WHEN? April 23, 2015

WHERE? All over the World!

BOOKS CHANGE LIVES! The UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day is celebrated all over the world 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, the ILAB Pop Up Fairs will open one after another from Australia to Asia to South Africa to Europe to the United States. For 24 hours these worldwide events will be followed up with pictures and reports in the media and on the ILAB website.

JOIN US! Fill the bookshelves and fight illiteracy!


The 17th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography, worth 10.000 $, will be awarded in 2018 to one or more books published in any language and in any part of the world between April 2013 and April 2017. Any work submitted to the Prize must be a published book available on the market. The prize jury will admit all publications relating to bibliography in a very broad sense. The books can be submitted to the prize at any time but latest by the end of April in 2017 by sending a single copy to the Prize Secretary Fabrizio Govi.


The new edition of the ILAB Directory has recently been published. The Directory gives easy access to information on the almost 2.000 ILAB booksellers around the world 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 and adherence to standards an essential part in making your buying experience a pleasant one. The ILAB Directory, in a wonderful new design, will be handed out at all major ILAB Book Fairs from California to Paris, New York, London, Boston, Amsterdam, Milan, Stuttgart and Melbourne.

All who want to have a look at it, before they hold the printed version in their hands, are able to download the PDF right here on the ILAB website!


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, the ILAB Newsletter, ILAB Congresses and Book Fairs!


Since spring 2012 the issue of the massive thefts in the Girolamini Library and other Italian libraries had kept busy both the Italian Justice and ILAB. The latest developments in this case – the arrest of the Danish dealer Christian Westergaard and the confiscation of eleven books out of his stock – gives ILAB no other choice as to announce an official note of protest. This note will be sent to officials in both the Ministry of Culture of Italy and the Ministry of Justice of Italy, and it will be spread out to librarians, journalists, and the public worldwide. Read it here and spread the news!

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  • Nude Photograph of Judith Malina


    Bookseller: Between The Covers

    Nude Photograph of Judith Malina
    Black and white silver gelatin photograph by Weegee of Judith Malina, co-founder of the The Living Theatre, nude and backlit. Measuring 7.75" x... More

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    Price: 2800.00 USD

  • 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

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    PITRES (A.)

    Bookseller: L'intersigne Livres anciens

    Paris, O. Doin, 1891, 2 vol. in 8

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    Price: 750.00 EUR

  • Serie "Innocent things" Porträtserie mit Objekten.

    Kuznetsova, Nadya,

    Bookseller: J.J. Heckenhauer e.K .

    Serie "Innocent things" Porträtserie mit Objekten.
    St. Petersburg, 2007. Auflage 5 +1 . 70 x 50 cm, Silbergelatine-Abzug, Handabzug, Preis pro Motiv. Gut, Handabzug auf Barytpapier, manchmal wie bei... More

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    Price: 1580.00 EUR

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  • Echoes from the Vault - The University of St Andrews launches a new blog

    Echoes from the Vault  - The University of St Andrews launches a new blog

    The Department of Special Collections of the University of St Andrews has recently launched a new blog created by the Rare Books Collections: Echoes from the Vault explores discoveries made through current retro-cataloguing efforts, announces any news or events from the Special Collections and will highlight some of the treasures from the University’s long history of collecting. 

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  • A Cruise with the Carters

    A Cruise with the Carters

    "Where does paper fit in an increasingly digital world? Will there even be a significant role for collectors and purveyors of antiquarian paper?" Greg Gibson's "Cruise with the Carters"

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  • Michael Silverman 1949-2011

    Michael Silverman 1949-2011

    "With the untimely death of Michael Silverman, the world of literary and historical manuscripts has lost one of its most respected dealers, and the antiquarian trade in general a much loved and popular colleague.  Internationally acknowledged as a dealer of great integrity and expertise, Michael wore his knowledge lightly. He liked to affect an air of mild indifference to the exceptional material that often passed through his hands. His self-deprecating style, so far removed from that of the hustling businessman, was much appreciated by the many collectors, private and institutional, who responded to the good manners that informed his dealings as a whole." An obituary by Sheila Markham and Robert Bartfield.

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  • Nigel Beale’s Interview with Jan and Crispin Elsted on The Barbarian Press

    Nigel Beale’s Interview with Jan and Crispin Elsted on The Barbarian Press

    Writer, broadcaster and bibliophile Nigel Beale met Jan and Crispin Elsted in their home in British Columbia. The Elsted’s established Barbarian Press in 1977 in Kent, England. With three hand presses and many cases of type, the couple returned home to Canada in 1978 to set up shop in Mission about 50 miles east of Vancouver in the Fraser Valley.

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  • Antiquarian Booksellers’ Conferences 1947-1949

    Antiquarian Booksellers’ Conferences 1947-1949

    Tardily other countries followed the British example and, by the time the Second World War ended, there were associations in France, Holland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy and Finland. Many of the countries concerned endured the rigours of enemy occupation; all had after war problems, not the least of which was the treatment of members who had collaborated with the enemy. But there were also problems of exchange control and the regulation of imports and exports, which were new to most European countries. In 1947, therefore, the Dutch association took the initiative by approaching the British, as the senior body, with the suggestion that an international conference should be called, that invitations should be extended to all those countries in which an Association of Antiquarian Booksellers existed, and that delegates should submit the many problems that beset them to a general discussion. The Dutch offered the conference a home in Amsterdam and, in September, 1947, the representatives of nine countries gathered, under the chairmanship of the British president, for the first international conference ever held by the antiquarian book trade. The delegates were unanimous in their desire for the formation of an international body and the British association – the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (International) – was entrusted with the task of calling together the presidents of the respective associations to draft a constitution.

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  • Yushodo - A Case for a Decisive Transition from the Past to Future

    Yushodo - A Case for a Decisive Transition from the Past to Future

    One harsh reality for booksellers in Japan is that the total sales of books is declining every year. The decline itself would not be of much concern if we were seeing an increase in the sales of eBooks. But unfortunately this is not the case. If we define books as a means by which one acquires information, Google already has the upper hand over all of us. Would “real” printed books survive this rapid development of information technologies? If so, what would the eBooks-to-printed books ratio look like in the future?

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