43rd ILAB Congress & Book Fair  in L.A. from  3 - 11 Feb 2018

Hosted and organised by the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America, ABAA, the 43rd ILAB Congress will take place from 3 -11 Feb 2018 in Los Angeles, Pasadena. 

All information here. 

Bookseller's Testimonials:

Now is the time for the revival of the ILAB Congress - A veteran's ramblings by Keith Fletcher 

Cologne was my first one - by Sabine Keune 

ILAB Library - All You Need To Know About Rare Books and the Antiquarian Book Trade

Robert Wright, President of ABAC on bookselling in Canada 

...There will be a considerable amount of interesting Canadiana at the Toronto Antiquarian Book Fair.  Material offered for sale will include rare books, maps, photographs, prints and ephemera on subjects such as early exploration and the arctic. There will also be important literary works by major Canadian writers including Leonard Cohen, Margaret Atwood, Alice Munro and L.M. Montgomery. Canada has a rich private press tradition, and there will be a good selection of finely printed books represented at the fair. The fair will provide a tremendous selection of antiquarian books in a world class setting, and I encourage everyone to attend!

Read the full article here. 

NEW: ILAB Mentoring Programme

Are you a young or recently established antiquarian bookseller?

ILAB has recently launched an International Mentoring Programme to help booksellers throughout the world by offering support and counselling on a one to one basis in the early days of a career. 

For all information and an updated list of mentors, please go here

Submissions for the 2018 ILAB Prize for Bibliography have now closed and can be viewed online! 

The 17th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography will be awarded in 2018 and is one of the most prestigious prizes in the field of bibliography.
Every fourth year ILAB detects and awards a particularly significant reference work within a selection of scholarly books about books published in the previous years. 

View submissions for the 2018 Prize here

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  • INK FAIR LONDON - Rare Books & Art

    25 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017

    INK FAIR LONDON - Rare Books & Art

    After its inauguration in 2016, the 2nd edition of INK FAIR LONDON will take place in October 2017. The fair puts an emphasis on quality and luxury, combining the world of valuable rare and...

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    2017 Toronto Antiquarian Book Fair

    03 Nov 2017 - 05 Nov 2017

    2017 Toronto Antiquarian Book Fair

    The 2017 Toronto Antiquarian Book Fair is the premier antiquarian book fair in Canada and features exhibitors from across the country. They will bring a wide ranging selection of books, maps,...

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  • Modern Masters of Photography Japan (Limited Edition Portfolio of 12 Signed...

    Masahisa Fukase, Eikoh Hosoe, Yasuhiro Ishimoto, Kikuji Kawada, Daido Moriyama, Shigeichi Nagano, Tadayuki Naito, Tokihiro Sato, Toshio Shibata, Issei Suda, Yoshihiko Ueda, and Hiroshi Yamazaki

    Bookseller: Franklin Books, ABAA/ILAB

    Modern Masters of Photography Japan (Limited Edition Portfolio of 12 Signed and Numbered Prints)
    Asia Initiative, Tokyo 2005 - This is a very rare limited edition portfolio of signed and numbered prints by 12 of Japan's most important modern... More

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    Price: 7985.00 USD

  • Le Bain de la Comtesse"]. Pencil, ink and watercolour drawing, signed...

    Shepard, Ernest, English artist and book illustrator (1879-1976).

    Bookseller: Antiquariat INLIBRIS Gilhofer Nfg. GmbH

    Le Bain de la Comtesse"]. Pencil, ink and watercolour drawing, signed ("Ernest H. Shepard") lower right.
    N. p. o. d. - 305:508 mm, mounted on cardboard. Fine, large horizontal watercolour picturing a noble lady nude in the bathtub under a parted... More

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    Price: 7500.00 EUR

  • Chemische Abhandlung von der Luft und dem Feuer. Nebst einem Vorbericht von...

    SCHEELE, Carl Wilhelm

    Bookseller: Martayan Lan

    Chemische Abhandlung von der Luft und dem Feuer. Nebst einem Vorbericht von Torbern Bergman.
    Upsala & Leipzig Magn. Swederus. zu finden bey S.L. Crusius 1777. - 8vo, 3 ff., 16, 155, (1) pp. Engraved vignette on title & one folding... More

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    Price: 48000.00 USD

  • The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex.

