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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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  • 250 Years of Blackstone's Commentaries

    05 Mar 2015 - 02 Jun 2015

    250 Years of Blackstone's Commentaries

    This year is the 250th anniversary of the publication of Sir William Blackstone's "Commentaries on the Laws of England," the single most influential book in the history of Anglo-American law. The...

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  • 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

  • Vue de l'Amiraute et ses environs en regardant de la Porte Triomphale, vers...

    de Lespinasse, Nicolas.

    Bookseller: Antiquariat est.1823

    Vue de l'Amiraute et ses environs en regardant de la Porte Triomphale, vers l'Occident.
    Paris,. 1783 Paris, 1783. 32, 51,2 cm, 25 x 34,8 cm ( view) Kupferstich. Unter Passepartout. Minimale Stockflecken, minimale Knickspuren, sonst... More

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    Price: 580.00 EUR

  • Town Planning for Australia.

    TAYLOR, George A.

    Bookseller: Hordern House

    Town Planning for Australia.
    Sydney: Building Limited, 1914. Large octavo, numerous photo illustrations, plans, diagrams, illustrated advertisements; a very good copy in... More

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    Price: 1250.00 AUD

  • La deuxi

    Le Corbusier [Charles-Édouard Jeanneret]

    Bookseller: Patrik Andersson Antikvariat

    La deuxi
    [Basel], 1959. 25x40

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    Price: 40000.00 SEK

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  • "Caro Onomonimo ... speriamo di non liberarci dai libri"

    "Caro Onomonimo ... speriamo di non liberarci dai libri"

    Avere l’ambizione di presentare Umberto Eco, che ha inaugurato la Fiera del Libro di Torino con la conversazione Non sperate di liberarvi dei libri, può sembrare pretenzioso: ma non intendo qui parlare del professore di semiotica, dello scrittore italiano vivente più conosciuto nel mondo, bensì di Umberto Eco bibliofilo, raccontando quelle che sono le relazioni pericolose tra il collezionista ed il proprio pusher di libri antichi: un’esperienza unica, che consente al libraio di entrare nello spirito, ancor prima che nel portafoglio, del cliente.

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  • One Hand on the Wheel - The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers During the 1990s

    One Hand on the Wheel - The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers During the 1990s

    In 1985 I was elected to the committee of the ILAB, the international umbrella organization then uniting the national associations of eighteen countries, now twenty-one. The problems a small national association like the NVvA has to cope with do not differ fundamentally from those faced by the ILAB. The committee consists of members from various countries, who, when they agree to join the international committee, are expected to let the international collective interests prevail over the national and/or private interests. These responsible positions are not subject to any payment, and compensation for expenses is only partial. By raising the yearly financial contribution of the national associations to the ILAB treasury bit by bit, and through a levy on the booths at antiquarian book fairs sponsored by the national associations, the financial position of the ILAB slowly improved. In 1996, just before I retired as president of the ILAB, I was able to convince a majority in the General Assembly to vote for more appropriate reimbursement of costs for future members of the committees.

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  • Buchgedanken


    Es gibt so mancherlei, was neben dem Inhalt ein Buch ausmacht. Mancher wird auf die Typographie hinweisen, andere die Einbände erwähnen, wieder andere interessante oder hochbedeutende Provenienzen. Wie gesagt, es gibt so manches, das ein Buch zu einem nicht nur intellektuellen, sondern sinnlichen Erlebnis macht. Ich schätze die oben angeführten Dinge und Zustände auch. Aber – ich bin auch ein Ferund des Unvollkommenen, des leicht Maroden, des etwas Angestoßenen, des Lebens eben. In den vielen Jahren, in denen ich schon Antiquar bin, habe ich wahrscheinlich Bücher in jedem erdenklichen Zustand gesehen, von verlagsfrisch bis zu Fällen, die eigentlich nur noch einen Nekrophilen interessieren können. Aber bei jedem dieser Bücher frage ich mich: Warum? Was ist die Geschichte hinter diesem Fleck, dieser Brandspur, diesem Modergeruch?

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  • The 15th Century Equivalent of Your Cat Walking on Your Keyboard

    The 15th Century Equivalent of Your Cat Walking on Your Keyboard

    “The 15th century equivalent of your cat walking on your keyboard”, writes Rebecca J. Rosen, senior associate editor at The Atlantic, are ink pawprints in early printed books. “For cat owners, the scene is too familiar:  You sit down to finally (finally!) get some work done, and along comes kitty, here to stroll across your keyboard.” During the 15th century the ancestors of our beloved kitties walked across - incunabula. What is a big disgrace (or humiliation) for every serious collector, is nothing more than an everyday occurrence for cat lovers.

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  • Melbourne Rare Book Week - For the love of books!

    Melbourne Rare Book Week - For the love of books!

    The Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers announces the Melbourne Rare Book Week from 17th to 27th July 2014, incorporating the 42nd ANZAAB Australian Antiquarian Book Fair from 25th to 27th July at Wilson Hall, University of Melbourne.

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  • Rare Book Collector Spotlight: Modern First Editions of Moshe Prigan

    Rare Book Collector Spotlight: Modern First Editions of Moshe Prigan

    Moshe Prigan is an accomplished book collector, freelance writer, and retired teacher of art and history. He lives in Haifa, Israel but searches globally to make new acquisitions for his collection. While mainly interested in English and Italian volumes of Umberto Eco, he also collects other authors including Alice Munro and Margaret Atwood. Moshe has generously shared his collecting insights with us in the following interview.

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