Register now for the 43rd ILAB Congress & Book Fair
See you in L.A. from  3 - 11 February 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 L.A., Pasadena. 

Registrations are now open to participate in the congress!

ILAB Congresses and Book Fairs are held every two years in another country. They are cultural and social events that lead the booksellers to cities worldwide, where they are shown the treasures of book printing and arts, with the possibility of networking in a relaxed atmosphere.  More info. 

NEXT INTERNATIONAL RARE BOOK FAIRS:
PARIS 7 - 9 APRIL 
LONDON 1 -3 JUNE  

The Paris International Rare Book & Fine Art Fair is one of the most prestigious fairs of its kind in the world. Organised by the French Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, SLAM, it will welcome visitors this year from 7 - 9 April at one of Paris' most prestigious venues, the Grand Palais. 

 

The London International Antiquarian Book Fair, also widely known for its location as "Olympia" is one of the most important fairs worldwide, run by the Antiquarian Booksellers Association, ABA. It is the key rare book fair in the UK and anchor to Rare Book Week London, a rare book festival to be launched in May 2017. 

For more information about upcoming, ILAB affiliated fairs and related events, please go here.  

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

Bouquinistes at an ILAB fair - a contradiction? NON! 

Published since 27 March 2017

Since the days of Renaissance, open air bookselling has happened along the Seine riverbanks. Tourist souvenirs aside, a bouquiniste find was often the beginning of a lifelong passion and first piece in a collection. 

Plying their trade on the famous banks of the Seine, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1991, the bouquinistes des quais are as emblematic of the French capital as the Eiffel Tower or Montmartre for the millions of French and foreign tourists who visit Paris every year.

Read full article here. 

NEW: ILAB Mentoring Programme - JOIN NOW!

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

Final deadline to submit titles for the 2018 ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography - APRIL 2017!

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. 

Please submit titles for the prize at the latest by the end of April 2017 to ILAB!

View the most recent submissions here

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Book FairsRare Books - Next Fairs

  • PBFA Travel & Exploration Book Fair

    02 Apr 2017

    PBFA Travel & Exploration Book Fair

    The Travel & Exploration Book Fair returns to the the Royal Geographical Society and celebrates 160 years since the publication of David Livingston’s Missionary Travels & Research in...

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  • International Rare Book & Fine Art Fair

    07 Apr 2017 - 09 Apr 2017

    International Rare Book & Fine Art Fair

    One of the most prestigious fairs of its kind in the world, this annual event attracts both collectors and the curious. The Paris Fair offers its ever increasing number of visitors a...

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  • Christie's Paris - LIVRES ET MANUSCRITS

    14 Jun 2017

    Christie's Paris - LIVRES ET MANUSCRITS

    Christie's, the world's oldest fine art auctioneer, has sold fine art, furniture, jewelry and wine since James Christie conducted the first sale in London on 5 December 1766. Ever since Christie's...

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Rare Book Gallery

  • NRL Report 4489. Rocket research report no. XVIII. Photography from the...

    Baumann, R. C. and L. Winkler

    Bookseller: Jeremy Norman's historyofscience
    UNITED STATES

    NRL Report 4489. Rocket research report no. XVIII. Photography from the Viking 11 rocket at altitudes ranging up to 158 miles. Manuscript and printed versions
    NRL, Washington DC 1955 - Spectacular Images of the Earth from the Threshold of Outer Space Baumann, R. C. and L. Winkler. (1) Photography from the... More

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    Price: 15000.00 USD

  • Shinjuku Guntoden 66/73 / Shinjuku Thievery Story 66/73

    WATANABE, Katsumi

    Bookseller: Harper's Books
    UNITED STATES

    Shinjuku Guntoden 66/73 / Shinjuku Thievery Story 66/73
    Tokyo: Bara-gahosha 1973 - First Edition. Small octavo. Either 500 or 1000 copies printed; reports differ, with half the copies lost to water... More

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    Price: 7500.00 USD

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

    SCHEELE, Carl Wilhelm

    Bookseller: Martayan Lan
    UNITED STATES

    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

  • Bilder aus Palästina, Nord-Arabien und dem Sinai. 100 Bilder nach...

