UNDER THE AUSPICES OF ILAB

The London International Antiquarian Book Fair, 28th to 30th May 2015: one of the highlights in the world for book lovers and collectors and centrepiece of the London Book Fair Week. From London to 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 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.

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.

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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  • Dylan In Woodstock.

    [DYLAN, Bob] Landy, Elliott

    Bookseller: Adrian Harrington
    UNITED KINGDOM

    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

  • The Royal Captives: A Fragment of a Secret History Copied from an Old...

    YEARSLEY, ANN.

    Bookseller: Brick Row Book Shop
    UNITED STATES

    The Royal Captives: A Fragment of a Secret History Copied from an Old Manuscript.
    Philadelphia: Printed for Robert Campbell, 1795 [vols 1 & 2]; Philadelphia: Published by Thomas Bradford, 1796 [vol. 3]. 3 vols in 2 , 12mo,... More

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    Price: 900.00 USD

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

    Bookseller: Between The Covers
    UNITED STATES

    [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

  • Serie "Innocent things" Porträtserie mit Objekten.

    Kuznetsova, Nadya,

    Bookseller: J.J. Heckenhauer e.K .
    GERMANY

    Serie "Innocent things" Porträtserie mit Objekten.
    St. Petersburg, 2007. Auflage 5 +1 . 70 x 50 cm, Silbergelatine-Abzug, Handabzug, Preis pro Motiv. Gut, Handabzug auf Barytpapier, manchmal wie bei... More

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    Price: 1580.00 EUR

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  • Petite histoire du livre à travers cinq siècles d’imprimerie

    Petite histoire du livre à travers cinq siècles d’imprimerie

    La première partie traitait du livre en tant qu’objet, résultat de procédés techniques de fabrication qui ont permis la mise au point de la forme (passage du rouleau au volume), du support (passage du papyrus au parchemin, puis au papier), enfin de l’impression, en blocs xylographiques d’abord, en caractères mobiles ensuite.

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  • Collecting Margaret Mitchell

    Collecting Margaret Mitchell

    Margaret Mitchell was the All-20th-Century-One-Book-Wonder, until Harper Lee wrested the title away from her in 1960. Mitchell lived another 13 years, Lee is at 45 and counting.

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  • Ten Reasons to Buy from an ILAB Dealer

    Ten Reasons to Buy from an ILAB Dealer

    With the advent of the Internet anyone with a computer and a few books can set up as a rare bookseller, and it's occasionally difficult to tell who is an expert, who is a casual hobbyist, and who is an Internet scammer. Here are a few simple reasons to buy from an ILAB bookseller:

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  • Nigel Beale’s Interview with Jan and Crispin Elsted on The Barbarian Press

    Nigel Beale’s Interview with Jan and Crispin Elsted on The Barbarian Press

    Writer, broadcaster and bibliophile Nigel Beale met Jan and Crispin Elsted in their home in British Columbia. The Elsted’s established Barbarian Press in 1977 in Kent, England. With three hand presses and many cases of type, the couple returned home to Canada in 1978 to set up shop in Mission about 50 miles east of Vancouver in the Fraser Valley.

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  • History of Printing in Austria - Druckfrisch. Der Innsbrucker Wagner-Verlag und der Buchdruck in Tirol

    History of Printing in Austria - Druckfrisch. Der Innsbrucker Wagner-Verlag und der Buchdruck in Tirol

    375 years ago Michael Wagner, a printer from Augsburg in Germany, founded a publishing house in Innsbruck, Austria, which is still existing today: Universitätsverlag Wagner. To celebrate the 375th anniversary of the publisher the Tyrolean State Museum Ferdinandeum has organized an impressive exhibition from 13th June to 26th October, 2014, accompanied by an attractive programme with lectures, concerts, guided tours, a children’s workshop, and a conference with leading Austrian and international scholars and scientists, among them ILAB Patron of Honour Murray G. Hall.

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  • The Real Friends of Rare Books – A comment on two excellent articles by Fabrizio Govi and Daniele Danesi

    The Real Friends of Rare Books – A comment on two excellent articles by Fabrizio Govi and Daniele Danesi

    On Sunday, November 9th, Il Sole 24 Ore devoted an entire page to recent problems in the Italian rare book trade, featuring two excellent articles by Daniele Danesi and Fabrizio Govi. These articles moved me to speak a few words prior to the Bloomsbury Rome auction of November 12, with its books “released from confiscation” ("dissequestrati"). Had he not been abroad, I am certain that Fabrizio, who succeeded me as president of the ALAI in 2010, would have done exactly the same. I recognize that in this time of severe economic crisis and in the aftermath of the “Girolamini Affair” and related criminal activities, Fabrizio has demonstrated outstanding leadership in speaking out on behalf of ALAI members, and defending them against irresponsible allegations and harassment by Italian authorities.

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