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. 

Apply for a scholarship to attend the congress!

The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America's Elisabeth Woodburn Fund is proud to give the opportunity to THREE YOUNG ANTIQUARIANS to participate in the 43rd ILAB Congress! Apply via your national association by the 31st July! >> More info

Why ILAB Congresses are an ideal place to meet, learn and network - by Sabine Keune & Keith Fletcher 

Sabine Keune of Antiquariat Keune (Germany) and Keith Fletcher (UK) reminisce over past congresses and urge their colleagues to use this unique opportunity to build valuable connections and broaden the horizon. 

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 

NEXT INTERNATIONAL ILAB-AFFILIATED
RARE BOOK FAIRS:
MELBOURNE 7 - 9 JULY

Leading Australian and international antiquarian booksellers bring a rich and diverse array of books to the Melbourne Rare Book Fair each year. The fair is presented by the Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (ANZAAB) as part of Melbourne Rare Book Week and runs from 7 - 9 July 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

Real Books, Real People -
Laurence Worms' Review of Rare Books London 2017

Published since 26 June 2017

A week of book-fairs and nowadays a whole series of related events – visits, talks and tours – all under a festival heading of “Rare Books London 2017”.  No sparing of effort, much time generously given – applause and a heartfelt thank-you to all concerned.

Read the 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

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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Book FairsRare Books - Next Fairs

  • Masterpiece London

    29 Jun 2017 - 05 Jul 2017

    Masterpiece London

    Masterpiece London, one of the world's leading antiques fairs now running in its 7th year in London, welcomes a number of international antiquarian booksellers and map dealers amongst its...

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  • 24th International Book Fair for Small Publishers and Private Presses

    29 Jun 2017 - 02 Jul 2017

    24th International Book Fair for Small Publishers and Private Presses

    Over 250 exhibitors from 15 countries and over 10,000 visitors at Europe's largest marketplace for small publishers and private presses.  Since 1970, the City of Mainz hosts every...

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Rare Book Gallery

  • 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
    AUSTRIA

    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

  • Voyage d'exploration à la mer Morte, à Petra et sur la rive gauche du...

    Luynes, Honoré d'Albert de.

    Bookseller: Antiquariat INLIBRIS Gilhofer Nfg. GmbH
    AUSTRIA

    Voyage d'exploration à la mer Morte, à Petra et sur la rive gauche du Jourdain. Oeuvre posthume.
    Paris, Arthus Bertrand, [1874]. - 3 vols. and 1 vol of plates. (2), II ff., 388 pp. (6), 222, (6) pp. (4), VI, 326 pp. With 14 lithogr. plates (4... More

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    Price: 38000.00 EUR

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

    PLANCK, Max.

    Bookseller: SOPHIA RARE BOOKS
    DENMARK

    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

  • AMERICAN ARMY IN CHINA: Tientsin, Peking, Shanghai, Hankow, Hong Kong...

    AMERICAN ARMY IN CIVIL WAR CHINA PHOTOGRAPHIC ALBUM.

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

    AMERICAN ARMY IN CHINA: Tientsin, Peking, Shanghai, Hankow, Hong Kong &c., 1927-1928. An Album With 400 Black & White Photographs. [Photos of the Chinese Civil War: Communists vs. K.M.T.]
    STUNNING PHOTOGRAPHIC ALBUM OF AMERICAN DOUGH-BOYS IN CHINA [China n.d. ca. 1927- - 1928]. Brown simulated alligator clothcovers, 37 x 27.5 cm.,... More

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    Price: 19810.00 USD

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  • Bibliographies - Miniature Books

    Bibliographies - Miniature Books

    Online: The Charlotte M. Smith Collection of Miniature Books - Miniature Books Exhibition and Catalogue - UNT Libraries Digital Collections - 4000 Years of Miniature Books IU Lilly Library Exhibition

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  • Books about Books: A History of Oak Knoll Press, Part 6: Paul Wakeman Dives In!

    Books about Books: A History of Oak Knoll Press, Part 6: Paul Wakeman Dives In!

    On a side note, I was becoming very active in the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA), first serving on the Board in 1982 and then becoming Chair of their Finance Committee in 1989 and Treasurer in 1990. Millie and I enjoyed the international congresses that the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) conducted and began to attend them in 1990, starting with the Tokyo Congress. This event led to many contacts in publishing that eventually paid dividends, proving yet again that the cross-over between the antiquarian book world and the publishing world is a very healthy relationship.

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions: Thomas Pynchon

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions: Thomas Pynchon

    Pynchon's first three books are by far his most collectible. His first, V. (1963) shows up with some frequency, but is usually either spine-faded, or price-clipped (the price is placed well into the front flap, so clipping it leaves an even more than usually unsightly loss), or both. There also exists an Advance Reading Copy in wrappers that seems to wear easily - we look for copies that are relatively square, as it seems to cock or slant very easily.

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  • Book Scouting - Adventures in Kentucky

    Book Scouting - Adventures in Kentucky

    It all started because my wife Millie wanted to visit her old homestead in Flat Lick, Kentucky, a tiny community founded before 1784 in the southeastern part of the state. She hadn’t been back for many years, so how could I refuse the request? However, being a true bookman, I immediately started thinking about how I could combine book adventures with family visiting.

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  • Antiquarian Booksellers in Exile, Part 3 – Bernard Amtmann (1907-1979)

    Antiquarian Booksellers in Exile, Part 3 – Bernard Amtmann (1907-1979)

    The seizure of power by the Nazis in 1933 was a decisive event in the world of book collecting. Numerous dealers and collectors – among them the most famous of the trade – were murdered by the Nazis. Those who survived were forced to close their companies and to hand them over to the Nazis. Ernst Fischer’s biographical handbook "Verleger, Buchhändler & Antiquare aus Deutschland und Österreich in der Emigration nach 1933" reconstructs the biographies of all German and Austrian booksellers, publishers and auctioneers who emigrated from Germany after 1933. The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers is proud to publish some of the most impressive stories told in Ernst Fischer’s book on its website. Part 3 of the series of 25 booksellers’ biographies deals with the life and merits of a founding member of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of Canada (ABAC): Bernard Amtmann.

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  • Tokyo: World Antiquarian Book Plaza - The Ultimate Destination for Bibliophiles on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day 2015!

    Tokyo: World Antiquarian Book Plaza - The Ultimate Destination for Bibliophiles on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day 2015!

    Is there a place in the world where booklovers find rare and beautiful books, manuscripts, autographs, atlases and prints from all parts of the world and offered by some of the world’s best booksellers? Is there an antiquarian bookshop somewhere in the world where you can browse the shelves filled with modern firsts from the United States, incunabula from Europe, woodcut books from Asia, and children’s books, first editions, illustrated books, precious bindings or rare travel accounts from Australia, the United Kingdom, the Americas, Germany, Italy, Spain, Scandinavia, Austria and the Netherlands? Yes, there is such a place - in Tokyo.

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