I was deeply saddened to learn that Mitsuo Nitta, President of Honor of the ABAJ, Member of Honor of ILAB, CEO at Yushodo Ltd., former Chair of the ILAB-Breslauer Prize for Bibliography, legendary bookseller and friend to so many of us, has passed away on October 27 of 2015. Mitsuo Nitta played a leading role in developing antiquarian bookselling not only in Japan but also in the surrounding countries like Korea and China, and he had been teacher and friend for generations of younger booksellers. His role in spreading out ILAB’s device “Amor Librorum nos unit” in East-Asia cannot be underestimated. Since my first meeting with Mitsuo Nitta back in 1988 during the Congress in Paris, we had been in constant contact, and I will always remember countless discussions about ILAB with him, the last one – alas - only earlier this year in Tokyo.


Norbert Donhofer, President of ILAB 


The 42nd ILAB Congress and 26th ILAB International Antiquarian Book Fair will be organized by the Hungarian Antiquarian Booksellers' Association. More information coming soon. See the video on YouTube and learn more about the Congress Programme.


This video is a record of an extraordinary series of events – which were really one big event. Speed dating for booklovers: On 23 April 2015 ILAB booksellers brought the books to the people at the most unexpected places, in schools, at train stations, restaurants, pubs, schools, museums, libraries, woolsheds, business clubs, in the streets, on boats, on skyscrapers. For 24 hours they were part of a great chain of books spanning across the world.

Help us make the 2016 ILAB Pop Up celebrations even bigger!


See the pictures - Read the speech of ILAB President Norbert Donhofer.


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 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.


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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  • Kensington Christmas Book Fair

    12 Dec 2015

    Kensington Christmas Book Fair

    Christmas comes early this year for book lovers! When almost 100 leading booksellers from Britain and around the world descend on the capital, there is sure to be a buzz of anticipation....

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    55th Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair (VDA)

    29 Jan 2016 - 31 Jan 2016

    55th Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair (VDA)

    The first event of the bibliophile year: For 55 years the Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair attracts dealers and collectors from all over the world to the elegant "Kunstverein" in the heart of...

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  • Photograph Album of Anticosti Island

    Menier, Henri

    Bookseller: Aquila Books(Cameron Treleaven) ABAC

    Photograph Album of Anticosti Island
    Unknown - 1905. () Near fine. Oblong Folio in gilt stamped full leather, silk moire endpapers, all edges gilt with 29 photographs approximately... More

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    Price: 13750.00 USD

  • Furtwängler: collection of 12 items [SIGNED]

    Furtwängler, Wilhelm


    Furtwängler: collection of 12 items [SIGNED]
    NP, Germany 1951 - A collection of twelve items concerning the important German symphony conductor: one large format photograph with personal... More

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    Price: 15000.00 USD

  • Zur Theorie des Gesetzes der Energieverteilung im Normalspectrum. The...

    PLANCK, Max.

    Bookseller: SOPHIA RARE BOOKS

    Zur Theorie des Gesetzes der Energieverteilung im Normalspectrum. The beginning of quantum theory
    Johann Ambrosius Barth, Leipzig 1900 - Rare first printing, and a very fine copy, of the founding document of quantum theory, "marking the dividing... More

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    Price: 16500.00 USD

  • Les soirées de Médan avec les portraits des six auteurs : eaux-fortes de...

    ZOLA (Émile), MAUPASSANT (Guy, de), HUYSMANS (Joris-Karl), CÉARD (Henry), HENNIQUE (Léon), ALEXIS (Paul)

    Bookseller: Librairie Faustroll

    Les soirées de Médan avec les portraits des six auteurs : eaux-fortes de Desmoulin, et 6 compositions de Jeanniot, gravées par Muller.
    Paris, Charpentier Éditeur 1890 - Livre d'occasion In-8, demi-chagrin brun, dos à nerfs, titre doré, tête dorée, couvertures en peau de vélin... More

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    Price: 15000.00 EUR

All ArticlesRare Books - Articles

  • Searching for New Sources in Western History

    Searching for New Sources in Western History

    All historians must be concerned with their sources. In many instances these are easily accessible, far more so today than in the past, in the relative convenience of professionally run university libraries, historical societies or museums. Since World War II academic institutions in the United States have enjoyed an extraordinary growth in their collections of the raw materials of American history, coupled with technological advances which have made it vastly easier to catalogue, locate and reach the original documents within the protective web of institutional control. It has never been easier to reach the books and manuscripts that are the bases of historical research.

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  • The Big Day Stay

    The Big Day Stay

    It has always been my intention, since I began writing this column for Rare Book Review, to alternate chatty and anecdotal essays on bookish topics, with magisterial, carefully researched articles replete with detailed and incisive commentary on topics of immediate and vital interest to the rare book world. Thus after my self-indulgent and rambling article on poetry in the last issue, I was scheduled to reveal several exciting discoveries that would significantly forward the art and science of bibliography. And with that intention did I gather my copious research materials, as Heidi and I left for the weekend to our tiny cottage retreat by the shore in Cape May Point.

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  • Confessions of a Vintage Shoe Fetishist

    "Keep your Manola Blaniks, Giuseppi Zanottis, your Dolce & Gabbanas. When I need to snuggle up and spoon I go for vintage, old-fashioned ladies' shoes. It's like collecting rare books: Modern Lit. or Antiquarian? I prefer a shoe that's been around the block, is experienced and has character. They don't make 'em like they used to. As far as I'm concerned, they stopped making shoes when Chronos hit the twentieth century." Go shopping with Stephen J. Gertz and Booktryst!

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  • Other People's Books - Book Lovers Fear Dim Future for Notes in the Margins

    Other People's Books - Book Lovers Fear Dim Future for Notes in the Margins

    Annotations are invaluable for literary research and for book collectors. The comments written  by authors, scientists, scholars or other "important" people alongside the text passages tell a very special story of a book. What did people think about it? Was it highly esteemed or condemned? Who read it? Why? Who possessed the book? What did, for example, Mark Twain read? What Samual Taylor Coleridge? Jane Austen? John Maynard Keynes? René Descartes? The advantage of a printed book is that these annotations have been preserved through the centuries. "Other People's Books" is a symposium held by The Caxton Club, and a new publication distributed by Oak Knoll. Snippets from an article by Dirk Johnson.

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  • Karl Hartung died in Munich (Germany), aged 98

    Karl Hartung died in Munich (Germany), aged 98

    On Friday, 26th October 2012, Karl Hartung died peacefully at the age of 98. He was the oldest member of the German Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (VDA), and he was the ideal and guide for generations of younger colleagues. In many ways Karl Hartung was one of the most distinguished personalities of our profession and one of the oldest active professional booksellers in the world. Until the end, he was not only mentally alert, but funny, charming and almost omniscient.

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  • 11th Australasian Rare Books Summer School

    11th Australasian Rare Books Summer School

    The State Library of NSW is delighted to host the 11th Australasian Rare Books Summer School. From 1 – 5 February 2016 three intensive five-day courses and a two-day short course will be presented by leading experts. The courses cover a wide variety of the history and study of rare books and manuscripts and give a thorough insight into the rare book business, both for newcomers and old-timers. Have a look at the schedule:

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