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!


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 Book at the Crossroads of Diversities

    28 May 2018 - 29 May 2018

    The Book at the Crossroads of Diversities

    Annual Conference of the Bibliographical Society of Canada: Over the centuries, the book has played a pivotal role in capturing, preserving and passing on voices to succeeding generations of...

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Rare Book Gallery

  • 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

  • Street Incidents

    THOMSON, John; Thomson, John; SMITH, Adolphe

    Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books

    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

  • Collection of original vintage photographs.

    Arabian Horses at the Hungarian National Stud].

    Bookseller: Antiquariat INLIBRIS Gilhofer Nfg. GmbH

    Collection of original vintage photographs.
    Bábolna, c. 1885. - 11 vintage photo prints (ca. 90 x 120 mm, but one 105 x 170 mm) on backing cardboard (20 x 25 cm). Highly uncommon photographs... More

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    Price: 9500.00 EUR

  • 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

All ArticlesRare Books - Articles

  • Qu’est-ce qu’une édition originale ?

    Qu’est-ce qu’une édition originale ?

    Un débat, depuis quelques mois, jette les bibliophiles dans le trouble. Vous savez la passion qu’inspire aux amis des livres la possession d’une édition originale. Or, voici que beaucoup d’entre eux viennent de s’aviser à la longue qu’ils ne savaient plus très bien ce qu’ils aimaient, faute de s’entendre exactement sur ce que c’est qu’une édition originale.

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  • Don't mention the Mockingbird!

    Don't mention the Mockingbird!

    An article by Sharon Churcher about Harper Lee whose book "To Kill A Mockingbird" was translated into nearly 50 languages and turned into the Oscar winning movie starring Gregory Peck.

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Melbourne, New South Wales, before 1850

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Melbourne, New South Wales, before 1850

    From 23th to 26 November, 2010, the Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers invites dealers and collectors to Melbourne to enjoy the 37th ANZAAB Australian Antiquarian Book Fair. 36 of Australia’s leading booksellers will showcase fine, rare and collectable books – a brilliant chance to explore new fields of collecting. A special tip by Peter Arnold: "Melbourne in 1850, on the eve of the gold discoveries of the following years, was already a thriving port with a settler population of more than 20,000. There is a considerable contemporary literature on the subject; but, for the collector, it seems much smaller in total because all of the local publications are rare."

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  • History of the S.L.A.M - Part One (1914-1934)

    History of the S.L.A.M - Part One (1914-1934)

    Retracing the history - not to mention the prehistory - of the Syndicat Français de la Librairie Ancienne et Moderne (SLAM) is not an easy task. The witnesses of the early days disappeared and the documents are often missing. As the archives were not kept with care, for want of fixed addresses (acquired only this year, in the rue Gît-le-Coeur) the traces we have managed to discover arc often faint, sometimes contradictory, and always inconsistent. The Bouquinistc Français, official organ of the SLAM, not having appeared till seven years after the Syndicat was founded (1920!) we find ourselves in a shadowy period from 1914 to 1920, under the presidency of Edouard Rahir. From 1920 to our own times, the Bouquiniste Français, acquired by the SLAM in 1945, which became the Bulletin de la Librairie Ancienne et Moderne in 1963, gives us a better insight into the problems, preoccupations and activities of the SLAM.

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  • 10,000 $ for the Best Book about Books

    10,000 $ for the Best Book about Books

    More than twenty bibliographies, biographies, library catalogues, catalogues of special collections, studies on bookbinding, fore-edge-paintings, map-engravers and on the history of the antiquarian book trade have already been submitted to the 16th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography. It is still possible to submit more bibliographies or books about books simply by sending a copy to the Prize Secretary Arnoud Gerits (Diemen, Netherlands). They may be written in any language of the world and must be published between 2009 and 2012. Have a look a the books which have already been submitted.

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  • The ILAB Stolen Book Database – A Report at the IFLA Conference

    The ILAB Stolen Book Database – A Report at the IFLA Conference

    A year ago Gonzalo Fernández Pontes was elected a member of the ILAB Committee. As Security Chair he is responsible for the ILAB Stolen Book Database, and he coordinates all efforts of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers to prevent thefts and to catch book thieves, both at national and international level. At the IFLA Conference in The Hague he gave a talk about this important work of the League.

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