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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  • A New System of Chemical Philosophy

    DALTON, John

    Bookseller: Jonathan A. Hill, Bookseller, Inc.

    A New System of Chemical Philosophy
    Eight engraved plates (several of the plates in Vol. I are a little foxed). vi, [1], 220 pp.; 4 p.l., 221-560 pp.; xii, 357 pp., [3] pp. of ads.... More

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    Price: 75000.00 USD

  • Monograph of the Paradiseidae, or Birds of Paradise and Ptilonorhynchidae,...

    SHARPE, Richard Bowdler (1847-1909)

    Bookseller: Donald Heald Rare Books

    Monograph of the Paradiseidae, or Birds of Paradise and Ptilonorhynchidae, and Bower-Birds
    London: Taylor & Francis for Henry Sotheran & Co, 1891-98. 2 volumes in 8 original parts, large folio. (22 3/16 x 15 1/16 inches). Smaller... More

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    Price: 95000.00 USD

  • Phytanthoza Iconographia, sive conspectus aliquot millium, tam indigenarum...

    WEINMANN, J.W.

    Bookseller: Antiquariaat Junk

    Phytanthoza Iconographia, sive conspectus aliquot millium, tam indigenarum quam exoticarum, ex quatuor mundi partibus... plantarum, arborum, fruticum, florum, fructuum, fungorum, &c. [German title:] Phythanthoza Iconographia, oder eigentliche Vorstellung etlicher Tausend so wohl einheimisch-als ausl
    1737 Regensburg, H. Lentzen [vol 4: H.G. Neubauer], 1737-45. 4 volumes and 1 index volume. Folio (382 x 250mm). With four engraved titles in red... More

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    Price: 127200.00 EUR

  • NOVA FRANCIA: OR THE DESCRIPTION OF THAT PART OF NEW FRANCE, WHICH IS ONE...

    Lescarbot, Marc:

    Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana

    NOVA FRANCIA: OR THE DESCRIPTION OF THAT PART OF NEW FRANCE, WHICH IS ONE CONTINENT WITH VIRGINIA. DESCRIBED IN THE THREE LATE VOYAGES AND PLANTATION MADE BY MONSIEUR DE MONTS, MONSIEUR DU PONT-GRAU? AND MONSIEUR DE POUTRINCOURT, INTO THE COUNTRIE
    London: [Eliot's Court Press] for George Bishop, 1609.. [16],307pp. plus folding engraved map (9 1/4 x 19 1/4 inches). Small quarto. Modern dark... More

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    Price: 285000.00 USD

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  • A Life for Rare Books - W.R. “Bill” Fletcher 1906-1996

    "As I stood admiring the book and ruminating on its worth, that wise and shrewd bookseller, Bill Fletcher, doyen of the British trade, and a man some thirty years my senior in both age and experience, came up to me. 'What are you looking at, my son?' he inquired. I told him. 'What's so special about that then? he asked. I explained. 'Then why don't you buy it?' Bill said ... I replied to the effect that were I to buy it with a view to selling it again, I would in effect be trading gold for gold. 'Shall I tell you something, my son?' Bill responded. 'The price of gold [pause] is going up!'" (Anthony Rota, Books in the Blood).  Keith Fletcher recounts the life and personality of his father, the doyen of the trade and former owner of H.M. Fletcher Rare Books: Bill Fletcher.

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  • I bet you can't become the biggest selling female author in the World. Or, Agatha Christie's The Mysterious Affair at Styles

    I bet you can't become the biggest selling female author in the World. Or, Agatha Christie's The Mysterious Affair at Styles

    Agatha Christie apparently wrote The Mysterious Affair at Styles as the result of a bet. The loser of this bet, her sister, thought  that  Christie couldn't write a crime detective story that kept the reader guessing the identity of the murderer until the end, despite knowing everything that the Detective knew throughout. She not only lost the bet in a spectacular fashion but in the process kick started the career of the biggest selling female author the world has known. Shakespeare beats Christie's 3 - 4 billion estimated books sold, but he does have 300 years head start by dying in 1616. Christie wrote "Styles" in 1916.

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  • The 5 Most Stolen Books - A Survey by Publisher's Weekly

    The 5 Most Stolen Books - A Survey by Publisher's Weekly

    This week two spectacular book thefts have gone through the press. The World's famous Codex Calixtinus, worth millions, is missing in Santiago de Compostela. A few days later historian and author Barry H. Landau was arrested on charges of stealing historical documents, including ones signed by Abraham Lincoln, from the Maryland Historical Society. "The arrest eventually led to Landau’s locker, where police found upwards of 60 documents worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. Laudau’s heist and the tremendous value of the stolen documents got us thinking about the other end of the literature theft spectrum: what are the most frequently stolen books from bookstores?"

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Bread & Roses: The Strike That Changed Everything

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Bread & Roses: The Strike That Changed Everything

    Needless to say, few strikes in American history have generated as much literature, music or folklore as did Lawrence. Given our interest in the art and literature of social movements, we’re unavoidably drawn to this material, as are our customers – it tends to come and go with some regularity. Here are a few recent acquisitions that are still with us, each interesting for its own reasons.

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Overly (litho)graphic?

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Overly (litho)graphic?

    Sometimes, as a bookseller, you come across something which you really can’t quite believe exists, and something that you will probably never see again.  This collecting tip by Simon Beattie is better than any steak and kidney pie.

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  • The Summer of Love - Magazine as Seismograph

    The Summer of Love - Magazine as Seismograph

    It is fitting that the first issue of San Francisco Earthquake was published in the fall of 1967 as it is a product of the hangover after the Summer of Love.  That Summer was largely a media fabrication and the Earthquake through its five issues is a Burroughsian attack on Time-Life media and a potent example of Fluxus and Situationist detournment.  But let’s be honest, even the mainstream media reported that the flower in the hair of wannabe hippies had wilted by 1967.  For example, Joan Didion’s articles on Lifestyles in the Golden Land had been appearing in the Saturday Evening Post as early as 1965.

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