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!

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THE MEETING PLACE FOR ANTIQUARIAN BOOKSELLERS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD

41st ILAB CONGRESS AND ILAB 25th INTERNATIONAL ANTIQUARIAN BOOK FAIR

Bienvenue à Paris! Welcome to Paris! The Syndicat national de la Librairie Ancienne et Moderne (SLAM) and its president Anne Lamort are honoured to welcome 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.

DO YOU WANT TO SEE LIBRARIES AND BOOKS YOU HAVE NEVER SEEN BEFORE?

SLAM President Anne Lamort and her team have set up a splendid program including private tours of the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the Bibliothèque de L'Arsenal, the castles 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, offers its ever increasing number of visitors highlights of our written heritage presented by nearly 200 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.

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 President Tom Congalton)

SHAKEN, NOT STIRRED ... THE 16th ILAB BRESLAUER PRIZE FOR BIBLIOGRAPHY GOES TO JON GILBERT!

And the winner is: James Bond! ILAB is proud to officially present the 16th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography to Jon Gilbert, author of: Ian Fleming. The Bibliography (Queen Anne Press 2012).

The official ceremony will take place during the 25th ILAB International Antiquarian Book Fair on Saturday, 12th April, noon, in the orchestral area of the Grand Palais.

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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  • Harmonices Mundi Libri V

    KEPLER, Johannes

    Bookseller: Jonathan A. Hill, Bookseller, Inc.

    Harmonices Mundi Libri V
    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

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    Price: 235000.00 USD

  • NOVA FRANCIA: OR THE DESCRIPTION OF THAT PART OF NEW FRANCE, WHICH IS ONE...

    Lescarbot, Marc:

    Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana

    NOVA FRANCIA: OR THE DESCRIPTION OF THAT PART OF NEW FRANCE, WHICH IS ONE CONTINENT WITH VIRGINIA. DESCRIBED IN THE THREE LATE VOYAGES AND PLANTATION MADE BY MONSIEUR DE MONTS, MONSIEUR DU PONT-GRAU? AND MONSIEUR DE POUTRINCOURT, INTO THE COUNTRIE
    London: [Eliot's Court Press] for George Bishop, 1609.. [16],307pp. plus folding engraved map (9 1/4 x 19 1/4 inches). Small quarto. Modern dark... More

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    Price: 285000.00 USD

  • THE BIRDS OF AMERICA

    Audubon, John James:

    Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana

    THE BIRDS OF AMERICA
    New York & Amsterdam: Printed in Holland for the Johnson Reprint Corporation and Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, 1971-1972.. Four volumes. Limitation... More

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    Price: 80000.00 USD

  • Phytanthoza Iconographia, sive conspectus aliquot millium, tam indigenarum...

    WEINMANN, J.W.

    Bookseller: Antiquariaat Junk

    Phytanthoza Iconographia, sive conspectus aliquot millium, tam indigenarum quam exoticarum, ex quatuor mundi partibus... plantarum, arborum, fruticum, florum, fructuum, fungorum, &c. [German title:] Phythanthoza Iconographia, oder eigentliche Vorstellung etlicher Tausend so wohl einheimisch-als ausl
    1737 Regensburg, H. Lentzen [vol 4: H.G. Neubauer], 1737-45. 4 volumes and 1 index volume. Folio (382 x 250mm). With four engraved titles in red... More

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    Price: 127200.00 EUR

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  • Michael Trenkle, Fachbegriffe im Antiquariat

    Michael Trenkle, Fachbegriffe im Antiquariat

    From „A“ for „Abklatsch“ to „Z“ for „Zinkdruck“. Michael Trenkle has compiled a glossary of terms commonly used in the antiquarian book business. He includes – and explains exactly – graphic techniques as well as different kinds of paper, cloth or leather, typography, the methods and the history of printing and book binding. An excellent resource for rare book descriptions, and the best German glossary about the terms of the trade.

    Michael Trenkle, Fachbegriffe im Antiquariat. Verband Deutscher Antiquare 2010

    “Fachbegriffe im Antiquariat” was first published in the Handbook 2009/2010 of the German Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association and can be browsed on the VDA website. It is presented here by permission of Michael Trenkle (Patzer & Trenkle) and the VDA.

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  • Go West, Book Lover

    Go West, Book Lover

    San Francisco has a thriving book culture. Here’s a handy guide by Matthew Jones to the best literary spots in and around town.

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  • The ILAB Congress and Book Fair - Bologna, September 2010

    The ILAB Congress and Book Fair - Bologna, September 2010

    It would be an understatement to say that I was surprised when asked, in the middle of an ABA Council meeting, if Sandy (my wife) and I would like to attend the 39th ILAB Congress and 23rd ILAB International Book Fair in Bologna – it was an unprecedented, exciting and very generous invitation which we had no hesitation in accepting. Neither of us had visited Bologna before, and we found it to be a most beautiful city - a normal working city rather than one devoted to tourism, on an industrial base but with a wonderful, large mediaeval centre.  And there are, as you will read later, wonderful libraries and museums: and the food and wine are excellent.  So it was a perfect place to hold Congress.

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  • English Literary Manuscripts

    English Literary Manuscripts

    Among manuscript collectors in the English-speaking world, literature has had the most constant appeal; and until recently, when historical manuscripts have really come into their own, literary ones attracted most of the highest prices for post-mediaeval manuscripts. This appeal is due to the universal interest in literature itself; to the demands of doctoral dissertations; to the desire among some individuals, librarians, and editors for definitive collections; and no doubt also to the relative ease, in comparison with historical manuscripts, of selecting an area for collection.

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  • The Gravell Watermark Archive: Taking watermarks online

    The Gravell Watermark Archive: Taking watermarks online

    The Gravell Watermark Archive (www.gravell.org) is bringing together more than 50,000 watermarks from America and Europe, including 7,500 images collected by American-watermark expert Thomas L. Gravell and about 45,000 unpublished marks documented by Charles-Moise Briquet. On the website, you can search for stags, swans, or unicorns, creatures from a medieval bestiary produced long ago by wire attached to a paper mould. (Watermarks are made by placing a design made with thin wire on a paper mould. The paper formed over the wire is thinner and translucent when held up to a light source.) 

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  • New Trends in the International Antiquarian Book Trade

    New Trends in the International Antiquarian Book Trade

    We all blame the internet for dramatic changes in the rare book trade. But have our problems really changed within the last decades? Reading Anthony Rota's lecture given in Tokyo in 1990 you could be inclined to say: No! He writes: "Booksellers, like the collectors and librarians they serve, are conservative creatures. By their very nature they are resistant to change; yet they are caught up in the changes that beset us today, and if they do not welcome them they must at least learn to adapt to them if they are to flourish. The antiquarian book trade has managed to cope with changes over a number of centuries now, and I do not doubt for a moment that it will continue to do so."

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