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.
Congratulations! Read more ...
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
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...
24 Jan 2014 - 26 Jan 2014
The first event of the bibliophile year: For more than 50 years the Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair attracts dealers and collectors from all over the world to the elegant "Kunstverein" in the...
EventsRare Books - Next Events
20 Sep 2013 - 12 Jan 2014
After "Bosch - Bruegel - Rubens - Rembrandt" this will be the second exhibition on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the re-opening of the Albertina. On show will be 140 works by Henri...
Rare Book Gallery
[THE GREAT OR AMERICAN VOYAGES IN LATIN, PARTS I-XII]
De Bry, Theodor; Johann Theodor De Bry; and Johann Israel De Bry:
Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana
Frankfurt or Oppenheim: Theodor De Bry and his heirs (see below), 1590-1624.. Twelve parts bound in twelve volumes (see below for collations).... More
Price: 450000.00 USD
Atlante novissimo illustrato ed accresciuto sulle osservazioni e scoperte...
Bookseller: B & L Rootenberg Rare Books & Manuscripts
With elaborate double-page engraved frontispiece, hand painted floral paste-downs, hand-painted maps. Calf with blue edges and gilded spine and... More
Price: 90000.00 USD
Habitus praecipuorum populorum, tam virorum quam foeminarum singulari arte...
[AMMAN, Jost] / [WEIGEL, Hans]
Bookseller: Martayan Lan, Inc.
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
Price: 110000.00 USD
William Congreve and the development of rocketry: unique archive of...
Bookseller: Jeremy Norman's Historyofscience.com
Congreve, William (1772-1828). Unique collection of materials by and relating to rocketry pioneer William Congreve, including the following (for... More
Price: 125000.00 USD
La première partie traitait du livre en tant qu’objet, résultat de procédés techniques de fabrication qui ont permis la mise au point de la forme (passage du rouleau au volume), du support (passage du papyrus au parchemin, puis au papier), enfin de l’impression, en blocs xylographiques d’abord, en caractères mobiles ensuite.
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.
The Cambridge University Library is cataloguing its collection of 4,650 incunabula online for the first time. The collection, part of which goes back to the late 15th century, is internationally renowned and includes some 134 unique items.
The Washington Post reports: “A Civil War-era letter written by Abraham Lincoln that went missing at an unknown date has surfaced and has been returned to the National Archives . … An Archives employee saw the document listed for sale in 2009 and recognized it as belonging to the government. When contacted, Panagopous who was representing a family from Rhode Island in the sale, had already sold the documents to a New York dealer. Upon realizing the provenance of the papers, Panagopulos refunded the purchase price to the dealer to get them back and the Rhode Island family, in turn, agreed to refund the money they had been paid so the papers could be retuned to the government.“
How much is it worth? This question is most often asked by book collectors. And most often, there is not a precise answer. Although it is quite common nowadays to discuss rare books “as investments”, the value of a book can hardly be counted in Dollars and Euros. It is even more difficult to measure the “worth” of dedication copies. Is the book inscribed by the author? Is this author famous and important, dead or alive? To whom is the book inscribed? Which words did the author choose to express his gratitude or sympathy? Eberhard Köstler, autograph specialist, gives examples of dedications by George Bernard Shaw, George Orwell, Franz Kafka, Thomas Mann and many other authors, and he shows that nothing is binding when it comes to the “real worth” of dedications.
Off to Cecil Court with the Modern First Editions group from London Rare Books School. An excellent afternoon. Highlight for me was Ron Chapman (Tindley & Chapman) pretending to think that Angus O’Neill (Omega Bookshop) was a student on the course and had he learnt anything – but an afternoon full of wider interest too. Glimpses of a couple of very high-powered booksellers in earnest conversations – a feeling of vultures circling over something special that might have just turned up. We never got to find out what it may have been, but the booksellers of the Court really put themselves out to show off some treasures and to answer everyone’s questions.