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A WORLD FIRST - ACROSS THE WORLD: In woolsheds, on boats, central stations, skyscrapers, in museums, libraries, streets, clubs and pubs.

> Bookish flash mob - speed dating for booklovers.

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ANTWERP: Books across the borders - Dutch and Belgian dealers pop up at Antwerp's Bibliotheek Permeke.

LUND: an ILAB Pop Up Fair dedicated exclusively to pop-up books at Akarps antikvariat.

LONDON: British booksellers show their best at Middle Temple Library.

FROM SALISBURY CATHEDRAL TO OXFORD UNIVERSITY: CELESTE the Rare Book Campervan goes on a road trip for UNESCO with Amanda Hall and Susanne Schulz-Falster.


On 23 April 2015, these worldwide events will pop up one after another to show that there is nothing more powerful than BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS! ILAB will follow them up in a 24-hours live-report on this website!

UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day is celebrated with amazing events promoting the essence of reading and the culture of the book. On April 23, 2015, this day will also be a special day for ILAB.

JOIN US! Fill the empty bookshelves to fight illiteracy and to help buying books for schools in South Sudan!

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  • Librairie Bertran

    Librairie Bertran

    Rouen - FRANCE

    Specialties: First Editions, General Stock, History, Literature, Modern illustrated books, Natural history, Old and rare books

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  • In the Matter of Peter Edward Rose, Manager, Cincinnati Reds Baseball Club:...

    DOWD, John M.

    Bookseller: Between The Covers

    In the Matter of Peter Edward Rose, Manager, Cincinnati Reds Baseball Club: Report to the Commissioner (a.k.a. The Dowd Report)
    New York: Office of the Commissioner Major League Baseball May 9, 1989. First edition. Quarto. Plastic comb-bound photo duplicated pages with a... More

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    Price: 5000.00 USD

  • [Photograph]: The Last Revolutionary Soldier: One Hundred and Nine Years of...

    Bookseller: Between The Covers

    [Photograph]: The Last Revolutionary Soldier: One Hundred and Nine Years of Age. Daniel Frederick Bakeman
    [Boston?]: A.D. Cross 1868. Small carte de visite photograph, approximately 2.5" x 4". Fine in original printed envelope which adds additional... More

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    Price: 2500.00 USD

  • Dylan In Woodstock.

    [DYLAN, Bob] Landy, Elliott

    Bookseller: Adrian Harrington

    Dylan In Woodstock.
    UK, Genesis Publications. 2000. INSCRIBED BY DYLAN to half title; to a longtime friend- / Bob Dylan /6-28-06. Also signed by photographer Elliott... More

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    Price: 3000.00 GBP

  • Le

    PITRES (A.)

    Bookseller: L'intersigne Livres anciens

    Paris, O. Doin, 1891, 2 vol. in 8

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    Price: 750.00 EUR

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  • John Bidwell: A Life in Libraries, Thanks to Gutenberg

    Dr. John Bidwell received his master’s at Columbia’s School of Library Service and his doctorate in English from Oxford. “I’ve had no other job but to work in libraries since I was a college undergraduate”, he says. “As soon as I realized it was time for me to go back to graduate school, I knew I wanted to work in rare book libraries, and that’s all I’ve done.” For The New York Times John Bidwell explains, what makes books rare, why books become rare, and what is his most favourite book among the treasures of J.P. Morgan and Museum.

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  • Some Aspects of Milan - The ILAB Congress 1953

    Some Aspects of Milan - The ILAB Congress 1953

    “The Milan conference saw the publication and distribution of A Compendium of Usages and Customs of the Trade (today: The ILAB Code of Ethics). This useful volume defined the customary practices of the rare book trade (as William Kundig had once proposed) for use in disputes, litigation, or legal difficulties … This being Italy, the venue for the farewell dinner could hardly have been more romantic. Coaches were hired to drive us all to Lake Como, where we dined in the ballroom of the Grand Hotel Villa de’Este, the honeymoon choice of many a British bride and bridegroom in pre-war days. After the dinner and not-to-be-avoided speeches, we danced until two in the morning on the cool mosaic floor, ending the evening with Ingelese Blaizot singing French love songs and Percy responding with English ones.” (Barbara Kaye Muir)

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Who is Anne Marie?

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Who is Anne Marie?

    As personal papers and archival collections are increasingly sought after by librarians and collectors, we have accordingly been conducting a fair bit of original cataloguing of various special collections materials in order to keep up with the demand. I’ve thus become better at identifying and describing the papers and ephemera of obscure authors and artists, and even a few famous punk rockers unknown only to me; but every now and then I am confronted with anonymous or original materials of considerable interest which I cannot identify, despite my best efforts. Here for example is a hand-painted illustration from the 1930s signed “AM”. Can anyone identify this Unknown Woman?

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Wilde in Russia

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Wilde in Russia

    Simon Beattie recommends a copy of the first separate edition in any language of Oscar Wilde’s unfinished play, A Florentine Tragedy, translated into Russian from a copy of Wilde’s manuscript and published in Moscow by Skorpion in 1907.

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  • SLAM Bibliography Prize 2013

    SLAM Bibliography Prize 2013

    The SLAM Bibliography Prize 2013 goes to: Catalogues régionaux des incunables des bibliothèques publiques de France. Volume XVIII. Bibliothèque de l'École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts. Édité par Dominique Coq. Collection Histoire et civilisation du livre. École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE). Genève, Librairie Droz, 2012. 334 p., ill.

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  • The Art of American Book Covers – Peacocks

    The Art of American Book Covers – Peacocks

    The first post to this blog in August 2009 was about a book with a peacock feather stamped in gold on the cover, The New Day by Richard Watson Gilder [Scribner, Armstrong, 1876]. It's worth re-reading that story, because there is a connection to Margaret Armstrong, whose peacock designs are below. Here's a photo of that book to refresh your memory. Click it to read the original post. Peacocks and peacock feathers were a pervasive image of the Aesthetic Movement, a symbol of beauty in nature. Whistler's Peacock Room of 1877 was a monumental tribute to this theme.

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