ILAB CONGRESS & ILAB BOOK FAIR - BUDAPEST, 21 - 25 SEPTEMBER 2016

The 42nd ILAB Congress and 26th ILAB International Antiquarian Book Fair will be organized by the Hungarian Antiquarian Booksellers' Association.  See the video on YouTube, learn more about the Congress Programme and visit the official website.

GONZALO FERNANDÉZ PONTES - NEW PRESIDENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE OF ANTIQUARIAN BOOKSELLERS

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

BOB FLECK - BOOK OF CONDOLENCES

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.

> Please add your thoughts to our Book of Condolences

ILAB POP UP FAIRS ON UNESCO WORLD BOOK & COPYRIGHT DAY > ON THE BLOG

1,800 antiquarian booksellers, on 5 continents, in 16 countries, in 30 cities, in all languages bringing rare books to the people and fighting for a more literate world: this was ILAB on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day, 23 April 2016. Thank you to everybody across the world for being a part of it!

17th ILAB BRESLAUER PRIZE FOR BIBLIOGRAPHY  - SUBMIT BOOKS!

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.

ILAB INTERNSHIPS - OUT OF THE CLASSROOM, INTO THE WORLD

 
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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  • A PAPERMAKING PILGRIMAGE TO JAPAN, KOREA AND CHINA.

    HUNTER, Dard.

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

    A PAPERMAKING PILGRIMAGE TO JAPAN, KOREA AND CHINA.
    A MAJOR STUDY OF FAR EASTERN HANDMADE PAPERS WITH SAMPLES New York 1936, - Pynson. Half leather over boards, 148p., verygood, 50 tipped-in paper... More

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    Price: 8239.00 USD

  • Chemische Abhandlung von der Luft und dem Feuer. Nebst einem Vorbericht von...

    SCHEELE, Carl Wilhelm

    Bookseller: Martayan Lan
    UNITED STATES

    Chemische Abhandlung von der Luft und dem Feuer. Nebst einem Vorbericht von Torbern Bergman.
    Upsala & Leipzig Magn. Swederus. zu finden bey S.L. Crusius 1777. - 8vo, 3 ff., 16, 155, (1) pp. Engraved vignette on title & one folding... More

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    Price: 48000.00 USD

  • Photograph Album of Anticosti Island

    Menier, Henri

    Bookseller: Aquila Books(Cameron Treleaven) ABAC
    CANADA

    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

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

    Baumann, R. C. and L. Winkler

    Bookseller: Jeremy Norman's historyofscience
    UNITED STATES

    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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  • The Best Lack All Conviction. Part 1

    The Best Lack All Conviction. Part 1

    For some reason (and this is what I’m thinking about, not how people don’t understand me and I must run off and play some Smiths), people are happy, ecstatic even to buy a car, or a watch, or a vase or a pair of shoes for enough money to feed me for six months … but when they look at a book; they don’t see it. It doesn’t say “You want me. I’m your treasure.” It doesn’t make them not want to eat for six months so they can own it ... Apart from feeling like I’d failed slightly, as if I’d somehow let down my vocation by not being able to represent it properly (a recurring theme), it occurred to me that my world is an arrogant one in many respects. Rare book people can often be like teenagers in love, they’ll burn the world down for the objects of their desire. Which made me ask; why? Why are we like this?

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  • "AUTHENTICITY" - Symposium held at the Library of Congress (Rare Book and Special Collections Division) on 6th December 2013

    "AUTHENTICITY" - Symposium held at the Library of Congress (Rare Book and Special Collections Division) on 6th December 2013

    The Library of Congress announces a  symposium on “Authenticity”, a program that will look at one of the most difficult subjects facing libraries, private collectors, and booksellers today - judging the genuineness of printed materials.  The symposium will take place on 6th December 2013. It will not focus on theft or forgery, but rather on the research which curators, scholars, and conservators have been conducting regarding all elements of printing and book production.  The program will include specialists who are at the cutting edge of research on printing techniques, paper manufacture, binding construction, and typography.  They will include scholars, conservators, scientists, and booksellers who are dedicated to establishing methods for determining authenticity in the field of rare books, prints, and manuscripts.

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Three Men in a Boat encounter Russian pirates

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Three Men in a Boat encounter Russian pirates

    This year is the 125th anniversary of the first appearance of Three Men in a Boat, published by J. W. Arrowsmith in Bristol (who, three years later, was to bring out that other classic comic novel, George and Weedon Grossmith’s The Diary of a Nobody).  Although slated by some critics at the time, the book  sold in huge numbers, leading Arrowsmith to comment: ‘I pay Jerome so much in royalties, I cannot imagine what becomes of all the copies of that book I issue.  I often think the public must eat them.’  It has never been out of print since.

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  • Where Frank Lloyd Wright and Carl Sandburg had drinks – An ILAB Pop Up Fair at the Cliff Dwellers Club on top of Chicago!

    Where Frank Lloyd Wright and Carl Sandburg had drinks – An ILAB Pop Up Fair at the Cliff Dwellers Club on top of Chicago!

    "Sweet home Chicago" is worth visiting for many reasons: Chicago between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River is an international hub for finance, commerce, industry, technology, telecommunications, and transportation with O'Hare International Airport being the busiest airport in the world.

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - A 17-foot timeline

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - A 17-foot timeline

    This large, folding chromolithograph (it’s over 6.5m long) is  Adams’ Illustrated Panorama of History  (London & Paris, A. H. Walker, 1878).  First  published in 1871 under the title Synchronological Chart by the Oregon pioneer minister Sebastian C. Adams, and in various later editions under different titles, this was, for a timeline chart, ‘nineteenth-century America’s surpassing achievement in complexity and synthetic power.  Adams, who lived all of his early life at the very edge of U.S. territory, was a schoolteacher and one of the founders of the first Bible college in Oregon.  Born in Ohio in 1825 and educated in the early 1840s at the brand-new Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, at the heart of the American abolitionist movement, Adams was a voracious reader, a broad thinker, and an inveterate improver.  The Synchronological Chart is a great work of outsider thinking and a template for autodidact study; it attempts to rise above the station of a mere historical summary and to draw a picture of history rich enough to serve as a textbook in itself.

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Mysterious Waters

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Mysterious Waters

    We know of course that there are earlier fictions with claims to priority as tales of detection – stories in Chinese, in Arabic, Voltaire’s Memnon (1747 – better known as Zadig, ou, La Destinée), William Godwin’s Things As They Are, or, The Adventures of Caleb Williams (1794), the anonymous Richmond; or, Scenes in the Life of a Bow Street Officer (1827) and above all, of course, the three stories published in the USA by Edgar Allan Poe and featuring the amateur sleuth C. Auguste Dupin – The Murders in the Rue Morgue (1841), The Mystery of Marie Rogêt (1842) and The Purloined Letter (1844).  All honour to them, they make their own case, but deep in our English hearts we know there is only one proper sort of detective – the Man from the Yard – and it is only with these modest tales in Chambers that we reach the real thing – the first professional detective in English fiction.

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