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 Now, the ILAB website has been archived by the BSB.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

IT’S OVER BOOK?

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  • RECUEIL DE VOYAGES DE MR. THEVENOT

    Thevenot, Melchisedech:

    Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana

    RECUEIL DE VOYAGES DE MR. THEVENOT
    Paris: Estienne Michallet, 1681.. [2],16,43,[1],18,[2],32,[4],20,14,8,16pp. including six plates and errata leaf, plus two folding maps (of three,... More

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    Price: 160000.00 USD

  • [MANUSCRIPT LETTER, SIGNED BY JOHN PAUL JONES, ORDERING A MEMBER OF THE...

    Jones, John Paul:

    Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana

    [MANUSCRIPT LETTER, SIGNED BY JOHN PAUL JONES, ORDERING A MEMBER OF THE MARINES TO ATTEND A COURT MARTIAL ON BOARD HIS SHIP, THE BONHOMME RICHARD]
    On Board the Bonhomme Richard at L'Orient, France. June 14, 1779.. [1]p. manuscript letter on a folded folio sheet. Docketed on the fourth page and... More

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    Price: 75000.00 USD

  • ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION AND PERPETUAL UNION BETWEEN THE STATES OF...

    [Articles of Confederation]:

    Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana

    ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION AND PERPETUAL UNION BETWEEN THE STATES OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE, MASSACHUSETTS-BAY, RHODE-ISLAND AND PROVIDENCE PLANTATIONS, CONNECTICUT, NEW-YORK, NEW- JERSEY, PENNSYLVANIA, DELAWARE, MARYLAND, VIRGINIA, NORTH- CAROLINA, SOUTH-CAROLINA AND GEORGIA
    Lancaster, Printed; Boston, Reprinted by John Gill, printer to the General Assembly, 1777.. 16pp. Folio. Loose gatherings. Old fold lines, some... More

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    Price: 75000.00 USD

  • William Congreve and the development of rocketry: unique archive of...

    Congreve, William

    Bookseller: Jeremy Norman's Historyofscience.com

    William Congreve and the development of rocketry: unique archive of manuscripts and books

    Congreve, William (1772-1828). Unique collection of materials by and relating to rocketry pioneer William Congreve, including the following (for... More


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    Price: 125000.00 USD

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  • Bibliographies - Book History

    Online: Great Books Lists - Great Books Index - Rare Book Room - Forgotten books - Digital Collections of the Bavarian State Library - Book History Online - WBB 

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  • The Library: Three Jeremiads

    The Library: Three Jeremiads

    „When I look back at the plight of American research libraries in 2010, I feel inclined to break into a jeremiad. In fact, I want to deliver three jeremiads, because research libraries are facing crises on three fronts; but instead of prophesying doom, I hope to arrive at a happy ending.”  Robert Darnton analyses the present – and future – situation of University Libraries.

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  • Rare Books in the Press - Conservation of Jefferson's Bible

    Fine Books & Collections announces: "The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is currently performing a conservation treatment to ensure the long-term preservation of Thomas Jefferson’s bible, a small handmade book that provides an intimate view of Jefferson’s private religious and moral philosophy ...

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  • Hommage à J. Ch. Brunet

    Hommage à J. Ch. Brunet

    En cette fin du 20e siècle, alors que bientôt les frontières vont disparaître et que se prépare l’Europe de 1993 il est peut-être intéressant de faire remarquer que depuis très longtemps, on peut dire depuis des siècles, il existe une catégorie de personnes qui ne tenait aucun compte des frontières. Ces Européens d’avant-garde, ou plutôt ces mondialistes, sont les gens qui commercent avec les livres : les bibliophiles, les bibliopoles et les bibliographes.

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  • Police Prevented Theft of Historical Documents

    Two men tried to steal historical documents from the Maryland Historical Society on Saturday. The papers include documents signed by Abraham Lincoln, commemorations of the Statue of Liberty and the Washington Monument as well as presidential inaugural ball invitations and programs.

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  • Antiquarian Booksellers in Exile, Part 3 – Bernard Amtmann (1907-1979)

    Antiquarian Booksellers in Exile, Part 3 – Bernard Amtmann (1907-1979)

    The seizure of power by the Nazis in 1933 was a decisive event in the world of book collecting. Numerous dealers and collectors – among them the most famous of the trade – were murdered by the Nazis. Those who survived were forced to close their companies and to hand them over to the Nazis. Ernst Fischer’s biographical handbook "Verleger, Buchhändler & Antiquare aus Deutschland und Österreich in der Emigration nach 1933" reconstructs the biographies of all German and Austrian booksellers, publishers and auctioneers who emigrated from Germany after 1933. The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers is proud to publish some of the most impressive stories told in Ernst Fischer’s book on its website. Part 3 of the series of 25 booksellers’ biographies deals with the life and merits of a founding member of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of Canada (ABAC): Bernard Amtmann.

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