ILAB POP UP FAIRS ON UNESCO WORLD BOOK & COPYRIGHT DAY

HELP US MAKE THE 2016 ILAB POP UP CELEBRATIONS EVEN BIGGER

Once again in 2016! This video is a record of an extraordinary series of events – which were really one big event. Speed dating for booklovers: On 23 April 2015 ILAB booksellers brought the books to the people at the most unexpected places, in schools, at train stations, pubs, schools, museums, libraries, woolsheds, business clubs, in the streets, on boats, on skyscrapers. For 24 hours they were part of a great chain of books spanning across the world. It was an amazing experience! >> on the blog  >> on the website

ILAB CONGRESS & ILAB BOOK FAIR - BUDAPEST, 21 - 25 SEPTEMBER 2016

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

ILAB PRESIDENTS' MEETING IN SEVILLE

17th ILAB BRESLAUER PRIZE FOR BIBLIOGRAPHY  - SUBMIT BOOKS!

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.

THE WORLD'S EXPERT ANTIQUARIAN BOOKSELLERS IN 1 BOOK!

The ILAB Directory gives easy access to information on the almost 2.000 ILAB booksellers 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 an essential part in making your buying experience a pleasant one. Download the PDF, or get a printed copy at the ILAB book fairs.

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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Book FairsRare Books - Next Fairs

  • ILAB - LILA

    49th California International Antiquarian Book Fair (ABAA)

    12 Feb 2016 - 14 Feb 2016

    49th California International Antiquarian Book Fair (ABAA)

    "Even if you are not a collector, if you have ever read a book, it's a place to go to find out what you haven't read, or just what you haven't seen or didn't know exists." Tony...

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  • 21. Antiquariats-Messe Zürich

    04 Mar 2016 - 06 Mar 2016

    21. Antiquariats-Messe Zürich

    The only antiquarian book fair in Switzerland, with around 40 exhibitors from Switzerland and abroad. 2016 will be a very special event: the Zurich Antiquarian Book Fair will celebrate the DADA...

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EventsRare Books - Next EventsRSS

  • Shakespeare, Life of an Icon

    20 Jan 2016 - 27 Mar 2016

    Shakespeare, Life of an Icon

    We will never have a photograph of William Shakespeare or a recording of his voice, but we can catch glimpses of the man in this stunning array of documents from his own lifetime.

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BooksellersAntiquarian Booksellers

Rare Book Gallery

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

    Tindale, Thomas & Harriet R.

    Bookseller: The Veatchs Arts of the Book
    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: 11000.00 USD

  • Furtwängler: collection of 12 items [SIGNED]

    Furtwängler, Wilhelm

    Bookseller: ERIC CHAIM KLINE, BOOKSELLER (ABAA ILAB)
    UNITED STATES

    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

  • Street Incidents

    THOMSON, John; Thomson, John; SMITH, Adolphe

    Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books
    UNITED STATES

    Street Incidents
    1881 - THOMSON, John.Street Incidents.London: Sampson, Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1881.First abridged edition of the "first concerted... More

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    Price: 17500.00 USD

  • Mécanisme de la physionomie humaine ou analyse électro-physiologique de...

    DUCHENNE DE BOULOGNE

    Bookseller: Hugues de Latude
    FRANCE

    Mécanisme de la physionomie humaine ou analyse électro-physiologique de l'expression des passions
    Baillière, Paris 1862 - Grand in-8. [265 x 180 mm] Collation : VI, (2), 70, XI, 194 pp., 1 portrait-frontispice et 91 planches hors-texte.... More

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    Price: 30010.00 EUR

All ArticlesRare Books - Articles

  • The ABAA and You

    The ABAA and You

    Susan Benne about the world's largest Antiquarian Booksellers' Association: the ABAA. "We are a trade association of over 450 members located throughout the United States. Our members specialize in fine and rare books, maps, documents, autographs, illuminated manuscripts, ephemera and prints which span the economic spectrum. We are united in a passion for books and related material and have bound ourselves to a Code of Ethics which guides us in our dealings with each other and our clients..."

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  • Antiquarian Books Do Have a Future! - An Interview with Alain Marchiset

    Antiquarian Books Do Have a Future! - An Interview with Alain Marchiset

    Our trade has known in recent years very deep changes. We are hearing more and more often of the e-book, and it is not difficult to understand that in a few years the paper book will no longer be the cultural reference. I had also anticipated that fact in 2002 in another article “What future for rare books”, in which I explained that rare and antiquarian books would probably be safe from the breakdown of the new book market, because rare books will remain collectibles. As I said then, “as the gap widens between books for consumer purposes and rare books, there will be greater  distinction between them, and that such books will acquire greater value for collection purposes ”. There will therefore always be demanding amateurs for fine leather bindings, beautifully illustrated books on fine paper, original manuscripts, etc… Can one really compare these beautiful artefacts to an e-book? Antiquarian books do have a future!

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  • A Cruise with the Carters

    A Cruise with the Carters

    "Where does paper fit in an increasingly digital world? Will there even be a significant role for collectors and purveyors of antiquarian paper?" Greg Gibson's "Cruise with the Carters"

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  • David Batterham: Among Booksellers

    David Batterham: Among Booksellers

    For thirty five years  bookseller David Batterham has been making buying trips abroad and describing his adventures in letters to artist Howard Hodgkin. He was looking for trade catalogues , fashion magazines and  other illustrated journals but his colleagues  interest him almost as much, seen in their homes and shops.  The  visitable bookseller, a vanishing breed, is here immortalised.

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  • Pictorial Literature - Two Children’s Books Catalogues by Sabine Keune, reviewed by F.C. Heller

    Pictorial Literature - Two Children’s Books Catalogues by Sabine Keune, reviewed by F.C. Heller


    In a series of catalogues the German antiquarian bookseller Sabine Keune offers the most beautiful copies from the Martin Kaiser Collection of Pictorial Literature. Martin Kaiser collected children’s books, fairy tales  which are more than books for children: They are, in Roger Duvoisin’s words, “pictorial literature”, pieces of art, designed and illustrated by famous 20th century artists like V. Preissig, V. Lebedev, Walter Trier and Walt Disney. The illustrations in these pictorial books are influenced by the predominant artistic trends of the 20th century: from Art Nouveau to Expressionism to Avantgarde. Friedrich C. Heller’s review of Sabine Keune’s catalogue is as worth reading as the catalogue itself.

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  • In the Press - What Became of the Jewish Books?

    In the Press - What Became of the Jewish Books?

    All across Europe entire libraries belonging to Jews, Freemasons, Jesuits or Communists were looted by the Nazi regime. The books which were not burnt or destroyed were hidden by the Nazis for eventual use after the war. So, when World War II was over, the US-army officers who were part of the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Program, found millions of books which had been stolen by Nazis. In her article for The New Yorker Sally MacGrane reports about a project including an online exhibit and a virtual map which intends to document the history and the provenances of those books according to their library stamps.

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