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. 

Writers, publishers, librarians, journalists, scholars, antiquarian booksellers, book collectors and all who are interested in bibliography and the history of the book are invited to submit books to the 17th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography. 

View the most recent submissions here.  


ILAB has recently launched the ILAB International Mentoring Programme. This programme aims to help young or recently launched booksellers throughout the world by offering support and counsel on a one to one basis.
Please go to the new ILAB EDUCATION page for more info!



At the Ordinary General Meeting on 20th September 2016 in Budapest the presidents of ILAB’s 22 national member associations voted for Gonzalo Fernandez Pontes (Spain) as new ILAB President. He succeeds Norbert Donhofer (Austria) who served as President from 2014 to 2016; and he will be supported by ILAB Vice‐President Sally Burdon (Australia). > Press release



ILAB  is deeply saddened to inform its affiliates that Bob Fleck passed away on the 22nd September, following a short but very aggressive illness. Our thoughts and prayers accompany his family, and in particular his beloved wife Millie and his son Rob. Read the full obituary here


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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  • International Antiquarian Book Fair of Flanders

    09 Dec 2016 - 11 Dec 2016

    International Antiquarian Book Fair of Flanders

    The International Antiquarian Book Fair of Flanders welcomes over 40 exhibitors, running from 9 - 11 December 2016 in Mechelen, Belgium.

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  • 31st Antiquaria Ludwigsburg

    26 Jan 2017 - 28 Jan 2017

    31st Antiquaria Ludwigsburg

    The 31st Antiquaria Ludwigsburg will start one day before the Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair and can be reached within 10 minutes from Stuttgart. Over 50 exhibitors offer beautiful and...

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  • 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

  • Harvard Class of 1870 Photographic Yearbook

    Harvard University) [Warren, George Kendall, photographer]

    Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller, ABAA

    Harvard Class of 1870 Photographic Yearbook
    Harvard University, [Cambridge 1870 - Harvard's First Black Graduate, One of the "Talented Tenth" Of particular interest is the portrait of Richard... More

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    Price: 12500.00 USD

  • Modern Masters of Photography Japan (Limited Edition Portfolio of 12 Signed...

    Masahisa Fukase, Eikoh Hosoe, Yasuhiro Ishimoto, Kikuji Kawada, Daido Moriyama, Shigeichi Nagano, Tadayuki Naito, Tokihiro Sato, Toshio Shibata, Issei Suda, Yoshihiko Ueda, and Hiroshi Yamazaki

    Bookseller: Franklin Books, ABAA/ILAB

    Modern Masters of Photography Japan (Limited Edition Portfolio of 12 Signed and Numbered Prints)
    Asia Initiative, Tokyo 2005 - This is a very rare limited edition portfolio of signed and numbered prints by 12 of Japan's most important modern... More

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    Price: 7985.00 USD

  • NRL Report 4489. Rocket research report no. XVIII. Photography from the...

    Baumann, R. C. and L. Winkler

    Bookseller: Jeremy Norman's historyofscience

    NRL Report 4489. Rocket research report no. XVIII. Photography from the Viking 11 rocket at altitudes ranging up to 158 miles. Manuscript and printed versions
    NRL, Washington DC 1955 - Spectacular Images of the Earth from the Threshold of Outer Space Baumann, R. C. and L. Winkler. (1) Photography from the... More

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    Price: 15000.00 USD

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  • Selling Civilization

    Selling Civilization

    It isn’t easy being a bookseller these days. We are being assaulted from every side, by what seems to be progress, or at least that’s what people call it. A few years ago I referred in print to the current explosion of instant world-wide communication technology as the Electronic revolution, comparing it to the Industrial revolution of the 19th century. I continued by pointing out that just as people living in the midst of that industrial explosion of mass manufacturing could hardly have foreseen the long-term effects of that major cataclysm ...

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  • The First Folio Thief found dead in his cell

    Raymond Scott was sentenced to eight years in prison, because he had stolen a first folio edition of William Shakespeare’s works from Durham University in 1998. On Wednesday he was found dead in his cell in Northumberland prison.

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  • Rare Books in the Press - Robert the Bruce Letter Found at British Library

    Rare Books in the Press - Robert the Bruce Letter Found at British Library

    “A previously unknown letter of Robert the Bruce, addressed to the king of England, has been found in a British Library manuscript. The letter was written in 1310, and reveals how, when faced with an English army marching into Scotland, Robert made an eloquent appeal to King Edward II, asking for peace on the understanding that Scottish independence be recognized. Robert's letter, written in Latin, is entered into the pages of a manuscript made towards the end of the 15th century by the monks of Kirkstall Abbey (Yorkshire). Its significance was recognised by Professor Dauvit Broun of the University of Glasgow, the principal investigator of the Breaking of Britain project (Cross-border society and Scottish independence, 1216-1314) ...”

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  • What do you see? Frontispieces of Margaret Cavendish – A Lecture by Maureen E. Mulvihill

    What do you see? Frontispieces of Margaret Cavendish – A Lecture by Maureen E. Mulvihill

    Students of 17th century women writers, art history, and book culture will be interested in Maureen E. Mulvihill’s observations on the articulate frontispiece portraits of Margaret (Cavendish), Duchess of Newcastle, published in her remarkable corpus of work. With digital images, a table display of rare books (Mulvihill Collection), and a distributed bibliography, Maureen E. Mulvihill (Princeton Research Forum, Princeton NJ) will engage with these visual constructions as physical artifacts of 17th century book design and as ‘text’ to be read and parsed on the writer’s character and identity. Keynote speaker Maureen E. Mulvihill is a broadly published specialist on women writers, rare books, the London & Dublin book trade, and the intersection of literary text and the visual arts. She also has published on Rubens, Van Dyck, the Elzeviers, printers’ marks, watermarks, woodcuts, and the Stuart legacy of Veronese. She studied at Wisconsin, the Yale Center for British Art, the Columbia University Rare Book School, and, as an NEH Fellow, Johns Hopkins University. Since the 1980s, she has been a visiting professor and speaker on many campuses. She is at work on Irishwomen’s political writings and response c1603-1801.

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  • Banned Books Week - ‘All that Hell could vomit forth’

    Banned Books Week - ‘All that Hell could vomit forth’

    This week is Banned Books Week.  I’ve written about banned books before: the infamous Protocols of the Elders of Zion, in the Weimar Republic, in the Soviet Union.  Here’s something a little earlier: the libellous Philippiques of François-Joseph de Lagrange-Chancel (1677–1758).  These virulent satires against the Regent, the duc d’Orléans, enjoyed a huge popularity in manuscript throughout the eighteenth century, as the varied examples here show.  ‘In spite of its imperfections and crying injustice, it is the monument of satire in France’ (Nouvelle biographie générale).

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  • In the Press - Breakthrough over 600-year-old mystery manuscript

    A breakthrough has been made in attempts to decipher a mysterious 600-year-old manuscript written in an unknown language: The Voynich Manuscript, carbon-dated to the 1400s, was rediscovered in 1912, when the antiquarian bookseller Wilfrid Voynich bought it in Italy as part of a rare book collection. Since then it has defied codebreakers and scientists. Read the full article on BBC News.

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