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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  • 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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  • New Englands Prospect. A true lively, and experimentall description of that...

    WOOD, William (1580-1639)

    Bookseller: Donald Heald Rare Books

    New Englands Prospect. A true lively, and experimentall description of that part of America, commonly called New England: discovering the state of that Countrie, both as it stands to our new-come English Planters; and to the old Native Inhabitants. Laying downe that which may both enrich the knowledge of the mind-travelling Reader, or benefit the future Voyager
    London: Printed by Tho. Cotes for Iohn Bellamie, 1635. Small quarto. (7 1/16 x 5 1/2 inches). 1 folding woodcut and letterpress map. (Map close... More

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    Linschoten, Jan Huygen van:

    Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana

    ITINERARIO, VOYAGE OFTE SCHIPVAERT...NAER OOST OFTE PORTUGAELS INDIEN....[bound with:] REYS-GHESCHRIFT VANDE NAVIGATIEN DER PORTUGALOYSERS IN ORIENTEN....[bound with:] BESCHRIJVINGE VANDE GANTSCHE CUSTE VAN GUINEA, MANICONGO, ANGOLA, MONOMOTAPA, ENDE TEGE
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  • A Map of the British Empire in America with the French and Spanish...

    POPPLE, Henry (d.1743)

    Bookseller: Donald Heald Rare Books

    A Map of the British Empire in America with the French and Spanish settlements adjacent thereto
    London: "Engrav'd by Willm. Henry Toms", "1733" [but circa 1735]. Folio. (20 1/2 x 15 inches). Engraved map by William Henry Toms, with very fine... More

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions: Truman Capote

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions: Truman Capote

    The books of the tiny terror of New York drawing rooms continue to be eagerly sought after. A young phenom, his books were mostly published in relatively large (for the time and genre) first printings. Thus when collecting Capote it is even more important then usual to look for particularly fine copies, as mediocre copies of most of his books abound.

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  • The Golden Cockerel Press - Audio Interview with Roderick Cave, by Nigel Beale

    The Golden Cockerel Press - Audio Interview with Roderick Cave, by Nigel Beale

    "The Golden Cockerel Press is one of most important, productive English private presses in the history of fine printing. In 2002 Oak Knoll Press and the British Library co-published the first extensive study of the Golden Cockerel. Written by Roderick Cave, the book is based on interviews and the Press’ widely-scattered archives." Nigel Beale met Roderick Cave at the British Library to discuss the achievements of The Golden Cockerel Press.

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  • Book Thefts from the Girolamini Library - Press Articles

    Book Thefts from the Girolamini Library - Press Articles

    In April 2012 it was announced that 1500 books were missing from one of the richest and oldest libraries in Italy: the Girolamini Library in Naples. Shortly afterwards the library’s director Marino Massimo de Caro was suspended, then arrested and accused of embezzlement along with four accomplices from Argentina and Ukraine. A number of stolen items from the library were confiscated in Munich, London, New York and Tokyo, but most of the books are still missing. It is not even known right now how many books were actually stolen. ILAB President Arnoud Gerits advises all booksellers to check their purchases of Italian books from the 15th to the 17th centuries if these volumes were purchased  in the time period between January to May of 2012. Nearly every day, more and more news and background information become public. The book theft in the Girolamini Library turns out to be one of the most spectacular ever.  Snippets from some of the most interesting press articles and YouTube clips.

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - The Man Behind the Beloved Freddy Series

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - The Man Behind the Beloved Freddy Series

    George Orwell’s Animal Farm (1945) is synonymous with talking animals, but Orwell wasn’t the first to populate a novel with anti-establishmentarian, anthropomorphic animals. Walter R Brooks created the beloved Freddy the Pig and his friends on Bean Farm almost two decades earlier. Though Brooks’ Freddy books aren’t as overtly political as Orwell’s work, they do depict animals overcoming corrupt authority. Brooks had a rich, varied literary career that included not only the Freddy novels, but also numerous short stories, editorials, and literary reviews

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Robert Frost’s First Book

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Robert Frost’s First Book

    Robert Frost wasn’t much of a farmer but he loved living on a farm. Though he was born in the city (San Francisco), some of his formative years were spent on his grandfather’s farm in Massachusetts. Indeed, much of his poetry seems influenced by his rural life.

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  • In the Press - Rare Kepler Book Returns to Stralsund, Germany

    In the Press - Rare Kepler Book Returns to Stralsund, Germany

    "May I please give this book back to Stralsund. It is a great day for the German-American friendship, for the cities of New York and Stralsund and a great day for rare and valuable books in archives and in libraries." With these words rare book dealer Jonathan Hill, New York, handed over a unique early edition of Johannes Kepler's works which had once belonged to the archive of Stralsund (Germany). For centuries the worth of the book had been unknown. A year and a half ago Jonathan Hill discovered the book in a catalogue. It had been sold together with the whole Stralsund archives and was now offered by an auction house. Jonathan Hill bought the book and, as he said in a press conference on 15th April 2014, brought it back to where it belongs: to Stralsund.

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