UNDER THE AUSPICES OF ILAB

The Melbourne Rare Book Week is a major attraction for book collectors, librarians and all who have a love of words, print on paper and heritage. It culminates in the ANZAAB Australian Antiquarian Book Fair held in the University of Melbourne's historic Wilson Hall. From Melbourne, Tokyo, Boston, Toronto, New York, California and back to Europe: the ILAB Book Fair calendar.

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

  • Bristol Premier Book Fair

    10 Jul 2015 - 11 Jul 2015

    Bristol Premier Book Fair

    The Bristol Antiquarian Book Fair is new and remarkable in many ways. There has been unprecedented co-operation between the two largest trade associations, the Provincial Booksellers' Fairs...

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    Melbourne Rare Book Week - Melbourne Rare Book Fair

    16 Jul 2015 - 26 Jul 2015

    Melbourne Rare Book Week - Melbourne Rare Book Fair

    The Melbourne Rare Book Week is well established in the City of Melbourne’s event calendar. It is a major attraction for book collectors, librarians and all who have a love of words, print...

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  • 11th Australasian Rare Books Summer School

    31 Jan 2016 - 05 Feb 2016

    11th Australasian Rare Books Summer School

    The 11th Australasian Rare Books Summer School will be held from 31 January to 5 February, 2016 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The event will be hosted by the State Library of New South...

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Rare Book Gallery

  • Iraq in War Time. Al-Iraq fi zaman al-harb.

    Philby, Harry St John Bridger].

    Bookseller: Antiquariat INLIBRIS Gilhofer Nfg. GmbH
    AUSTRIA

    Iraq in War Time. Al-Iraq fi zaman al-harb.
    Basrah, Government Press, [1918]. - Folio (257 x 344 mm). (104) pp. More than 200 photo prints. Original giltstamped green cloth. Intriguing photo... More

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    Price: 8500.00 EUR

  • 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

  • Original signed photographic portrait; presented together with signed...

    ORWELL, George.)

    Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member
    UNITED KINGDOM

    Original signed photographic portrait; presented together with signed photographic portraits of Orwell's Eton set, including: Cyril Connolly, Godfrey Meynell, Denys King-Farlow, Denis Dannreuther, James Gibson, Ralph M. Cazalet, Roger Mynors, Bobbie Longden, Maurice Whittome, and an unidentified "Peter" and "Ronnie".
    [Eton: 1918-21] - Large sheet of thick sugar paper, recto with 12 mounted monochrome photographic portraits, each signed and (but for one) dated... More

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    Price: 25000.00 GBP

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  • Recently published - The Oxford Companion to the Book

    Recently published - The Oxford Companion to the Book

    "This magnificent reference work is a tribute to - and celebration of - a revolutionary invention ... An extraordinary tour de force, a cornucopia of bookish information ... These volumes, then, are a paradise for book-lovers " (Noel Malcolm, Sunday Telegraph).

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Reference Book of the Day: Erya

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Reference Book of the Day: Erya

    The Erya (or Erh Ya) - the name means “approaching what is correct, proper, refined,” though it's sometimes translated as The Ready Guide - is the oldest dictionary of the Chinese language. The author is a mystery, and the traditional attribution to the Duke of Chou isn't taken seriously. The date, too, is a puzzler, though “scholars generally agree that it was written by Confucian scholars sometime between the Spring and Autumn period and early Han Dynasty (8th through 2nd centuries B.C.)” (Xue, p. 152). The third century BCE is a pretty good guess.

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  • First Ever Meeting of the ILAB Committee - Copenhagen, September 3rd, 1948

    First Ever Meeting of the ILAB Committee - Copenhagen, September 3rd, 1948

    In 1948 the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers was officially founded at the Conference in Copenhagen from 1st to 5th September. Plans were made, decisions were taken by the presidents of the ten national associations who became ILABs founding fathers. They also elected the first ILAB Committee: William S. Kundig, Percy H. Muir, Einar Gronholt Pedersen, Menno Hertzberger and André Poursin. As early as 3rd September their work began with the first ever ILAB Committee Meeting.

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  • Provenances - „Provenienzen“: 42th Seminar held by the German Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association in Cologne in May 2012

    Provenances - „Provenienzen“: 42th Seminar held by the German Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association in Cologne in May 2012

    From 17th to 20th May, 2012, members of the German Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association met in Cologne for their 42th annual seminar. In a series of lectures the problem of provenances and the restitution of looted art and books was discussed with librarians, lawyers and specialists. The history of fate of famous collections were reconstructed, such as the libraries of Victor Manheimer and Elise and Helene Richter. Other lectures centred around the history of typography, the making of artists’ books, and the identification of the age and the provenances of books through the paper on which of they were printed. Highlights of the weekend were excursions to some famous libraries situation in Cologne: the Dom- und Diözesanbibliothek with its numerous treasures of medieval manuscripts, Ungers-Archiv für Architekturwissenschaften and the Petrarca and Proust collections of Professor Dr. Reiner Speck. Read the report (in German) by Meinhard Knigge.

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Two from the The Archangel Press

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Two from the The Archangel Press

    This year I finally tracked down a copy of Abraham Lincoln Gillespie's The Shaper, which is as far as I know is not only the first separately published work by the poet, but also the only work published in his lifetime. The Shaper was published by the Archangel Press, a press I know nothing about, but which published another one of my favorite books of visual poetry - Kenneth Lawrence Beaudoin's 6 Eye Poems. Today I got to put the two works, which are presented in a uniform format, side by side. Both are among the strangest, most overlooked works of visual poetry that I know of, and represent a little documented strand of visual poetry in the United States.

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  • To Google Or Not To Google? - Arachnophobia

    To Google Or Not To Google? - Arachnophobia

    This recollection leads me to wonder what I ever did – when I absolutely had to know something –  before Google? That godly search engine and its equally marvelous repository of information, Wikipedia, have become so pervasive in our lives it’s hard to remember what the world was like without them. But if I think about it really hard (this is precisely the sort of answer I cannot Google), long shelves of encyclopedias come to mind. The Americana and the Colliers sets of my youth were sources of lots of cool info, like how to make gunpowder, but they were woefully short on facts about girls and sex.

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