WHEN? April 23, 2015  WHERE? All around the World!


In woolsheds, on central stations, on a boat, in museums, libraries, streets, cocktail clubs and brew pubs - and anywhere else where you decide to be a part of it!

SYDNEY: Shakespeare's First Folio Lends Drama to the first ILAB Pop Up Bookfair

CAPE TOWN: Charity Auction to Support Literacy in South Sudan

MILAN / LUCCA: The Italian booksellers will launch ILAB's worldwide initiative on the first day of the Milan Antiquarian Book Fair. From then on people will have the possibility to donate money to UNESCO via, until 23 April 2015, when ALAI joins the worldwide series of more than 20 ILAB Pop Up Fairs within 24 hours with two exciting Pop Ups in Lucca and Milan.

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

NEWCASTLE, CHICAGO, WASHINGTON, SEATTLE, NEW YORK: Meet the American dealers all across the United States!

PORTLAND: Bridge City, Beer City, BOOK City – A Brew Pub in Portland, Oregon, Hosts the Final ILAB Pop Up Fair

For 24 hours these and all other worldwide events will be followed up with pictures and reports in the media and on the ILAB 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. Starting the day in Australia, ILAB Pop Up Fairs will open one after another from Australia to Asia to South Africa to Europe to the United States.

BOOKS CHANGE LIVES! Make a donation to help buying books for schools in South Sudan!

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  • [Photographs]: Four Helmut Newton Photographs

    NEWTON, Helmut as Helmut Neustaedter

    Bookseller: Between The Covers

    [Photographs]: Four Helmut Newton Photographs
    1936 [and circa 1970s]. An archive of four self-portrait photographs of Helmut Newton, all shot by Newton with a timer. Two are vintage prints,... More

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    Price: 7500.00 USD

  • H.P. Lovecraft Collection


    Bookseller: Between The Covers

    H.P. Lovecraft Collection
    A remarkable collection of 244 H.P. Lovecraft items with over 200 rare amateur press appearances dating as early as 1914; nine important pulp... More

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    Price: 65000.00 USD

  • Killer Queen.

    QUEEN [MAY, Brian, TAYLOR, Roger, ROCK, Mick]

    Bookseller: Adrian Harrington

    Killer Queen.
    UK: Genesis Publications. 2003. LIMITED COLLECTOR EDITION. No. 1184 of 2500 copies, SIGNED by guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and... More

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    Price: 495.00 GBP

  • La deuxi

    Le Corbusier [Charles-Édouard Jeanneret]

    Bookseller: Patrik Andersson Antikvariat

    La deuxi
    [Basel], 1959. 25x40

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    Price: 40000.00 SEK

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  • Volland Publishers - The History and the Books

    Volland Publishers - The History and the Books

    Through Volland's vision of publishing high quality, mass produced books, his books for children proved to be amongst the most successful. Although he had limited funds in the beginning, Volland was still able to employ the skills of such noted children's book authors as Elizabeth Gordon, Elizabeth Brown Kirkland, Olive Beaupre Miller, and Miriam Clark Potter. His roster of illustrators included Johnny Gruelle, Tony Sarg, Holling C. Holling, M.T. Ross, John Rae (of Howard Pyle's Brandywine School), John Gee, and Maginel Wright Enright, the sister of architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

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  • Antiquarian Books Do Have a Future! - An Interview with Alain Marchiset

    Antiquarian Books Do Have a Future! - An Interview with Alain Marchiset

    Our trade has known in recent years very deep changes. We are hearing more and more often of the e-book, and it is not difficult to understand that in a few years the paper book will no longer be the cultural reference. I had also anticipated that fact in 2002 in another article “What future for rare books”, in which I explained that rare and antiquarian books would probably be safe from the breakdown of the new book market, because rare books will remain collectibles. As I said then, “as the gap widens between books for consumer purposes and rare books, there will be greater  distinction between them, and that such books will acquire greater value for collection purposes ”. There will therefore always be demanding amateurs for fine leather bindings, beautifully illustrated books on fine paper, original manuscripts, etc… Can one really compare these beautiful artefacts to an e-book? Antiquarian books do have a future!

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions: It's Purely Academic at The Private Library

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions: It's Purely Academic at The Private Library

    Anyone who reads much so-called academic fiction may be forgiven for thinking that some of the folks teaching our sons and daughters are, for the most part, a bunch of narcissistic, neurotic misfits (Malcom Bradbury: The History Man; Elain Showalter: Faculty Towers).  Although the rise of this fictional genre began in earnest in the mid 1950s, its roots can be traced as far back as Anthony Trollope's 1857 novel of provincial Anglican preferment, Barchester Towers, and - more to the point - George Eliot's Middlemarch (1872).


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  • Bookriot presents: Libraries of the Rich and Famous

    Bookriot presents: Libraries of the Rich and Famous

    Bookriot shows the Libraries of the rich and famous. Have a glance at the book shelves of Karl Lagerfeld, Diane Keaton, Woody Allen, Keith Richards, William Randolph Hearst, Sting, Julia Child, Richard A. Macksey, Mark Badgley and James Mischka. The latter is “only” the library in the weekend house. Look at them all, and you will become envious.

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  • Book thefts and recovery: How the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers Use

    Book thefts and recovery: How the International League of Antiquarian   Booksellers Use

    An interesting article in the Art Crime Blog about ILAB's efforts to cope with book thefts and to catch book thieves as quickly as possible. A. M. C. Knutsson describes the Stolen Book Database of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers and its worldwide influence.

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  • Favorite Christmas Books by Legendary Authors

    Favorite Christmas Books by Legendary Authors

    The holidays are fast approaching, and the spirit of the season can be seen everywhere! This time of year, we often turn to favorite books like Clement Clarke Moore's beloved The Night Before Christmas or Hilary Knight's whimsical Christmas Nutshell Library. If you collect Christmas books or books by legendary authors, you may also want to add these tomes to your personal library. Though relatively unknown, these three books delightfully capture the Christmas spirit with all the style and panache one would expect from Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, or JRR Tolkien.

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