Register now for the 43rd ILAB Congress & Book Fair
See you in L.A. from  3 - 11 February 2018!

Hosted and organised by the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America, ABAA, the 43rd ILAB Congress will take place from 3 -11 Feb 2018 in L.A., Pasadena. 

Registrations are now open to participate in the congress!

ILAB Congresses and Book Fairs are held every two years in another country. They are cultural and social events that lead the booksellers to cities worldwide, where they are shown the treasures of book printing and arts, with the possibility of networking in a relaxed atmosphere.  More info. 

Apply for a scholarship to attend the congress!

The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America's Elisabeth Woodburn Fund is proud to give the opportunity to THREE YOUNG ANTIQUARIANS to participate in the 43rd ILAB Congress! Apply via your national association by the 31st July! >> More info

Why ILAB Congresses are an ideal place to meet, learn and network - by Sabine Keune & Keith Fletcher 

Sabine Keune of Antiquariat Keune (Germany) and Keith Fletcher (UK) reminisce over past congresses and urge their colleagues to use this unique opportunity to build valuable connections and broaden the horizon. 

Now is the time for the revival of the ILAB Congress - A veteran's ramblings by Keith Fletcher 

Cologne was my first one - by Sabine Keune 


Leading Australian and international antiquarian booksellers bring a rich and diverse array of books to the Melbourne Rare Book Fair each year. The fair is presented by the Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (ANZAAB) as part of Melbourne Rare Book Week and runs from 7 - 9 July 2017. 

For more information about upcoming, ILAB affiliated fairs and related events, please go here.  

ILAB Library - All You Need To Know About Rare Books and the Antiquarian Book Trade

Real Books, Real People -
Laurence Worms' Review of Rare Books London 2017

Published since 26 June 2017

A week of book-fairs and nowadays a whole series of related events – visits, talks and tours – all under a festival heading of “Rare Books London 2017”.  No sparing of effort, much time generously given – applause and a heartfelt thank-you to all concerned.

Read the full article here. 

NEW: ILAB Mentoring Programme

Are you a young or recently established antiquarian bookseller?

ILAB has recently launched an International Mentoring Programme to help booksellers throughout the world by offering support and counselling on a one to one basis in the early days of a career. 

For all information and an updated list of mentors, please go here

Submissions for the 2018 ILAB Prize for Bibliography have now closed and can be viewed online! 

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.
Every fourth year ILAB detects and awards a particularly significant reference work within a selection of scholarly books about books published in the previous years. 

View submissions for the 2018 Prize here

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Book FairsRare Books - Next Fairs

  • Masterpiece London

    29 Jun 2017 - 05 Jul 2017

    Masterpiece London

    Masterpiece London, one of the world's leading antiques fairs now running in its 7th year in London, welcomes a number of international antiquarian booksellers and map dealers amongst its...

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  • 24th International Book Fair for Small Publishers and Private Presses

    29 Jun 2017 - 02 Jul 2017

    24th International Book Fair for Small Publishers and Private Presses

    Over 250 exhibitors from 15 countries and over 10,000 visitors at Europe's largest marketplace for small publishers and private presses.  Since 1970, the City of Mainz hosts every...

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Rare Book Gallery

  • Rüstungshandwerk (Munitions Trade Crafts)



    Rüstungshandwerk (Munitions Trade Crafts)
    NP 1942 - 1/50? Folio. Unpaginated. Quarter vellum over paper-covered decorative boards with title stamped in silver & emblem (possibly of the... More

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    Price: 12500.00 USD


    HOBSON, Robert L. et al.


