SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 17TH ILAB BRESLAUER PRIZE 2018

The 17th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography will be awarded in 2018 and is one of the most prestigious prizes in the field of bibliography. 

Writers, publishers, librarians, journalists, scholars, antiquarian booksellers, book collectors and all who are interested in bibliography and the history of the book are invited to submit books to the 17th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography. 

View the most recent submissions here.  

NEW: THE ILAB INTERNATIONAL MENTORING PROGRAMME 

ILAB has recently launched the ILAB International Mentoring Programme. This programme aims to help young or recently launched booksellers throughout the world by offering support and counsel on a one to one basis.
Please go to the new ILAB EDUCATION page for more info!

 

GONZALO FERNANDEZ PONTES -
NEW ILAB PRESIDENT  

At the Ordinary General Meeting on 20th September 2016 in Budapest the presidents of ILAB’s 22 national member associations voted for Gonzalo Fernandez Pontes (Spain) as new ILAB President. He succeeds Norbert Donhofer (Austria) who served as President from 2014 to 2016; and he will be supported by ILAB Vice‐President Sally Burdon (Australia). > Press release

 

BOB FLECK - BOOK OF CONDOLENCES

ILAB  is deeply saddened to inform its affiliates that Bob Fleck passed away on the 22nd September, following a short but very aggressive illness. Our thoughts and prayers accompany his family, and in particular his beloved wife Millie and his son Rob. Read the full obituary here

ILAB INTERNSHIPS - OUT OF THE CLASSROOM, INTO THE WORLD

 
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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  • International Antiquarian Book Fair of Flanders

    09 Dec 2016 - 11 Dec 2016

    International Antiquarian Book Fair of Flanders

    The International Antiquarian Book Fair of Flanders welcomes over 40 exhibitors, running from 9 - 11 December 2016 in Mechelen, Belgium.

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  • 31st Antiquaria Ludwigsburg

    26 Jan 2017 - 28 Jan 2017

    31st Antiquaria Ludwigsburg

    The 31st Antiquaria Ludwigsburg will start one day before the Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair and can be reached within 10 minutes from Stuttgart. Over 50 exhibitors offer beautiful and...

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  • PHOTOGRAPHIC ALBUM OF THE GERMANS IN PEKING DURING THE BOXERREBELLION...

    GERMANS IN PEKING DURING THE BOXER REBELLION.

    Bookseller: RARE ORIENTAL BOOK CO., ABAA, ILAB
    UNITED STATES

    PHOTOGRAPHIC ALBUM OF THE GERMANS IN PEKING DURING THE BOXERREBELLION 1900-1901. Erinnerungen an Unsere Expedition Nach China.
    ORIGINAL GERMAN PHOTOGRAPHIC ALBUM FROM THE BOXER REBELLIONChina n.d. ca. 1900- - 1901. 3/4 Gilt-stamped leather over buffcloth, very good, 25 x 29... More

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    Price: 16790.00 USD

  • Photography from the V-2 rocket at altitudes ranging up to 160 kilometers

    Bergstralh, T. A.

    Bookseller: Jeremy Norman's historyofscience
    UNITED STATES

    Photography from the V-2 rocket at altitudes ranging up to 160 kilometers
    Naval Research Laboratory, Washington DC 1947 - The First Published Photographs of the Earth Taken from Space Bergstralh, T. A. Photography from... More

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    Price: 30000.00 USD

  • Collection of 81 Installments of Presage

    Presage)

    Bookseller: Harper's Books
    UNITED STATES

    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

  • THE HANDMADE PAPERS OF JAPAN., Foreword by Dard Hunter.

    Tindale, Thomas & Harriet R.

    Bookseller: Veatchs Arts of the Book, ABAA
    UNITED STATES

    THE HANDMADE PAPERS OF JAPAN., Foreword by Dard Hunter.
    Rutland & Tokyo, 1952. - 4 volumes plus envelope. 13 1/4 x 10/ 3/4. Japanese-style bindings of hand-stenciled wraps & boards. Volumes... More

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    Price: 11810.00 USD

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  • Radical Novel 1900-1954

    One day back in the seventies, I was browsing through Walter B. Rideout's The Radical Novel in the United States, 1900-1954 (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1956). Many of the authors discussed were then unknown to me: Robert Cantwell, George Allan England, Josephine Herbst, to name a few, but I'd heard of Howard Fast and I'd read Nelson Algren, Upton Sinclair, Richard Wright, James T. Farrell and a few others ...

