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.


Our world is global, we meet on Facebook, we follow each other on Twitter. Why bother to travel a long way to meet real people? Just as the virtual book is not a substitute for a real book, just as we want to see, feel, and touch a real physical book, we want to meet real people, see them, and talk to them, face-to-face, as we prefer to "meet" a book "face-to-face". And that is precisely what the ILAB Congresses and Book Fairs are about - in Lucerne 2012, in Paris 2014, and in Budapest 2016!


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!


See the pictures - Read the speech of ILAB President Norbert Donhofer.


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.


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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  • G. David

    G. David

    Cambridge - UNITED KINGDOM

    Specialties: Bindings, Literature, Natural history, Science and technology, Travel

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Rare Book Gallery



    Bookseller: Glenn Books, ABAA, ILAB

    O. Cowdery and Co. For P.P. Pratt and J. Goodson, Kirkland, Ohio 1837 - Corners rounded, front cover creased. Small piece missing from top corner... More

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    Price: 50000.00 USD

  • Photography from the V-2 rocket at altitudes ranging up to 160 kilometers

    Bergstralh, T. A.

    Bookseller: Jeremy Norman's historyofscience

    Photography from the V-2 rocket at altitudes ranging up to 160 kilometers
    Naval Research Laboratory, Washington DC 1947 - The First Published Photographs of the Earth Taken from Space Bergstralh, T. A. Photography from... More

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    Price: 30000.00 USD

  • Original signed photographic portrait; presented together with signed...

    ORWELL, George.)

    Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member

    Original signed photographic portrait; presented together with signed photographic portraits of Orwell's Eton set, including: Cyril Connolly, Godfrey Meynell, Denys King-Farlow, Denis Dannreuther, James Gibson, Ralph M. Cazalet, Roger Mynors, Bobbie Longden, Maurice Whittome, and an unidentified "Peter" and "Ronnie".
    [Eton: 1918-21] - Large sheet of thick sugar paper, recto with 12 mounted monochrome photographic portraits, each signed and (but for one) dated... More

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    Price: 25000.00 GBP

  • Photograph Album of Anticosti Island

    Menier, Henri

    Bookseller: Aquila Books(Cameron Treleaven) ABAC

    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

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  • John Marrin - 18 Ford Village, Northumberland

    John Marrin - 18 Ford Village, Northumberland

    This is a report from what has been a little bit like Ice Station Zebra since 23rd December. Today is 13th January and we have had our first postal delivery at home for ten days. I was impressed by our postman, Rob, who said he felt the mail was starting to pile up (snow-like) at the sorting office, so went well out of his way, slithering on ice, to bring us the backlog.

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  • Books about Books: A History of Oak Knoll Press, Part 2: The Beginning (1978-1989)

    Books about Books: A History of Oak Knoll Press, Part 2: The Beginning (1978-1989)

    Two years later, to my family’s amazement, I was still in business! My goal had been to make Oak Knoll Books the one-stop shopping place for customers who sought “book about books,” whether it was out-of-print or newly published. Stocking other publishers’ books had great potential for financial disaster, as the 40% discount I received made for a very small profit margin and the inventory had to be turned over quickly. However, goodwill was generated as my customers appreciated the effort we put into keeping them informed of the newest books in their field. This made them think of us for the out-of-print titles they wanted.

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  • Antiquarian Booksellers in Exile – Paul Graupe (1881-1953)

    Antiquarian Booksellers in Exile – Paul Graupe (1881-1953)

    The seizure of power by the Nazis in 1933 was a decisive event in the world of book collecting. Numerous dealers and collectors – among them the most famous of the trade – were murdered by the Nazis. Those who survived were forced to close their companies and to hand them over to the Nazis. Ernst Fischer’s biographical handbook "Verleger, Buchhändler & Antiquare aus Deutschland und Österreich in der Emigration nach 1933" reconstructs the biographies of all German and Austrian booksellers, publishers and auctioneers who emigrated from Germany after 1933. The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers is proud to publish some of the most impressive stories told in Ernst Fischer’s book on its website. This article in a series of 25 booksellers' biographies is dedicated to Paul Graupe.

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  • CABS – or seeing the book trade with clarity

    CABS – or seeing the book trade with clarity

    A week at the Colorado Rare Book Seminar is a week like no other I know. It is a highly practical week, it is an inspiring week and it is one of those weeks when, at least metaphorically, you feel you can see for miles. I felt as though I was standing, together with everyone else who attended, on a hill above the plain of bookselling. This hill on which we stood together had a view so good that the trade was fully revealed and clarified. The strengths and weaknesses of the trade were shown with coherence something that is very difficult, if not impossible to achieve in the day to day, month to month rush of the ordinary bookselling business.

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  • Under the Auspices of ILAB – International Antiquarian Book Fairs Across the World

    Under the Auspices of ILAB – International Antiquarian Book Fairs Across the World

    Over the year and on all continents, there is an exquisite selection of antiquarian book fairs, where book collectors and the world’s leading experts share their passion for the printed book and our written heritage. Under the auspices of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) and organized by ILAB’s member associations amazing book fairs are held in Europe and America, Asia and Australia, from London and Paris to New York and California, Tokyo and Melbourne. The exhibitors are ILAB affiliates who guarantee high professional standards, high quality offers, the authenticity of the books, prints, autographs and ephemera for sale which are exactly described and accurately priced. On all these fairs, officially supported by ILAB, there is more than just the fascination of rare books: Here you can buy with confidence and trust in the expertise of the exhibitors.

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  • Collecting - Famous Manuscripts and the History of Handwriting

    Collecting - Famous Manuscripts and the History of Handwriting

    In the digital age, it is no secret that calligraphy is a dying art. Why work laboriously and imperfectly on something that takes days to cross the country, when the computer will set it in flawless text that can be transmitted instantly? A careful look at the grand history of handwriting is not kind to the craft, either. Some historians consider Gutenberg’s press, the very device that liberated us from writing by hand, to be the single most important invention of the second millennium. Not only did it make books more accessible, it gave the works themselves unprecedented longevity. Think of all the masterpieces of antiquity (if you can bear) that were lost to rot and ruin because scribes could only produce a handful of them at a time. Aeschylus wrote some eighty plays, of which only seven survive. Shakespeare may have suffered a similar fate, as a writer who luckily had the printing press to immortalize his works - he leaves us with nearly nothing written by hand.

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