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
Rare Book Gallery
Habitus praecipuorum populorum, tam virorum quam foeminarum singulari arte...
[AMMAN, Jost] / [WEIGEL, Hans]
Bookseller: Martayan Lan, Inc.
Folio [31 x 20 cm], (4) ff. [including colored frontispiece], 219 plates (of which 210 are colored), (1) ff. Bound in contemporary blind-stamped... More
Price: 110000.00 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
New Englands Prospect. A true lively, and experimentall description of that...
WOOD, William (1580-1639)
Bookseller: Donald Heald Rare Books
London: Printed by Tho. Cotes for Iohn Bellamie, 1635. Small quarto. (7 1/16 x 5 1/2 inches). 1 folding woodcut and letterpress map. (Map close... More
Price: 75000.00 USD
THE BIRDS OF AMERICA
Audubon, John James:
Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana
New York & Amsterdam: Printed in Holland for the Johnson Reprint Corporation and Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, 1971-1972.. Four volumes. Limitation... More
Price: 80000.00 USD
Love for sale – The story is simple: Lenore Doolan is 26 years old and working for The New York Times as a cake columnist, Harold “Hal” Morris is a globe-trotting photographer in his early 40s. Disguised as Lizzie Borden and Harry Houdini, they met at a Halloween party, fell in love with each other, have a happy time full of romantics, share everyday life in a New York flat – and split up after a little more than three years. And then they do what not only famous people nowadays often do when a change in life arises: They pack their things, give them to an auction house, where a sale is announced ...
Andreas Vesalius’ De Humani Corporis Fabrica, printed in 1543, is one of the most famous of all medical books. On 14th March Vivian Nutton, Honorary Professor in the departments of History and Classics and Ancient History, will present the discovery of Vesalius’ own annotated copy of the later 1555 edition at the University of Wawrick. This copy contains hundreds of annotations, corrections of the Latin wording and instructions for the printer. They were meant for a third edition which was never published.
Today is the 300th birthday of the great philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, so I thought I’d post this book from 1792, ‘On Rousseau’s connections with women’, by Carl Gotthold Lenz (1763–1809), described by one bibliography as ‘a rarity of the very first order’ (which it is).
Cominciamo con l'affermare che anche il manoscritto è un libro, seppur prodotto con una tecnica diversa da quelle oggi più note (la scrittura manuale, che rende gli esemplari, anche se prodotti in serie, copie uniche), ma con una fisicità del tutto simile a quella del libro tipografico: forma, materiali e, in parte, paratesto, e premettiamo che non ci occupiamo se non di sfuggita del “supporto” fisico, che poi è la carta, senza la quale mai il libro sarebbe diventato un prodotto industriale (o proto-industriale), e che ha una sua, importante, storia, che in Europa comincia a partire circa dal XIII secolo. Quando apparve il primo libro a stampa, quasi nessuno capì la rivoluzionaria novità: esso infatti si rivolgeva allo stesso pubblico del manoscritto e si presentava allo stesso modo.
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.)
Several years ago I had a customer who occasionally bought an expensive book. He was not a regular, but sometimes came by to buy something, I think to reward himself for business deals that had gone well. He drove a flashy car, a Porsche that he was very proud of. He usually sprang out of it, wearing an Armani suit, an open white shirt and a gold chain around his fleshy, tanned neck. One day he arrived unannounced - looking distraught.