Final deadline: Please submit titles for the 17th ILAB Breslauer Prize until April 2017!

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. 

Writers, publishers, librarians, journalists, scholars, antiquarian booksellers, book collectors and all who are interested in bibliography and the history of the book are invited to submit books to the 17th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography. 

Please submit titles for the prize at the latest by the end of April 2017 to ILAB!

View the most recent submissions here

NEXT INTERNATIONAL RARE BOOK FAIRS:
STOCKHOLM 4 - 5 MARCH
NEW YORK 9 - 12 MARCH  

The next major antiquarian book fairs are only weeks away; the Stockholm Antiquarian Book Fair will take place from 4 - 5 March at Sweden's Royal Academy with dealers from Sweden, Finland and the UK. 

Only a few days later, over 200 international dealers will move into the New Park Avenue Armory from 9 - 12 March. The New York Antiquarian Book Fair is a real treasure trove for collectors, one of the most important book fairs worldwide and true highlight for the rare book trade!

For more information about upcoming, ILAB affiliated fairs, please go here.  

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

Välkommen till Stockholm – Welcome to Stockholm!

Published since 20 Feb 2017

...Booksellers, libraries, printers and publishers have always played a significant role in the history of Sweden. One of the more beautiful libraries of Sweden, the Bernadotte Library, which is the library of the present royal family, is housed in the Royal Palace in Stockholm. The library contains the royal book collection of over 100,000 books, that have belonged to the Bernadotte kings and queens throughout the ages.

The Library of Queen Lovisa Ulrica (1720-1782), sister of Fredrick the Great and mother of Gustavus III is housed at Drottningholm Palace, the royal family’s permanent home residence. Queen Lovisa Ulrica was very well educated and a patron of culture and scientists, among whom was Carl Linnaeus (also ”Carl von Linné"), the renowned Swedish botanist. ... 

Read full article here. 

Mentors announced for the ILAB Mentoring Programme

ILAB has recently launched the ILAB International Mentoring Programme. This programme aims to help young or recently established booksellers throughout the world by offering support and counselling on a one to one basis.
The ILAB International Mentoring Programme gives experienced booksellers the opportunity to lend a hand in the early days of a bookseller’s career when help is likely most needed. ILAB would like to thank the booksellers who have listed in the programme for agreeing to act as mentors for our next generation in the rare book trade!

The experience and expertise of the booksellers listed below speaks for itself.  All are volunteering their time as prospective mentors for newer entries in the antiquarian and rare book trade.

To see the updated list of mentors, please go here

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Book FairsRare Books - Next Fairs

  • 2. Braunschweiger Antiquariatsmarkt

    25 Feb 2017

    2. Braunschweiger Antiquariatsmarkt

    The Braunschweig Landesmuseum will open its doors on the 25 February 2017 for the 2nd Braunschweig Antiquarian Book Fair with 11 exhibitors. This boutique fair is organised by Reinhard Denecke...

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    Stockholm Antiquarian Book Fair 2017

    04 Mar 2017 - 05 Mar 2017

    Stockholm Antiquarian Book Fair 2017

    Meet book dealers from the whole of Scandinavia! The Swedish Antiquarian Booksellers Association (SVAF) has the pleasure of inviting you to the...

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  • Family Day: Festival of Maps

    25 Feb 2017

    Family Day: Festival of Maps

    Families will have the chance to make, look, touch, sign and explore, with a full programme of drop in activities from storytelling and interactive trails, to musical performances, art making...

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Rare Book Gallery

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

    PLANCK, Max.

    Bookseller: SOPHIA RARE BOOKS
    DENMARK

    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

  • 11 VOL. SET. GEORGE EUMORFOPOULOS COLLECTION CATALOGUE OF THE CHINESE,...

    HOBSON, Robert L. et al.

    Bookseller: RARE ORIENTAL BOOK CO., ABAA, ILAB
    UNITED STATES

    11 VOL. SET. GEORGE EUMORFOPOULOS COLLECTION CATALOGUE OF THE CHINESE, COREAN, CHINESE, AND PERSIAN POTTERY. The Complete Set.
    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

  • 11 VOL. SET. GEORGE EUMORFOPOULOS COLLECTION CATALOGUE OF THE CHINESE,...

    HOBSON, Robert L. et al.

    Bookseller: RARE ORIENTAL BOOK CO., ABAA, ILAB
    UNITED STATES

    11 VOL. SET. GEORGE EUMORFOPOULOS COLLECTION CATALOGUE OF THE CHINESE, COREAN, CHINESE, AND PERSIAN POTTERY. The Complete Set.
    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

  • Rüstungshandwerk (Munitions Trade Crafts)

    N/A

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

    Rüstungshandwerk (Munitions Trade Crafts)
    NP 1942 - 1/50? Folio. Unpaginated. Quarter vellum over paper-covered decorative boards with title stamped in silver & emblem (possibly of the... More

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    Price: 12500.00 USD

All ArticlesRare Books - Articles

  • Don't hope to get rid of books ...

    Don't hope to get rid of books ...

    Umberto Eco and Jean-Claude Carrière are two well-known authors and bibliophiles. Their new book is a tribute to the Gutenberg galaxy: N'espérez pas vous débarrasser des livres, in English “Don't hope to get rid of books” ...

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  • Bibliographies - Anonym works

    Bibliographies - Anonym works

    Online: Michael Holzmann und Hanns Bohatta, Deutsches Anonymen-Lexikon 1501-1850, 4 volumes

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  • John Thomas Baines - English Artist and Explorer (1820-1875)

    John Thomas Baines - English Artist and Explorer (1820-1875)

    His paintings, sketches and lithographs about Africa and Australia have become book illustrations, the originals are kept in various museums and at the Royal Geographic Society. A river and a mountain in Australia are named after him, and a family of beetles has been called "Bolbotritus Bainesi".

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Reference Book of the Day: Erya

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Reference Book of the Day: Erya

    The Erya (or Erh Ya) - the name means “approaching what is correct, proper, refined,” though it's sometimes translated as The Ready Guide - is the oldest dictionary of the Chinese language. The author is a mystery, and the traditional attribution to the Duke of Chou isn't taken seriously. The date, too, is a puzzler, though “scholars generally agree that it was written by Confucian scholars sometime between the Spring and Autumn period and early Han Dynasty (8th through 2nd centuries B.C.)” (Xue, p. 152). The third century BCE is a pretty good guess.

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  • Former Official of the Ministry of Science Stole Thousands of Books from German Libraries

    Over many years a former official of the Ministry of Science stole nearly 15.000 rare and valuable books from German libraries worth millions of euros. The thief was caught a year and a half ago in  the Fürstlich Waldecksche Court Library, where he had been a frequent guest. Nobody there had ever thought that he had been the thief of 180 books worth 150.000 euros until he was arrested by the police. The book theft in the Court Library was one of many deeds, of which the former state official is now accused.

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  • To Google Or Not To Google? - Arachnophobia

    To Google Or Not To Google? - Arachnophobia

    This recollection leads me to wonder what I ever did – when I absolutely had to know something –  before Google? That godly search engine and its equally marvelous repository of information, Wikipedia, have become so pervasive in our lives it’s hard to remember what the world was like without them. But if I think about it really hard (this is precisely the sort of answer I cannot Google), long shelves of encyclopedias come to mind. The Americana and the Colliers sets of my youth were sources of lots of cool info, like how to make gunpowder, but they were woefully short on facts about girls and sex.

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