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A WORLD FIRST - ACROSS THE WORLD: In woolsheds, on boats, central stations, skyscrapers, in museums, libraries, streets, clubs and pubs.

> Bookish flash mob - speed dating for booklovers.

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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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CataloguesBook Catalogues

Book FairsRare Books - Next Fairs

  • The Bloomsbury Book Fair

    24 May 2015

    The Bloomsbury Book Fair

    Here expect dealers from not just the UK but USA, Europe, Australia and more! More detailed information regarding exhibitors, highlights and more will be on our website over the next couple of...

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  • The Ephemera Society Summer Special Fair

    24 May 2015

    The Ephemera Society Summer Special Fair

    Organized by the Ephemera Society - for the conservation, study and presentation of printed and handwritten ephemera.

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EventsRare Books - Next EventsRSS

BooksellersAntiquarian Booksellers

  • Temple Rare Books

    Temple Rare Books


    Specialties: Children's books, Classics/Antiquity, Economics, Illustrated books, Literature, Philosophy, Political Science

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Rare Book Gallery

  • Yvernelle: A Legend of Feudal France.


    Bookseller: Brick Row Book Shop

    Yvernelle: A Legend of Feudal France.
    Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, 1892. 8vo, original gilt decorated blue-green cloth, gilt lettering. Color lithographed title page, 11 plates and... More

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    Price: 2750.00 USD

  • La deuxi

    Le Corbusier [Charles-Édouard Jeanneret]

    Bookseller: Patrik Andersson Antikvariat

    La deuxi
    [Basel], 1959. 25x40

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    Price: 40000.00 SEK

  • 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

  • Killer Queen.

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

    Bookseller: Adrian Harrington

    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

All ArticlesRare Books - Articles

  • The Joy of Publishing (An Unbridled Adventure)

    The Joy of Publishing (An Unbridled Adventure)

    I have a confession to make. At one time I wanted to become a professional writer. After all, I know that I can write. Write well in fact. And most importantly I realize that I have the ability to write better. However, I'm not ready to cash in my chips on the "who you know, not what you know game" (at least not for the moment even though I do indeed know a fair number of authors, publishers, editors and agents). Yet, this very same desire to write along with the revelation below is the key to my beginnings as a publisher.

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Bookbindings

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Bookbindings

    `Bibliopegy’ is the art of binding books, and the collector, lover or scholar of bindings is a `bibliopegist’. Bookbinding dates from the ancient world Indian, Persian, Coptic, Chinese, Greek & Roman examples are known to exist, even if only in fragments. The rise of the universities, the increase of literacy outside the monasteries, and the invention of moveable type in Germany in the 1450s, all contributed to the demand for books. With this came the demand for decorative bookbindings in leather and metal, and the introduction of goldtooling (impressions in the leather) by Islamic craftsmen who settled in Venice in the 15th century.

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  • Living With - And From - Books, Part 3

    Living With - And From - Books, Part 3

    I worked as a book dealer for 30 years, while my father takes pride in his 60 years-long experience; it’s a long time but doubtless a time well spent. During all these years we’ve been honoured meeting so many extraordinary people: bibliophiles, librarians and, above all, colleagues with whom we shared ideas, insights and of course culture. The exchange of views with fellow book dealers from all over the world has been an irreplaceable resource in doing our job, and doing it with the most passionate attitude. Besides the economic incentive, we cannot help but consider the intellectual profile involved in the book dealing as a truly gratifying reward.

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  • Jean-Henri Fabre: the man who loved bugs

    Jean-Henri Fabre: the man who loved bugs

    Jean-Henri Fabre loved to study bugs as a boy. He grew up poor in the south of France, gained a teaching certificate at age 19, and went on to become a physicist, chemist and botanist. But, he always came back to the insects. Small wonder that he became a noted entomologist. Indeed, he is considered the father of modern entomology.

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  • How to Identify First Editions - St. Martin's Press

    How to Identify First Editions - St. Martin's Press

    Macmillen Publishers of UK founded St. Martin's in 1952, naming it for St. Martin's Lane in London. The house was privately owned until the late 1990's, when it was sold to Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC. This group of publishers, held by Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck, is a family concern that also owns publishing houses Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Holt Publishers, and Tor-Forge Books.

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  • 12 Top Booksellers Pop Up at Historic Middle Temple, London

    12 Top Booksellers Pop Up at Historic Middle Temple, London

    The area around St Paul's is a traditional literary haunt. Indeed it has been so for centuries, making it a most logical – as well as most attractive place - for an ILAB Pop Up Book Fair on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day 2015. Middle Temple itself was built between 1562 and 1573 and remains virtually unchanged to this day. The library which holds over 250,000 books, journals and law reports will certainly be the perfect venue for this special kind of speed dating for book lovers, organized by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (ABA). The ten exhibitors, who will offer books for sale on 23 April 2015 are a high-flying bunch, several of whom are fresh from the New York Antiquarian Book Fair, and even from TEFAF Maastricht.

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