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ANTWERP: Books across the borders - Dutch and Belgian dealers pop up at Antwerp's Bibliotheek Permeke.

LUND: an ILAB Pop Up Fair dedicated exclusively to pop-up books at Akarps antikvariat.

LONDON: British booksellers show their best at Middle Temple Library.

FROM SALISBURY CATHEDRAL TO OXFORD UNIVERSITY: CELESTE the Rare Book Campervan goes on a road trip for UNESCO with Amanda Hall and Susanne Schulz-Falster.


On 23 April 2015, these worldwide events will pop up one after another to show that there is nothing more powerful than BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS! ILAB will follow them up in a 24-hours live-report on this website!

UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day is celebrated with amazing events promoting the essence of reading and the culture of the book. On April 23, 2015, this day will also be a special day for ILAB.

JOIN US! Fill the empty bookshelves to fight illiteracy and to help buying books for schools in South Sudan!

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  • Orig. portrait photo w. dedication signed "Antonin Dvor


    Bookseller: Lynge & Søn A/S

    Orig. portrait photo w. dedication signed "Antonin Dvor
    dated "Praha 9/1 1892". 9

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    Price: 30000.00 DKK

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

    SULLIVAN, John L.

    Bookseller: Between The Covers

    [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

  • Dylan In Woodstock.

    [DYLAN, Bob] Landy, Elliott

    Bookseller: Adrian Harrington

    Dylan In Woodstock.
    UK, Genesis Publications. 2000. INSCRIBED BY DYLAN to half title; to a longtime friend- / Bob Dylan /6-28-06. Also signed by photographer Elliott... More

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    Price: 3000.00 GBP

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    CHARCOT (Dr. J.M.)

    Bookseller: L'intersigne Livres anciens

    P., Progr

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    Price: 1500.00 EUR

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  • A Talk at the Library of Congress

    The relationship between collectors and libraries, which sounds as if it should be simple, has a way of becoming complex. Consider the following story, with the names omitted to protect the innocent. A well-known collector gave his books and manuscripts to a large university library.

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  • Bibliographies - Anonym works

    Bibliographies - Anonym works

    Online: Michael Holzmann und Hanns Bohatta, Deutsches Anonymen-Lexikon 1501-1850, 4 volumes

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  • Paul Haas (1950-2010)

    Paul Haas (1950-2010)

    On  3rd November, Paul Haas passed away, shortly before his 60th birthday. Paul Haas hailed from a large family: Born on 17th November 1950, he was the third of nine children, three of whom worked, and work, in the antiquarian book trade. After high school, he was apprenticed as a mechanical engineer. He took evening classes and then studied history and German language and literature at the University of Düsseldorf. Together with Stephan, born as the fourth child of nine in 1952, Paul visited flea markets and rare book shops. One day in 1979, in a shop in Arnhem, Stephan came across a particularly fine book and decided: “I’m opening my own shop.” It only took Paul a few hours to make up his mind: “I’m with you!”

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  • The Library: Three Jeremiads

    The Library: Three Jeremiads

    „When I look back at the plight of American research libraries in 2010, I feel inclined to break into a jeremiad. In fact, I want to deliver three jeremiads, because research libraries are facing crises on three fronts; but instead of prophesying doom, I hope to arrive at a happy ending.”  Robert Darnton analyses the present – and future – situation of University Libraries.

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  • Rare Books in the Press - The Secret Life of Libraries

    Rare Books in the Press - The Secret Life of Libraries

    “You can tell a lot about people from the kind of books they steal. Every year, the public library service brings out a new batch of statistics on their most-pilfered novelists – Martina Cole, James Patterson, Jacqueline Wilson, JK Rowling. But in practice, different parts of Britain favour different books. Worksop likes antiques guides and hip-hop biographies. Brent prefers books on accountancy and nursing, or the driving theory test. Swansea gets through a lot of copies of the UK Citizenship Test. In Barnsley, it's Mig welding and tattoos ("I've still no idea what Mig welding is," says Ian Stringer, retired mobile librarian for the area. "The books always got taken before I could find out.") And Marylebone Library in London has achieved a rare equality. Their most stolen items are The Jewish Chronicle, Arabic newspapers and the Bible.”

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - The Female Marine and Her Sisters

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - The Female Marine and Her Sisters

    Ann Thornton the female sailor  and Sophia Johnson the friendless orphan are interesting in that their stories employ the same sequence of events that befell Elizabeth Emmons – personal tragedy, followed by cross dressing, followed by physical impairment. (Note Sophia Johnson's missing right arm.) Then there was Mary Lacy, “The Female Shipwright” who served four years at sea and seven years at Portsmouth Dock Yard in England, disguised as a man. Mary had a taste for young girls, and ascribed her troubles to a fondness for dancing with men - making for a delicious double reverse. However, the classic expression of this theme in American literature is the story of Louisa Baker, the Female Marine.

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