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.
Wanted! ILAB INTERNSHIPS for Young Booksellers
"Maria Rodionova, ILAB intern, reported that coming to Australia and working at Cornstalk Bookshop in Sydney and Asia Bookroom in Canberra has been a life changing experience. All of us here at Asia Bookroom would encourage other booksellers to consider offering such an opportunity to other young booksellers in the ILAB Internship Program" (Sally Burdon).
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. Learn more ...
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. Jon Gilbert will be honoured in an official ceremony at the 25th International Antiquarian Book Fair at the Grand Palais (Paris) from 10th to 13th April 2014.
Congratulations! Read more ...
The Girolamini Thefts in the Press: August 2013 to January 2014
More than a year has passed since the discovery of thefts from the Girolamini Library in Naples (Italy). Marino Massimo de Caro has been convicted to seven years in prison of being primarily responsible for the thefts. He now is under arrest in his house in Italy. Meanwhile a second issue has been brought to public attention: the dissemination of forgeries throughout the international antiquarian book market.
Click here to read a press review with links to articles and TV features from Italy, France, Germany, Denmark, UK, the United States, Australia and Vietnam
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."
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 FairsRare Books - Next Fairs
13 Mar 2014 - 16 Mar 2014
The Antiquarian Book Fair was integrated into Leipzig Book Fair as early as 1995, which must have been the first time anywhere in the world that a fair dedicated to new books found space for...
14 Mar 2014 - 23 Mar 2014
TEFAF Maastricht is “an outstanding event, one that offers the best choice of the very best in fine art … No where else will you find such an elegantly displayed selection of...
EventsRare Books - Next Events
23 Jun 2014 - 27 Jun 2014
A series of five-day, intensive courses on a variety of book-related subjects. Our courses are taught in small groups by internationally renowned scholars using the unrivalled library and...
Rare Book Gallery
Atlas sive Cosmographicae Meditationes de Fabrica Mundi et fabricati figura....
MERCATOR, GERARD. - [PMM 100 - MERCATOR'S PROJECTION]
Bookseller: Lynge & Søn A/S
Amsterodami (Amsterdam), Iodocus Hondius, 1613. Folio (48
Price: 1000000.00 DKK
[COLLECTION OF TREATIES BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND INDIAN TRIBES]
Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana
[Washington. 1830s-1870].. Various paginations, most often 4pp. to 10pp. each. Folio. Original self- wrappers, often string- or ribbon-tied. On the... More
Price: 75000.00 USD
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
Bible. Eaux-fortes originales de Marc CHAGALL. Complete in 2 volumes
(Chagall, Marc: 1887-1985)
Bookseller: Gemini Fine Books & Arts, Ltd.
Paris: Teriade Editeur, 1956, first Chagall edition, two volumes, number 246 of 275 exemplars (total edition 295), printed on Montval paper, signed... More
Price: 125000.00 USD
“German and Italian antiquarian booksellers and auctioneers are very fond of using abbreviations in their catalogs, sometimes on a rather lavish scale. This enables them to convey a large amount of information in a relatively short space, but readers not completely fluent in those languages are likely to be left somewhat bewildered, even discouraged, by strings of vowels and consonants occurring either singly or in unfamiliar combinations in the midst of what would otherwise be a fairly comprehensible text. For them, this little dictionary, the first one of its kind, I think, may come in handy. Each abbreviation is followed by the full resolution of the German and Italian word and by its English translation, in most cases with one or more examples illustrating the context and the combinations in which the abbreviation is most likely to occur.”
Bernard M. Rosenthal, A Dictionary of Abbreviations Commonly Used by German and Italian Antiquarian Booksellers and Auctioneers
Bernard M. Rosenthal’s Dictionary was published by the League in 1993. All ILAB publications are obtainable from ILAB booksellers, from the offices of the national associations, or from our agent, Scott Brinded, 17 Greenbanks, Lyminge, CT18 8HG, Great Britain, Tel. (01303) 86 22 58, Fax (01303) 86 26 60
Three expeditions into the uncharted waters of the Pacific Ocean – and a tragic end on Hawaii. James Cook (1728–1779) was the first to map New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific islands. He formed our modern image of the world and refuted once and for all the existence of a mythical Terra Australis Incognita.
"Inspired by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz, and a love for books, old fashioned and cutting edge at the same time." As usual the Academy Awards 2012 saw lots of George Clooney and Angelina Jolie, but the secret hero of the evening was: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.
Given that the first book printed from moveable type in Western Europe, the Gutenberg Bible, contains numerous references to wine, and given that the technology for printing that first book may itself have been modeled upon the screw press used to extract wine from grapes, this writer has always found it puzzling that the cultivation, processing, distribution and consumption of wine is rarely a major thematic element in works of fiction.
On Thursday, June 7, 2012, staff at the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) discovered that a 16th century printed book was missing from the work carrel of one of its catalogers. HMML staff conducted a thorough search of both HMML and Alcuin Library to ensure that the item had not been misplaced. The staff immediately reviewed a list of rare materials that had been used that week in presentations during a workshop being held at the library. It was discovered that two manuscript items from the Arca Artium collection were also missing, one of which had been used on Wednesday afternoon (June 6). It is believed that all three volumes were stolen. The manuscripts had already been photographed digitally and can be viewed in Vivarium, the online image service from the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (www.hmml.org/vivarium). Officers from Life Safety Services at Saint John’s University and from the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office began an investigative process that involved interviewing staff and library visitors. New security precautions have since been put into place.
Children’s books are not only for children. They enable us to look at a period in history from a children’s point of view. Children’s books printed in Germany from 1945 to 1960, for example, show how the world was in post war Germany, which was separated in East and West, and where also the children had to learn to live under the new conditions determined by the history of the half of the 20th century, and especially by World War II and its consequences. Friedrich C. Heller, who won the Second ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography in 2010 for his outstanding work „Die bunte Welt. Handbuch zum künstlerisch illustrierten Kinderbuch in Wien 1890-1938”, reviews a brand new catalogue published by the German antiquarian bookseller Winfried Geisenheyner: Kinder- und Bilderbücher von 1945 bis 1960 - Children’s Books 1945 to 1960. This and other catalogues by ILAB dealers can be downloaded from the ILAB website.