    THE FAMOUS AND OBSCURE COMPLETE SET OF 11 LIMITED EDITIONSLondon 1925- - 28, Benn. Black & gold blind stamped cloth,foliowith 300 color, 500... More

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    Price: 36460.00 USD



    Bookseller: Glenn Books, ABAA, ILAB

    O. Cowdery and Co. For P.P. Pratt and J. Goodson, Kirkland, Ohio 1837 - Corners rounded, front cover creased. Small piece missing from top corner... More

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    Price: 50000.00 USD

  • 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

All ArticlesRare Books - Articles

  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Netspeak for The Private Library

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Netspeak for The Private Library

    We know several book collectors who collect books about the technologies and personalities associated with computers.  Some of these collectors have been collecting such books for decades. A few of these book collections are fairly comprehensive, encompassing everything from foundational works like John Napier's Mirifici logarithmorum canonis descriptio (1614) to the latest installment of Computers for Dummies.  (Even with the advent of ebooks, the great majority of this literature continues to have a print equivalent.  Why is that?)  Other such collections, though, are more focused: they deal only with the invention and evolution of personal computers, for example, or with the invention and evolution of the Internet.

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  • Six Weeks in Australia - The ILAB Internship Program

    Six Weeks in Australia - The ILAB Internship Program

    Pavel Chepyzhov spent six weeks in Australia as an ILAB Intern. "My internship took place from October to December 2011 when I traveled from Russia to Australia and Hong Kong. I have spent most of my time in Australia with Paul Feain, the owner of Cornstalk Bookshop (Sydney), the organizer of the Hong Kong Antiquarian Book Fair and the co-founder of Sydney Rare Book Auctions." Read his report.

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  • How to Prevent Ghosting and Shadowing in Rare Books

    How to Prevent Ghosting and Shadowing in Rare Books

    When it comes to rare books, condition is everything. Any kind of damage, discoloration, or flaws can significantly impact a book's value. One of the most common flaws we see in rare and antiquarian books is a condition called ghosting or shadowing. This condition occurs when a page fades unevenly, leaving a visible outline on the page.

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  • Peter Harrington Rare Books Featured on BBC News: Charles Dickens inscribed book offered for £275,000 sale

    Peter Harrington Rare Books Featured on BBC News: Charles Dickens inscribed book offered for £275,000 sale

    “A signed copy of Charles Dickens' novel A Tale of Two Cities bearing a personal inscription to fellow author George Eliot has gone on sale for £275,000. Dated December 1859, the dedication expresses "high admiration and regard" for Eliot - real name Mary Ann Evans. It is being sold by rare book dealer Peter Harrington and is currently on show at its central London bookshop. If it reaches its asking price, the book will be among the most expensive Dickens works ever purchased.” Read the whole story on BBC News.

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  • The Mimeo Revolution - Secret Location on the Upper East Side

    The Mimeo Revolution - Secret Location on the Upper East Side

    As much as I hate to admit it, Kulchur is one of the great magazines of the Mimeo Revolution.  The mag irks because it proves false my notion that good funding translates into a bad mag.  On the contrary, Kulchur is great precisely because it is well-funded.  It just looks money in terms of design (even if Lita Hornick did not get her money’s worth with the printers) and the contents are a wealth of information on the New York art scene in all its facets from film, art, literature, and theater.  Hornick got great reviews and chronicles from great writers because she paid for them.  In this case, she got her money’s worth.

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  • In Memoriam Mitsuo Nitta, ILAB Member of Honour

    In Memoriam Mitsuo Nitta, ILAB Member of Honour

    I was deeply saddened to learn that Mitsuo Nitta, President of Honor of the ABAJ, Member of Honor of ILAB, CEO at Yushodo Ltd., former Chair of the ILAB-Breslauer Prize for Bibliography, legendary bookseller and friend to so many of us, has passed away on October 27 of 2015. Mitsuo Nitta played a leading role in developing antiquarian bookselling not only in Japan but also in the surrounding countries like Korea and China, and he had been teacher and friend for generations of younger booksellers. His role in spreading out ILAB’s device “Amor Librorum nos unit” in East-Asia cannot be underestimated. Since my first meeting with Mitsuo Nitta back in 1988 during the Congress in Paris, we had been in constant contact, and I will always remember countless discussions about ILAB with him, the last one – alas - only earlier this year in Tokyo.

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