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 Los Angeles, Pasadena. 

Registrations are now open to participate in the congress!

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Apply for a scholarship to attend the congress!

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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 

NEXT INTERNATIONAL ILAB-AFFILIATED
RARE BOOK FAIRS:
COPENHAGEN 28 - 30 SEPT
AMSTERDAM   30 SEPT - 1 OCT 

Following the ILAB President's Meeting in Copenhagen in September 2017, the Antiquarian Booksellers Assocaition of Denmark, Den Danske Antikvarboghandlerforening is inviting booksellers and collectors to participate and visit the 2017 Scandinavian Antiquarian Book Fair from 28 - 30 September. Once again, the fair will be held in the old Library Hall in the magnificent Round Tower right in the centre of Copenhagen.  

The Dutch Association of Antiquarian Bookdealers (NVvA) is pleased to announce the 37th Amsterdam International Antiquarian Book Fair to be held from 30 September -  1st October. The fair offers space to 40 ILAB affiliated booksellers and its new location, in the centre of Amsterdam is a stone’s throw away from the recently reopened Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum. 

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

Interview with Gert Jan Bestebreurtje - New President of NVvA (Netherlands) & the ILAB Congress 2020 

Published since 25 July 2017

In April 2017, Gert Jan Bestebreurtje was elected as new President of the Dutch Antiquarian Booksellers' Association NVvA. We spoke to Mr Bestebreurtje, his business, the book trade in the Netherlands, the Amsterdam fair and we herewith announce some very exciting news for 2020!

Read the full article here. 

NEW: ILAB Mentoring Programme
JOIN NOW!

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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  • Small Collection of Signed and Inscribed Books and Photographs

    CASTRO, Fidel

    Bookseller: Between the Covers-Rare Books, Inc. ABAA
    UNITED STATES

    Small Collection of Signed and Inscribed Books and Photographs
    1985 - A collection that includes three Signed and Inscribed books, two Inscribed photographs and an Autograph Note in English Signed. The books... More

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    Price: 18500.00 USD

  • THE HANDMADE PAPERS OF JAPAN., Foreword by Dard Hunter.

    Tindale, Thomas & Harriet R.

    Bookseller: Veatchs Arts of the Book, ABAA
    UNITED STATES

    THE HANDMADE PAPERS OF JAPAN., Foreword by Dard Hunter.
    Rutland & Tokyo, 1952. - 4 volumes plus envelope. 13 1/4 x 10/ 3/4. Japanese-style bindings of hand-stenciled wraps & boards. Volumes... More

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    Price: 11810.00 USD

  • Collection of 81 Installments of Presage

    Presage)

    Bookseller: Harper's Books
    UNITED STATES

    Collection of 81 Installments of Presage
    Liechtenstein / Paris / Switzerland: Egaserp Etablissements / Société d'Editions de Mode / Studio Galfetti - Fontana 1962-1978 - First Editions.... More

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    Price: 25000.00 USD

  • Renati Des Cartes Principiorum Philosophiæ Pars I, & II, More Geometrico...

    SPINOZA [Benedict].

    Bookseller: Athena Rare Books ABAA
    UNITED STATES

    Renati Des Cartes Principiorum Philosophiæ Pars I, & II, More Geometrico demonstratæ Accesserunt Ejusdem Cogitata Metaphysica.
    Johannem Riewerts, Amstelodami [Amsterdam] 1663 - TP + [i]-[vii] = Præfatio + [viii] = Ad Librum + [ix]-[xiv] = Index + 1-90 + [91] = half-title _... More

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    Price: 12500.00 USD

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions: Chilling Tales from the Icy Wastes

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions: Chilling Tales from the Icy Wastes

    The polar regions have always had a huge attraction for mankind and its explorers. What lay in or beyond those icy wastes? An open sea? The way to Asia? Riches beyond the dreams of avarice? Many set out to find out, never to return. Probably no other field of exploration has brought forth so many heroes, sung and unsung, so much suffering and so many, often unnecessary, deaths. Probably most of the gruesome deaths in the icy reaches will never be known or told, but several made it into print from the 16th to the 20th century. I have picked 10 expeditions at random, my only criterion being that there had to be horrible suffering, death, and, maybe, cannibalism.

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  • John McWhinnie, Rare Book Dealer, Dies Aged 43

    John McWhinnie, Rare Book Dealer, Dies Aged 43

    Aged 43, the New York bookseller John McWhinnie died a week ago under tragic circumstances. He drowned during a snorkeling accident while on vacation in the British Virgin Islands. Read the moving obituary by Robert P. Waltzer in The Wall Street Journal.

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  • GEORGES A. DENY 1920-1999 - Founder and First Secretary of the ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography

    GEORGES A. DENY 1920-1999 - Founder and First Secretary of the ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography

    The ILAB Prize for Bibliography was founded in the early 1960s when  Georges A. Deny was President of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers. He also became the first Secretary of the Prize which was called Prix Triennal de Bibliographie in the beginnings. The first Prize was not awarded in 1964 due to a lack of quality of the submitted books, as Deny clearly stated in his report of the same year. Thus, since 1967 famous scholars like like Jean Peeters-Fontainas, I. C. Koeman, Claus Nissen,  Anthony Hobson, Lotte Hellinga or  Jan Storm van Leeuwen were honoured with this most prestigious prize in the broad field of bibliography worth 10.000 USD.

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  • In Memoriam, Antiquarian Bookseller and Author Patricia Ahearn

    In Memoriam, Antiquarian Bookseller and Author Patricia Ahearn

    Last week Patricia Ahearn of Quill & Brush (Dickerson, Maryland, US) passed away. Patricia and Allen Ahearn started collecting in the early 1960s and founded Quill & Brush in the year 1976 specializing in in first editions of literature, mystery/detective fiction and collectible books from all fields of interest. With over 45 years of experience in the rare book trade they were also authors of numerous articles and books like: “Collected Books: The Guide to Values” (4th, revised and enlarged edition published in 2011), “Book Collecting 2000” (Putnam: 2000) and over 200 individual Author Price Guides. In his obituary Nicholas Basbanes writes:

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  • Popping Up In VERY Unexpected Places on UNESCO World Book & Copyright Day, 23 April 2016

    Popping Up In VERY Unexpected Places on UNESCO World Book & Copyright Day, 23 April 2016

    I thought back to the discussions Barbara and I first had about how ILAB should celebrate UNESCO’s World Book and Copyright Day. We were charged with the brief of raising awareness of the antiquarian bookselling trade and decided that the best way to do this was to leave our “natural habitat” and show rare books to people who might not even realise that they exist. So why not go to a really unexpected place?

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  • Dreaming on the Edge - An Interview with Alastair Johnston

    Dreaming on the Edge - An Interview with Alastair Johnston

    "Over the years I have learned more and more about Auerhahn, White Rabbit, Zephyrus Image — small presses about whom I’ve have published bibliographies — also Semina magazine, Everson and Waldport, plus printers Graham Mackintosh and Dave Haselwood. Jack Stauffacher, who is now in his 90s, and the poets Philip Whalen and Joanne Kyger would relate to me personal stories or anecdotes which I stored away." An Interview with Alastair Johnston, Author of ‘Dreaming on the Edge: Poets and Book Artists in California’.

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