NEW ILAB WEBSITE 2018 - NO UPDATES AFTER 15 DEC 

NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: We would like to inform our readers and affiliates that this website will soon be updated and migrated to a new provider. A new ILAB website will be launched in January 2018. 

Neither ILAB or our affiliates will be able to upload or edit copy, catalogues or any other information after 15 Dec. 

We apologize for the inconvenience but we will soon launch a new site that is easy to read on smartphones and tablets, with added features and an updated design. Guidelines on uploading to the new site will be available when the site is launched. 

We'll keep you posted!

The 2018 congress is now fully booked, four months prior to the event!

>> LINK TO CONGRESS PROGRAM

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. 

Modena, Italy, October 2017: Jury Meeting for the  
17th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography 2018

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

The jury, consisting of three rare booksellers and three senior librarians, met in October 2017 in Modena in Italy to assess the over 50 submissions of outstanding bibliographies. More info. 

Impressions from the Presidents' Meeting in Copenhagen, September 2017

Presidents from our 22 affiliated national associations gathered on Monday, 25th September 2017 in Copenhagen. This annual meeting is a unique opportunity for the international rare book trade to present the work of each national association, to network and to learn. 

Amor Librorum Nos Unit. 

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Book FairsRare Books - Next Fairs

  • Book and Paper Row

    13 Jan 2018 - 14 Jan 2018

    Book and Paper Row

    A popular section of the Boston Antiques and Design Show devoted to rare and vintage books and ephemera.

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  • Salone della Cultura, Milan

    20 Jan 2018 - 21 Jan 2018

    Salone della Cultura, Milan

    The first  Salone de la Cultura was held in January 2017 in Milan with further salons throughout the year, attracting over 35,000 visitors to each event, an exceptional result!...

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

    Tindale, Thomas & Harriet R.

    Bookseller: Veatchs Arts of the Book, ABAA
    UNITED STATES

    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: 11810.00 USD

  • JAPANESE GOBLIN POETRY: Rendered into English By Lafcadio Hearn and...

    HEARN, Lafcadio.

    Bookseller: RARE ORIENTAL BOOK CO., ABAA, ILAB
    UNITED STATES

    JAPANESE GOBLIN POETRY: Rendered into English By Lafcadio Hearn and Illustrated by His Own Drawings. Compiled by His Son Kazuo Koizumi.
    A FIRST & ONLY LIMITED NUMBERED EDITION OF 500 COPIES Tokyo 1934, - Oyama. White cloth spine over blue Kasuri cottoncovers, tall folio,... More

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    Price: 8284.00 USD

  • 11 VOL. SET. GEORGE EUMORFOPOULOS COLLECTION CATALOGUE OF THE CHINESE,...

    HOBSON, Robert L. et al.

    Bookseller: RARE ORIENTAL BOOK CO., ABAA, ILAB
    UNITED STATES

    11 VOL. SET. GEORGE EUMORFOPOULOS COLLECTION CATALOGUE OF THE CHINESE, COREAN, CHINESE, AND PERSIAN POTTERY. The Complete Set.
    THE FAMOUS AND OBSCURE COMPLETE SET OF 11 LIMITED EDITIONSLondon 1925- - 28, Benn. Black & gold blind stamped cloth,foliowith 300 color, 500... More

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    Price: 36460.00 USD

  • Street Incidents

    THOMSON, John; Thomson, John; SMITH, Adolphe

    Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books
    UNITED STATES

    Street Incidents
    1881 - THOMSON, John.Street Incidents.London: Sampson, Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1881.First abridged edition of the "first concerted... More

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    Price: 17500.00 USD

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  • Bibliographies - Book History

    Online: Great Books Lists - Great Books Index - Rare Book Room - Forgotten books - Digital Collections of the Bavarian State Library - Book History Online - WBB 

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  • Un potenziale culturale illimitato - The World's Best Rare Books and Booksellers at Bologna

    Un potenziale culturale illimitato - The World's Best Rare Books and Booksellers at Bologna

    A high-class cultural event - Bologna "la dotta" - Roberto Vecchioni - Rare Book Film Festival - Umberto Eco - the World's best booksellers exhibiting at the International Antiquarian Book Fair: ALAI President Umberto Pregliasco about the 39th ILAB Congress and 23rd International Antiquarian Book Fair in Bologna, September 20-26, 2010

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  • Finest Handmade Papers in the World

    Finest Handmade Papers in the World

    In 1952, Stevens-Nelson Paper Corporation published what it called "a catalogue of the finest printing and art papers in the world." It was less boast than just a simple statement of fact. Indeed, the company had enlisted the help of small handmade paper shops across the globe.

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  • Hard-Boiled Detective Fiction and The Private Library

    Hard-Boiled Detective Fiction and The Private Library

    One of the most popular components of a private library is the mystery genre, which comprises a vast array of sub-genres such as detective fiction.  The genesis of the detective fiction sub-genre may be traced to a short story penned by Edgar Allan Poe in 1841 titled The Murders in the Rue Morgue.  All the elements of what we today recognize as the essential characteristics of the sub-genre are found in this short story: a brutal murder; baffled police; an independent investigator that solves the case through superior intelligence, humbling the police in the process.

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Mother on Father's Day

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Mother on Father's Day

    Louis Zukofsky's After I's  is a brother from another Mother in an interesting sense.  Mag fans might be aware of the New York School influenced Mother published at various point out of Northfield MN (where the James-Younger Gang got shot to pieces while attempting to robb the First National Bank on September 7, 1876), Galesburg, IL, New York City, and Buffalo.  Secret Location includes Mother (NY) in its checklist appendix as well as a brief paragraph on the magazine in the introduction.  The appendix also lists Mother Press and its three publications:  Bingo by Dick Gallup, Poems by John Giorno and the Zukofsky.  Slight problem though as there are two Mother Presses.  Mother (NY) printed the Gallup and the Giorno, as you might expect given its New York focus.  After I's was published by Boxwood Press and Mother Press out of Pittsburgh, PA.  Mother (PA) was also a magazine, which ran for twelve issues, under the editorship of Ron Caplan.

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  • Friendly, stylish, hip – Chelsea has it all! Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair, November 7-8, 2014

    Friendly, stylish, hip – Chelsea has it all! Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair, November 7-8, 2014

    Warmer than Boston, more intimate and less formal than most other antiquarian book fairs, friendly, stylish, hip – Chelsea has it all! Over its life, the Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair has become a fixture in the November calendar for book collectors and dealers from Britain, Europe and America. Dealer and collectors love the fair: ‘See you at Chelsea’ has become a phrase familiar to everyone, not only in the British rare book trade.

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