The 42nd ILAB Congress and 26th ILAB International Antiquarian Book Fair will be organized by the Hungarian Antiquarian Booksellers' Association.  See the video on YouTube, learn more about the Congress Programme and visit the official website.


Our world is global, we meet on Facebook, we follow each other on Twitter. Why bother to travel a long way to meet real people? Just as the virtual book is not a substitute for a real book, just as we want to see, feel, and touch a real physical book, we want to meet real people, see them, and talk to them, face-to-face, as we prefer to "meet" a book "face-to-face". And that is precisely what the ILAB Congresses and Book Fairs are about - in Lucerne 2012, in Paris 2014, and in Budapest 2016!


1,800 antiquarian booksellers, on 5 continents, in 16 countries, in 30 cities, in all languages bringing rare books to the people and fighting for a more literate world: this was ILAB on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day, 23 April 2016. Thank you to everybody across the world for being a part of it!


See the pictures - Read the speech of ILAB President Norbert Donhofer.


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 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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  • Engraved Throughout

    15 Aug 2016 - 09 Dec 2016

    Engraved Throughout

    This exhibition explores religious works printed entirely with copperplates:  the volumes were engraved throughout. These pages could be presented side-by-side, as in prayer books and guides...

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  • Furtwängler: collection of 12 items [SIGNED]

    Furtwängler, Wilhelm


    Furtwängler: collection of 12 items [SIGNED]
    NP, Germany 1951 - A collection of twelve items concerning the important German symphony conductor: one large format photograph with personal... More

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    Price: 15000.00 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

    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

  • Woolf's signed passport Photo

    Virginia Woolf

    Bookseller: Adam Andrusier Autographs ABA PADA

    Woolf's signed passport Photo
    - An excessively rare matte-finish 1.5" x 2.25" photo of Woolf affixed to the original 5.75" x 3.75" British passport page, signed below in... More

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    Price: 5500.00 GBP

  • Collection of 81 Installments of Presage


    Bookseller: Harper's Books

    Collection of 81 Installments of Presage
    Liechtenstein / Paris / Switzerland: Egaserp Etablissements / Société d'Editions de Mode / Studio Galfetti - Fontana 1962-1978 - First Editions.... More

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    Price: 25000.00 USD

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Bookbindings

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Bookbindings

    `Bibliopegy’ is the art of binding books, and the collector, lover or scholar of bindings is a `bibliopegist’. Bookbinding dates from the ancient world Indian, Persian, Coptic, Chinese, Greek & Roman examples are known to exist, even if only in fragments. The rise of the universities, the increase of literacy outside the monasteries, and the invention of moveable type in Germany in the 1450s, all contributed to the demand for books. With this came the demand for decorative bookbindings in leather and metal, and the introduction of goldtooling (impressions in the leather) by Islamic craftsmen who settled in Venice in the 15th century.

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  • Rare Books in the Press - Taking Stock of Rare Book Catalogues

    Rare Books in the Press - Taking Stock of Rare Book Catalogues

    „I issued my first catalogue as a rare book dealer in 1982, while still lecturing in English at the University of Warwick, from which I resigned a couple of years later in order to deal full-time. By contemporary standards it was pretty fancy: photos of the best items, glossy paper, decent typesetting. I was a bit taken aback when my printer described it as "cheap and cheerful". Or maybe it was me he was referring to?” In his blog “Finger on the page” Rick Gekoski, author (“think Bill Bryson, only on books”) and one of the world’s leading specialists in modern English, Irish and American literature muses about a strange, yet defining aspect of his “strange trade”: the rare book catalogue.

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  • Jen Campbell: Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops

    Jen Campbell: Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops

    "I love working in book shops”, Jen Campbell says. “They attract especially strange comments and requests." Over the years she has written down all these strange questions customers ask when they drop in. The best of them have recently been published by Constable & Robinson with wonderful illustrations by The Brothers McLeod. An awesome and unbelievably witty book on the eccentricities which make bookselling one of the most fascinating professions on earth. A must for booklovers!

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - OenoLit and The Private Library

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - OenoLit and The Private Library

    Given that the first book printed from moveable type in Western Europe, the Gutenberg Bible, contains numerous references to wine, and given that the technology for printing that first book may itself have been modeled upon the screw press used to extract wine from grapes, this writer has always found it puzzling that the cultivation, processing, distribution and consumption of wine is rarely a major thematic element in works of fiction.

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  • ILAB Internships – Out of the Classroom, into the World: Barcelona, Spain 2013

    ILAB Internships – Out of the Classroom, into the World: Barcelona, Spain 2013

    Hello, it’s me again! Another two weeks have past, and my today’s post is about Barcelona. The city hasn’t lost a bit of its charm since I’ve been there three years ago, and I was really happy to come back here and to spend these days with Albert Casals and his friends.

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  • Agatha Christie: Unrivaled, Record-Breaking Crime Novelist… And One of My Favorite Authors (Hence this Blog)

    Agatha Christie: Unrivaled, Record-Breaking Crime Novelist… And One of My Favorite Authors (Hence this Blog)

    Murder on the Orient Express. And Then There Were None. Murder at the Vicarage. The Body in the Library. A Murder is Announced. By the Pricking of My Thumbs. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. 4.50 From Paddington. What do all of these titles have in common? Besides great plots, inventive narratives and extremely competent character development? They were all written by the “Queen of Crime”, Dame Agatha Christie. Christie is said to be the best-selling novelist of all time (according to the Guinness Book of World Records) with over 2 billion copies of her novels sold and having been translated into 103 different languages. Reputedly, Christie is the third most popular author of all time, with regard to sales figures, finishing behind just William Shakespeare and the Bible. Furthermore, Christie’s stage-play “The Mousetrap” is the longest running (straight-play) stage production of all time, having opened in London in November 1952 and still being performed, with over 25,000 performances to date. How did this lady crime-novelist get to be so popular? How did her (seemingly average) life influence her writing? And perhaps the most important question of all… Who Killed Roger Ackroyd?!? (Just kidding, no spoiler alerts necessary). Stay tuned.

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