ILAB POP UP BOOK FAIRS ALL AROUND THE WORLD ON UNESCO WORLD BOOK & COPYRIGHT DAY

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 WORLD'S EXPERT ANTIQUARIAN BOOKSELLERS IN 1 BOOK!

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!

Why ILAB?

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!

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 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.

DE CARO AND THE GIROLAMINI THEFTS – SIGN THE NOTE OF PROTEST!

Recent news on the Girolamini thefts: Marino Massimo de Caro had given an interview to an Italian newspaper in which he accused antiquarian booksellers and auctioneers to manipulate valuable books – scratching out stamps, removing old ownership labels and/or gluing those to others. ILAB and ALAI refused to file a law-suit against both the reporter and Mr De Caro for giving such a scandalous interview, but the President of ALAI, Fabrizio Govi, and the former Director of the Italian National Libraries, Dr Daniele Danesi, have responded to it in a serious and widely read newspaper in Italy. Read the articles!

ALAI has also placed a note of protest on its website, and has opened a section where intellectuals, librarians, and, of course, booksellers, can sign this protest – and so far quite a few have signed it.

DE CARO AND THE GIROLAMINI THEFTS – OFFICIAL NOTE OF PROTEST OF ILAB

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!

DE CARO AND THE GIROLAMINI THEFTS - BOOKS WITHDRAWN FROM AUCTION 59 AT ZISSKA & SCHAUER IN MAY 2012


Following our strategy to bringing as much light as possible in the Girolamini thefts, the Committee had asked the Munich based auction house Zisska & Lacher (formerly Zisska & Schauer) to provide us with a list of the books which had been confiscated or withdrawn from their auction No 59 in May of 2012 (the books from the Girolamini library). The list can be searched here!

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

    DICKINSON, EMILY.

    Bookseller: Brick Row Book Shop
    UNITED STATES

    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

  • H.P. Lovecraft Collection

    LOVECRAFT, H.P.

    Bookseller: Between The Covers
    UNITED STATES

    H.P. Lovecraft Collection
    A remarkable collection of 244 H.P. Lovecraft items with over 200 rare amateur press appearances dating as early as 1914; nine important pulp... More

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    Price: 65000.00 USD

  • Les

    FERE (Ch.)

    Bookseller: L'intersigne Livres anciens
    FRANCE

    Les
    Paris, Alcan, 1890, fort vol. gd in 8

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    Price: 600.00 EUR

  • Ask the Angels

    SANTISI, Donna and Marcy Blaustein

    Bookseller: Between The Covers
    UNITED STATES

    Ask the Angels
    Orange, Calif: Double R Books 1978. First edition. Compiled by Marcy Blaustein. Photographs by Donna Santisi. Comb-bound at the top in photographic... More

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    Price: 2500.00 USD

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  • Copenhagen 1948

    Copenhagen 1948

    The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers¾ILAB to English-speaking members, LILA to the French-speaking¾came into being the following day. Its constitution, drawn up by the ten presidents, was approved by the general assembly, its officers and executive committee duly elected. Its birth had not been easy, the labor had been protracted, and it would suffer growing pains for years to come; but it was a wanted child, and the Danes saw to it that its christening was suitably celebrated.

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  • A Personal Library

    A Personal Library

    I do not think enough people have a personal library. A library with real wood shelves, not boxes under the bed and a library that has to be dusted (once in awhile). A library where all your treasures are placed... just the way you want them.

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Under the influence

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Under the influence

    This is the first edition in Russian of Thomas De Quincey’s famous Confessions of an English Opium Eater (1822), a very rare book.  The title reads: The confession of an Englishman who has taken opium.  A work by Maturin, the author of Melmoth.  The attribution is to the Irishman Charles Maturin, whose Melmoth the Wanderer (1820) had been published in Russian (via a French translation) in 1833.

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  • On the Blog - Provenance in Pictures: Tracking the Ownership of Three Early Printed Books

    “Last week a group of Melbourne bibliophiles were treated to a delightful talk by preeminent bookman Nicolas Barker, editor of The Book Collector since 1965, and whose bibliography records an impressive 1,000+ entries. Barker examined twenty or so works from Special Collections and talked to the salient points of each book. This post highlights three of the selected items that had multiple signs of ownership, all of which caught Barker’s eye.”

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  • Rare Books in the Press - 10 Beautiful Australian Libraries, in Pictures

    Rare Books in the Press - 10 Beautiful Australian Libraries, in Pictures

    “Craigieburn library in Hume, Victoria has been named public library of the year following a cross-continent competition by the Danish Agency for Culture. Judges called it a “democratic meeting place, open to diversity and interaction”. From opulent state buildings to state-of-the-art university architecture, here are nine more amazing libraries across Australia – which would you add to the list?” A Guardian picture gallery.

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - San Francisco on the Soviet Stage

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - San Francisco on the Soviet Stage

    Next week Simon Beattie will be exhibiting at the 48th California International Antiquarian Book Fair from 6-8 February, 2015, in Oakland. This week he shows us a most extraordinary books from his main field of interest: the cultural relations between the English-speaking world and Europe, especially Germany and Russia. This item - for sale at the California fair - shows a very special relation between Russia, Europa and California.

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