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. 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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  • CHINESE PHOTO ALBUM, COMMEMMORATING THE VISIT OF THE WELCOMING OF THE...

    GUANG DONG ZHI XIN JU HAUN YIN MEI GUO SANG HUI JI NIAN.

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

    CHINESE PHOTO ALBUM, COMMEMMORATING THE VISIT OF THE WELCOMING OF THE AMERICAN MERCHANT ASSOCIATION BY THE CANTON ADVISORY BOARD, 1897. With Many Early Photos of Macao and the Pearl River Estuary.
    AN EXCELLENT EARLY PHOTO ALUBM OF CANTON & AMERICAN VISITORS[China c.1897. - ]Half leather over brocade silk, most of spinegone, else very... More

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    Price: 16900.00 USD

  • Voyages du Chevalier Chardin, en Perse, et autres lieux de l’Orient,...

    CHARDIN (Jean). [Le meilleur exposé jamais publié sur la Perse et les peuples islamiques. Provenance prestigieuse : Château de Dampierre. Un très bel exemplaire ayant appartenu à Honoré d’Albert, 8e duc de Luynes]

    Bookseller: Librairie Hérodote
    FRANCE

    Voyages du Chevalier Chardin, en Perse, et autres lieux de l’Orient, enrichis d’un grand nombre de belles figures en taille-douce, représentant les Antiquités et les choses remarquables du pays. Nouvelle édition. Soigneusement conférée sur les trois éditions originales, augmentée d’une Notice de la Perse, depuis les temps les plus reculés jusqu’à ce jour, de Notes, etc. Par L. Langlès.
    Paris, Le Normant, Imprimeur-Libraire, 1811 - 10 vol. in-8° et un atlas in-folio [525 x 370 mm] ; XLVIII-1 vignette in-texte [C. Macret 1807]-2... More

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    Price: 9500.00 EUR

  • Renati Des Cartes Principiorum Philosophiæ Pars I, & II, More Geometrico...

    SPINOZA [Benedict].

    Bookseller: Athena Rare Books ABAA
    UNITED STATES

    Renati Des Cartes Principiorum Philosophiæ Pars I, & II, More Geometrico demonstratæ Accesserunt Ejusdem Cogitata Metaphysica.
    Johannem Riewerts, Amstelodami [Amsterdam] 1663 - TP + [i]-[vii] = Præfatio + [viii] = Ad Librum + [ix]-[xiv] = Index + 1-90 + [91] = half-title _... More

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    Price: 12500.00 USD

  • 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

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  • A Book on Discovery Rediscovered

    A Book on Discovery Rediscovered

    For immediate press release: Under circumstances not precisely known an utmost rarity has been discovered in a rather minor collection of miscellaneous books, novels and pamphlets by an antiquarian bookseller from Southern Germany.

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  • Rare Books in the Press: Darwin’s Personal Library Put Online

    Rare Books in the Press: Darwin’s Personal Library Put Online

    Charles Darwin’s personal scientific library comprised 1480 books, of which 730 contain research notes in their margin. This magnificent collection has now been digitised by the Cambridge University Library in cooperation with the Darwin Manuscripts Project at the American Museum of Natural History, the Natural History Museum, and the Biodiversity Heritage Library.

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  • I’ve got divorced - Elváltam

    I’ve got divorced - Elváltam

    Books are our companions, not only in an intellectual, not in a mere economical sense. We touch them, we admire their beauty, some of them are the one and only love of our rare book dealing lives. And then, there is the moment when we have to split up. The book is - sold.

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Happy birthday, Sir Francis Bacon

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Happy birthday, Sir Francis Bacon

    January 22nd is the birthday of English statesman, philosopher, writer Sir Francis Bacon (1561), whose writings are said to have had great influence on modern science, law and society. There is also a school of thought that credits him with some or all of the works of William Shakespeare, though that idea has largely been discredited. In any case, what is known is that Bacon was, for a time at least, an influential thinker and politician during the reigns of Elizabeth I and James I, something of a feat in itself, given that the two courts were not on the best of terms with each other. He enjoyed the favor of Queen Elizabeth I, whom he had met while he was a student at Cambridge. The queen seems to have admired his brilliant young mind. Later, he served the queen as prosecutor of his former friend, Robert Devereau, who was convicted of treason and beheaded. Bacon then wrote an account of the whole affair for Elizabeth, which was published after heavy editing from Elizabeth and her advisors.

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  • Some Thoughts on the Antiquarian Book Trade

    Some Thoughts on the Antiquarian Book Trade

    "At first glance the rare book trade is often believed to be solid, but complacent, backward and immune to changes. However, the world of antiquarian bookselling changes as rapidly as the fashion industry, and the tastes of book collectors change as quickly as the tastes for movies, plants or pets." Dieter Tausch, President of the Austrian Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (VAO), shares with us some thoughts on the past and the future of the antiquarian book trade.

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  • How James Boswell Revolutionized Copyright Law

    How James Boswell Revolutionized Copyright Law

    Born on October 29, 1740 James Boswell is best remembered for his momentous Life of Johnson. Often regarded as the most important biography written in the English language, Boswell's masterpiece is certainly an incredible contribution to the world of literature and books. But during his own lifetime, Boswell was much better known for another contribution: his role in the establishment of new copyright law for the United Kingdom.

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