    DARWIN, Charles.

    Bookseller: Athena Rare Books ABAA

    The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex.
    D. Appleton and Company, New York 1876 - Half title + TP + [v]-vi = Preface to the Second Edition + [vii]-ix = Table of Corrections + [xi]xvi =... More

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    Price: 38000.00 USD

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  • Oscar Wilde & his Circle

    Poet, satirist, playwright, novelist, classicist, raconteur, star in the firmament of fashionable London of the 1890's, martyr in the dock at the Old Bailey, convicted felon, prison reformer and devoted lover of Bosie Douglas, the male beauty of the day. These are just a few of the reasons that many books, plays and films have been produced on Oscar Wilde and his friends and others who form the background to his rise and fall as an eminent man of letters ...

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  • Richard Francis Burton - English Explorer, Scholar, Soldier and Diplomat (1821-1890)

    Richard Francis Burton - English Explorer, Scholar, Soldier and Diplomat (1821-1890)

    "Quite unsuited and ill-prepared for life at Oxford, but enjoying its social life, he was in 1842 rusticated from the college for attending a horse race. Shortly after returning to an aunt's house in Hampstead, London, he bribed himself into the army of the East India Company as a second lieutenant in the 18th Regiment of the Bombay Native Infantry. After a crash course in Hindustani, and having taught himself a little Arabic, he sailed from Gravesend on 18.6.42 in the barque "John Knox", bound for India via the Cape of Good Hope ..." The life, deeds and works of the British explorer, translator, writer, soldier, orientalist, ethnologist, spy, linguist, poet, fencer and diplomat Richard Francis Burton, by Raymond Howgego.

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  • The American Gift Book, Part 2

    The American Gift Book, Part 2

    If the bindings, illustrations, novelty of the formats, or the social causes connected with gift books were not enough to entice buyers, perhaps the textual content could. These were, after all, books. Gift books were carefully calculated not to risk offense, prompting Walt Whitman (DEMOCRATIC VISTAS, 1888, p. 65) to recall them as "those highly‑refined imported and gilt‑edged themes... causing tender spasms in the coteries, and warranted not to chafe the sensitive cuticle of the most exquisitely artificial gossamer delicacy." Whitman was correct, of course, and his comment was directed toward the bad poetry, most of it by women, as previously discussed. But there was also good poetry, including many early first appearances by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Oliver Wendell Holmes, John Greenleaf Whittier, Edgar Allan Poe, Ralph Waldo Emerson, James Russell Lowell, and even Henry David Thoreau.

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  • First Ever Meeting of the ILAB Committee - Copenhagen, September 3rd, 1948

    First Ever Meeting of the ILAB Committee - Copenhagen, September 3rd, 1948

    In 1948 the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers was officially founded at the Conference in Copenhagen from 1st to 5th September. Plans were made, decisions were taken by the presidents of the ten national associations who became ILABs founding fathers. They also elected the first ILAB Committee: William S. Kundig, Percy H. Muir, Einar Gronholt Pedersen, Menno Hertzberger and André Poursin. As early as 3rd September their work began with the first ever ILAB Committee Meeting.

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  • Paul Minet (1937-2012)

    Paul Minet (1937-2012)

    "He was the most widely-known member of the trade of his generation" - We are very sorry to report that ABA Honorary Member Paul Minet of Piccadilly Rare Books died on February 6th, 2012. An obituary by ABA President Laurence Worms.

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  • Christmas and The Private Library, Part 2

    Christmas and The Private Library, Part 2

    Perhaps most significant among such works of fiction were Washington Irving's The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon (1819-1820), which supposedly drew upon the tract Vindication of Christmas (1652) for many elements of its stories about Christmas; Clement Clarke Moore's A Visit from St. Nicholas (first published anonymously in New York's Troy Sentinel newspaper on 23 December 1823); and, most influential of all, Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol (1843) ... Learn more about Christmas books!

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