Message from the ABAA (US):
California Autograph Law amended

12 October 2017: The ABAA-sponsored bill in California, AB 228, has been signed into law by the Governor of California and is now in effect. 

Assembly Bill No. 228 - CHAPTER 696: An act to amend Section 1739.7 of the Civil Code, relating to collectibles, and declaring the urgency thereof, to take effect immediately.

More info. 

Impressions from the Presidents' Meeting in Copenhagen
September 2017

Presidents from our 22 affiliated national associations gathered on Monday, 25th September 2017 in Copenhagen. This annual meeting is a unique opportunity for the international rare book trade to present the work of each national association, to network and to learn. 

Amor Librorum Nos Unit. 


43rd ILAB Congress & Book Fair  in L.A. from  3 - 11 Feb 2018

You ask  “why congresses?” - the short answer is surely Amor librorum nos unit; and what better than to meet with people who know what you are talking about rather than experiencing the blank looks of one’s ‘lay’ friends when one mentions “old books”. says Keith Fletcher, rare bookseller for over 40 years from the UK. 

The 2018 congress is now fully booked, four months prior to the event!

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

All information here. 

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

Robert Wright, President of ABAC on bookselling in Canada 

...There will be a considerable amount of interesting Canadiana at the Toronto Antiquarian Book Fair.  Material offered for sale will include rare books, maps, photographs, prints and ephemera on subjects such as early exploration and the arctic. There will also be important literary works by major Canadian writers including Leonard Cohen, Margaret Atwood, Alice Munro and L.M. Montgomery. Canada has a rich private press tradition, and there will be a good selection of finely printed books represented at the fair. The fair will provide a tremendous selection of antiquarian books in a world class setting, and I encourage everyone to attend!

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

  • INK FAIR LONDON - Rare Books & Art

    25 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017

    INK FAIR LONDON - Rare Books & Art

    After its inauguration in 2016, the 2nd edition of INK FAIR LONDON will take place in October 2017. The fair puts an emphasis on quality and luxury, combining the world of valuable rare and...

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    Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair 2017

    03 Nov 2017 - 04 Nov 2017

    Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair 2017

    Whether you are an experienced collector or simply curious about old and rare books, the Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair is not to be missed. Held each autumn in the beautiful and historic...

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Rare Book Gallery

  • Zur Theorie des Gesetzes der Energieverteilung im Normalspectrum. The...

    PLANCK, Max.

    Bookseller: SOPHIA RARE BOOKS

    Zur Theorie des Gesetzes der Energieverteilung im Normalspectrum. The beginning of quantum theory
    Johann Ambrosius Barth, Leipzig 1900 - Rare first printing, and a very fine copy, of the founding document of quantum theory, "marking the dividing... More

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    Price: 16500.00 USD




    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

  • Anjos Proibidos [WITH] Various Sets of Publisher's Proofs for the American...

    CABRAL, Fabio

    Bookseller: Between the Covers-Rare Books, Inc. ABAA

    Anjos Proibidos [WITH] Various Sets of Publisher's Proofs for the American edition entitled: Anjos Proibidos: Forbidden Angels
    Itamarati Grafica e Editora, (Ipirangia, Sao Paulo, Brazil 1991 - First edition. Small oblong quarto. Very brief text in Portuguese. Twenty-four... More

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    Price: 15000.00 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

All ArticlesRare Books - Articles

  • Fine presses and the bookseller

    The recent CODEX Foundation book arts festival and symposium The Fate of the Art: The Hand Printed Book in the 21st Century, or Kochfest as I like to call it, was by all accounts a highpoint for the fine press community. It provided a well-deserved spark to all who attended and participated, being the most significant event for the trade in many many years.

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  • Rare Books in Hungary

    Rare Books in Hungary

    The antiquarian book trade in Hungary is emerging. The young generation opens up to the international market and shows more and more that Budapest – like Vienna – is a European city full of cultural highlights, covering not only the history of arts, but the history of printing from its invention in the 15th century up to 20th century Avantgarde books. An interview with Zoltán Földvári (Budapest) and Norbert Donhofer (Vienna) about rare books in Hungary and the future of the antiquarian book trade.

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  • Rare Books in the Press - La lunga storia della Bibliotheca Hertziana

    Rare Books in the Press - La lunga storia della Bibliotheca Hertziana

    The Bibliotheca Hertziana is located in Rome. It emerged from a donation of Henriette Hertz (1764-1847) and was founded as a Kaiser Wilhelm Institute (now: Max Planck Institute) in 1913. With around 289.000 volumes,  the Bibliotheca Hertziana is regarded as one of the world's famous research centres for the history of art and architecture of the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque. The library focuses on interdisciplinary projects, such as the "Census of Antique Works of Art and Architecture Known in the Renaissance", a database which was developed in cooperation with the Warburg Institute London. The Census documents antique monuments known in the Renaissance together with related Renaissance texts and images, and information about locations, persons and periods as well as bibliographical data. Some snippets from an article by Antonietta Meringola about the history of the Bibliotheca Hertziana.

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  • Notes from Sydney - The ILAB Internship in Australia from October to December 2011

    Notes from Sydney - The ILAB Internship in Australia from October to December 2011

    Here I am reporting from sunny Sydney where I am highly enjoying my ILAB internship. I am a student at the Moscow State University of Printing Arts where I participate in the courses about the antiquarian book trade held by professor Olga Tarakanova. My internship is part of the program which is organized by the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers to give a hand to young booksellers like me to get in touch with foreign colleagues. So I got lucky to go to Australia, and I want to write about my experiences here in the form of brief posts to keep you informed about what is going on down under!

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Writers of the Spanish Civil War

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Writers of the Spanish Civil War

    Between the World Wars, a “little world war,” as Time Magazine described it, took place from 1936-1939. The Spanish Civil War pitted the Republicans, backed by international leftist allies, against the Nationalists and soon-to-be-tyrant General Francisco Franco. You might know a little bit about the history of the Spanish Civil War and its significance in Europe. Both Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany supported the dictator, turning the relatively localized war into a prescient event for the megalomania and political atrocities that have come to define World War II. As the Associated Press described it, the “conflict became a battlefield of ideologies . . . fascism against elected socialists and communists.” How much do you know about the novelists and poets who not only depicted battles through language, but also fought alongside the Republicans in various regions of the country? From Pablo Neruda to Ernest Hemingway to George Orwell, let’s take a relatively quick guided tour through the literary history of the brutal war in Spain.

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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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