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. 

Apply for a scholarship to attend the congress!

The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America's Elisabeth Woodburn Fund is proud to give the opportunity to THREE YOUNG ANTIQUARIANS to participate in the 43rd ILAB Congress! Apply via your national association by the 31st July! >> More info

Why ILAB Congresses are an ideal place to meet, learn and network - by Sabine Keune & Keith Fletcher 

Sabine Keune of Antiquariat Keune (Germany) and Keith Fletcher (UK) reminisce over past congresses and urge their colleagues to use this unique opportunity to build valuable connections and broaden the horizon. 

Now is the time for the revival of the ILAB Congress - A veteran's ramblings by Keith Fletcher 

Cologne was my first one - by Sabine Keune 


Leading Australian and international antiquarian booksellers bring a rich and diverse array of books to the Melbourne Rare Book Fair each year. The fair is presented by the Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (ANZAAB) as part of Melbourne Rare Book Week and runs from 7 - 9 July 2017. 

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

ILAB Library - All You Need To Know About Rare Books and the Antiquarian Book Trade

Adam Weinberger Booksellers and an INSTAGRAM ONLY CATALOGUE

Published since 19 June 2017

Adam Weinberger (ABAA) of Adam Weinberger Rare Books, New York recently announced his first INSTAGRAM-ONLY Catalogue. Promoting via Instagram, this seems to work. But selling via Instagram? In the article, Adam explains why he sees Instagram as an interesting platform for our business and shares some tips on how to put up a catalogue.

Read the full article here. 

NEW: ILAB Mentoring Programme

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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CataloguesBook Catalogues

Book FairsRare Books - Next Fairs

  • Masterpiece London

    29 Jun 2017 - 05 Jul 2017

    Masterpiece London

    Masterpiece London, one of the world's leading antiques fairs now running in its 7th year in London, welcomes a number of international antiquarian booksellers and map dealers amongst its...

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  • Bristol Book Fair 2017

    30 Jun 2017 - 01 Jul 2017

    Bristol Book Fair 2017

    The organisers moved the premier West Country fair from Bath to Bristol in 2015 and have just released the dates for 2017. The fair offers thousands of second-hand and antiquarian books all...

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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

    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

  • Street Incidents

    THOMSON, John; Thomson, John; SMITH, Adolphe

    Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books

    Street Incidents
    1881 - THOMSON, John.Street Incidents.London: Sampson, Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1881.First abridged edition of the "first concerted... More

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    Price: 17500.00 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

  • Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus.


    Bookseller: Athena Rare Books ABAA

    Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus.
    Kegan Paul Trench Trubner & Co., London 1922 - Half title + TP + [5] = Note page + 7-189 + 1 blank leaf + 1-10 = Advertisements, Octavo. First... More

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    Price: 12000.00 USD

All ArticlesRare Books - Articles

  • "Current Challenges to Fine Printing and Book Design"

    "Current Challenges to Fine Printing and Book Design"

    A text is a text, not a book. With Kindles and iPhones proliferating with Comic Sans, what do practitioners of fine book-making see as the great challenges to making beautiful books in the 21st century?

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  • Books about Books: A History of Oak Knoll Press, Part 17: Expanding yet again!

    Books about Books: A History of Oak Knoll Press, Part 17: Expanding yet again!

    The always present problem of lack of space reared its ugly head yet again in 2001 - we had run out of room in spite of our expanded 5000 square foot third floor lease. This is such a sickness with booksellers. They can never be happy with the space they have and must keep expanding. John published 21 titles in 2001, and we had bought a large antiquarian collection, so space was at a premium.

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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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  • Book Thefts from the Girolamini Library - Press Articles

    Book Thefts from the Girolamini Library - Press Articles

    In April 2012 it was announced that 1500 books were missing from one of the richest and oldest libraries in Italy: the Girolamini Library in Naples. Shortly afterwards the library’s director Marino Massimo de Caro was suspended, then arrested and accused of embezzlement along with four accomplices from Argentina and Ukraine. A number of stolen items from the library were confiscated in Munich, London, New York and Tokyo, but most of the books are still missing. It is not even known right now how many books were actually stolen. ILAB President Arnoud Gerits advises all booksellers to check their purchases of Italian books from the 15th to the 17th centuries if these volumes were purchased  in the time period between January to May of 2012. Nearly every day, more and more news and background information become public. The book theft in the Girolamini Library turns out to be one of the most spectacular ever.  Snippets from some of the most interesting press articles and YouTube clips.

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  • 12 Top Booksellers Pop Up at Historic Middle Temple, London

    12 Top Booksellers Pop Up at Historic Middle Temple, London

    The area around St Paul's is a traditional literary haunt. Indeed it has been so for centuries, making it a most logical – as well as most attractive place - for an ILAB Pop Up Book Fair on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day 2015. Middle Temple itself was built between 1562 and 1573 and remains virtually unchanged to this day. The library which holds over 250,000 books, journals and law reports will certainly be the perfect venue for this special kind of speed dating for book lovers, organized by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (ABA). The ten exhibitors, who will offer books for sale on 23 April 2015 are a high-flying bunch, several of whom are fresh from the New York Antiquarian Book Fair, and even from TEFAF Maastricht.

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  • The Cinderella of the Arts: A Short History of Sangorski & Sutcliffe

    The Cinderella of the Arts: A Short History of Sangorski & Sutcliffe

    The Cinderella of the Arts, written by Rob Shepherd, charts the history of one of the most celebrated craft bookbinding workshops of the 20th century. Sangorski & Sutcliffe was founded in 1901 and within a few years the workshop had grown into the most important hand bindery of the Edwardian era.

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