UNDER THE AUSPICES OF ILAB

The London International Antiquarian Book Fair, 28th to 30th May 2015: one of the highlights in the world for book lovers and collectors and centrepiece of the London Book Fair Week. From London to Melbourne, Tokyo, Boston, Toronto, New York, California and back to Europe: the ILAB Book Fair calendar.

WHY ILAB?

Have you ever wondered what ILAB is all about - other than a logo that appears against some dealers' trading names?  ILAB President Norbert Donhofer sets out the main benefits of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers! Learn more about ILAB, the ILAB Committee, the ILAB Internship Program, and the ILAB Congresses.

THE WORLD'S EXPERT ANTIQUARIAN BOOKSELLERS IN 1 BOOK!

The ILAB Directory gives easy access to information on the almost 2.000 ILAB booksellers that are experts in their chosen fields and stand behind the ethical standards of ILAB. In this new electronic world you will find this expertise an essential part in making your buying experience a pleasant one. Download the PDF, or get a printed copy at the ILAB book fairs.

STAY TUNED - THE ILAB NEWSLETTER

All you need to know about the rare books and the rare book trade. The electronic ILAB Newsletter keeps you informend. Click above right and subscribe.

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 POP UP BOOK FAIRS ON UNESCO WORLD BOOK AND COPYRIGHT DAY

A world first – across the world: bookish flashmobs, like speed dating for booklovers in the most unusual places. In woolsheds, on boats, central stations, skyscrapers, in museums, libraries, streets, clubs and pubs, thousands of booklovers met on 23 April 2015 and raised funds for the UNESCO literacy projects. See the pictures on ILABPopUpBookFairs.blogspot.de

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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Book FairsRare Books - Next Fairs

  • The London Map Fair

    06 Jun 2015 - 07 Jun 2015

    The London Map Fair

    This event brings together around 40 of the leading national and international antiquarian map dealers as well as hundreds of visiting dealers, collectors, curators and map aficionados from all...

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  • Rose City Book & Paper Fair

    12 Jun 2015

    Rose City Book & Paper Fair

    1000s of books from more than 40 Independent Booksellers.

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  • Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy

    13 Mar 2015 - 01 Sep 2015

    Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy

    To mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta the British Library will be holding a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition from March to September 2015. “Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy”...

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Rare Book Gallery

  • Killer Queen.

    QUEEN [MAY, Brian, TAYLOR, Roger, ROCK, Mick]

    Bookseller: Adrian Harrington
    UNITED KINGDOM

    Killer Queen.
    UK: Genesis Publications. 2003. LIMITED COLLECTOR EDITION. No. 1184 of 2500 copies, SIGNED by guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and... More

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    Price: 495.00 GBP

  • [Cover title]: The Boxing Instructor: Fighters - Rules Plans and Tricks

    SULLIVAN, John L.

    Bookseller: Between The Covers
    UNITED STATES

    [Cover title]: The Boxing Instructor: Fighters - Rules Plans and Tricks
    Jersey City, N.J.: John L. Sullivan (1937). First edition. 12mo. Stapled torquoise printed wrappers. 20pp., four photographic illustrations in... More

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    Price: 600.00 USD

  • H.P. Lovecraft Collection

    LOVECRAFT, H.P.

    Bookseller: Between The Covers
    UNITED STATES

    H.P. Lovecraft Collection
    A remarkable collection of 244 H.P. Lovecraft items with over 200 rare amateur press appearances dating as early as 1914; nine important pulp... More

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    Price: 65000.00 USD

  • Town Planning for Australia.

    TAYLOR, George A.

    Bookseller: Hordern House
    AUSTRALIA

    Town Planning for Australia.
    Sydney: Building Limited, 1914. Large octavo, numerous photo illustrations, plans, diagrams, illustrated advertisements; a very good copy in... More

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    Price: 1250.00 AUD

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  • Collecting Baedeker Travel Guides

    Collecting Baedeker Travel Guides

    Baedeker’s travel guides were the premium travel guides of the second half of the 19th and the first part of the 20th century, giving rise to the verse: “Kings and governments may err – but never Mr. Baedeker.” They are keenly collected, and some of them are extremely rare, like the famous and seldom seen “Athen” Baedeker from 1896, which was not sold outside Greece.

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  • From Bauhaus to Penguin Books - Jan Tschichold’s Influence on Modern Typography and 20th Century Book Design

    From Bauhaus to Penguin Books - Jan Tschichold’s Influence on Modern Typography and 20th Century Book Design

    "As a teacher, theoretician and advocate of Die Neue Typographie  (the title of his historic tract from 1928), a fiery young Tschichold enthusiastically took up the banner of strict Modernist design after exposure to early Weimar Bauhaus exhibits. In it he effectively denounces the “decay”—the clutter and filigree—prevalent in common German design and typography at the time, promoting exclusive usage of sans serif (Grotesk) typefaces and asymmetrical layouts."

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  • Tall Tales and Fictitious Voyages - Travel Books, Rare & Extraordinary

    Tall Tales and Fictitious Voyages - Travel Books, Rare & Extraordinary

    Travel lies are as old as literature itself, or perhaps even older. Sailors, the quintessential travellers, are well known for their sailor’s yarns. And how better to impress the stay-at-homes than with stories of  sea serpents, dwarfs, giants, headless or dog-faced people in faraway places? This was much more satisfying than telling of hard work, bad food and low pay.

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  • Talking Shop in Silent Street - Tony Cox of Claude Cox Old & Rare Books

    Talking Shop in Silent Street - Tony Cox of Claude Cox Old & Rare Books

    My first scent of the world of antiquarian books had also come when I was still at school. Saturday afternoons would be spent in the many-storeyed dusty rooms of Thornton’s in Oxford -not looking for anything in particular, but taking great pleasure in handling an eighteenth century book, as a physical object as much as anything else.

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  • The Golden Cockerel Press - Audio Interview with Roderick Cave, by Nigel Beale

    The Golden Cockerel Press - Audio Interview with Roderick Cave, by Nigel Beale

    "The Golden Cockerel Press is one of most important, productive English private presses in the history of fine printing. In 2002 Oak Knoll Press and the British Library co-published the first extensive study of the Golden Cockerel. Written by Roderick Cave, the book is based on interviews and the Press’ widely-scattered archives." Nigel Beale met Roderick Cave at the British Library to discuss the achievements of The Golden Cockerel Press.

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Jenny Lind in London

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Jenny Lind in London

    I like to try and find material relating to the history of performance, both in music and the theatre, and my library customers in particular are always looking for things they can use for exhibitions, for teaching, or to attract researchers.  In other words, the unique.  Here is one such book. Bound in black morocco by W. S. Johnson, it is a careful contemporary record of the 1849 season at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London.

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