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ILAB Library - All You Need To Know About Rare Books and the Antiquarian Book Trade
Published since 01 May 2013
Most of my bookselling life has been a lonely business: waiting for trains, scouring shelves of dull books in the hope of finding one good one. But for five years I had a shop, and that wasn't lonely at all. It was in one of the world's best spots for a bookshop: London's Cecil Court. We had some serious customers; some serious thieves; and some world-class time-wasters. In fact, when I finally sold the lease, I wrote the names of the worst ten on a piece of durable cardboard, so that I could take it out and look at it if I were ever again tempted into retail. (It hasn't been needed). Dr O---, Mr S---, Ms G---: have no fear, your secrets are safe. (Unless you should make any attempt to contact me via the Internet, in which case I will zap you into outer cyberspace. You have been warned.)
Published since 30 Apr 2013
Meanwhile, back at the Armory, setup for the 53rd Annual New York International Antiquarian Book Fair was proceeding smoothly. And, I am happy to report, the show opened to what felt like record crowds. I think reduced opening night admission and a more generous free ticket policy had a noticeable effect. Unfortunately, sales did not match the crowd size. By Sunday afternoon, almost all the dealers I spoke with reported decent, but not spectacular, fairs.
Published since 29 Apr 2013
When Charles Dickens’ sixth son was born on January 16, 1849, the boy was named for one of Dickens’ favorite authors. Supposedly Dickens had first thought to name the boy after Oliver Goldsmith, but he feared the child would be ridiculed as “Oliver always asking for more.” Instead he named his son Henry Fielding Dickens, after legendary 18th-century author Henry Fielding. Though Dickens was born too late to meet Fielding, his predecessor had a profound impact on Dickens’ work.
Published since 26 Apr 2013
Barbara Burdon, the founder of Asia Bookroom and beloved mother of Burdon Family Booksellers' members Sally, Jonathan and Elisabeth, and mother-in-law of Kay Craddock, died on March 20th after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. Paul Feain, who had known her for a very long time, wrote a touching obituary.
Published since 25 Apr 2013
Congratulations! At the Annual General Meeting in York last Wednesday Brian Lake of Jarndyce Books (London) was elected new President and Michael Graves-Johnston (known universally as Oscar) was elected Vice President.
Published since 24 Apr 2013
At the annual meeting the Swedish Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (Svenska Antikvariatföreningen, SVAF) elected a new president and a new committee. New SVAF President is Tomas Jansson of Carolina Böcker and Konst. The antiquarian bookshop, located in Uppsala and founded in 1993, is specialized on medicine and medical history, Russian and Russian literature, but also has a large general stock.
[+] More “Books NOT Books” – An Exhibition at the London International Antiquarian Book Fair in June 2013
Published since 23 Apr 2013
The ABA (Antiquarian Booksellers' Association) will be hosting what is thought to be the first ever “Books NOT Books” exhibition at the London International Antiquarian Book Fair in June 2013. The oldest, and with 180 exhibitors one of the biggest antiquarian book fairs worldwide, will open on Thursday June 13th and run until Saturday June 15th, 2013, at the National Exhibition Hall at Olympia, West London.
Published since 22 Apr 2013
We’re extremely pleased to announce that Travis Low of Ken Sanders Rare Books has won this year’s Tavistock Books Scholarship to Rare Book School (RBS). Travis will take Joel Silver’s course, Reference Sources for Researching Rare Books, at RBS in Charlottesville, Virginia.
[+] More MOST ELEGANT! - The Paris International Antiquarian Book Fair at the Grand Palais from 25th to 28th April 2013
Published since 19 Apr 2013
From New York to Paris - two major events of the antiquarian book trade within two weeks: After the New York Antiquarian Book Fair closed it doors antiquarian booksellers and collectors head for Paris to visit the most elegant book fair of the bibliophile year. At the magnificent Grand Palais the Paris International Antiquarian Book Fair assembles dealers and curators, who present a wealth of rare and original books, manuscripts, spectacular bindings, and incunabula, in short: the best that science, literature and the arts have to offer.
Published since 17 Apr 2013
SEVEN FAIRS displaying rare books, maps, photographs and ephemera have come together to set up the first London Book Fair Week from Saturday, 8th to Sunday, 16th June 2013. This is the first time all the fairs organisers have joined together to create a major event for both trade and public by holding all the major summer fairs in one week.