ILAB Presidents' Meeting Copenhagen 
23 - 27 September 2017

Every year, the presidents of all 22 national antiquarian bookseller’s associations that form the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), meet at the Presidents' Meeting. In September 2017, the Danish Antiquarian Bookseller’s Association, ABF has invited the international rare book trade to Copenhagen. This will be a week of formal meetings with reports and updates from each country, but it is also a week of exchanging ideas with colleagues, networking and a programme to visit some of Copenhagen’s cultural and bibliophile treasures! Read further. 

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. 

Register and join booksellers from all corners of the world!

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 


Following the ILAB Presidents' Meeting in Copenhagen in September 2017
, the Antiquarian Booksellers Assocaition of Denmark, Den Danske Antikvarboghandlerforening is inviting booksellers and collectors to participate and visit the 2017 Scandinavian Antiquarian Book Fair from 28 - 30 September. Once again, the fair will be held in the old Library Hall in the magnificent Round Tower right in the centre of Copenhagen.  

The Dutch Association of Antiquarian Bookdealers (NVvA) is pleased to announce the 37th Amsterdam International Antiquarian Book Fair to be held from 30 September -  1st October. The fair offers space to 40 ILAB affiliated booksellers and its new location, in the centre of Amsterdam is a stone’s throw away from the recently reopened Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum. 

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

Robert Wright, President of ABAC on bookselling in Canada 

Published since 18 September 2017

...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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  • Bodleian Oxford - City of Aquatint

    26 Aug 2017 - 22 Oct 2017

    Bodleian Oxford - City of Aquatint

    Discover the 1920s city that hosted Waugh’s drunken adolescence, inspired wartime classic Brideshead Revisited, and permeated his imagination throughout his life. This exhibition...

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  • Anjos Proibidos [WITH] Various Sets of Publisher's Proofs for the American...

    CABRAL, Fabio

    Bookseller: Between the Covers-Rare Books, Inc. ABAA

    Anjos Proibidos [WITH] Various Sets of Publisher's Proofs for the American edition entitled: Anjos Proibidos: Forbidden Angels
    Itamarati Grafica e Editora, (Ipirangia, Sao Paulo, Brazil 1991 - First edition. Small oblong quarto. Very brief text in Portuguese. Twenty-four... More

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    Price: 15000.00 USD

  • Furtwängler: collection of 12 items [SIGNED]

    Furtwängler, Wilhelm


    Furtwängler: collection of 12 items [SIGNED]
    NP, Germany 1951 - A collection of twelve items concerning the important German symphony conductor: one large format photograph with personal... More

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    Price: 15000.00 USD




    PHOTOGRAPHIC ALBUM OF THE GERMANS IN PEKING DURING THE BOXERREBELLION 1900-1901. Erinnerungen an Unsere Expedition Nach China.
    ORIGINAL GERMAN PHOTOGRAPHIC ALBUM FROM THE BOXER REBELLIONChina n.d. ca. 1900- - 1901. 3/4 Gilt-stamped leather over buffcloth, very good, 25 x 29... More

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    Price: 16790.00 USD

  • Harvard Class of 1870 Photographic Yearbook

    Harvard University) [Warren, George Kendall, photographer]

    Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller, ABAA

    Harvard Class of 1870 Photographic Yearbook
    Harvard University, [Cambridge 1870 - Harvard's First Black Graduate, One of the "Talented Tenth" Of particular interest is the portrait of Richard... More

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    Price: 12500.00 USD

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  • Collecting Cricket Fiction

    Collecting Cricket Fiction

    Cricket fiction may seem a small subject, but a collection could rapidly and relatively cheaply grow to several hundred items dating from 1820 to 2008. Among the earliest items would be In School and Out of School (1825) which contains a description of the game and an illustration, and Mary Mitford’s Our Village (also published in the 1820’s).

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  • Why First Editions

    Why First Editions

    A first edition is the first printing of a book. It's true that a first edition may have one or more printings and that a second edition will normally be noted only if there are actual changes, usually major, in the text. But for a collector, a first printing is the only true first edition.

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  • How Thieves Target Rare Books

    How Thieves Target Rare Books

    The "Tome Raider" in the BCC News: “A book thief who served a four-year jail sentence should have turned over a new leaf. Instead, he has been sent back to prison after targeting one of Britain's most distinguished libraries. The case highlights a little known, but widespread crime.”

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  • “The most agreeable servants of civilization” – Booksellers and librarians in a changing world

    “The most agreeable servants of civilization” – Booksellers and librarians in a changing world

    United by the love of books: The Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (ANZAAB) and the National Library of Australia will hold a joint conference on 19th and 20th May, 2014, in Canberra. This conference, the first of its kind held in Australia, brings together an impressive group of speakers to explore a variety of topics of particular interest both to rare booksellers and special collections librarians. It aims to enable these professionals to approach their work with greater acumen and understanding, and will afford a valuable opportunity for delegates to meet others with similar problems and interests. While the conference is aimed primarily at those working with rare books, manuscripts and photographs, it also contains much of value to anyone with a passion for our paper-based heritage. The lectures and panel discussions, held by antiquarian booksellers, scholars and librarians and among them Shef Rogers, Michael Treloar, ANZAAB President Jörn Harbeck, Sally Burdon and ILAB President Tom Congalton, focus on a variety of themes such as “The Magic of Books as Objects”, “The Printed Image – Aspects of Photography and the Book”, “Libraries and the Rare Book Trade”, “Behind the Scenes in the Book Trade”, and “Library Collections Revealed”.

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  • The Cinderella of the Arts: A Short History of Sangorski & Sutcliffe

    The Cinderella of the Arts: A Short History of Sangorski & Sutcliffe

    The Cinderella of the Arts, written by Rob Shepherd, charts the history of one of the most celebrated craft bookbinding workshops of the 20th century. Sangorski & Sutcliffe was founded in 1901 and within a few years the workshop had grown into the most important hand bindery of the Edwardian era.

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  • Central Europe in Six Days – Pre- and Post ILAB Congress Tours, Budapest and Beyond

    Central Europe in Six Days – Pre- and Post ILAB Congress Tours, Budapest and Beyond

    The ILAB Congress and International Antiquarian Book Fair in Budapest will not only give booklovers the opportunity to enjoy each other’s company, admire book rarities, indulge in the various sights and treasures, but will also provide the possibility to visit some of the neighbouring countries. Before and after the ILAB Congress and Fair delegates will have the chance to see some of the most exciting places in Slovenia, Croatia, Austria and the Czech Republic. September is one of the most pleasant months in Central Europe, and the early autumn lights will put the historic beauty of these places in a new perspective.

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