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.  See the video on YouTube, learn more about the Congress Programme and visit the official website.

ILAB CONGRESSES - THE REAL THING

Our world is global, we meet on Facebook, we follow each other on Twitter. Why bother to travel a long way to meet real people? Just as the virtual book is not a substitute for a real book, just as we want to see, feel, and touch a real physical book, we want to meet real people, see them, and talk to them, face-to-face, as we prefer to "meet" a book "face-to-face". And that is precisely what the ILAB Congresses and Book Fairs are about - in Lucerne 2012, in Paris 2014, and in Budapest 2016!

ILAB POP UP FAIRS ON UNESCO WORLD BOOK & COPYRIGHT DAY > ON THE BLOG

1,800 antiquarian booksellers, on 5 continents, in 16 countries, in 30 cities, in all languages bringing rare books to the people and fighting for a more literate world: this was ILAB on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day, 23 April 2016. Thank you to everybody across the world for being a part of it!

ILAB PRESIDENTS' MEETING IN SEVILLE 2013

See the pictures - Read the speech of ILAB President Norbert Donhofer.

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.

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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  • CHINESE PHOTO ALBUM, COMMEMMORATING THE VISIT OF THE WELCOMING OF THE...

    GUANG DONG ZHI XIN JU HAUN YIN MEI GUO SANG HUI JI NIAN.

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

    CHINESE PHOTO ALBUM, COMMEMMORATING THE VISIT OF THE WELCOMING OF THE AMERICAN MERCHANT ASSOCIATION BY THE CANTON ADVISORY BOARD, 1897. With Many Early Photos of Macao and the Pearl River Estuary.
    AN EXCELLENT EARLY PHOTO ALUBM OF CANTON & AMERICAN VISITORS[China c.1897. - ]Half leather over brocade silk, most of spinegone, else very... More

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    Price: 16900.00 USD

  • Collection of original vintage photographs.

    Arabian Horses at the Hungarian National Stud].

    Bookseller: Antiquariat INLIBRIS Gilhofer Nfg. GmbH
    AUSTRIA

    Collection of original vintage photographs.
    Bábolna, c. 1885. - 11 vintage photo prints (ca. 90 x 120 mm, but one 105 x 170 mm) on backing cardboard (20 x 25 cm). Highly uncommon photographs... More

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    Price: 9500.00 EUR

  • Photography from the V-2 rocket at altitudes ranging up to 160 kilometers

    Bergstralh, T. A.

    Bookseller: Jeremy Norman's historyofscience
    UNITED STATES

    Photography from the V-2 rocket at altitudes ranging up to 160 kilometers
    Naval Research Laboratory, Washington DC 1947 - The First Published Photographs of the Earth Taken from Space Bergstralh, T. A. Photography from... More

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    Price: 30000.00 USD

  • JAPANESE GOBLIN POETRY: Rendered into English By Lafcadio Hearn and...

    HEARN, Lafcadio.

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

    JAPANESE GOBLIN POETRY: Rendered into English By Lafcadio Hearn and Illustrated by His Own Drawings. Compiled by His Son Kazuo Koizumi.
    A FIRST & ONLY LIMITED NUMBERED EDITION OF 500 COPIES Tokyo 1934, - Oyama. White cloth spine over blue Kasuri cottoncovers, tall folio,... More

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    Price: 8284.00 USD

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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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  • The Wonders of the Shore in Color

    The Wonders of the Shore in Color

    Long before Darwin’s Origin was published in 1859 there was in Victorian society a strong popular interest in natural history. Not only did the microscope reveal previously hidden wonders, exposing for the first time the sexual life of plants, but advances in printing technology made it possible to reproduce and disseminate such images – in color – among the new and rapidly growing middle and working class populations. An excellent example of this historically unique intersection between science, technology and religion just appeared on my desk: the 1855 edition of Rev. Charles Kingsley’s Glaucus, or the Wonders of the Shore.

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  • Diamonds are a Rare Bookseller’s Best Friend

    Diamonds are a Rare Bookseller’s Best Friend

    Don’t judge a book by its cover. Sometimes it is worth more than you think. An antiquarian bookseller in Dunedin, New Zealand, found real treasures between the covers.

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  • 52nd Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair / 27th Antiquaria Ludwigsburg

    52nd Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair / 27th Antiquaria Ludwigsburg

    Why visit one book fair, if you can have two? The 52nd Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair will open its doors to visitors from 25th to 27th January 2013. Only ten minutes away by underground the Antiquaria / Ludwigsburg will be held from 24th to 26th January 2013. At one weekend bibliophiles will have the chance to browse the exceptional offers of more than 130 rare booksellers - for one ticket. This is unique in Germany. Among the dealers from Europa and abroad are many Austrian colleagues. For this reason Dieter Tausch, President of the Austrian Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association, reviews both book fair catalogues, and he says: If you go to Stuttgart and Ludwigsburg you will realize that the rare book trade has reached the 21st century.

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  • ILAB Internships – Out of the Classroom, into the World: Barcelona, Spain 2013

    ILAB Internships – Out of the Classroom, into the World: Barcelona, Spain 2013

    Hello, it’s me again! Another two weeks have past, and my today’s post is about Barcelona. The city hasn’t lost a bit of its charm since I’ve been there three years ago, and I was really happy to come back here and to spend these days with Albert Casals and his friends.

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  • Rare Book Collector Spotlight: Moshe Prigan - Tips for Collecting Rare Books and First Editions

    Rare Book Collector Spotlight: Moshe Prigan - Tips for Collecting Rare Books and First Editions

    In the second of a two-part interview, Moshe Prigan - an accomplished book collector, freelance writer, and retired teacher of art and history - shares his experience about building his rare book collection and provides guidance for novice book collectors.

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