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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  • Nudelman Rare Books

    Nudelman Rare Books

    Seattle - UNITED STATES

    Specialties: Autographs, Bindings, Children's books, Illustrated books, Literature, Poetry, Prints and drawings

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Rare Book Gallery

  • Bible. Eaux-fortes originales de Marc CHAGALL. Complete in 2 volumes

    (Chagall, Marc: 1887-1985)

    Bookseller: Gemini Fine Books & Arts, Ltd.

    Bible. Eaux-fortes originales de Marc CHAGALL. Complete in 2 volumes
    Paris: Teriade Editeur, 1956, first Chagall edition, two volumes, number 246 of 275 exemplars (total edition 295), printed on Montval paper, signed... More

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    Price: 125000.00 USD

  • The Elwood Evans Abolition Autograph Collection, featuring a Rare Autograph...

    CINQUE

    Bookseller: Between The Covers

    The Elwood Evans Abolition Autograph Collection, featuring a Rare Autograph of Cinque, leader of the Amistad Rebellion
    Note: The information below, as well as additional photos, can also be viewed at http://www.betweenthecovers.com/private/Cinque/Excerpt.pdf.The... More

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    Price: 275000.00 USD

  • [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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    Price: 282975.00 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

All ArticlesRare Books - Articles

  • Fictional Characters

    In 1963 William Freeman, an Englishman, created the first Dictionary of Fictional
    Characters. It made 458 pages and was published by J.M. Dent Ltd. in London.
    The author was 83 years old when he finished this 2-year research project.

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  • The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers - Memoirs

    The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers - Memoirs

    It happened that in 1971 I was the president of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association when it was Great Britain's turn to act as host to the biennial congress of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, the umbrella organisation for national associations of antiquarian booksellers across the world. It was becoming the custom that the congress be followed by an international antiquarian book fair attracting perhaps as many as 200 exhibitors. The congress itself was the responsibility of the League's committee but the physical arrangements, the social programme and the running of the fair were all down to the host association.

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  • Over-Pursuing: On Paying Too Much For Books

    Over-Pursuing: On Paying Too Much For Books

    It happens. You miscalculate scarcity or demand. Or a widow asks you, tears in her eyes, “Is that all?” A dealer charms you with a book’s virtues. Or assures you “The only one on the internet right now.” You get overexcited at an auction. Or you drool over some choice item at a book fair. Could be as simple as waiting too long to catalogue an acquisition. But no matter the cause, if you are a book dealer sooner or later: you will overpay for stock.

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  • Children’s Books 1945 to 1960 - A Catalogue by Winfried Geisenheyner, Reviewed by Friedrich C. Heller

    Children’s Books 1945 to 1960 - A Catalogue by Winfried Geisenheyner, Reviewed by Friedrich C. Heller

    Children’s books are not only for children. They enable us to look at a period in history from a children’s point of view. Children’s books printed in Germany from 1945 to 1960, for example, show how the world was in post war Germany, which was separated in East and West, and where also the children had to learn to live under the new conditions determined by the history of the half of the 20th century, and especially by World War II and its consequences. Friedrich C. Heller, who won the Second ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography in 2010 for his outstanding work „Die bunte Welt. Handbuch zum künstlerisch illustrierten Kinderbuch in Wien 1890-1938”, reviews a brand new catalogue published by the German antiquarian bookseller Winfried Geisenheyner: Kinder- und Bilderbücher von 1945 bis 1960 - Children’s Books 1945 to 1960.  This and other catalogues by ILAB dealers can be downloaded from the ILAB website.

     

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  • How to Prevent Ghosting and Shadowing in Rare Books

    How to Prevent Ghosting and Shadowing in Rare Books

    When it comes to rare books, condition is everything. Any kind of damage, discoloration, or flaws can significantly impact a book's value. One of the most common flaws we see in rare and antiquarian books is a condition called ghosting or shadowing. This condition occurs when a page fades unevenly, leaving a visible outline on the page.

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  • Nominated for the 16th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography - Ernst Fischer: Antiquarian Booksellers in Exile

    Nominated for the 16th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography - Ernst Fischer: Antiquarian Booksellers in Exile

    The seizure of power by the Nazis in 1933 was a decisive event also in the world of book collecting and antiquarian bookselling. Hundreds of rare book dealers, booksellers, publishers and auctioneers – among them the most famous of the trade – were murdered by the Nazis. Those who survived were forced to close their companies or they were forced to hand their antiquarian bookshops, publishing houses and auction houses over to the Nazis. Only if they left behind their whole existence was it possible for them to leave Nazi Germany and to escape to other countries all over the world. Some emigrants were fortunate enough to build up a new business in their new home country; a few of them became very successful, whereas other antiquarian booksellers or publishers never found their feet again.

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