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  • [+] More Not This Time - 55th Annual Rare Books and Manuscript Librarian's Preconference 


    Not This Time - 55th Annual Rare Books and Manuscript Librarian's Preconference
    Published since 03 Jul 2014

    Where do you start with a place like Vegas? Bally's Hotel and Casino is hosting the 2014 Moose International convention and dealing with a chronic shortage of aquatic plant life, willow shoots, and other forage. Hairy guys with backwards baseball caps. Old men and their leisurewear. Fatties in mobile chairs work away, tethered to slot machines. A Bally's credit card at the other end of the line drips the money in and out. The tether prevents the card from being stolen, lost, or forgotten. Sorry, sir, no photographs. What is the plural of Moose ? Do the International Moose employ it?

  • [+] More 'The Most Agreeable Servants of Civilization', Booksellers and Librarians in a Changing World – A Conference Report 


    'The Most Agreeable Servants of Civilization', Booksellers and Librarians in a Changing World – A Conference Report
    Published since 02 Jul 2014

    Three categories of people attended the recent joint conference of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (ANZAAB) and the National Library of Australia, held in Canberra on 19 and 20 May 2014 – librarians, booksellers and collectors. Its title was 'The Most Agreeable Servants of Civilization', Booksellers and Librarians in a Changing World. You can see the program at www.anzaab.com.

  • [+] More Scandinavian Antiquarian Book Fair – 6-8 November, 2014, at Copenhagen’s Beautiful Round Tower 


    Scandinavian Antiquarian Book Fair – 6-8 November, 2014, at Copenhagen’s Beautiful Round Tower
    Published since 01 Jul 2014

    It is with great pleasure that the Danish Antiquarian Booksellers Association (ABF) will host the Scandinavian Antiquarian Book Fair from 6th to 8th November 2014. As in 2011, we have once again been fortunate enough to host this event in the beautiful, old Library Hall of Copenhagen’s Round Tower, which constitutes a unique setting for this weekend of celebrating the book. The last antiquarian book fair in Copenhagen in 2011 turned out to be a great success, not only due to the unprecedented number of exhibitors from all over Europe and the large number of visitors, but also due to the interesting exhibitions of private collections and several workshops, in which some of Denmark's best book binders, paper restorers, and paper artists were presenting their works in progress.

  • [+] More 17th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography 2018 – The new Prize Jury has been established! 


    17th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography 2018 – The new Prize Jury has been established!
    Published since 30 Jun 2014

    The 17th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography will be awarded in 2018 to one or more books published in any language and in any part of the world between April 2013 and April 2017. Any work submitted to the Prize must be a published book available on the market. The prize jury will admit all publications relating to bibliography in a very broad sense (textual bibliography, history of the book, bookbinding, papermaking, type-founding, library catalogues, short-title catalogues of a single author or typographer, etc.). The jury will not take into consideration ebooks and catalogues of books intended for sale and translations of previously published works. The books can be submitted to the prize at any time but latest by the end of April in 2017 by sending a single copy to the Prize Secretary Fabrizio Govi.

  • [+] More Why ILAB? 


    Why ILAB?
    Published since 27 Jun 2014

    Have you ever wondered what ILAB is all about - other than a logo that appears against some dealers' trading names?  The answers are to be found in this weeks’ issue of Sheppard’s Confidential, featuring an article by Norbert Donhofer, in which he asks “Why ILAB?” and sets out the main benefits of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers.

  • [+] More Promote the ILAB Metasearch – with a new WordPress plugin! 


    Promote the ILAB Metasearch – with a new WordPress plugin!
    Published since 26 Jun 2014

    Do you have a blog or website built with WordPress?  If so, ILAB has a plugin created especially for you.  Enable it on your website and the ILAB search engine will be available to everyone who comes to your site. Sitting unobtrusively in your sidebar, it will beckon all bibliophiles to explore the offerings of the world’s greatest booksellers without having to leave your domain.  iscovering this powerful search tool on your blog may even encourage some new visitors to bookmark your site and return to your home page the next time they want to look for books.

  • [+] More Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Sinking Bear 


    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Sinking Bear
    Published since 24 Jun 2014

    For the small group of Mimeo Revolution obsessives, nothing is more hyped and spoken of in hushed tones than Sinking Bear.  And what a special form of hype.  What an appropriate form of hype!!  It is the hype of word of mouth, of rumor.  Of gossip.  Like a band that nobody has actually seen play live, Sinking Bear for decades had never been read cover to cover.  Nobody had even seen it.  The hype stems in part from reading Reva Wolf’s book on Warhol.  She actually read an issue or two of Sinking Bear and was one of the few to consider the mag seriously.  Except for maybe Diane Di Prima who wrote about Sinking Bear in her Recollections, which only added to the legend.

  • [+] More Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Why California Isn’t Called “Nova Albion” 


    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Why California Isn’t Called “Nova Albion”
    Published since 23 Jun 2014

    On June 17, 1579, Francis Drake claimed California for England. He anchored his ship, the Golden Hind, just north of present-day San Francisco and named the new territory “Nova Albion.” But despite Drake’s claim in the name of Queen Elizabeth I, he was not the first European to explore California.

  • [+] More FOR THE LOVE OF BOOKS! - Melbourne Rare Book Week, July 17 to 27, 2014 


    FOR THE LOVE OF BOOKS! - Melbourne Rare Book Week, July 17 to 27, 2014
    Published since 20 Jun 2014

    The 2014 Melbourne Rare Book Week program is now available. From July 17 to 27, Melburnians, Victorians and interstate visitors will be drawn to our city to enjoy an eclectic program of talks, panel discussions, exhibitions, The University of Melbourne’s Cultural Treasures Festival, and the 42nd Australian Antiquarian Book Fair, held at the University’s historic Wilson Hall.

  • [+] More Antiquarian Booksellers in Exile – Susan Bach (1909-1997) 


    Antiquarian Booksellers in Exile – Susan Bach (1909-1997)
    Published since 19 Jun 2014

    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. This article in a series of 25 booksellers' biographies is dedicated to Susan Bach.

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