UNDER THE AUSPICES OF ILAB

The Melbourne Rare Book Week is a major attraction for book collectors, librarians and all who have a love of words, print on paper and heritage. It culminates in the ANZAAB Australian Antiquarian Book Fair held in the University of Melbourne's historic Wilson Hall. From Melbourne, Tokyo, Boston, Toronto, New York, California and back to Europe: the ILAB Book Fair calendar.

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, and the ILAB Congresses.

THE WRITTEN HERITAGE OF MANKIND IN PERIL: THEFT, RETRIEVAL, SALE AND RESTITUTION OF RARE BOOKS, MAPS AND MANUSCRIPTS

Do we need more drastic measures to prevent the theft of books, maps, manuscripts and other art on paper? How can public institutions, lawyers, collectors and the rare book trade work more efficiently together when it comes to thefts and forgeries? ILAB President Norbert Donhofer will speak at the international conference in the British Library (London) 26 June 2015.

STAY TUNED - THE ILAB NEWSLETTER

All you need to know about the rare books and the rare book trade. The electronic ILAB Newsletter keeps you informend. Click above right and subscribe.

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.

THE WORLD'S EXPERT ANTIQUARIAN BOOKSELLERS IN 1 BOOK!

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.

ILAB POP UP BOOK FAIRS ON UNESCO WORLD BOOK AND COPYRIGHT DAY

A world first – across the world: bookish flashmobs, like speed dating for booklovers in the most unusual places. In woolsheds, on boats, central stations, skyscrapers, in museums, libraries, streets, clubs and pubs, thousands of booklovers met on 23 April 2015 and raised funds for the UNESCO literacy projects. See the pictures on ILABPopUpBookFairs.blogspot.de

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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  • Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar (CABS)

    12 Jul 2015 - 17 Jul 2015

    Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar (CABS)

    More than 2000 students have graduated from the seminar since its inception, many of whom have gone on to become prominent members of the bookselling community. Now in its 37th year, the...

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  • Livre-tableau contenant des exercices d'articulation et de lecture sur les...

    LIVRE-TABLEAU

    Bookseller: Hugues de Latude
    FRANCE

    Livre-tableau contenant des exercices d'articulation et de lecture sur les lèvres, pour l'emploi du mode simultané dans l'enseignement de la parole aux sourd-muets
    Procure générale des Frères, Paris 1878 - In-plano. [530 x 390 mm] Collation : (40) pp. Cartonnage imprimé bleu de l'éditeur.... More

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    Price: 15010.00 EUR

  • 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

  • Woolf's signed passport Photo

    Virginia Woolf

    Bookseller: Adam Andrusier Autographs ABA PADA
    UNITED KINGDOM

    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

  • PHOTOGRAPHIC ALBUM OF THE GERMANS IN PEKING DURING THE BOXERREBELLION...

    GERMANS IN PEKING DURING THE BOXER REBELLION.

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

    PHOTOGRAPHIC ALBUM OF THE GERMANS IN PEKING DURING THE BOXERREBELLION 1900-1901. Erinnerungen an Unsere Expedition Nach China.
    ORIGINAL GERMAN PHOTOGRAPHIC ALBUM FROM THE BOXER REBELLIONChina n.d. ca. 1900- - 1901. 3/4 Gilt-stamped leather over buffcloth, very good, 25 x 29... More

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    Price: 16790.00 USD

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  • Bibliographies - Exlibris

    Bibliographies - Exlibris

    Online: Richard Braungart, Deutsche Ex Libris und andere Kleingraphik der Gegenwart - Gustav A. Seyler, „Illustriertes Handbuch der Ex-Libris-Kunde“ - Book-Plate Collection Baron von Berlepsch - Gerhard Gnade, « Norwegian Ex Libris » - Egerton Castle, English Book-Plates - Augustus Wollaston Frank, “Catalogue of British and American Book-Plates (Ex Libris) - Arthur Vicars, Book-Plates 1893 - Henry W. Fincham and James R. Brown, A Bibliography of Book-Plates (Ex-Libris) - Herbert Gregson, « Ex Libris. A Collection of Book-Plate Designs by Herbert Gregson” - John B. Leicester Warren, “A Guide to the Study of Book-plates (Ex-Libris)” - Walter Hamilton, “Dated Book-Plates. A Treatise on their Origin and Development” - Walter Hamilton, “French Book-Plates. A Handbook for Ex-Libris Collectors”

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions: Saul Bellow

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions: Saul Bellow

    Bellow's three National Book Award-winning books, Mr. Sammler's Planet (1971), Herzog (1965),  and The Adventures of Augie March (1954); and his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Humboldt's Gift (1976), are not difficult to find, but they do command a premium price if they are either in especially fine condition or signed (although for such a legendarily grumpy author, Bellow seems to have been generous with his signature). His first two books, Dangling Man (1944), and The Victim (1947), are usually harder to find, with Dangling Man, because of its fragile wartime construction (using cheaper paper and other materials) being the most difficult and expensive. Other early books of his that have become scarce in fine copies are his play The Last Analysis (1965), and Henderson the Rain King (1959). It seems to us that Bellow will continue to be collected for the relatively long term, and fine copies will become steadily scarcer.

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  • Pictorial Literature - Two Children’s Books Catalogues by Sabine Keune, reviewed by F.C. Heller

    Pictorial Literature - Two Children’s Books Catalogues by Sabine Keune, reviewed by F.C. Heller


    In a series of catalogues the German antiquarian bookseller Sabine Keune offers the most beautiful copies from the Martin Kaiser Collection of Pictorial Literature. Martin Kaiser collected children’s books, fairy tales  which are more than books for children: They are, in Roger Duvoisin’s words, “pictorial literature”, pieces of art, designed and illustrated by famous 20th century artists like V. Preissig, V. Lebedev, Walter Trier and Walt Disney. The illustrations in these pictorial books are influenced by the predominant artistic trends of the 20th century: from Art Nouveau to Expressionism to Avantgarde. Friedrich C. Heller’s review of Sabine Keune’s catalogue is as worth reading as the catalogue itself.

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  • The House Call

    The House Call

    It’s a thrilling experience, a rite of passage into the trade. A member of the public thinks so highly of your skills as a book maven, (or your status as a cash cow), that they invite you into their private space to examine, and make an offer on, their books. You get to walk around pronouncing on the current state of the market, on what’s hot and what’s not, all the while maintaining an ingratiating stream of patter that, you hope, will convince the owner that you’re a sage and trustworthy expert.

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  • Collecting - The Rembrandt Connection

    Collecting - The Rembrandt Connection

    A wonderful story of a young collector who became an antiquarian bookseller: "I saw the documentary about its ten year renovation on television. I watched the opening ceremony on television too and I have heard from people who have been there that the museum is very beautiful. I am deliberately delaying my visit. I am feeling a bit uneasy because I know that they are still there, but not exactly where. I know that they will look at me, just as they did the first time. They will remind me of my promise and I will feel guilty, fall silent and won’t have a proper answer ..."

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  • The Time is Nigh! – York Antiquarian Book Seminar, 14-16 September 2015

    The Time is Nigh! – York Antiquarian Book Seminar, 14-16 September 2015

    An invaluable opportunity to learn about the rare book trade. After the resounding success of last year's inaugural York Antiquarian Book Seminar the faculty went back temporarily to what they do best; selling books, composing prize winning catalogues and attending book fairs with meticulously chosen stocks of wondrous rarities. For a few of them however it's been a short breathing space between the last seminar, and thinking about what can be done to surpass it for the 2015 event. The Registration page will be officially opening to potential students on the 5th of March 2015 to coincide with World Book Day.

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