NEW ILAB WEBSITE 2018 - NO UPDATES AFTER 15 DEC 

NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: We would like to inform our readers and affiliates that this website will soon be updated and migrated to a new provider. A new ILAB website will be launched in January 2018. 

Neither ILAB or our affiliates will be able to upload or edit copy, catalogues or any other information after 15 Dec. 

We apologize for the inconvenience but we will soon launch a new site that is easy to read on smartphones and tablets, with added features and an updated design. Guidelines on uploading to the new site will be available when the site is launched. 

We'll keep you posted!

The 2018 congress is now fully booked, four months prior to the event!

>> LINK TO CONGRESS PROGRAM

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

All information here. 

Modena, Italy, October 2017: Jury Meeting for the  
17th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography 2018

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

The jury, consisting of three rare booksellers and three senior librarians, met in October 2017 in Modena in Italy to assess the over 50 submissions of outstanding bibliographies. More info. 

Impressions from the Presidents' Meeting in Copenhagen, September 2017

Presidents from our 22 affiliated national associations gathered on Monday, 25th September 2017 in Copenhagen. This annual meeting is a unique opportunity for the international rare book trade to present the work of each national association, to network and to learn. 

Amor Librorum Nos Unit. 

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Book FairsRare Books - Next Fairs

  • Book and Paper Row

    13 Jan 2018 - 14 Jan 2018

    Book and Paper Row

    A popular section of the Boston Antiques and Design Show devoted to rare and vintage books and ephemera.

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  • Salone della Cultura, Milan

    20 Jan 2018 - 21 Jan 2018

    Salone della Cultura, Milan

    The first  Salone de la Cultura was held in January 2017 in Milan with further salons throughout the year, attracting over 35,000 visitors to each event, an exceptional result!...

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BooksellersAntiquarian Booksellers

  • Savoy Books

    Savoy Books

    Lanesboro - UNITED STATES

    Specialties: Agriculture, Ephemera, Gardening, Literature, Old and rare books, Pamphlets

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Rare Book Gallery

  • THE BAUR COLLECTION: CHINESE CERAMICS COMPLETE SET VOLS. 1-4EACH VOLUME IS A...

    AYERS, John.

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

    THE BAUR COLLECTION: CHINESE CERAMICS COMPLETE SET VOLS. 1-4EACH VOLUME IS A LIMITED & NUMBERED EDITION OF 1000 COPIES.
    A MAJOR SET WITH STUNNING CHROMO-LITHOGRAPHIC PLATES Geneva 1968- - 1974, Baur. Brown cloth, very good, 176 color,858 b.w. photo plates, 4 volume... More

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    Price: 11289.00 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

  • Voyage d'exploration à la mer Morte, à Petra et sur la rive gauche du...

    Luynes, Honoré d'Albert de.

    Bookseller: Antiquariat INLIBRIS Gilhofer Nfg. GmbH
    AUSTRIA

    Voyage d'exploration à la mer Morte, à Petra et sur la rive gauche du Jourdain. Oeuvre posthume.
    Paris, Arthus Bertrand, [1874]. - 3 vols. and 1 vol of plates. (2), II ff., 388 pp. (6), 222, (6) pp. (4), VI, 326 pp. With 14 lithogr. plates (4... More

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    Price: 38000.00 EUR

  • 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

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  • “A literary survivor from Britain’s dark ages” - The British Library acquires St Cuthbert Gospel

    “A literary survivor from Britain’s dark ages” - The British Library acquires St Cuthbert Gospel

    The British Library announces a most spectacular new acquisition: The Library has bought the St Cuthbert Gospel, which is known as the oldest European book to survive fully intact.

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  • ILAB Punks Out

    ILAB Punks Out

    Ever wonder what rare booksellers do after a book fair? If you guessed “almost anything” you’d probably be correct. But one particular past-time that rare booksellers pursue is music. Many ILAB members are musicians, both professional and otherwise. This year, after the doors closed on the Friday of the New York Antiquarian Book Fair, several dozen rare booksellers reconvened in a subterranean cavern at New York City’s Lit Lounge to take in a performance by Dear Althea, a nearly all-girl punk band, featuring lead singer and guitarist Ashley Wildes, whose daytime alter-ego is that of a mild-mannered cataloguer at Between the Covers Rare Books.

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - The Six Hoaxes of Edgar Allan Poe

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - The Six Hoaxes of Edgar Allan Poe

    The origins of April Fools’ Day are unclear. Some experts suggest that when the French shifted the New Year to January to correspond with the Roman calendar, rural residents still kept celebrating with the beginning of spring, which often fell around the start of April. They came to be known as “April fools.” This theory, however, doesn’t take into account that the new year would have been celebrated around Easter–which isn’t associated with April first. It’s more probable that our April Fools traditions grew from age-old pagan celebrations of spring, which included adopting disguises and playing pranks on one another. But some pranksters simply aren’t satisfied to confine their exploits to a single day. One of these was Edgar Allan Poe, who was unabashedly fond of hoaxes. He approvingly called his time the “epoch of the hoax.” During his lifetime Poe would attempt a total of six different hoaxes. Most modern anthologies fail to acknowledge that these stories were originally published as non-fiction.

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  • Book Collecting Basics - How to Identify First Editions by Grosset & Dunlap

    Book Collecting Basics - How to Identify First Editions by Grosset & Dunlap

    Although publishers Grosset & Dunlap focused primarily on reprints, they did produce first editions. For book collectors, first edition identification is a vital skill. More often than not, conventions for distinguishing first editions vary from publishing house to publishing house. Take a moment to learn more about the history of Grosset & Dunlap and find out how to identify their first editions.

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  • Collecting - Picaresque Authors from Cervantes to Bellow

    Collecting - Picaresque Authors from Cervantes to Bellow

    "Picaresque" derives from the Spanish word "picaresca," which comes from "picaro" ("rogue" or "rascal"). Usually satirical, a picaresque novel follows the exploits of a hero, usually low born, who must survive by his wits as he travels about on various (usually unlooked-for) adventures. The roots of the genre can be traced all the way back to Rome, with works like Petronius' Satyricon and Apuleius' The Golden Ass. Although influential writers like Chaucer and Boccaccio certainly included elements of the picaresque in their writing, the first modern picaresque novel is Lazarillo de Tormes. It was published anonymously in Spain and Antwerp in 1554. Cervantes undoubtedly popularized the genre, which blossomed in the next two centuries all over Europe. Sterling examples Voltaire's hilarious Candide and Henry Fielding's The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling. Here's a look at other great authors who have contributed to the genre of the picaresque.

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  • Cover Stories - Blanche McManus Mansfield

    Cover Stories - Blanche McManus Mansfield

    One of the most interesting, prolific, and mysterious book cover artists of this period was Blanche McManus (B. McM.). After her marriage in 1898 she added Mansfield and started using the monogram B.M.M.  You may have seen her cover for The King's Highway by Amelia Barr (Dodd, Mead, 1897) in the post here March 26th.

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