WELCOME TO PARIS!
41st ILAB Congress and 25th International Antiquarian Book Fair
SLAM and ILAB are proud and pleased to announce that the 41st ILAB Congress will run in Paris from the 13th to 16th April, 2014, to coincide with the 100th anniversary of SLAM. The Paris Congress will immediately follow the International Antiquarian Book Fair at the Grand Palais scheduled from 10th to 13th of April 2014. The very special Congress Program will certainly attract numerous visitors from all over the world who are looking forward to meeting new colleagues and welcoming old friends.
AND THE WINNER IS ... JAMES BOND!
The 16th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography has been awarded to Jon Gilbert for his outstanding and superb work: Ian Fleming. The Bibliography, published by Queen Anne Press in 2012.
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Latest news about the Girolamini Thefts
More than a year has passed since the discovery of the thefts and forgeries of books from the Girolamini Library. According to the judges, the director of the Library, Marino Massimo De Caro was primarily responsible for the thefts. He was arrested and convicted to seven years in prison in the first of several trials that he will have to face. This trial also involved his accomplices. ILAB is very concerned about two major issues. Read more!
Wanted! Internships for Three Students from Russia and Scotland
A global "ILAB School" without borders: The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers offers internships to students and beginners in the rare book trade who wish to widen their knowledge through practical learning and to plug into the worldwide network of antiquarian bookselling. Right now ILAB is looking for three internships. Click here to find out more details.
ILAB Patrons of Honour
ILAB is very proud to present Murray G. Hall, Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark, Sir David Attenborough, Barry Humphries, René Fayt, Michael Knoche, Reiner Speck, Jay and Jean Kislak and Sid Lapidus as Patrons of Honour:
"Their commitment to the preservation of printed culture makes them our clients, our audience, and our inspiration, and very often all three. The paths that they have followed and the collections that they have formed are likely to have an extraordinary influence on the understanding of human culture for future generations."
Siena - ILAB Presidents' Meeting
“Siena is like a bit of Venice, without the water”, Charles Dickens wrote in his “Pictures from Italy” (1846). The beautiful Tuscan city and its magnificent atmosphere provided the ideal background for the ILAB President’s Meeting 2013 that gave interesting insights into recent developments of the rare book business along with fruitful and controversial discussions about the future of the trade. Read more about it and see the pictures!
ILAB Booksellers on Video
"A wonderful snapshot of the rich history of both the ABAA and the rare book trade" - ILAB is proud to present the video archive project by Michael Ginsberg and Taylor Bowie. Recently added: interviews with two amazing ladies: Marguerite Goldschmidt and Florence Shay.
“Book collecting is and almost always has been a vibrant, exciting and engaging pastime"
"It’s our job to make others understand that.” An interview with ILAB President Tom Congalton about his career, his favourite books, Between the Covers, collecting, ILAB and the future of the trade. Read it!
Book FairsRare Books - Next Fairs
23 Jan 2014 - 25 Jan 2014
The 28th Antiquaria Ludwigsburg will start one day before the Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair and can be reached within 10 minutes from Stuttgart. Over 50 exhibitors offer beautiful and...
24 Jan 2014 - 26 Jan 2014
The first event of the bibliophile year: For more than 50 years the Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair attracts dealers and collectors from all over the world to the elegant "Kunstverein" in the...
EventsRare Books - Next Events
Rare Book Gallery
The Elwood Evans Abolition Autograph Collection, featuring a Rare Autograph...
Bookseller: Between The Covers
Note: The information below, as well as additional photos, can also be viewed at http://www.betweenthecovers.com/private/Cinque/Excerpt.pdf.The... More
Price: 275000.00 USD
AN INQUIRY INTO THE NATURE AND CAUSES OF THE WEALTH OF NATIONS
Bookseller: Charles Agvent
London W. Strahan & T. Cadell 1778 Two large quarto volumes (8.5" x 10.6875"); , 510; , 589,  pages. Complete with half-title in... More
Price: 75000.00 USD
[GUTENBERG BIBLE]. A noble fragment : being a leaf of The Gutenberg Bible...
GUTENBERG, Johannes (c. 1398 - 1468)
Bookseller: Douglas Stewart Fine Books
With a bibliographical essay by A. Edward Newton. New York : Gabriel Wells, 1921. Designed by Bruce Rogers and printed by William Edwin Rudge.... More
Price: 85000.00 AUD
William Congreve and the development of rocketry: unique archive of...
Bookseller: Jeremy Norman
Congreve, William (1772-1828). Unique collection of materials by and relating to rocketry pioneer William Congreve, including the following (for... More
Price: 125000.00 USD
When Leslie asked me to talk to you about books, and my bookselling career – if bookselling can be called a career – I decided that, this being the Osborne Collection, I should confine myself to children’s books This will not be hard to do, because children’s books have always had a central place in my life I should warn you though, that tonight you are going to get less of my daring adventures as a bookseller, and more of my conclusions about books, especially children’s books, gained from 40 years experience of bookselling
Le mérite de cet épisode emporté de l’histoire de la bibliophilie française revient tout entier à Fernand Vandérem. En 1922, Henri Leclerc, libraire-expert, propriétaire de la revue, lui en a confié la direction. Homme tout autre et venu d’un tout autre bord que Georges Vicaire, son prédécesseur, Vandérem n’est ni un érudit ni un bibliographe patenté. C’est un écrivain, romancier sans succès et chroniqueur littéraire apprécié, qui s’est taillé dans le petit monde spécialisé de la librairie ancienne la réputation d’un amateur fin et paradoxal. L’aplomb de ses oukases et la causticité de son esprit en ont fait une manière de personnage. À la tête du Bulletin, il va révéler et déployer tous les talents d’un incomparable animateur.
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).
ABA President Laurence Worms travels around the British Isles to visit as many antiquarian booksellers and members of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (International) during his presidency. You can read some reports of his exciting trips on ILAB.org. The full story is told in Laurence Worms' blog The President on Safari.
A year ago the spectacular theft of the Codex Calixtinus was reported in the press. Almost 12 months later, this famous Codex, which is considered one of the most valuable books worldwide, has been found by the National Police in a garage in Santiago de Compostela. On Wednesday, 4th July, the police arrested the alleged thief, Manuel Fernández Castañeiras, who had been working as an electrician at the Cathedral for several years. It is said that he claimed 400,000 € compensation from the Cathedral for his unfair dismissal.
As you may already have realised, I like books which have a story to tell. By this I mean not just the book’s own internal narrative, but a copy of the book with its own individual history. Not necessarily a fine and obviously important provenance (although that’s always very welcome), but just a tale of its own career in the world. I’m not deterred by a book with a previous owner’s inscription, far from it – this can lead into that narrative and document some evidence of the book’s initial audience and reception. Who bought this book when it first came out? Where did the book fit into that world rather than ours?