WELCOME TO PARIS!
41st ILAB Congress and 25th International Antiquarian Book Fair
SLAM and ILAB are proud and pleased to announce that the 41st ILAB Congress will run in Paris from the 13th to 16th April, 2014, to coincide with the 100th anniversary of SLAM. The Paris Congress will immediately follow the International Antiquarian Book Fair at the Grand Palais scheduled from 10th to 13th of April 2014. The very special Congress Program will certainly attract numerous visitors from all over the world who are looking forward to meeting new colleagues and welcoming old friends.
AND THE WINNER IS ... JAMES BOND!
The 16th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography has been awarded to Jon Gilbert for his outstanding and superb work: Ian Fleming. The Bibliography, published by Queen Anne Press in 2012.
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Latest news about the Girolamini Thefts
More than a year has passed since the discovery of the thefts and forgeries of books from the Girolamini Library. According to the judges, the director of the Library, Marino Massimo De Caro was primarily responsible for the thefts. He was arrested and convicted to seven years in prison in the first of several trials that he will have to face. This trial also involved his accomplices. ILAB is very concerned about two major issues. Read more!
Wanted! Internships for Three Students from Russia and Scotland
A global "ILAB School" without borders: The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers offers internships to students and beginners in the rare book trade who wish to widen their knowledge through practical learning and to plug into the worldwide network of antiquarian bookselling. Right now ILAB is looking for three internships. Click here to find out more details.
ILAB Patrons of Honour
ILAB is very proud to present Murray G. Hall, Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark, Sir David Attenborough, Barry Humphries, René Fayt, Michael Knoche, Reiner Speck, Jay and Jean Kislak and Sid Lapidus as Patrons of Honour:
"Their commitment to the preservation of printed culture makes them our clients, our audience, and our inspiration, and very often all three. The paths that they have followed and the collections that they have formed are likely to have an extraordinary influence on the understanding of human culture for future generations."
Siena - ILAB Presidents' Meeting
“Siena is like a bit of Venice, without the water”, Charles Dickens wrote in his “Pictures from Italy” (1846). The beautiful Tuscan city and its magnificent atmosphere provided the ideal background for the ILAB President’s Meeting 2013 that gave interesting insights into recent developments of the rare book business along with fruitful and controversial discussions about the future of the trade. Read more about it and see the pictures!
ILAB Booksellers on Video
"A wonderful snapshot of the rich history of both the ABAA and the rare book trade" - ILAB is proud to present the video archive project by Michael Ginsberg and Taylor Bowie. Recently added: interviews with two amazing ladies: Marguerite Goldschmidt and Florence Shay.
“Book collecting is and almost always has been a vibrant, exciting and engaging pastime"
"It’s our job to make others understand that.” An interview with ILAB President Tom Congalton about his career, his favourite books, Between the Covers, collecting, ILAB and the future of the trade. Read it!
Book FairsRare Books - Next Fairs
05 Dec 2013 - 08 Dec 2013
Art Basel Miami Beach is the most prestigious art show in the Americas. More than 260 leading galleries from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa will take part, showcasing...
23 Jan 2014 - 25 Jan 2014
The 28th Antiquaria Ludwigsburg will start one day before the Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair and can be reached within 10 minutes from Stuttgart. Over 50 exhibitors offer beautiful and...
EventsRare Books - Next Events
13 Sep 2013 - 05 Jan 2014
The Man Booker Prize is one of the world's most prestigious literary awards, given annually to the best novel written in English by a citizen of the Commonwealth of Nations, Republic of Ireland, or...
Rare Book Gallery
A New Map of the Western parts of Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland and North...
HUTCHINS, Thomas (1730-1789)
Bookseller: Donald Heald Rare Books
London: Engraved by T. Hutchins, 1778. Copper-engraved map by T. Cheevers, with period outline colour, on four joined sheets, overall measuring 36
Price: 150000.00 USD
Harmonices Mundi Libri V
Bookseller: Jonathan A. Hill, Bookseller, Inc.
