Over the year and on all continents, there is an exquisite selection of antiquarian book fairs under the auspices of ILAB, where book collectors and the world’s leading experts share their passion for the printed book and our written heritage. The next one will be the Salon du Livre ancien & de la Bibliophilie, 21 to 23 August 2015, in Lourmarin.

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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.


Do we need more drastic measures to prevent the theft of books, maps, manuscripts and other art on paper? How can public institutions, lawyers, collectors and the rare book trade work more efficiently together when it comes to thefts and forgeries? ILAB President Norbert Donhofer will speak at the international conference in the British Library (London) 26 June 2015.


All you need to know about the rare books and the rare book trade. The electronic ILAB Newsletter keeps you informend. Read the recent issue. Click above right and subscribe.


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.


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.


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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    10th Antiquarian Book Fair in Lourmarin

    21 Aug 2015 - 23 Aug 2015

    10th Antiquarian Book Fair in Lourmarin

    This Fair has become one of the most important bibliophilic events in France. From incunabula to modern first editions, thousands of books will be there waiting to be discovered, and with the...

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  • The London Photograph Fair

    13 Sep 2015

    The London Photograph Fair

    A quarterly boutique event for fine, rare, vintage photographs, in one of London's hidden architectural gems. (Picture: The London Photograph Fair.)

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  • Zur Theorie des Gesetzes der Energieverteilung im Normalspectrum. The...

    PLANCK, Max.

    Bookseller: SOPHIA RARE BOOKS

    Zur Theorie des Gesetzes der Energieverteilung im Normalspectrum. The beginning of quantum theory
    Johann Ambrosius Barth, Leipzig 1900 - Rare first printing, and a very fine copy, of the founding document of quantum theory, "marking the dividing... More

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    Price: 16500.00 USD

  • THE HANDMADE PAPERS OF JAPAN.; Foreword by Dard Hunter.

    Tindale, Thomas & Harriet R.

    Bookseller: The Veatchs Arts of the Book

    THE HANDMADE PAPERS OF JAPAN.; Foreword by Dard Hunter.
    Rutland & Tokyo, 1952. 4 volumes plus envelope. 13 1/4 x 10/ 3/4. Japanese-style bindings of hand-stenciled wraps & boards. Volumes... More

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    Price: 11000.00 USD

  • Voyages du Chevalier Chardin, en Perse, et autres lieux de l’Orient,...

    CHARDIN (Jean). [Le meilleur exposé jamais publié sur la Perse et les peuples islamiques. Provenance prestigieuse : Château de Dampierre. Un très bel exemplaire ayant appartenu à Honoré d’Albert, 8e duc de Luynes]

    Bookseller: Librairie Hérodote

    Voyages du Chevalier Chardin, en Perse, et autres lieux de l’Orient, enrichis d’un grand nombre de belles figures en taille-douce, représentant les Antiquités et les choses remarquables du pays. Nouvelle édition. Soigneusement conférée sur les trois éditions originales, augmentée d’une Notice de la Perse, depuis les temps les plus reculés jusqu’à ce jour, de Notes, etc. Par L. Langlès.
    Paris, Le Normant, Imprimeur-Libraire, 1811 - 10 vol. in-8° et un atlas in-folio [525 x 370 mm] ; XLVIII-1 vignette in-texte [C. Macret 1807]-2... More

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    Price: 9500.00 EUR

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

    WATANABE, Katsumi

    Bookseller: Harper's Books

    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

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions: Edith Wharton

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions: Edith Wharton

    Her first book, Verses (published by her parents when she was 16 in 1878) is a great rarity. If you find one, call me up, so we can begin negotiating about the location of the new house I'll be buying for you. However, if you are going to wait to find a copy before you find a place to live, you might as well pay for it yourself, as they don't turn up very often.

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  • Paul Foster Books. First Catalogue 1993

    Paul Foster Books. First Catalogue 1993

    Yesterday I received several boxes, from my Printer, containing my latest Catalogue. It is always an exciting time for a bookseller. Months of hard work, buying, researching and cataloguing the books, not to mention proof reading and checking photo images, have gone into this one little volume, and it is as near to publishing as most book dealers ever get. This latest catalogue is a selection of the more interesting items I have bought recently, listing 190 books over 48 text pages and with a sixteen page colour section full of photographs in the middle, the whole lot wrapped in colour printed, gloss finished, covers. It is a modest little booklet by some standards, but when I compare it to the catalogues I was producing back in the 1990's it seems a world away. My business, and my catalogues, have seen remarkable advances in technology over the last 20 years.

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  • 17th ILAB Congress at Cervia-Milano Marittima, September 1 - 6, 1964

    17th ILAB Congress at Cervia-Milano Marittima, September 1 - 6, 1964

    Long long ago, when tourists still changed 1 $ for 624.90 Italian Lira and the League still united 14 national associations under its roof, when men went “fishing on typical Adriatic barges” and 200 ILAB dealers met in Ravenna to see books in chains, Dante’s tomb, magnificent libraries, Venice, Pomposa, San Marino, Cesena, Chioggia … A report of the 17th ILAB Congress in Ravenna 1964, from the ILAB Archives.

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  • Murray G. Hall - VAO and ILAB Patron of Honour

    Murray G. Hall - VAO and ILAB Patron of Honour

    The Austrian Antiquarian Booksellers‘ Association (VAO) is delighted to announce that Murray G. Hall has been awarded the ILAB Patron of Honour for his outstanding contributions within the world of bibliophily and for his numerous studies in the history of the book and its provenances.

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  • Rare Books in the Press - The Books We Talk About (and Those We Don’t)

    Rare Books in the Press - The Books We Talk About (and Those We Don’t)

    “What is the social function of the novel? I’m not thinking about the pay-off for the author, who gets to develop a skill and earn a living from it and accrue a prestigious public image into the bargain. Nor about the rewards for the publisher, who may, or more likely may not, make a significant amount of money. Nor even the pleasure for the individual reader, who enjoys hours of entertainment and maybe feels enlightened or usefully provoked along the way. What I’m asking is, what’s in it for society as a whole, or at least for that part of society that reads novels?” What’s in a book for the community of readers? Tim Parks says in his highly inspiring article: It’s CONVERSATION!

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  • 23 Aprile 2015 - ALAI con l'UNESCO per la giornata mondiale del libro

    23 Aprile 2015 - ALAI con l'UNESCO per la giornata mondiale del libro

    ALAI and ILAB for UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day - For weeks, the Italian antiquarian booksellers have been highly active in supporting ILAB's worldwide initiatives on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day 2015. From the first day of the Milan Antiquarian Book Fair, 27 March, up to UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day, 23 April, people have the possibility to donate money to the UNESCO literacy projects in South Sudan via www.alai.it - go to the ALAI website and click the donate button! And on 23 April 2015 - UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day - the Italian booksellers join the worldwide series of more than 30 ILAB Pop Up Fairs within 24 hours with two exciting Pop Ups in Lucca at Corte del Biancone and in Milan at Biblioteca Chiesa Rossa. What a powerful campaign to support literacy and to promote the power of books!

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