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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  • J.A. Stargardt - Autographs

    24 Mar 2015 - 25 Mar 2015

    J.A. Stargardt - Autographs

    Founded in Berlin in 1830, since 1885 owned by the Mecklenburg family, J.A. Stargardt  is devoted entirely to the fascinating field of autographs: to letters and manuscripts written by...

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  • [Photographs]: Four Helmut Newton Photographs

    NEWTON, Helmut as Helmut Neustaedter

    Bookseller: Between The Covers

    [Photographs]: Four Helmut Newton Photographs
    1936 [and circa 1970s]. An archive of four self-portrait photographs of Helmut Newton, all shot by Newton with a timer. Two are vintage prints,... More

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    Price: 7500.00 USD

  • Vue de l'Amiraute et ses environs en regardant de la Porte Triomphale, vers...

    de Lespinasse, Nicolas.

    Bookseller: Antiquariat est.1823

    Vue de l'Amiraute et ses environs en regardant de la Porte Triomphale, vers l'Occident.
    Paris,. 1783 Paris, 1783. 32, 51,2 cm, 25 x 34,8 cm ( view) Kupferstich. Unter Passepartout. Minimale Stockflecken, minimale Knickspuren, sonst... More

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    Price: 580.00 EUR

  • Small Collection of Signed and Inscribed Books and Photographs

    CASTRO, Fidel

    Bookseller: Between The Covers

    Small Collection of Signed and Inscribed Books and Photographs
    1955-1985. A collection that includes three Signed and Inscribed books, two Inscribed photographs and an Autograph Note in English Signed. The... More

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    Price: 18500.00 USD

  • Le

    PITRES (A.)

    Bookseller: L'intersigne Livres anciens

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

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    Price: 750.00 EUR

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  • My Favorite Flaws

    "Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
    Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
    Brown paper packages tied up with strings
    These are a few of my favorite things"

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  • Literary Baseball Novels

    Literary Baseball Novels

    The prices of literary baseball novels have consistently been strong because of additional collecting pressure from outside the traditional pool of first edition collectors, most obviously from the vast group of baseball and sports memorabilia collectors who might not be averse to adding a few favorite novels to their hoard of baseball cards and "bobbing head" dolls of favorite players. Virtually any reasonably literate (mostly) American (mostly) male might be considered a candidate to collect one or more of the novels listed in the accompanying article ...

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  • Harry Potter in Japan

    Harry Potter in Japan

    Harry Potter in Japan - A TV reporter of the Japan Probe visited the Tokyo International Antiquarian Book Fair, met rare book dealers, admired the young magician, rare scrolls and a 1.5 million dollar copy of Copernicus’ De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (Tokyo, Japan)

    ILAB booksellers on video

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  • A Bibliography of Unauthorised American Editions of The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter 1904-1980

    A Bibliography of Unauthorised American Editions of The Tale of Peter Rabbit by  Beatrix Potter 1904-1980

    John Turner’s new bibliography is an essential guide for any devotee of  Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit and of illustrators of children's books during this period. Illustrated with eight pages of color photographs, it contains over 300 entries published between 1904 and 1980.

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  • ILAB Internship in London. Part II: Sokol Books Ltd.

    ILAB Internship in London. Part II: Sokol Books Ltd.

    First of all, I’d like to mention: Sokol Books is a small London company run by Mr. Christopher Sokol himself, the founder and director, Grant McLean and Brooke Palmieri as his associates. There are also two interns: me and Laura Lebarbey, a young antiquarian bookseller from France. My first task after the London International Antiquarian Book Fair was unpacking and checking all the books together with Laura from France, and, afterwards, putting the books back into the shelves. This gave me a chance to take a closer look at the books (and to take an unplanned fitness exercise).

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  • The Grolier Club – Exhibitions, Lectures, Meetings, September to December 2014

    The Grolier Club – Exhibitions, Lectures, Meetings, September to December 2014

    The mission of the Grolier Club is “to foster the study, collecting, and appreciation of books and works on paper, their art, history, production, and commerce”. To this purpose numerous books and exhibition catalogues are published or sponsored, and a series of book-related events is regularly being held at the Grolier. The fall season of Grolier events starts in September with a Seamus Heaney exhibition followed by other amazing lectures, exhibitions and meetings until December 2014, including the first “Grolier Club Hundred Exhibition” in twenty years. An overview:

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