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

Rare Books London - An Interview with ABA Secretary Camilla Szymanowska  

Published since 21 April 2017

Rare Books London, the capital's new festival of old and rare books, will bring together booksellers, auctioneers, collectors, readers, experts of various professions all linked to the world of rare and antiquarian books. 
We spoke to Camilla Szymanowska, Secretary of the British Antiquarian Booksellers Association (ABA) about this exciting new initiative.

"We have to be proactive about reaching out to possible new collectors.  Someone who goes to a lecture about rare books this year may be persuaded into a book shop down the line."

Read 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

Final deadline to submit titles for the 2018 ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography - APRIL 2017!

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. 

Please submit titles for the prize at the latest by the end of April 2017 to ILAB!

View the most recent submissions here

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Book FairsRare Books - Next Fairs

  • London Photograph Fair SPECIAL EDITION

    20 May 2017 - 21 May 2017

    London Photograph Fair SPECIAL EDITION

    A curated, weekend-long fair celebrating the best in vintage photography. The Great Hall at King's College London is a stunning historical venue on the Strand, adjacent to Somerset...

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  • 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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Rare Book Gallery

  • 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

  • NRL Report 4489. Rocket research report no. XVIII. Photography from the...

    Baumann, R. C. and L. Winkler

    Bookseller: Jeremy Norman's historyofscience
    UNITED STATES

    NRL Report 4489. Rocket research report no. XVIII. Photography from the Viking 11 rocket at altitudes ranging up to 158 miles. Manuscript and printed versions
    NRL, Washington DC 1955 - Spectacular Images of the Earth from the Threshold of Outer Space Baumann, R. C. and L. Winkler. (1) Photography from the... More

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    Price: 15000.00 USD

  • Bar Harbor Mt. Desert Island Maine.

    MORRIS, G. W. / GEORGE H. WALKER & CO.

    Bookseller: Martayan Lan
    UNITED STATES

    Bar Harbor Mt. Desert Island Maine.
    Portland, ME 1886 - Two-stone lithograph. Few marginal mends; small duplicate stamp lower right margin; excellent to fine of this kind. A rare and... More

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    Price: 8500.00 USD

  • Les soirées de Médan avec les portraits des six auteurs : eaux-fortes de...

    ZOLA (Émile), MAUPASSANT (Guy, de), HUYSMANS (Joris-Karl), CÉARD (Henry), HENNIQUE (Léon), ALEXIS (Paul)

    Bookseller: Librairie Faustroll
    FRANCE

    Les soirées de Médan avec les portraits des six auteurs : eaux-fortes de Desmoulin, et 6 compositions de Jeanniot, gravées par Muller.
    Paris, Charpentier Éditeur 1890 - Livre d'occasion In-8, demi-chagrin brun, dos à nerfs, titre doré, tête dorée, couvertures en peau de vélin... More

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    Price: 15000.00 EUR

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  • The Origin of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers and Its First Few Years

    The Origin of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers and Its First Few Years

    Vividly I do remember the origin of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, in 1947, although certain details become somewhat vague. From 1939-1945 war reigned in Europe. Five long years had put up extra barriers between several nations. There was no communication. This fact enforced extra chauvinism and worse, hatred. Was there a possibility to do something about interhuman relationship, to bring nations more together? This was my dream; but how could this be realised. Only on common ground, on mutual interests, and therefore, for an antiquarian bookseller, by his love, the Book.

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - The Short Story and The Private Library (Part IV)

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - The Short Story and The Private Library (Part IV)

    It is perhaps unsurprising that short stories are well-suited to children's literature.  After all, the oral storytelling traditions from which short stories arose included tales considered particularly appropriate to children -- fables, parables and fairy tales, for example, have all traditionally been used to make moral instruction more palatable to youngsters. Because short stories for children so often take advantage of folkloric elements, many of these (such as legends and tall tales) appeal as much to adults as they do to children. Do not, however, be deceived: short stories for children are every bit as challenging to write well as are short stories for adults. Authors who can do this consistently deserve their fame.

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions: James A. Michener

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions: James A. Michener

    Michener is best known for his first work of fiction Tales of the South Pacific, a collection on interconnected stories that won the Pulitzer Prize, and which was the basis for his play South Pacific: A Musical Play which also won the prize, and for the film South Pacific.

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  • Lost Lincoln letter returned to the Archives

    Lost Lincoln letter returned to the Archives

    The Washington Post reports: “A Civil War-era letter written by Abraham Lincoln that went missing at an unknown date has surfaced and has been returned to the National Archives . … An Archives employee saw the document listed for sale in 2009 and recognized it as belonging to the government. When contacted, Panagopous who was representing a family from Rhode Island in the sale, had already sold the documents to a New York dealer. Upon realizing the provenance of the papers, Panagopulos refunded the purchase price to the dealer to get them back and the Rhode Island family, in turn, agreed to refund the money they had been paid so the papers could be retuned to the government.“

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  • Rare Books in the Press - A Mozart Mystery: Sonata Manuscript Surfaces in Budapest

    Rare Books in the Press - A Mozart Mystery: Sonata Manuscript Surfaces in Budapest

    “For Balazs Mikusi, a young Hungarian musicologist, it was the find of a lifetime. Leafing through folders of unidentified manuscripts at the National Szechenyi Library in Budapest recently, he came across four pages of what looked to him like Mozart’s handwriting. As he read through the music, he told Agence France-Presse, he realized that he had stumbled onto Mozart’s own score of the Piano Sonata in A, K.331 – one of the best-known Mozart sonatas because of its “Rondo alla Turca” finale. To verify his impression Mr. Mikusi showed a copy of the score to Ulrich Leisinger, the director of the Mozarteum Foundation in Salzburg, and Neal Zaslaw, the editor of the new Köchel catalog of Mozart’s works. Both agreed that the writing was Mozart’s …” Most spectacular finds of rare books and manuscripts nowadays happen by chance. A Hungarian scholar had such a lucky moment, when he worked in the National Szechenyi Library in Budapest and discovered - a Mozart manuscript.

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  • Collecting - Creative Expression, Controversy, and Classic French Literature

    Collecting - Creative Expression, Controversy, and Classic French Literature

    Many of the minds and pens of those who have shaped society, discourse, and art hail from France, the birthplace of diplomacy. However, as Molière, born Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, and many of his kind discovered, those who take readers outside the status quo with their expression may find themselves paying pipers of all kinds. We celebrate Molière this week, the week of his birth, and observe his contribution and the company he kept in the spirit and tradition of French creativity.

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