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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  • 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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  • A MONOGRAPH RELATING TO THE FABRICATION OF PAPER & TIN FOIL & THE USE...

    HUNTER, Dard.

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

    A MONOGRAPH RELATING TO THE FABRICATION OF PAPER & TIN FOIL & THE USE OF PAPER IN CHINESE RITES & RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES.
    A SUPERB RESOURCE AND LIMITED NUMBERED EDITION OF 125 COPIES[Chillicoth] 1937, - Mountain House Press. Morocco spine overpictorial paper boards,... More

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    Price: 8889.00 USD

  • VIEWS OF THE NORTH CHINA AFFAIR. [Photographed During the Boxer Rebellion, 1900]

    YAMAMOTO, S. [Sanshichiro] comp.

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

    VIEWS OF THE NORTH CHINA AFFAIR. [Photographed During the Boxer Rebellion, 1900]
    STUNNING PHOTOS OF FOREIGN TROOPS OCCUPYING BEIJING PALACE Tokio 1901, - Yamamoto. Oblong album, color pictorial stiffwrs., purple silk ties,... More

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    Price: 11639.00 USD

  • Harvard Class of 1870 Photographic Yearbook

    Harvard University) [Warren, George Kendall, photographer]

    Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller, ABAA
    UNITED STATES

    Harvard Class of 1870 Photographic Yearbook
    Harvard University, [Cambridge 1870 - Harvard's First Black Graduate, One of the "Talented Tenth" Of particular interest is the portrait of Richard... More

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    Price: 12500.00 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

All ArticlesRare Books - Articles

  • Books about Books: A History of Oak Knoll Press, Part 3: A 2nd Publication and the Move to New Castle

    Books about Books: A History of Oak Knoll Press, Part 3: A 2nd Publication and the Move to New Castle

    I moved my business from Newark to New Castle in December 1979. John and Emily Ballinger moved up from North Carolina and bought into the business, and their down-payment was just enough cash to allow me to buy 414 Delaware Street from Herb Tobin, a legend in New Castle lore. Herb was the last in line of the family butchers and knew every reputable historical fact (and many disreputable) about the city of New Castle. This Victorian storefront had been a butcher’s shop during its entire life before I turned it into a bookshop.

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  • Vers la fin de l’ère Gutenberg ?

    Vers la fin de l’ère Gutenberg ?

    Voilà déjà plusieurs années que les amoureux du livres, écrivains, lecteurs, éditeurs, bibliophiles se désespèrent à l’idée d’une fin inexorable de l’écrit et de l’imprimé. Certains ont même choisi de mépriser le nouveau média numérique qui s’offre à eux, pensant que cette résolution pourrait préserver l’objet de leur prédilection. Notre profession est au centre des échanges entre ces idolâtres du livre et peut apporter un regard plus général sur ces importantes questions de civilisation.

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  • Codex Calixtinus manuscript stolen from Santiago de Compostela

    Codex Calixtinus manuscript stolen from Santiago de Compostela

    “A priceless 12th-century illustrated manuscript containing what has been described as Europe's first travel guide has been stolen from the cathedral at Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain. The Codex Calixtinus, which was kept in a safe at the cathedral's archives, is thought to have been stolen by professional thieves on Sunday afternoon. Archivists did not notice its disappearance, however, until Tuesday, when the cathedral's dean was told it was missing.” (The Guardian)

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  • Nigel Beale and Tim Bowling in Conversation on Book Collecting, and Bowling’s new Book “In the Suicide’s Library”

    Nigel Beale and Tim Bowling in Conversation on Book Collecting, and Bowling’s new Book “In the Suicide’s Library”

    Twice shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for Poetry, Tim Bowling has won the Canadian Authors’ Association Award for Poetry and two Alberta Book Awards. Nigel Beale met the author in Ottawa to talk about his new book In the Suicide’s Library. Topics covered include book collecting, coincidence, suicide, the spirit, passion and harmony of books,  the use of hands, the line between bibliophiles and maniacs and the importance of physical books to the culture.

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  • A Conference on the Occasion of the Publication of Ina Kok: Woodcuts in Incunabula printed in the Low Countries

    A Conference on the Occasion of the Publication of Ina Kok: Woodcuts in Incunabula printed in the Low Countries

    Hes & De Graaf Publishers, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, National Library of the Netherlands (KB) and the Dutch Book Historical Society (NBV) are organising a conference on 12 April 2013 on the occasion of the publication of the long awaited revised edition of Ina Kok’s widely admired and groundbreaking dissertation on the woodcut illustrations in incunabula printed in the Low Countries between 1475 and 1501. The conference will be held at the Aula of the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, National Library of the Netherlands, The Hague.

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  • Intellectual Gluttony - Philosophy Against the Abundance of Books, from Petrarca to Kant to Hegel and Nietzsche

    Intellectual Gluttony - Philosophy Against the Abundance of Books, from Petrarca to Kant to Hegel and Nietzsche

    A characteristic feature of Modernity is the contempt of too much food  - and books. Philosophers like Immanuel Kant, Karl Marx, Hegel and Friedrich Nietzsche considered the abundance of books to be unhealthy. In their view, both libraries and human thinking should be restricted to a moderate amount of keeping and reading “the right books”. At the same time health fanatics, physicians and the ever rising fashion industry put the world on a diet. The ideal of physical slimness and the contempt of too much food (and drinks, of course) coincides with the philosophical ideal of “intellectual slimness”, writes Manfred Schneider, professor of German Literature and Media at the University of Bochum. In his historical outline he describes how philosophers from Petrarca to Kant to Hegel, Nietzsche and Heidegger condemned the abundance of books in libraries and how they fought against, what they thought to be, intellectual gluttony.

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