Register now for the 43rd ILAB Congress & Book Fair
See you in L.A. from  3 - 11 February 2018!

Hosted and organised by the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America, ABAA, the 43rd ILAB Congress will take place from 3 -11 Feb 2018 in L.A., Pasadena. 

Registrations are now open to participate in the congress!

ILAB Congresses and Book Fairs are held every two years in another country. They are cultural and social events that lead the booksellers to cities worldwide, where they are shown the treasures of book printing and arts, with the possibility of networking in a relaxed atmosphere.  More info. 

NEXT INTERNATIONAL ILAB-AFFILIATED RARE BOOK FAIRS:
LONDON 1 -3 JUNE
BRUSSELS 22 - 24 JUNE  

The London International Antiquarian Book Fair, also widely known for its location as "Olympia" is one of the most important fairs worldwide, run by the Antiquarian Booksellers Association, ABA. It is the key rare book fair in the UK and anchor to Rare Book Week London, a rare book festival to be launched in May 2017. 

The Belgian Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association is inviting collectors and the book trade to visit the second edition of the Salon du Mont des Arts, the event for antiquarian book and print lovers in the heart of Brussels, with over 50 European exhibitors from 22 - 24 June 2017.

For more information about upcoming, ILAB affiliated fairs and related events, please go here.  

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Video of "Walking Tour of the Medieval Book Trade in Paris" with Christopher de Hamel and Sandra Hindman

Published since 15 May 2017

On April 8, 2017, Christopher de Hamel ("Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts") and ILAB bookseller Sandra Hindman of Les Enluminures led a "Walking Tour of the Medieval Book Trade in Paris". Setting off from Notre-Dame, the small group of participants had the opportunity to step into the Middle Ages and learn all about the life and practice of illuminators, scribes, printers and binders. Les Enluminures has just released a video with snippets from the guided tour. 

Link and full article here. 

 

NEW: ILAB Mentoring Programme
JOIN NOW!

Are you a young or recently established antiquarian bookseller?

ILAB has recently launched an International Mentoring Programme to help booksellers throughout the world by offering support and counselling on a one to one basis in the early days of a career. 

For all information and an updated list of mentors, please go here

Submissions for the 2018 ILAB Prize for Bibliography have now closed and can be viewed online! 

The 17th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography will be awarded in 2018 and is one of the most prestigious prizes in the field of bibliography.
Every fourth year ILAB detects and awards a particularly significant reference work within a selection of scholarly books about books published in the previous years. 

View submissions for the 2018 Prize here

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Book FairsRare Books - Next Fairs

  • Rare Books London 2017

    24 May 2017 - 11 Jun 2017

    Rare Books London 2017

    Rare Books London is a new initiative from the Antiquarian Booksellers Assocation in the UK.  The programme and more details about this exciting new venture, bringing together the...

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    60th London International Antiquarian Book Fair at Olympia (ABA)

    01 Jun 2017 - 03 Jun 2017

    60th London International Antiquarian Book Fair at Olympia (ABA)

    This major three-day event is one of the highlights in the world for book lovers and collectors – and centrepiece of London International Antiquarian Book Fair Week. At the Fair you can view,...

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Rare Book Gallery

  • Anjos Proibidos [WITH] Various Sets of Publisher's Proofs for the American...

    CABRAL, Fabio

    Bookseller: Between the Covers-Rare Books, Inc. ABAA
    UNITED STATES

    Anjos Proibidos [WITH] Various Sets of Publisher's Proofs for the American edition entitled: Anjos Proibidos: Forbidden Angels
    Itamarati Grafica e Editora, (Ipirangia, Sao Paulo, Brazil 1991 - First edition. Small oblong quarto. Very brief text in Portuguese. Twenty-four... More

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    Price: 15000.00 USD

  • Bar Harbor Mt. Desert Island Maine.

    MORRIS, G. W. / GEORGE H. WALKER & CO.

    Bookseller: Martayan Lan
    UNITED STATES

    Bar Harbor Mt. Desert Island Maine.
    Portland, ME 1886 - Two-stone lithograph. Few marginal mends; small duplicate stamp lower right margin; excellent to fine of this kind. A rare and... More

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    Price: 8500.00 USD

  • PHOTOGRAPHIC ALBUM OF THE GERMANS IN PEKING DURING THE BOXERREBELLION...

    GERMANS IN PEKING DURING THE BOXER REBELLION.

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

    PHOTOGRAPHIC ALBUM OF THE GERMANS IN PEKING DURING THE BOXERREBELLION 1900-1901. Erinnerungen an Unsere Expedition Nach China.
    ORIGINAL GERMAN PHOTOGRAPHIC ALBUM FROM THE BOXER REBELLIONChina n.d. ca. 1900- - 1901. 3/4 Gilt-stamped leather over buffcloth, very good, 25 x 29... More

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    Price: 16790.00 USD

  • AMERICAN ARMY IN CHINA: Tientsin, Peking, Shanghai, Hankow, Hong Kong...