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  • Living With - And From - Books, Part 7

    Living With - And From - Books, Part 7

    "Up to the Eighties, personal computers  were not existing yet, and we could not  even begin to think of scanners: the  texts, typed on cards with bolds or italics  highlighted with a red or blue  pencil, were formed by the printer with  the linotype; the illustrations used to  be reproduced on zinc cliché applied  on thick wooden blocks to be placed in  the typographical shapes. In the past  few yeas, computerized instruments  have made everything easier, but the research for a greater and greater bibliographical  attention and a more sophisticated graphic elegance, has paradoxically lengthened  the time to complete a paper catalogue, destined to be consulted for years as a bibliographic  source. While the descriptions reserved to a search engine are less charming  and long lasting, because of the ephemeral characteristics of the internet. The same  purchasing dynamics have changed: the bibliophiles of the past used to prefer saving  on long distance calls and ordering from our catalogues, using the “low postage bookseller’s  order form” or the already forgotten telex, and the telegraphic address “Preliber”  is what we have decided to keep for our current web site." Catalogues in times of the internet: the final part of the Pregliasco story.

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  • Intellectual Gluttony - Philosophy Against the Abundance of Books, from Petrarca to Kant to Hegel and Nietzsche

    Intellectual Gluttony - Philosophy Against the Abundance of Books, from Petrarca to Kant to Hegel and Nietzsche

    A characteristic feature of Modernity is the contempt of too much food  - and books. Philosophers like Immanuel Kant, Karl Marx, Hegel and Friedrich Nietzsche considered the abundance of books to be unhealthy. In their view, both libraries and human thinking should be restricted to a moderate amount of keeping and reading “the right books”. At the same time health fanatics, physicians and the ever rising fashion industry put the world on a diet. The ideal of physical slimness and the contempt of too much food (and drinks, of course) coincides with the philosophical ideal of “intellectual slimness”, writes Manfred Schneider, professor of German Literature and Media at the University of Bochum. In his historical outline he describes how philosophers from Petrarca to Kant to Hegel, Nietzsche and Heidegger condemned the abundance of books in libraries and how they fought against, what they thought to be, intellectual gluttony.

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  • 37th Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair - November 15-17, 2013

    37th Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair - November 15-17, 2013

    The annual fall gathering for booklovers, the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair, will return to the Hynes Convention Center in Boston’s beautiful Back Bay, November 15-17, 2013. The offerings are wide and diverse from over 120 dealers from the United States, England, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Australia and The Netherlands who will present rare and collectible books, illuminated manuscripts, autographs, maps, atlases, modern first editions, photographs along with fine and decorative prints.

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  • Collecting Graphic Novels

    Collecting Graphic Novels

    Graphic novels haven’t always held an esteemed spot on collectors’ shelves. While earlier incarnations of the graphic novel (i.e., comic books) have indeed been objects heavily and preciously collected, the rise of the graphic novel is assumed to be, for many readers, a relatively new phenomenon. Yet many graphic novels (and other works by their authors) are quite collectible. If you’re thinking about starting a new type of collection, delving into the history of this genre might be for you.

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  • GONZALO FERNANDÉZ PONTES - NEW PRESIDENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE OF ANTIQUARIAN BOOKSELLERS

    GONZALO FERNANDÉZ PONTES - NEW PRESIDENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE OF ANTIQUARIAN BOOKSELLERS

    At the Ordinary General Meeting on 20th September 2016 in Budapest the presidents of ILAB’s 22 national member associations voted for Gonzalo Fernandez Pontes (Spain) as new ILAB President. He succeeds Norbert Donhofer (Austria) who served as President from 2014 to 2016; and he will be supported by ILAB Vice‐President Sally Burdon (Australia).

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