The London International Antiquarian Book Fair, 28th to 30th May 2015: one of the highlights in the world for book lovers and collectors and centrepiece of the London Book Fair Week. From London to Melbourne, Tokyo, Boston, Toronto, New York, California and back to Europe: the ILAB Book Fair calendar.


Have you ever wondered what ILAB is all about - other than a logo that appears against some dealers' trading names?  ILAB President Norbert Donhofer sets out the main benefits of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers! Learn more about ILAB, the ILAB Committee, the ILAB Internship Program, and the ILAB Congresses.


The ILAB Directory gives easy access to information on the almost 2.000 ILAB booksellers that are experts in their chosen fields and stand behind the ethical standards of ILAB. In this new electronic world you will find this expertise an essential part in making your buying experience a pleasant one. Download the PDF, or get a printed copy at the ILAB book fairs.


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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 world first – across the world: bookish flashmobs, like speed dating for booklovers in the most unusual places. In woolsheds, on boats, central stations, skyscrapers, in museums, libraries, streets, clubs and pubs, thousands of booklovers met on 23 April 2015 and raised funds for the UNESCO literacy projects. See the pictures on ILABPopUpBookFairs.blogspot.de


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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  • 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

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    CHARCOT (Dr. J.M.)

    Bookseller: L'intersigne Livres anciens

    P., Progr

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    Price: 1500.00 EUR

  • Ask the Angels

    SANTISI, Donna and Marcy Blaustein

    Bookseller: Between The Covers

    Ask the Angels
    Orange, Calif: Double R Books 1978. First edition. Compiled by Marcy Blaustein. Photographs by Donna Santisi. Comb-bound at the top in photographic... More

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    Price: 2500.00 USD

  • Ekonomicheskie etyudy i stati. [Economic studies and articles].

    Ilyn (Ilin) Vladimir.,( i.e. Vladmir Lenin.)

    Bookseller: J.J. Heckenhauer e.K .

    Ekonomicheskie etyudy i stati. [Economic studies and articles].
    St. Petersburg, (A. Leifert), (1898) Oktav. 290 Seiten / pages. Mit mehreren Tabellen, with several charts. Modern morocco-backed navy buckram. A... More

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    Price: 2980.00 EUR

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  • Introduction to Jewish Book Collecting

    When Jewish families sit down to celebrate the Passover festival, they read from the Haggadah, a book that recounts the story of when the Children of Israel left the bonds of slavery in Egypt and became a free nation. The Haggadah is one of the most iconic and popularly collected Jewish books – there are approximately 7000 editions with translations from Hebrew into different languages including English, Arabic, Russian, Amharic, and German ...

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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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  • Amor vincit omnia - Women Travellers

    Amor vincit omnia - Women Travellers

    Much has been written about travelling women, women travellers, willing or unwilling. Many great names spring to mind: Alexandra David-Neel, Ida Pfeiffer, Isabella Bird, or Emma Roberts to name but a few. We know a lot less about women who accompanied their husbands or lovers, or even met them during their peregrinations. Many of them were hardly mentioned in the books the men wrote. Others wrote their own version of  what happened, and this is often the more interesting book, because it shows the world from an entirely different angle. 

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  • ILAB Internship Program 2011 for Students of the Moscow State University of the Printing Arts I

    ILAB Internship Program 2011 for Students of the Moscow State University of the Printing Arts I

    My internship took place from April 25 to May 28 2011. I travelled to Austria, the Netherlands and Hungary. I visited several bookstores such as Antiquariat Norbert Donhofer (Vienna), A. Gerits & Son (Amsterdam), Antiquariaat A. Kok & Zn. B.V. (Amsterdam), Musikantiquariat Ádám Bősze (Budapest), Földvári Antikvarium (Budapest), Központi Antikvárium (Budapest), etc., and also an auction house: Bubb Kuyper (Haarlem, The Netherlands). I managed to interview the current President of ILAB Arnoud Gerits, the President of The Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of Austria, Norbert Donhofer, the President of the Hungarian Association of the Antiquarian Booksellers, Ádám Bősze, the President of The Dutch Association of Antiquarian Booksellers, Ton Kok, and two Presidents of Honour: Anton Gerits and Michael Steinbach. I worked as a bibliographer and appraiser, took part in the preparations for the London International Antiquarian Book Fair at Olympia, and visited an auction. It was a learning process.

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  • Auto Shred: Ray Bradbury

    Auto Shred: Ray Bradbury

    When I was 8 years old, my mother took me to the public library in Van Buren, Arkansas to get me my first library card. I will never forget how the card had a little silver plate embedded in the paper. It was probably the first thing I had ever been given, other than birthday cakes, that had my name printed on it. Mom had checked books out for me in the past, but this time I got to pick out my own. She instructed me on the basics: pick out just one I really thought I would like, then I could read it, return it, and get another one. I had read some juvenile science fiction, but felt I was now ready for some grown-up stuff. The book I checked out was Ray Bradbury’s S is for Space. Definitely my first memory of a dust jacket that utterly reeled me in, and what an author photo! He looked every bit as eerie and unfathomable as the stuff of his stories.

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  • Voices of Science - The lives of British scientists recorded in a new British Library oral history archive

    Voices of Science - The lives of British scientists recorded in a new British Library oral history archive

    “Voices of Science” tells the stories of some of the most remarkable scientific and engineering discoveries of the past century. The scientists talk about their motivations, frustrations and triumphs, as well as their colleagues, families and childhoods, and the social, economic and political circumstances under which their researches, inventions and discoveries took place. Additional information is given by personal biographies, photographs and links which provide the context for each scientist’s life and work.

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