedfordshire homeland north of London) gives the book its wide appeal. It was reprinted in the Puritan colonies and distributed throughout colonial America only three years after its initial publication.

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