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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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Book FairsRare Books - Next Fairs

  • The London Photograph Fair: Special Edition

    23 May 2015 - 24 May 2015

    The London Photograph Fair: Special Edition

    The London Photograph Fair, the UK's only established vintage photograph fair, held quarterly in Bloomsbury for 30 years, launches its Special Edition on Saturday & Sunday the 23rd &...

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  • The Bloomsbury Book Fair

    24 May 2015

    The Bloomsbury Book Fair

    Here expect dealers from not just the UK but USA, Europe, Australia and more! More detailed information regarding exhibitors, highlights and more will be on our website over the next couple of...

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  • Bubb Kuyper - Books and Prints

    24 Nov 2015 - 27 Nov 2015

    Bubb Kuyper - Books and Prints

    The largest specialized auctioneer of books and works on paper of the Netherlands, and one of the foremost companies in these fields in Western Europe.

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Rare Book Gallery

  • Me: Stories of My Life - 1st Edition/1st Printing

    Hepburn, Katherine

    Bookseller: Books Tell You Why

    Me: Stories of My Life  - 1st Edition/1st Printing
    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1991. 8vo; [2], [i-vii] viii, [1-3] 4-420 [421-2] pages. A charming First Edition/First Printing in Fine condition in... More

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    Price: 600.00 USD

  • Les

    FERE (Ch.)

    Bookseller: L'intersigne Livres anciens

    Paris, Alcan, 1890, fort vol. gd in 8

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    Price: 600.00 EUR

  • La tr

    (ALLEMAGNE, H.R. d')

    Bookseller: L'intersigne Livres anciens

    La tr
    Joujouville, chez Repin, et se trouve

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    Price: 750.00 EUR

  • Yvernelle: A Legend of Feudal France.


    Bookseller: Brick Row Book Shop

    Yvernelle: A Legend of Feudal France.
    Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, 1892. 8vo, original gilt decorated blue-green cloth, gilt lettering. Color lithographed title page, 11 plates and... More

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    Price: 2750.00 USD

All ArticlesRare Books - Articles

  • A Collector’s Primer to the Wonders of Fore-edge Painting

    One of the most unusual types of book decoration is fore-edge paintings. These are books which have one or more of the top, fore or bottom edge painted – usually with watercolors. The typical form is a book with a single fanned fore-edge painting. In the twentieth century other forms have developed, including the double fore-edge or even the remarkable six-way painting where all three sides of the book have a double.

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  • Collecting First Editions

    Collecting First Editions

    Book collectors have to learn a trade jargon that is made extra difficult by two facts: first, it comes from several related, but different, trades -- publishing, printing, and writing as well as bookselling and collecting itself -- and, second, many of the terms are commonplace words with normal meanings outside of the book collecting world, but which have specific meanings, including specific connotations, within book collecting.

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  • Under the Auspices

    Under the Auspices

    A safari to the remote corners of my own house this week – and from there to the attics of my mind.  In fact just having a clear-out to make way for all the fresh purchases (really must do a catalogue).  Then I came across a printed guide for the Antiquarian Book Fair to be held at the Europa Hotel, Grosvenor Square, on the 13th-15th June 1972 – “under the auspices” of the ABA.

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  • Five hundred new fairytales discovered in Germany

    A collection of fairytales gathered by historian Franz Xaver von Schönwerth had been locked away in an archive in Regensburg for over 150 years. Now they have been rediscovered, writes Victoria Sussens-Messerer in The Guardian

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - The First Flight Across the Atlantic

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - The First Flight Across the Atlantic

    This week book lovers take their planes to New York to visit the 54th annual New York Antiquarian Book Fair at the Park Avenue Armory, which runs from 3rd to 6th April 2014. Michael Slicker commemorates the first flight across the Atlantic and the books written about it. - A U.S. Mail pilot named Charles Lindbergh gets the credit for flying nonstop across the Atlantic Ocean by himself in 1927, and deservedly so, but he wasn’t the first to fly across the Atlantic. That distinction goes to the crew of the Curtiss NC-4 floatplane, a name considerably less imaginative than the Spirit of St. Louis, and the feat took place in 1919, some eight years before Lucky Lindy’s historic excursion. A book about the accomplishment published the same year is in the collection of rare and unusual books at Lighthouse Books, ABAA. The Flight Across the Atlantic was issued by the federal Department of Education in 1919 under the auspicies of the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Corporation. The trip took 19 days, including time for repairs and rest for the crew. Lindy’s hop took 33.5 hours. But, hey, these guys weren’t in any hurry and they weren’t carrying a load of mail.

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  • You Cataracts and Hurricanoes! - A Treatise on Meteorology: From the Encyclopedia Metropolitana

    You Cataracts and Hurricanoes! - A Treatise on Meteorology: From the Encyclopedia Metropolitana

    I focus not on a reference book but on a single entry today — still, it's large enough to be published as a substantial book in its own right. This is George Harvey's entry on meteorology for the Encyclopedia Metropolitana — what Tom McArthur calls "the grand but ill-fated Encyclopaedia Metropolitana." Samuel Taylor Coleridge was involved in the planning, though he backed out as soon as it began appearing in 1818, as did most of the others who started it. A total of thirty quarto volumes, stretching to more than 22,000 pages and 565 plates, appeared over the next twenty-eight years.

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