The London International Antiquarian Book Fair, 28th to 30th May 2015: one of the highlights in the world for book lovers and collectors and centrepiece of the London Book Fair Week. From London to Melbourne, Tokyo, Boston, Toronto, New York, California and back to Europe: the ILAB Book Fair calendar.


Have you ever wondered what ILAB is all about - other than a logo that appears against some dealers' trading names?  ILAB President Norbert Donhofer sets out the main benefits of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers! Learn more about ILAB, the ILAB Committee, the ILAB Internship Program, and the ILAB Congresses.


The ILAB Directory gives easy access to information on the almost 2.000 ILAB booksellers that are experts in their chosen fields and stand behind the ethical standards of ILAB. In this new electronic world you will find this expertise an essential part in making your buying experience a pleasant one. Download the PDF, or get a printed copy at the ILAB book fairs.


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The 17th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography, worth 10.000 $, will be awarded in 2018 to one or more books published in any language between April 2013 and April 2017. The jury will admit all publications relating to bibliography in a very broad sense. The books can be submitted latest by the end of April in 2017 by sending a copy to the Prize Secretary Fabrizio Govi.


A world first – across the world: bookish flashmobs, like speed dating for booklovers in the most unusual places. In woolsheds, on boats, central stations, skyscrapers, in museums, libraries, streets, clubs and pubs, thousands of booklovers met on 23 April 2015 and raised funds for the UNESCO literacy projects. See the pictures on ILABPopUpBookFairs.blogspot.de


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.

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  • Yvernelle: A Legend of Feudal France.


    Bookseller: Brick Row Book Shop

    Yvernelle: A Legend of Feudal France.
    Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, 1892. 8vo, original gilt decorated blue-green cloth, gilt lettering. Color lithographed title page, 11 plates and... More

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    Price: 2750.00 USD

  • La tr

    (ALLEMAGNE, H.R. d')

    Bookseller: L'intersigne Livres anciens

    La tr
    Joujouville, chez Repin, et se trouve

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    Price: 750.00 EUR

  • Vue de l'Amiraute et ses environs en regardant de la Porte Triomphale, vers...

    de Lespinasse, Nicolas.

    Bookseller: Antiquariat www.heckenhauer.de est.1823

    Vue de l'Amiraute et ses environs en regardant de la Porte Triomphale, vers l'Occident.
    Paris,. 1783 Paris, 1783. 32, 51,2 cm, 25 x 34,8 cm ( view) Kupferstich. Unter Passepartout. Minimale Stockflecken, minimale Knickspuren, sonst... More

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    Price: 580.00 EUR

  • Petrus Arretinus accerrimus virtutum ac vitiorum demostrator. From a rare...

    Fenton, Roger

    Bookseller: Hammarlunds Antikvariat

    Petrus Arretinus accerrimus virtutum ac vitiorum demostrator. From a rare proof in the British Museum. Photographed by R. Fenton. [A photograph depicting an engraving of Peter Aretine]
    London. Published by the trustees of the British Museum. 1858.. 1858 Photograph 22 x 15,5 cm. Mount paper 52 x 40 cm. Salt paper or modified salt... More

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    Price: 8000.00 SEK

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  • Rare Books in the Press - Conservation of Jefferson's Bible

    Fine Books & Collections announces: "The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is currently performing a conservation treatment to ensure the long-term preservation of Thomas Jefferson’s bible, a small handmade book that provides an intimate view of Jefferson’s private religious and moral philosophy ...

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  • The Most Provocative, Revolutionary, Dangerous, Radical, and [insert adjective] Book Ever Written

    The Most Provocative, Revolutionary, Dangerous, Radical, and [insert adjective] Book Ever Written

    "What book, born of the political upheavals in mid-nineteenth century Europe,  spearheaded radical Leftist Anarchism in the United States during the late-nineteenth through early decades of the twentieth century and then, intellectually banished for a few decades, returned in the mid-twentieth century from exile to rise, by the end of the late-twentieth century, as the philosophical cornerstone of a Conservative wing of the Republican party?" Stephen Gertz rediscovers Max Stirner's "Der Einzige und sein Eigentum" ("The Ego and His Own") in an awesome Booktryst post.

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  • Buchgedanken


    Es gibt so mancherlei, was neben dem Inhalt ein Buch ausmacht. Mancher wird auf die Typographie hinweisen, andere die Einbände erwähnen, wieder andere interessante oder hochbedeutende Provenienzen. Wie gesagt, es gibt so manches, das ein Buch zu einem nicht nur intellektuellen, sondern sinnlichen Erlebnis macht. Ich schätze die oben angeführten Dinge und Zustände auch. Aber – ich bin auch ein Ferund des Unvollkommenen, des leicht Maroden, des etwas Angestoßenen, des Lebens eben. In den vielen Jahren, in denen ich schon Antiquar bin, habe ich wahrscheinlich Bücher in jedem erdenklichen Zustand gesehen, von verlagsfrisch bis zu Fällen, die eigentlich nur noch einen Nekrophilen interessieren können. Aber bei jedem dieser Bücher frage ich mich: Warum? Was ist die Geschichte hinter diesem Fleck, dieser Brandspur, diesem Modergeruch?

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  • Rare Books School 2013 – Part 2

    Rare Books School 2013 – Part 2

    Off to Cecil Court with the Modern First Editions group from London Rare Books School.  An excellent afternoon.  Highlight for me was Ron Chapman (Tindley & Chapman) pretending to think that Angus O’Neill (Omega Bookshop) was a student on the course and had he learnt anything – but an afternoon full of wider interest too.  Glimpses of a couple of very high-powered booksellers in earnest conversations – a feeling of vultures circling over something special that might have just turned up.  We never got to find out what it may have been, but the booksellers of the Court really put themselves out to show off some treasures and to answer everyone’s questions.

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  • The Art of American Book Cover - When did we leave the Victorian era?

    The Art of American Book Cover - When did we leave the Victorian era?

    Sarah Wyman Whitman was a gifted painter who was also a prominent hostess to Boston culture, married to a prosperous wool merchant. She was a student of the painter William Morris Hunt, and also studied in France with Hunt’s teacher, Thomas Couture. She met Couture and Hunt’s earlier student, the multi-talented American painter and illustrator John La Farge, who was responsible for the revival of stained glass in America, and apprenticed with him. Hunt had also studied with Millet, and brought the influence of the Barbizon School to La Farge and Whitman. The earliest example of her book cover design is on Verses by Susan Coolidge, published in Boston by Roberts Brothers in 1880. Whitman adapted Rossetti’s concept of stylized Japanese medallions, creating what might be the first American "Aesthetic" binding.

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  • Rare Book Collector Spotlight: Moshe Prigan - Tips for Collecting Rare Books and First Editions

    Rare Book Collector Spotlight: Moshe Prigan - Tips for Collecting Rare Books and First Editions

    In the second of a two-part interview, Moshe Prigan - an accomplished book collector, freelance writer, and retired teacher of art and history - shares his experience about building his rare book collection and provides guidance for novice book collectors.

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