I was deeply saddened to learn that Mitsuo Nitta, President of Honor of the ABAJ, Member of Honor of ILAB, CEO at Yushodo Ltd., former Chair of the ILAB-Breslauer Prize for Bibliography, legendary bookseller and friend to so many of us, has passed away on October 27 of 2015. Mitsuo Nitta played a leading role in developing antiquarian bookselling not only in Japan but also in the surrounding countries like Korea and China, and he had been teacher and friend for generations of younger booksellers. His role in spreading out ILAB’s device “Amor Librorum nos unit” in East-Asia cannot be underestimated. Since my first meeting with Mitsuo Nitta back in 1988 during the Congress in Paris, we had been in constant contact, and I will always remember countless discussions about ILAB with him, the last one – alas - only earlier this year in Tokyo.


Norbert Donhofer, President of ILAB 


The 42nd ILAB Congress and 26th ILAB International Antiquarian Book Fair will be organized by the Hungarian Antiquarian Booksellers' Association. More information coming soon. See the video on YouTube and learn more about the Congress Programme.


This video is a record of an extraordinary series of events – which were really one big event. Speed dating for booklovers: On 23 April 2015 ILAB booksellers brought the books to the people at the most unexpected places, in schools, at train stations, restaurants, pubs, schools, museums, libraries, woolsheds, business clubs, in the streets, on boats, on skyscrapers. For 24 hours they were part of a great chain of books spanning across the world.

Help us make the 2016 ILAB Pop Up celebrations even bigger!


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


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.


The ILAB Directory gives easy access to information on the almost 2.000 ILAB booksellers 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 an essential part in making your buying experience a pleasant one. Download the PDF, or get a printed copy at the ILAB book fairs.


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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Book FairsRare Books - Next Fairs

  • Kensington Christmas Book Fair

    12 Dec 2015

    Kensington Christmas Book Fair

    Christmas comes early this year for book lovers! When almost 100 leading booksellers from Britain and around the world descend on the capital, there is sure to be a buzz of anticipation....

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    55th Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair (VDA)

    29 Jan 2016 - 31 Jan 2016

    55th Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair (VDA)

    The first event of the bibliophile year: For 55 years the Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair attracts dealers and collectors from all over the world to the elegant "Kunstverein" in the heart of...

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BooksellersAntiquarian Booksellers

  • Stuart Bennett Rare Books

    Stuart Bennett Rare Books

    Belmont - UNITED STATES

    Specialties: Children's books, Curiosities, Early printing, Literature, Old and rare books, Philosophy, Women

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Rare Book Gallery

  • Woolf's signed passport Photo

    Virginia Woolf

    Bookseller: Adam Andrusier Autographs ABA PADA

    Woolf's signed passport Photo
    - An excessively rare matte-finish 1.5" x 2.25" photo of Woolf affixed to the original 5.75" x 3.75" British passport page, signed below in... More

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    Price: 5500.00 GBP

  • 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

  • THE HANDMADE PAPERS OF JAPAN., Foreword by Dard Hunter.

    Tindale, Thomas & Harriet R.

    Bookseller: Veatchs Arts of the Book, ABAA

    THE HANDMADE PAPERS OF JAPAN., Foreword by Dard Hunter.
    Rutland & Tokyo, 1952. - 4 volumes plus envelope. 13 1/4 x 10/ 3/4. Japanese-style bindings of hand-stenciled wraps & boards. Volumes... More

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    Price: 11810.00 USD

  • Sex Objects Mockup and Archive

    KROLL, Eric

    Bookseller: Harper's Books

    Sex Objects Mockup and Archive
    Danbury, NH: Addison House (1977) - Unique mockup and photographic archive of Eric Kroll's Sex Objects. SIGNED by Kroll on the first page, the... More

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    Price: 9500.00 USD

All ArticlesRare Books - Articles

  • Signed vs. Inscribed

    Signed vs. Inscribed

    One of the questions I've been asked most often in recent years is "Which is better -- having a book just signed by the author or having it inscribed?" In general my answer has been that the more writing by the author in a book, the better.

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  • A Bibliophile's Paradise

    A Bibliophile's Paradise

    “Dreaming of a store devoted to books about books? Wake up to reality; Oak Knoll Books makes this fantasy come true.”

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  • Books about Books: A History of Oak Knoll Press, Part 9: The Beginnings of Oak Knoll Fest

    Books about Books: A History of Oak Knoll Press, Part 9: The Beginnings of Oak Knoll Fest

    Rare books about books and fine press books, a special event for bibliophiles and collectors at the New Castle Opera House - the Oak Knoll Fest: "Another new idea for promoting Oak Knoll occurred in the fall of 1994 when we sponsored the first Oak Knoll Fest, using the second floor of the New Castle Opera House (more about this later). We thought that a good way to emphasize our specialty area of books about books and fine press printing would be to host an event that combined speeches, a shop sale, and tables of private press books with their actual printers standing behind the table."

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  • SLAM Bibliography Prize 2012 - « L'Imitation de Jésus-Christ (1470-1800) »

    SLAM Bibliography Prize 2012 - « L'Imitation de Jésus-Christ (1470-1800) »

    The Bibliography Prize 2012 of the Syndicat National de la Librairie Ancienne et Moderne  (SLAM) will be awarded to Martine Delaveau and Yann Sordet for: « L'Imitation de Jésus-Christ (1470-1800). » Etudes et catalogue collectif des fonds conservés à la bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, à la Bibliothèque Nationale de France, à la Bibliothèque Mazarine et à la Bibliothèque de la Sorbonne. Coédition BnF / Bibliothèque Mazarine / Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, 2011. 21 x 29,7 cm, hardcover, 520 pages, 113 illustrations.

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  • Manuscript Collecting - An Endangered Species

    Manuscript Collecting - An Endangered Species

    I am the owner of Barry R. Levin Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature, a firm of rare book dealers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, and I was discussing with her the acquisition of a manuscript written by one of her authors. When I say manuscript, I mean the physical artifact — the words on the paper. Manuscripts are the most important literary collectible and over the years my firm has handled many of the major ones, a number of them for award-winning novels. We always try to purchase all notes and drafts, so that the creative process can be traced from the original idea to the final setting-copy. To that end I asked Perkins to make sure that her client included in the final manuscript package the final draft, the setting-copy (this is the manuscript copy sent to publisher from which the publisher's printer sets the type). She told me that the author had submitted his copy on a disk - that no setting-copy was sent to the publisher at all. From the standpoint of collectors, archivists and literary scholars, this has to be the last straw.

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  • Collecting - A Private Library in the Netherlands

    Collecting - A Private Library in the Netherlands

    I’ve never been in the States, so I may be wrong, but I can’t imagine collecting old and rare books over there the way I collect them here in the Netherlands. First of all, there probably is a big difference in the way we search for collectibles.  Of course, I use the Internet (I even bought some books from the States that way), but the right stuff  for me (and I imagine for others as well) is snooping around in beautiful little bookshops such as still abound here in the Netherlands, especially around me here in Amsterdam.

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