WHEN? April 23, 2015  WHERE? All around the World!


In woolsheds, on central stations, on a boat, in museums, libraries, streets, cocktail clubs and brew pubs - and anywhere else where you decide to be a part of it!

SYDNEY: Shakespeare's First Folio Lends Drama to the first ILAB Pop Up Bookfair

CAPE TOWN: Charity Auction to Support Literacy in South Sudan

MILAN / LUCCA: The Italian booksellers will launch ILAB's worldwide initiative on the first day of the Milan Antiquarian Book Fair. From then on people will have the possibility to donate money to UNESCO via, until 23 April 2015, when ALAI joins the worldwide series of more than 20 ILAB Pop Up Fairs within 24 hours with two exciting Pop Ups in Lucca and Milan.

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

NEWCASTLE, CHICAGO, WASHINGTON, SEATTLE, NEW YORK: Meet the American dealers all across the United States!

PORTLAND: Bridge City, Beer City, BOOK City – A Brew Pub in Portland, Oregon, Hosts the Final ILAB Pop Up Fair

For 24 hours these and all other worldwide events will be followed up with pictures and reports in the media and on the ILAB 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. Starting the day in Australia, ILAB Pop Up Fairs will open one after another from Australia to Asia to South Africa to Europe to the United States.

BOOKS CHANGE LIVES! Make a donation to help buying books for schools in South Sudan!

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  • Dard Hunter & Son

    Hunter, Dard, II, and Dard Hunter, III;

    Bookseller: Thorn Books, ABAA

    Dard Hunter & Son
    Newtown, PA Bird & Bull Press 1998 4to. Black quarter morocco and Japanese cloth covered boards with gilt lettering on red leather spine. The... More

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    Price: 1000.00 USD

  • Small Collection of Signed and Inscribed Books and Photographs

    CASTRO, Fidel

    Bookseller: Between The Covers

    Small Collection of Signed and Inscribed Books and Photographs
    1955-1985. A collection that includes three Signed and Inscribed books, two Inscribed photographs and an Autograph Note in English Signed. The... More

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    Price: 18500.00 USD

  • H.P. Lovecraft Collection


    Bookseller: Between The Covers

    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

  • [Photograph]: The Last Revolutionary Soldier: One Hundred and Nine Years of...

    Bookseller: Between The Covers

    [Photograph]: The Last Revolutionary Soldier: One Hundred and Nine Years of Age. Daniel Frederick Bakeman
    [Boston?]: A.D. Cross 1868. Small carte de visite photograph, approximately 2.5" x 4". Fine in original printed envelope which adds additional... More

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    Price: 2500.00 USD

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  • The ABAA and You

    The ABAA and You

    Susan Benne about the world's largest Antiquarian Booksellers' Association: the ABAA. "We are a trade association of over 450 members located throughout the United States. Our members specialize in fine and rare books, maps, documents, autographs, illuminated manuscripts, ephemera and prints which span the economic spectrum. We are united in a passion for books and related material and have bound ourselves to a Code of Ethics which guides us in our dealings with each other and our clients..."

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  • The Greatest Book Collector You Never Heard Of

    “One room was abandoned when the piles neared the ceiling, and at some point a subsidence of books blocked the door from the inside, sealing the room off.  He established an annex in the garage, where piles of loose books mingled with unopened purchases from local shops and parcels from overseas ..."

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

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

    Folks who do not collect a particular author in depth often are less tolerant of short stories that are not among an author's best work.  Accordingly, instead of buying a book of short stories that are all by a single author (such as Irving), they may buy instead anthologies that reflect the "best" work done in this form in a particular genre ...

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  • Dr. Lotte Roth-Wölfle 1912 – 2011

    Dr. Lotte Roth-Wölfle 1912 – 2011

    It is with great sadness that the German Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association reports the death of its long-deserved member and Member of Honour Dr. Lotte Roth-Wölfle.  She died on April 29, 2011, shortly before her 100th birthday, and only one day after the re-opening of her beautiful antiquarian bookshop which has been situated in Munich since 1945. Dr. Lotte Roth-Woelfle was a remarkable woman, probably the oldest rare book dealer in Germany and in Europe. From time to time she still visited her shop in Munich’s Amalienstraße which has been a famous address for rare and fine books for more than 60 years. The shop is now run by Franziska Bierl, while Lotte Roth-Wölfle’s daughter Dr. Christine Grahamer continues the tradition of the family company Robert Wölfle KG in the third generation, also still in the same premises.

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  • Collectors’ Favorite Authors: Saul Bellow

    Collectors’ Favorite Authors: Saul Bellow

    “A novel is balanced between a few true impressions and the multitude of false ones that make up most of what we call life.” So spoke Saul Bellow, one of the greatest American authors of the twentieth century. Rare book collectors have consistently been interested in Bellow’s works, and that interest will only grow as his books get more scarce over time.

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  • Open The Pod Bay Doors, Hal!

    Open The Pod Bay Doors, Hal!

    If there’s one thing you can guarantee it’s that the minute you think you’re being smart is the minute before you meet someone much smarter. One of the reasons I love my job so very, very much is that my minutes of being smart never last long enough to knock my self image out of whack. If I’m not meeting a customer whose breadth of knowledge and devotion has the least admirable parts of me reaching for a pitchfork and a torch then it’s one of my colleagues who is making me wish I could eat their head and consume their wisdom entire.

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