UNDER THE AUSPICES OF ILAB

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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WHY ILAB?

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.

THE WRITTEN HERITAGE OF MANKIND IN PERIL: THEFT, RETRIEVAL, SALE AND RESTITUTION OF RARE BOOKS, MAPS AND MANUSCRIPTS

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.

STAY TUNED - THE ILAB NEWSLETTER

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.

17th ILAB BRESLAUER PRIZE FOR BIBLIOGRAPHY  - SUBMIT BOOKS!

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 WORLD'S EXPERT ANTIQUARIAN BOOKSELLERS IN 1 BOOK!

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.

ILAB POP UP BOOK FAIRS ON UNESCO WORLD BOOK AND COPYRIGHT DAY

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

ILAB INTERNSHIPS - OUT OF THE CLASSROOM, INTO THE WORLD

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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Book FairsRare Books - Next Fairs

  • ILAB - LILA

    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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  • Traité des opérations qui se pratiquent sur l'oeil

    MEYER, Edouard, MONTMEJA, A. de

    Bookseller: Hugues de Latude
    FRANCE

    Traité des opérations qui se pratiquent sur l'oeil
    Lauwereyns, Paris 1871 - In-4. Collation : VIII, 275 pp., 22 planches Demi-chagrin brun à coins, dos à nerfs orné. (Reliure de l'époque.).... More

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    Price: 8010.00 EUR

  • THE BAUR COLLECTION: CHINESE CERAMICS COMPLETE SET VOLS. 1-4EACH VOLUME IS A...

    AYERS, John.

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

    THE BAUR COLLECTION: CHINESE CERAMICS COMPLETE SET VOLS. 1-4EACH VOLUME IS A LIMITED & NUMBERED EDITION OF 1000 COPIES.
    A MAJOR SET WITH STUNNING CHROMO-LITHOGRAPHIC PLATES Geneva 1968- - 1974, Baur. Brown cloth, very good, 176 color,858 b.w. photo plates, 4 volume... More

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    Price: 11289.00 USD

  • Collection of 81 Installments of Presage

    Presage)

    Bookseller: Harper's Books
    UNITED STATES

    Collection of 81 Installments of Presage
    Liechtenstein / Paris / Switzerland: Egaserp Etablissements / Société d'Editions de Mode / Studio Galfetti - Fontana 1962-1978 - First Editions.... More

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    Price: 25000.00 USD

  • A PAPERMAKING PILGRIMAGE TO JAPAN, KOREA AND CHINA.

    HUNTER, Dard.

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

    A PAPERMAKING PILGRIMAGE TO JAPAN, KOREA AND CHINA.
    A MAJOR STUDY OF FAR EASTERN HANDMADE PAPERS WITH SAMPLES New York 1936, - Pynson. Half leather over boards, 148p., verygood, 50 tipped-in paper... More

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    Price: 8239.00 USD

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  • Moses Signed My Bible

    “An autographed copy of a first edition kicks it up to something special - and hard to reproduce on a Kindle or iPhone”, writes Tom Post in Forbes Magazine. “Autographed first editions are a cool way to collect rare books.” However: “Forgers think so, too.” Some snippets ...

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  • The Leaning Tower of Photography Books

    The Leaning Tower of Photography Books

    One of the joys of dealing in modern literary first editions is the neat and nearly uniform size of the vast majority of one's inventory. Your basic octavo volume, when packed for a book fair, nestled convivially amongst its fellows, will fit neatly in a standard document storage box. After having done a few hundred fairs, one can pack up quickly and neatly, leaving no space in a box for the books to shuffle about, with the resultant deterioration in condition that loosely packed books usually suffer. I particularly recommend books of poetry and drama for this purpose – usually slim volumes that, when inserted between other books, tighten one's box load to a satisfying solidity.

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  • Librarians as Humans

    Librarians as Humans

    "I have come to realize that these people are not “Librarians.” They’re smart, enthusiastic, creative men and women, who get as much of a kick out of what they’re doing as we booksellers get from what we do. And with budget cuts, staff reductions, and monstrously increased workloads leaving them less time to pour over quotes and catalogs, our responsibilities as dealers change. Our abilities to locate material and to place it within its historical context can be of great benefit in collection development, especially if we know who we’re working with, and what they’re working on."

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Of Cocoa and Cuba

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Of Cocoa and Cuba

    The average American eats eleven pounds of chocolate per year. Though its form has changed over the millennia, chocolate is one of the few foods that earned a prized place among cultures around the world. Though often overlooked, it’s played a significant role in the global economy. Cacao was long an important crop in Cuba, but it was overshadowed by both sugar cane and coffee. Its role in colonial Cuba was especially important in the tumultuous 1800′s, as the colony struggled to overcome economic crisis and gain its independence from Spain.

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Fra Paolo Sarpi, Scholar, Priest, and Heretic

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Fra Paolo Sarpi, Scholar, Priest, and Heretic

    The Counter-Reformation began with the Council of Trent (1545-1563) and lasted a full century, until the close of the Thirty Years’ War (1648). The movement sparked conflict all over Europe, challenging the very foundations of people’s daily lives. As nationalism fermented, states like Venice began to assert their autonomy – and the Catholic Church often took drastic measures in response. In the case of cleric and statesman Fra Paolo Sarpi, they even hired a hitman. Though Sarpi consistently stood up to the Church in an official capacity, he also chose to publish his greatest work, The History of the Council of Trent, under a pseudonym.

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  • On the Blog – Treasures of the Library Podcast: Dr Margaret Connolly Describes the Roll of Kings

    On the Blog – Treasures of the Library Podcast: Dr Margaret Connolly Describes the Roll of Kings

    In the podcast of the University of St. Andrews researchers and library staff report about their work in the library and with the library’s rich treasures. This week Dr Margaret Connolly describes the Roll of Kings, a 15th century genealogical roll of the English monarchy, with a brief vernacular chronicle.

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