    AMERICAN ARMY IN CIVIL WAR CHINA PHOTOGRAPHIC ALBUM.

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

    AMERICAN ARMY IN CHINA: Tientsin, Peking, Shanghai, Hankow, Hong Kong &c., 1927-1928. An Album With 400 Black & White Photographs. [Photos of the Chinese Civil War: Communists vs. K.M.T.]
    STUNNING PHOTOGRAPHIC ALBUM OF AMERICAN DOUGH-BOYS IN CHINA [China n.d. ca. 1927- - 1928]. Brown simulated alligator clothcovers, 37 x 27.5 cm.,... More

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    Price: 19810.00 USD

All ArticlesRare Books - Articles

  • Incunabula Project Blog

    Incunabula Project Blog

    The Cambridge University Library is cataloguing its collection of 4,650 incunabula online for the first time. The collection, part of which goes back to the late 15th century, is internationally renowned and includes some 134 unique items.

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  • Books about Books: A History of Oak Knoll Press, Part 1: A Life-Changing Decision

    Books about Books: A History of Oak Knoll Press, Part 1: A Life-Changing Decision

    Thirty years ago I made the life-changing decision that I should try my hand in the world of publishing. Was I breaking new ground in the antiquarian bookselling business? Hardly!  Any of you who have read the history of bookselling know that the professions of bookseller and publisher have been intertwined for centuries with large out-of-print booksellers often having equally large publishing programs. This method of doing business has all but died out today. The following experiment in biography will tell you the story of how our company has tried to resurrect it.

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  • PRESS RELEASE - ILAB Joins The Protest Against Amazon’s Bid to Control Top-Level Domain Names

    PRESS RELEASE - ILAB Joins The Protest Against Amazon’s Bid to Control Top-Level Domain Names

    Today, the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers has joined the numerous other organizations, such as the Authors Guild or the American Association of Publishers, objecting to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN’s) plan to sell top-level domains to private companies.  Online retail giant Amazon has bid to be the exclusive custodian of .book, .author and .read domains.

    ILAB President Tom Congalton believes that placing such generic names in private hands is a threat to equal access to free markets and a threat to the nearly 2,000 small businesses that are affiliated to the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers.

    « We have to play by the same rules », Tom Congalton said. « There is no reason why Amazon should get the exclusive rights to suffixes such as book, author or read, which are generic names any bookseller throughout the world should be allowed to use. »

    The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers is a federation of 22 national associations of antiquarian booksellers representing nearly 2,000 booksellers in 34 countries on all continents. It was founded in 1947 and its main object is the co-ordination of all efforts and projects relating to the development and growth of the trade of antiquarian bookselling, thereby creating friendly relations between antiquarian booksellers throughout the world.  It also strives to uphold and improve professional standards in the trade, to promote honourable conduct in business, and to contribute in various ways to a broader appreciation of the history and art of the book.

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  • Highlights of the ANZAAB Sydney Rare Book Fair, 8-10 November 2013

    Highlights of the ANZAAB Sydney Rare Book Fair, 8-10 November 2013

    The ANZAAB Sydney Rare Book Fair will be held at The University of New South Wales in The Roundhouse. There will be a total of 23 exhibitors attending. Some of the highlights are:

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  • JOIN ILAB’S WORLD WIDE POP UP BOOK FAIRS ON UNESCO WORLD BOOK AND COPYRIGHT DAY, APRIL 23, 2015

    JOIN ILAB’S WORLD WIDE POP UP BOOK FAIRS ON UNESCO WORLD BOOK AND COPYRIGHT DAY, APRIL 23, 2015

    Let’s put the  R A R E  in the UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day! On April 23, 2015, ILAB booksellers will pop-up across the world! The UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day is celebrated all over the world with a series of amazing events promoting the essence of reading and the culture of the book. Next year, on April 23, 2015, this day will also be a special day for ILAB.  In cooperation with UNESCO a series of ILAB Pop Up Book Fairs will be held across the world. Starting the day in Australia, the fairs will open one after another from Australia to Asia to Europe to the United States. They will be located in any place where ILAB affiliates decide to join us in organizing this amazing event. For 24 hours the worldwide Pop Up Book Fairs will be followed up with pictures, videos and reports in the media and, of course, on the ILAB website.

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  • Storing and Shelving Books

    Storing and Shelving Books

    To those of us who plan to stay in this book business on-line this might be an article of worth. We know that 20,000 to 50,000 books can get out of hand where space is limited and locating a title can take more than five minutes. Some of us, if we are honest with ourselves, might take 30 minutes to locate a book, so a proper management and planning system should be set up at the beginning. As the time taken extends, the less efficient your business becomes, especially when you work alone ...

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