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  • [+] More Norbert Donhofer - President of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) 


    Norbert Donhofer - President of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB)
    Published since 13 Apr 2014
    At the Ordinary General Meeting on 13th April 2014 in Paris the presidents of ILAB’s 22 national member associations voted for Norbert Donhofer (Austria) as new ILAB President. He succeeds Tom Congalton (United States) who served as President from 2012 to 2014; and he will be supported by ILAB Vice-President Gonzalo Fernandéz Pontes (Spain).
  • [+] More One Week in Paris - 41st ILAB Congress and 25th ILAB International Antiquarian Book Fair 


    One Week in Paris - 41st ILAB Congress  and 25th ILAB International Antiquarian Book Fair
    Published since 10 Apr 2014

    We meet on Facebook, we talk in Tweets. Why bother to travel a long way to meet real people? Why not? Have you ever attended an ILAB Congress? Have you ever met in Bologna, Lucerne, Tokyo, Sydney, Amsterdam, Munich, London, Brussels, New York, Edinburgh, Venice, San Francisco or Scandinavia? No? - YOU MISSED A GREAT OPPORTUNITY! ILAB Congresses and International Antiquarian Book Fairs are the real thing: They offer the chance to meet colleagues, collectors, librarians and real books, and the chance for collectors, librarians and real books to meet us! This is unique.

  • [+] More Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Moving Pictures 


    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Moving Pictures
    Published since 09 Apr 2014

    In the century before cinema and television changed our lives forever, there were other ways of creating moving pictures.  One such inventive Victorian method was the zoetrope (from the Greek zoe, ‘life’, and tropos, ‘turning’), ‘a mechanical toy or optical instrument consisting of a cylinder open at the top, with a series of slits in the circumference, and a series of figures representing successive positions of a moving object arranged along the inner surface, which when viewed through the slits while the cylinder is in rapid rotation produce the impression of actual movement of the object’ (OED).  You can watch a modern version of one here.

  • [+] More New York - Promoter Predicts Catastrophe in 2015 


    New York - Promoter Predicts Catastrophe in 2015
    Published since 08 Apr 2014

    As if to compensate for the ever-increasing expense and physical difficulty of this event, the material on display this year was better than I've ever seen it. Books, maps, and manuscripts were dazzling. And, not to put too fine a point on it, the bucks were flowing. No one I spoke to had a ruinous fair, and even the people with only "so so" results were talking sums well into five figures. So, for almost all exhibitors at the big show, it was "mission accomplished." ...

  • [+] More Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - The Six Hoaxes of Edgar Allan Poe 


    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - The Six Hoaxes of Edgar Allan Poe
    Published since 07 Apr 2014

    The origins of April Fools’ Day are unclear. Some experts suggest that when the French shifted the New Year to January to correspond with the Roman calendar, rural residents still kept celebrating with the beginning of spring, which often fell around the start of April. They came to be known as “April fools.” This theory, however, doesn’t take into account that the new year would have been celebrated around Easter–which isn’t associated with April first. It’s more probable that our April Fools traditions grew from age-old pagan celebrations of spring, which included adopting disguises and playing pranks on one another. But some pranksters simply aren’t satisfied to confine their exploits to a single day. One of these was Edgar Allan Poe, who was unabashedly fond of hoaxes. He approvingly called his time the “epoch of the hoax.” During his lifetime Poe would attempt a total of six different hoaxes. Most modern anthologies fail to acknowledge that these stories were originally published as non-fiction.

  • [+] More The Art of American Book Covers – Peacocks 


    The Art of American Book Covers – Peacocks
    Published since 04 Apr 2014

    The first post to this blog in August 2009 was about a book with a peacock feather stamped in gold on the cover, The New Day by Richard Watson Gilder [Scribner, Armstrong, 1876]. It's worth re-reading that story, because there is a connection to Margaret Armstrong, whose peacock designs are below. Here's a photo of that book to refresh your memory. Click it to read the original post. Peacocks and peacock feathers were a pervasive image of the Aesthetic Movement, a symbol of beauty in nature. Whistler's Peacock Room of 1877 was a monumental tribute to this theme.

