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ILAB Library - All You Need To Know About Rare Books and the Antiquarian Book Trade
Published since 19 Mar 2013
Nowhere in Europe you will find so many bibliophiles than in Belgium, and you will find no other place in Europe where all those stunning collections of rare books and manuscripts have more or less been kept in secret. Until now! Piet J. Buijnster’s recently published book “Geschiedenis van antiquariaat en bibliofilie in België“ provides an overall view of the rare book trade in Belgium from the year 1830 up to 2012. After Buijnster’s studies on the history of bibliophily and antiquarian bookselling in the Netherlands, published in the years 2007 and 2010, this important work fills a gap in the research of the history of the book and the book trade in Europe.
Published since 30 May 2012
There are many things that make a book an antiquarian book, not just the text. Some will point to typography, others will mention the binding, others again the former owner, if famous or important, or an interesting inscription. I am fond of these things as well. But I also like the imperfect, the slightly ramshackle, the signs of wear and tear - of life, in fact. In the many years that I’ve been dealing with antiquarian books, I must have seen every state of a book, from immaculate to conditions that could only be of interest to a necrophile. Bur, with each book I handle, I ask myself: Why? What is the story behind this stain, these scorch marks, this musty smell?
Published since 12 Dec 2011
I like film souvenir books well enough, but with a few exceptions it’s a little hard to get truly excited about them. De Mille’s 1932 film, based on the play by Wilson Barrett, has a backstory about Charles Laughton as the Emperor Nero. Nero blames the Christians for burning Rome, and decides to put them all to death, as one is occasionally wont to do. There’s also a love story between Frederic March as Rome’s highest-ranking military officer, Marcus Superbus (really? Superbus? Why not “Marcus Gas Guzzling SUV”?) and Elissa Landi as Mercia, a cute Christian chick. You can see where complications might ensue.
[+] More Rare Books in the Press: Nigel Beale's Audio Interview with George Parker on The Ryerson Press
Published since 21 Jun 2011
Rare book news from Canada: The Ryerson Press is regarded as "one of Canada’s most important book publishing firms during the 20th century". Nigel Beale of Nota Bene Books met George Parker to talk about the history of the Ryerson Press and the Methodist Book and Publishing Company. George Parker, Professor Emeritus of the Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, Ontario, where he taught from 1967 to 1997, is the author of numerous articles on Canadian authors and publishers, he contributed to the Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature, the Oxford Companion to Canadian History, The Canadian Encyclopedia, and the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, and wrote “The Beginnings of the Book Trade in Canada” (1985).