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 Now, the ILAB website has been archived by the BSB.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

  • Atlante novissimo illustrato ed accresciuto sulle osservazioni e scoperte...

    [ZATTA, Antonio]

    Bookseller: B & L Rootenberg Rare Books & Manuscripts

    Atlante novissimo illustrato ed accresciuto sulle osservazioni e scoperte fatte dai pi?lebri e pi?centi geografi MAGNIFICENT COMPLETE HAND-COLOURED WORLD ATLAS
    With elaborate double-page engraved frontispiece, hand painted floral paste-downs, hand-painted maps. Calf with blue edges and gilded spine and... More

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    Price: 90000.00 USD

  • Habitus praecipuorum populorum, tam virorum quam foeminarum singulari arte...

    [AMMAN, Jost] / [WEIGEL, Hans]

    Bookseller: Martayan Lan, Inc.

    Habitus praecipuorum populorum, tam virorum quam foeminarum singulari arte depicti. Trachtenbuch darin fast allerley und der furnembsten Nationen die heutigs tags bekandt sein.

    Folio [31 x 20 cm], (4) ff. [including colored frontispiece], 219 plates (of which 210 are colored), (1) ff. Bound in contemporary blind-stamped... More


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    Price: 110000.00 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

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  • Michael Silverman passed away in the age of 61

    Michael Silverman passed away in the age of 61

    Michael Silverman, the leading UK dealer in Autograph Letters and Manuscripts, died on Thursday 12 May: he had suffered a cerebral haemorrhage the previous day. He was 61 years old. An obituary by ABA Secretary John Critchley.

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  • British Library to buy oldest original-bound book from Jesuits

    “Durham Cathedral was not given an opportunity to buy the St Cuthbert Gospel, which is regarded by Durham Cathedral as a sacred relic. The Jesuits, who have owned the manuscript for nearly 250 years, are instead selling it to the British Library (BL) for £9m. Dating from the 7th century, it was discovered in the saint’s coffin in the cathedral and is the world’s oldest surviving book in its original binding.”

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  • Six Days On The Road & I’m Gonna Make It Home Tonight: Part 1 of a 3 Part Series

    Six Days On The Road & I’m Gonna Make It Home Tonight: Part 1 of a 3 Part Series

    "For a few years now, there’s been a crisis* brewing in the rare book industry.**  Small, regional book fairs all over the country are disappearing at a rate matched only by that of the (not coincidental) disappearance of brick-and-mortar used bookshops. Why or whether we should be concerned about either phenomenon is a matter of open debate among antiquarian booksellers." Are bookshops, and book fairs, silent victims of the Internet terror? There are many articles on this subject, this article by Lorne Bair is excellent.

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - The Novel That Never Was

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - The Novel That Never Was

    The novel that never was: Meyern’s book is a Bundesroman, a popular genre of novel in late eighteenth-century German literature which featured secret societies.  As for The Ruins on the Mountain-Lake, it never existed at all, except in Meyern’s mind.

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  • Talks and Tours at Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair – November 1-2, 2013

    Talks and Tours at Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair – November  1-2, 2013

    Over its life, the Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair has become a fixture in the November calendar for book collectors and dealers from Britain, Europe and America. Warmer than Boston, more intimate than York, less formal than Paris – Chelsea has it all. Dealer and collectors love the fair: it’s friendly and varied, the dealers have time to talk, there are plenty of books but it’s not overwhelming. ‘See you at Chelsea’ has become a phrase familiar to everyone in the British rare book trade. This year's Fair will offer visitors an excellent opportunity to find the perfect antiquarian book among thousands brought to the Chelsea Old Town Hall from 1st to 2nd November. Besides the exquisite, extraordinary and unique items showcased by the 82 expert booksellers from the United Kingdom and abroad, book lovers will enjoy an amazing number of book-related talks and tours throughout the weekend.

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Marie LaFarge was convicted of murder

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Marie LaFarge was convicted of murder

    It is the birthday of murderess Marie LaFarge (1816), whose 1840 trial for poisoning her husband with arsenic became a cause célébre throughout France, with the public deeply divided over her innocence or guilt. She was the first person convicted by direct forensic evidence, and the case was one of the first followed closely by the public with daily newspaper reports. The trial was a spectacle attended by people from all over France. It included all the twists and turns of a good whodunit, including a celebrated expert witness and setbacks for both the prosecution and the defense. Marie LaFarge wrote her Mémoires(1841) while in prison. The novel The Lady and the Arsenic (1937) was based on the case as was the French film L’Affaire Lafarge (1938).

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