  • [+] More Decisions, Decisions - 54th Annual New York Antiquarian Book Fair 


    Decisions, Decisions - 54th Annual New York Antiquarian Book Fair
    Published since 02 Apr 2014

    This is always a rough week for me. The New York International Antiquarian Book Fair is hauling into view (April 2-6), and there are decisions to be made. What stays? What goes? It's the biggest fair on the circuit and it has the greatest upside in terms of profit potential and meeting new customers. It's also the most expensive of the American fairs, and big city livin' is a real drain on the pocket book.

  • [+] More Rare Books - A Square Inch of Art 


    Rare Books - A Square Inch of Art
    Published since 01 Apr 2014

    This blog post is illustrated with some examples of engraved head- and tail-pieces I have encountered in my old books (all titles present in the Short-Title Catalogue, Netherlands). Although they have never been a special subject on my blog, I will refer to two previous illustrated posts to make as much room as possible for new illustrations here. By the way, about my photo fingers, they are just there to give you an impression of their size (I mean the head- and tail-pieces, not my fingers!).

  • [+] More Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - The First Flight Across the Atlantic 


    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - The First Flight Across the Atlantic
    Published since 31 Mar 2014

    This week book lovers take their planes to New York to visit the 54th annual New York Antiquarian Book Fair at the Park Avenue Armory, which runs from 3rd to 6th April 2014. Michael Slicker commemorates the first flight across the Atlantic and the books written about it. - A U.S. Mail pilot named Charles Lindbergh gets the credit for flying nonstop across the Atlantic Ocean by himself in 1927, and deservedly so, but he wasn’t the first to fly across the Atlantic. That distinction goes to the crew of the Curtiss NC-4 floatplane, a name considerably less imaginative than the Spirit of St. Louis, and the feat took place in 1919, some eight years before Lucky Lindy’s historic excursion. A book about the accomplishment published the same year is in the collection of rare and unusual books at Lighthouse Books, ABAA. The Flight Across the Atlantic was issued by the federal Department of Education in 1919 under the auspicies of the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Corporation. The trip took 19 days, including time for repairs and rest for the crew. Lindy’s hop took 33.5 hours. But, hey, these guys weren’t in any hurry and they weren’t carrying a load of mail.

  • [+] More Save the dates! International Antiquarian Book Fairs 2014 / 2015, under the auspices of ILAB 


    Save the dates! International  Antiquarian  Book  Fairs  2014  /  2015,  under the auspices of ILAB
    Published since 28 Mar 2014

    Book lovers will be busy in the upcoming weeks. From 1st to 8th April the intellectually curious meet in New York City for the Rare Book Week - the largest gathering of its kind with numerous fairs, exhibitions, lectures and auctions. The week is headlined by the 54th annual New York Antiquarian Book Fair, where over 200 international dealers display an astonishing array of rare books, fine art, maps, manuscripts, and ephemera. And as soon as the fair is closed bibliophiles pack again their bags and suitcases to fly to Paris where another major event in the bibliophile calendar takes place: The Salon International du Livre Ancien at the beautiful Grand Palais in Paris is regarded as the most elegant fair worldwide. The prestigious event, in this year's edition the 25th ILAB International Antiquarian Book Fair with even more high-class offers by exhibitors from Europe, the United States, Argentina, and Japan runs from 11th to 13th April and will immediately be followed by the 41st Congress of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB). Whether  you  already  have  your  own  personal  library  or  would  like  to  dive into  the  world  of  collecting,  this  is  your  opportunity  to  explore  the  world  of  books  with  the leading experts  in  their  fields. Whether  you  are  an  experienced  or  novice  book  collector,  a  librarian  or  an  archivist,  a  scholar  or  an  academic,  or  are  simply  interested  in  books  and  the  book  arts  in  general,  this is your chance to find  something  to  your  taste. And be sure: If you have once experienced the fascinating feeling of finding a book, you have never thought you were looking for, you will never be able to stop again! Over the year and on all continents, there is an exquisite selection of antiquarian book fairs under the auspices of ILAB, where book collectors and the world’s leading experts share their passion for the printed book and our written heritage. Save the dates in your calendar!

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