Five engraved plates & numerous woodcut diagrams & illus. in the text. 4 p.l., 66 (i.e. 64), 255 pp. Folio, cont. vellum over boards... More
Price: 235000.00 USD
[GROUP OF SIX AUTOGRAPH LETTERS, SIGNED, FROM CENTRAL GOLD RUSH FIGURE AND...
Sutter, Johann Augustus:
Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana
New Helvetia, Ca. February 1842 - June 1843 (for the Sutter letters). Accompanying documents dated between 1828 and 1862.. Six manuscript letters,... More
Price: 142500.00 USD
Candide, Ou L'Optimisme
VOLTAIRE (Francois-Marie Arouet)
Bookseller: Between The Covers
(Geneva: No publisher) 1759. First edition, the true first printing preceding all others. 12mo. Text in French. Contemporary full mottled French... More
Price: 100000.00 USD
Online: Richard Braungart, Deutsche Ex Libris und andere Kleingraphik der Gegenwart - Gustav A. Seyler, „Illustriertes Handbuch der Ex-Libris-Kunde“ - Book-Plate Collection Baron von Berlepsch - Gerhard Gnade, « Norwegian Ex Libris » - Egerton Castle, English Book-Plates - Augustus Wollaston Frank, “Catalogue of British and American Book-Plates (Ex Libris) - Arthur Vicars, Book-Plates 1893 - Henry W. Fincham and James R. Brown, A Bibliography of Book-Plates (Ex-Libris) - Herbert Gregson, « Ex Libris. A Collection of Book-Plate Designs by Herbert Gregson” - John B. Leicester Warren, “A Guide to the Study of Book-plates (Ex-Libris)” - Walter Hamilton, “Dated Book-Plates. A Treatise on their Origin and Development” - Walter Hamilton, “French Book-Plates. A Handbook for Ex-Libris Collectors”
Where to start with Hemingway? Ernest Hemingway has been avidly collected pretty much from the start of his career. His first book, Three Stories and Ten Poems (1923) issued in wrappers in an edition of 300 copies, originally came in an unprinted glassine sleeve, the presence of which can dramatically increase the cost of the book.
The antiquarian book trade in Hungary is emerging. The young generation opens up to the international market and shows more and more that Budapest – like Vienna – is a European city full of cultural highlights, covering not only the history of arts, but the history of printing from its invention in the 15th century up to 20th century Avantgarde books. An interview with Zoltán Földvári (Budapest) and Norbert Donhofer (Vienna) about rare books in Hungary and the future of the antiquarian book trade.
It wasn’t long before I determined to pay Serendipity Books a visit. In those days the store was located on Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley. In the company of my wife, I paid the first of many visits to Mr. Howard’s antiquarian book shop and, in short order, became familiar with the controlled chaos which is the hallmark of this remarkable destination. My first impression of Mr. Howard was that of a keenly focused, and earnest individual who, when engaged by someone in matters pertaining to rare books would speak directly to the issue, often imparting some insight or acerbic observation. He could also be dismissive if so inclined. Before introducing myself, I took ample time to study this tall, self assured person who was clearly the nexus of authority in the establishment. This tentative approach has served me best in all my dealings with Peter over the ensuing years.
The always present problem of lack of space reared its ugly head yet again in 2001 - we had run out of room in spite of our expanded 5000 square foot third floor lease. This is such a sickness with booksellers. They can never be happy with the space they have and must keep expanding. John published 21 titles in 2001, and we had bought a large antiquarian collection, so space was at a premium.
If the bindings, illustrations, novelty of the formats, or the social causes connected with gift books were not enough to entice buyers, perhaps the textual content could. These were, after all, books. Gift books were carefully calculated not to risk offense, prompting Walt Whitman (DEMOCRATIC VISTAS, 1888, p. 65) to recall them as "those highly‑refined imported and gilt‑edged themes... causing tender spasms in the coteries, and warranted not to chafe the sensitive cuticle of the most exquisitely artificial gossamer delicacy." Whitman was correct, of course, and his comment was directed toward the bad poetry, most of it by women, as previously discussed. But there was also good poetry, including many early first appearances by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Oliver Wendell Holmes, John Greenleaf Whittier, Edgar Allan Poe, Ralph Waldo Emerson, James Russell Lowell, and even Henry David Thoreau.