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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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  • 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

  • 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

  • The Genuine Account of the Life and Trial of Eugene Aram, School-Master, for...

    (ARAM, EUGENE). [Anonymous Editor and Compiler].

    Bookseller: Brick Row Book Shop

    The Genuine Account of the Life and Trial of Eugene Aram, School-Master, for the Murder of Daniel Clark . . . [cover-title].
    London: Published and Sold by W. Bristow, [1759]. 8vo, disbound, 86 pages. Title-page partially detached and chipped at the gutter; a good copy. Rare. More

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    Price: 1750.00 USD

  • 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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  • A Gentle Way of Doing Business - Selling Rare Books in Edinburgh

    A Gentle Way of Doing Business - Selling Rare Books in Edinburgh

    Sometimes I think that the bookshop has  become a spectator sport for tourists in Edinburgh.  Some visitors behave as if the shop is a  museum. ‘Isn’t it wonderful?’ they say, ‘I could    spend all day in here,’ and then  promptly walk out. They like the  look of the shop, but it would never  occur to them to buy a book. Nowadays  people turn to computers in  the way that they would have  turned to books for a lot of their  needs. Quite apart from their effect  on our trade, I believe that computers  are actually changing the  way in which people think. Everything  is highly focused toward a  specific goal, instead of reading  around a subject and taking a more  wide-ranging approach. We have  to keep trying to get young people  to look at books and aspire to own  them. This is a role for book fairs  and shops – just being there on  the high street helps to remind  people that books can be bought,  and that we are not libraries or  museums.

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  • Book Scouting in Japan - Tokyo

    Book Scouting in Japan - Tokyo

    Rare book dealer and photography specialist Harper Levine travels through Japan with photographer John Gossage where Harper was welcomed at the airport as the “best book dealer (also best blogger) from East Hampton”. Part 2 of Harper Levine's report, featuring the Tokyo booksellers and a sushi bar.

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  • Meet Art Conservator Extraordinaire, Karen Zukor!

    Meet Art Conservator Extraordinaire, Karen Zukor!

    This week we welcome special guest Karen Zukor to our blog! Zukor is the senior conservator at Zukor Art Conservation. She’s been a professional paper conservator for more than thirty years and is a Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation. She’s been responsible for many collections, both public and private, trains both pre- and post-program interns, and offers lectures and workshops to the public. This week she was kind enough to sit down with us to discuss her career path, how conservation has evolved, and how rare book collectors can preserve and protect their collections.

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  • Why ILAB?

    Why ILAB?

    Have you ever wondered what ILAB is all about - other than a logo that appears against some dealers' trading names?  The answers are to be found in this weeks’ issue of Sheppard’s Confidential, featuring an article by Norbert Donhofer, in which he asks “Why ILAB?” and sets out the main benefits of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers.

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  • The Hungry Traveller - Browns Brasserie, Mayfair, London

    The Hungry Traveller - Browns Brasserie, Mayfair, London

    Welcome to The Hungry Traveller, a section exclusively for picking out the best eateries near areas of interest to the travelling book dealer. We hope to provide suggestions so that no matter where you might find yourselves after a day of dealing you should always be able to get fed and toast a day’s good work, or comfort eat and drink away the pain of a regretful day of business. The first restaurant we shall be providing information on is Browns Brasserie on Maddox Street, in the Mayfair district of London

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Picture this

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Picture this

    This little book (it measures only 138 × 108 mm), ‘The Secret of taking Daguerreotypes, or the Art of producing Photogenic Pictures with a Camera Obscura’, has been described as ‘the first photographic manual in the world’ (Gernsheim, Concise History of Photography (third edition, p. 11), and is also the first German publication on photography.

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