    Moritz, Bernhard.

    Bookseller: Antiquariat INLIBRIS Gilhofer Nfg. GmbH
    AUSTRIA

    Bilder aus Palästina, Nord-Arabien und dem Sinai. 100 Bilder nach Photographien mit erläuterndem Text.
    Berlin, Reimer, 1916. - Oblong folio. 106 illustrations on 50 plates, each with separate title, in various sizes. With text booklet (2 ff., 16... More

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    Price: 40000.00 EUR

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  • Reflections on Scouting, Part II

    Reflections on Scouting, Part II

    A few years ago I had a visit from Justin Schiller at my store and that visit initiated a lengthy period of meditation on an aspect of bookselling which, while largely unknown or of no interest to the public, is so central to bookselling that dealers constantly dwell on it.

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  • When Wallace Stevens hit Ernest Hemingway in Key West

    When Wallace Stevens hit Ernest Hemingway in Key West

    October 2 is the birthday of poet Wallace Stevens (1879), who won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1955 for his Collected Poems. For many years, he was frequent visitor to Key West, beginning in 1922. In 1936, he encountered Ernest Hemingway there, and thereby hangs a tale.

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  • Beach Reading - The Yongle Encyclopedia

    Beach Reading - The Yongle Encyclopedia

    The worst insult you can hurl at academics is to say they haven't even read the books they presume to comment on. A confession: Not only do I have to admit that there are reference books in here that I haven’t read through; in fact, there are very few works that I have read from cover to cover - or, since many are in multiple volumes, from cover to cover to cover to cover to cover.... One work I haven't read is the Yongle Encyclopedia. I think I have pretty good reasons, though, for not reading it: viz., 1. It's very long; 2. It's in a language I don't read; and 3. It doesn't actually exist.

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  • Reference Book of the Day: Johnson’s Dictionary

    Reference Book of the Day: Johnson’s Dictionary

    Johnson’s Dictionary is famous for being the first dictionary of English, which is perfectly true, except for the 663 dictionaries published in England in the two and a half centuries before Johnson. It does, however, have a claim to being the first “standard” dictionary of English, at least if we take the time to define what we mean by that (as I try to do in this conference paper from 2005). It’s also one of the few reference books that can be read seriously as a work of literature.

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Famous Literary Hoaxes (Part Two)

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Famous Literary Hoaxes (Part Two)

    Back in 400 BCE, Dionysus the Renegade was a Stoic philosopher and student of Zeno of Citium. He wanted to humiliate his rival Heraclides and decided to forge a work of Sophocles. Dionysus inserted the acrostic "Heraclides is ignorant of letters," which quickly led to the discovery of Dionysus' fraud - but not before he'd achieved his aim of embarrassing Heraclides. Since then, the literary hoax has played a fascinating and engaging role in history. In Part One, we focused on the Ossian poems, The English Mercurie, and Thomas Chatterton's Rowley poems. Now, delve into William Ireland's spurious Shakespeare, Davy Crockett's attempts to combat false autobiographies, and more.

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  • 77.000 Japanese Yen to support literacy in South Sudan, donated by ABAJ

    77.000 Japanese Yen to support literacy in South Sudan, donated by ABAJ

    The antiquarian booksellers of Japan are preparing for the great day on 23 April 2015. At the general meeting of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of Japan (ABAJ) in Tokyo on Monday evening they discussed the final plans for the big ILAB Pop Up Book Fair at the World Antiquarian Book Plaza where the Japanese booksellers will welcome visitors and raise money for the UNESCO literacy projects all day. As a big step ahead the ABAJ booksellers themselves made a very generous donation of 77.000 Japanese Yen! The pictures show how they fill their first Empty Bookcase poster with symbolic spines.

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