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. 

NEXT INTERNATIONAL ILAB-AFFILIATED RARE BOOK FAIRS:
LONDON 1 -3 JUNE
BRUSSELS 22 - 24 JUNE  

The London International Antiquarian Book Fair, also widely known for its location as "Olympia" is one of the most important fairs worldwide, run by the Antiquarian Booksellers Association, ABA. It is the key rare book fair in the UK and anchor to Rare Book Week London, a rare book festival to be launched in May 2017. 

The Belgian Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association is inviting collectors and the book trade to visit the second edition of the Salon du Mont des Arts, the event for antiquarian book and print lovers in the heart of Brussels, with over 50 European exhibitors from 22 - 24 June 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

Video of "Walking Tour of the Medieval Book Trade in Paris" with Christopher de Hamel and Sandra Hindman

Published since 15 May 2017

On April 8, 2017, Christopher de Hamel ("Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts") and ILAB bookseller Sandra Hindman of Les Enluminures led a "Walking Tour of the Medieval Book Trade in Paris". Setting off from Notre-Dame, the small group of participants had the opportunity to step into the Middle Ages and learn all about the life and practice of illuminators, scribes, printers and binders. Les Enluminures has just released a video with snippets from the guided tour. 

Link and 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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CataloguesBook Catalogues

Book FairsRare Books - Next Fairs

  • Rare Books London 2017

    24 May 2017 - 11 Jun 2017

    Rare Books London 2017

    Rare Books London is a new initiative from the Antiquarian Booksellers Assocation in the UK.  The programme and more details about this exciting new venture, bringing together the...

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    60th London International Antiquarian Book Fair at Olympia (ABA)

    01 Jun 2017 - 03 Jun 2017

    60th London International Antiquarian Book Fair at Olympia (ABA)

    This major three-day event is one of the highlights in the world for book lovers and collectors – and centrepiece of London International Antiquarian Book Fair Week. At the Fair you can view,...

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  • Bodleian - Which Jane Austen?

    22 Jun 2017 - 29 Oct 2017

    Bodleian - Which Jane Austen?

    To mark 200 years since the death of Jane Austen, a major new exhibition at Oxford University’s Bodleian Libraries will challenge the current public perception of one of England’s...

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BooksellersAntiquarian Booksellers

Rare Book Gallery

  • Zur Theorie des Gesetzes der Energieverteilung im Normalspectrum. The...

    PLANCK, Max.

    Bookseller: SOPHIA RARE BOOKS
    DENMARK

    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

  • Le Bain de la Comtesse"]. Pencil, ink and watercolour drawing, signed...

    Shepard, Ernest, English artist and book illustrator (1879-1976).

    Bookseller: Antiquariat INLIBRIS Gilhofer Nfg. GmbH
    AUSTRIA

    Le Bain de la Comtesse"]. Pencil, ink and watercolour drawing, signed ("Ernest H. Shepard") lower right.
    N. p. o. d. - 305:508 mm, mounted on cardboard. Fine, large horizontal watercolour picturing a noble lady nude in the bathtub under a parted... More

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    Price: 7500.00 EUR

  • Furtwängler: collection of 12 items [SIGNED]

    Furtwängler, Wilhelm

    Bookseller: ERIC CHAIM KLINE, BOOKSELLER (ABAA ILAB)
    UNITED STATES

    Furtwängler: collection of 12 items [SIGNED]
    NP, Germany 1951 - A collection of twelve items concerning the important German symphony conductor: one large format photograph with personal... More

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    Price: 15000.00 USD

  • 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

All ArticlesRare Books - Articles

  • Stolen Rare Books and Maps - Librarian to recount story of ‘map thief’

    “In 2006, Western librarian Rob Lopresti was involved in the investigation of the theft of 648 pages that were torn from 102 rare books in Western’s Wilson Library. The investigation lasted two years and crossed state lines, finally ending with the conviction of James L. Brubaker, who was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $23,000 in restitution – most of it to Western. The Western Front sat down with Lopresti to talk about the thefts.”

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  • L'Associazione Librai Antiquari d'Italia - 1947-2011

    L'Associazione Librai Antiquari d'Italia - 1947-2011

    On an autumn day in 1947, a small group of book dealers met in Milan to give life to the Circolo dei Librai Antiquari. They were not many, but they were set on granting a cultural dignity to the trade of antiquarian bookselling, on fostering friendship and understanding with foreign colleagues, on cooperating with libraries and institutions for the conservation of cultural property, and on providing collectors with a code of ethics that guaranteed a fair and professional relationship between rare book dealers and their customers. In 1971, the members of the association had increased to a few dozen when the Circle became the Associazione Librai Antiquari d'Italia. The history of the ALAI, the Italian Antiquarian Booksellers' Association.

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Byron in Russia. Washington Irving in Germany

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Byron in Russia. Washington Irving in Germany

    Washington Irving’s name and fame reached Germany suddenly when in 1819–20 The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. was published in England and America.  Diedrich Knickerbocker’s History of New York (1809), which had appeared ten years earlier and had established Irving’s reputation as a writer, held no appeal for Europe.  Its native satire and its mockery of American politics were incomprehensible to those not intimately acquainted with New York life and its political scene.  But when British journals began to praise this first American man of letters and reprinted authorized or pirated sections from The Sketch Book, German papers and periodicals promptly translated these extracts.  Editions in book form quickly followed, and the reception was enthusiastic.

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  • Buying Things That Don’t Exist

    Buying Things That Don’t Exist

    Greg Gibson, back from the 47th California International Antiquarian Book Fair: "I buy things that don’t exist to sell to people who don’t know they want them. The doors open and in they come – book junkies, bargain hunters, time wasters, braggarts, old friends, and my lovely librarians and collectors and colleagues, in search of things they don’t know they want. Material that, until the moment of its discovery, did not exist. That’s what I’m here to do. This is my place in the scheme of things."

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  • New York - Promoter Predicts Catastrophe in 2015

    New York - Promoter Predicts Catastrophe in 2015

    As if to compensate for the ever-increasing expense and physical difficulty of this event, the material on display this year was better than I've ever seen it. Books, maps, and manuscripts were dazzling. And, not to put too fine a point on it, the bucks were flowing. No one I spoke to had a ruinous fair, and even the people with only "so so" results were talking sums well into five figures. So, for almost all exhibitors at the big show, it was "mission accomplished." ...

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  • ILAB Goes DADA at the Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day, 23 April 2016

    ILAB Goes DADA at the Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day, 23 April 2016

    Right there, where words were formed to Dada performances celebrating literacy in its very literal and sometimes highly absurd sense a hundred years ago, the Swiss booksellers will hold an ILAB Pop Up Book Fair on UNESCO World and Copyright Day to celebrate literacy once again with (maybe) more Dada performances, (certainly) a great show of rare books and (definitely) a gorgeous fundraising to help UNESCO’s Forest Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative (WPDI) fill the empty book-shelves in the schools of South Sudan.

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