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> Bookish flash mob - speed dating for booklovers.

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ANTWERP: Books across the borders - Dutch and Belgian dealers pop up at Antwerp's Bibliotheek Permeke.

LUND: an ILAB Pop Up Fair dedicated exclusively to pop-up books at Akarps antikvariat.

LONDON: British booksellers show their best at Middle Temple Library.

FROM SALISBURY CATHEDRAL TO OXFORD UNIVERSITY: CELESTE the Rare Book Campervan goes on a road trip for UNESCO with Amanda Hall and Susanne Schulz-Falster.


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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  • Me: Stories of My Life - 1st Edition/1st Printing

    Hepburn, Katherine

    Bookseller: Books Tell You Why

    Me: Stories of My Life  - 1st Edition/1st Printing
    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1991. 8vo; [2], [i-vii] viii, [1-3] 4-420 [421-2] pages. A charming First Edition/First Printing in Fine condition in... More

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    Price: 600.00 USD

  • 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

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    CHARCOT (Dr. J.M.)

    Bookseller: L'intersigne Livres anciens

    P., Progr

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    Price: 1500.00 EUR

  • Poems . . . Edited by Two of Her Friends Mabel Loomis Todd and T. W. Higginson.


    Bookseller: Brick Row Book Shop

    Poems . . . Edited by Two of Her Friends Mabel Loomis Todd and T. W. Higginson.
    London: James R. Osgood, McIlvaine, & Co., 1891. 8vo, original pale yellow cloth, gilt lettering and decorations, t.e.g. Cloth a little faded... More

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    Price: 2500.00 USD

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  • Collecting Cricket Fiction

    Collecting Cricket Fiction

    Cricket fiction may seem a small subject, but a collection could rapidly and relatively cheaply grow to several hundred items dating from 1820 to 2008. Among the earliest items would be In School and Out of School (1825) which contains a description of the game and an illustration, and Mary Mitford’s Our Village (also published in the 1820’s).

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  • Selling a Book by Its Cover

    Selling a Book by Its Cover

    "It took Thatcher Wine a year to amass 2,000 well-preserved white vellum and cream-colored leatherbound books for a 'gentleman’s library' in the Northern California estate of a private equity manager. Perfectly matched sets of books bound in antique vellum, a pale leather made from goat or sheep skin, are an elusive quarry, especially if they all have to be in English, said Mr. Wine, a former Internet entrepreneur who now creates custom book collections and decorative 'book solutions', as he puts it, in his Boulder, Colo., warehouse." New York Times journalist Penelope Green visits "book decorator" Thatcher Wine. Snippets from an article about an unusual profession and about clients who - sometimes - want "the option of being able to read" their books.

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  • Preserving Your Rare Books: Setting up and Maintaining Your Home Library

    Preserving Your Rare Books: Setting up and Maintaining Your Home Library

    As a collector of rare books, your goal is to keep your collection in optimum shape. You’re careful with dust jackets and protect fragile books with clamshell cases. Even the way you shelve your rare books can impact their condition. It’s important that your home library provides the support and protection that rare books need.

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Fasque

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Fasque

    Best story of the week was Ed Bayntun-Coward’s recollection of his encounter with a glamorous woman at a party.  She asked what he did for a living.  Ed replied smoothly that he was an antiquarian bookseller – “What a contraceptive”, she responded, immediately turning on heel and walking away.

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  • Preparing and Carving Meat in the Baroque Period - A New Bibliography by Uwe Frenzel

    Preparing and Carving Meat in the Baroque Period - A New Bibliography by Uwe Frenzel

    The Hamburg collector Uwe Frenzel has published a new bibliography about a delightful and delicious field of collecting. His book “Deutschsprachige Tranchierbücher des Barock” provides a detailed and well-founded summary of baroque literature on preparing and carving meat, covering the period between the years 1620 and 1724.

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  • Karl Donhofer (1923–2013)

    Karl Donhofer, antiquarian bookseller and for many years managing director of Franz Deuticke (Vienna), member of the Austrian Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (VAO) and father of ILAB Vice-President Norbert Donhofer, passed away on 20th June 2013. An obituary by Hansjörg Krug.

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