The London International Antiquarian Book Fair, 28th to 30th May 2015: one of the highlights in the world for book lovers and collectors and centrepiece of the London Book Fair Week. From London to Melbourne, Tokyo, Boston, Toronto, New York, California and back to Europe: the ILAB Book Fair calendar.


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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.


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


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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  • Jonkers Rare Books

    Jonkers Rare Books

    Henley-on-Thames - UNITED KINGDOM

    Specialties: Children's books, Crime fiction, Illustrated books, Literature, Modern first editions

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  • [Cover title]: The Boxing Instructor: Fighters - Rules Plans and Tricks

    SULLIVAN, John L.

    Bookseller: Between The Covers

    [Cover title]: The Boxing Instructor: Fighters - Rules Plans and Tricks
    Jersey City, N.J.: John L. Sullivan (1937). First edition. 12mo. Stapled torquoise printed wrappers. 20pp., four photographic illustrations in... More

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    Price: 600.00 USD

  • Orig. portrait photo w. dedication signed "Antonin Dvor


    Bookseller: Lynge & Søn A/S

    Orig. portrait photo w. dedication signed "Antonin Dvor
    dated "Praha 9/1 1892". 9

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    Price: 30000.00 DKK

  • Dylan In Woodstock.

    [DYLAN, Bob] Landy, Elliott

    Bookseller: Adrian Harrington

    Dylan In Woodstock.
    UK, Genesis Publications. 2000. INSCRIBED BY DYLAN to half title; to a longtime friend- / Bob Dylan /6-28-06. Also signed by photographer Elliott... More

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    Price: 3000.00 GBP

  • La tr

    (ALLEMAGNE, H.R. d')

    Bookseller: L'intersigne Livres anciens

    La tr
    Joujouville, chez Repin, et se trouve

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    Price: 750.00 EUR

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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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  • Tante Trude’s Adventures at the 55th London International Antiquarian Book Fair

    Tante Trude’s Adventures at the 55th London International Antiquarian Book Fair

    “Book fairs are fun and you learn a lot, but they do make your feet hurt!” As every year, Frank Werner of Brockhaus/Antiquarium exhibited at the International Antiquarian Book Fair in London. But this year was different. The book fair took place in the bigger and most beautiful National Hall at Olympia, and Frank Werner was accompanied by his aunt. It was the first book fair for Tante Trude, as he calls her, and she was excited!

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  • The York National Book Fair opens on Friday 14th September!

    The York National Book Fair opens on Friday 14th September!

    This prestigious event, staged annually, has grown to be the largest of its kind in Britain. Around 210 exhibitors, including key London and International dealers as well as more locally based booksellers, will be descending on the City to display and sell the best of their stock. The variety of exhibitors ensures that there will be a huge range of books, maps and prints, at all prices, to be found on literally miles of shelves.

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  • Lucerne - 40th ILAB Congress in September 2012

    Lucerne - 40th ILAB Congress in September 2012

    In Luzern, Lucerne, Lucerna – call it what you will – for the first time in some forty years.  Distant memories of the picturesque old wooden Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge), although I somehow now prefer the shorter Spreuerbrücke (Mill Bridge)with its jaunty Dance of Death skeletons. I also seem vaguely to recall a bit of a fracas with a hotelier who thought that 10pm in the evening was an unacceptably late hour to rouse him from his slumbers to regain admittance to his shuttered-up establishment – we were in complete disgrace and pointedly refused breakfast the next morning.  Of course nothing so unseemly this time round, as the presidents of the far-flung world of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) gathered for their annual meeting, to be followed by the fortieth ILAB Congress.

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  • Rare Books - When is an inscription not an inscription?

    Rare Books - When is an inscription not an inscription?

    Two folks identified the key elements of this month’s crocodile mystery in their comments: Misha Teramura correctly noted that the inscription in the middle of the page - “pp. 184-190 refer to the progress of religion westward toward America” - refers to George Herbert’s final poem from The Temple, “The Church Militant.” And David Shaw noted that the other inscriptions - “8652″ on the top left and “A176″ on the bottom right - look to be an accession number and a shelf mark. But let’s back up for one moment to understand why I find these marks interesting. The book in question is a first edition of George Herbert’s The Temple (STC 13183). It’s an interesting work, and a popular one in the 17th century. And as you can see from the notations on the front pastedown and the recto of the first free flyleaf, it’s a work that was prized by later collectors.This particular copy was owned by Sir Leicester Harmsworth before it came into the Folger Shakespeare Library collection, and its value is shown in part by the blue goatskin binding signed on the bottom turn-in by Riviere and Son. Its value is more obviously indicated by the inscription on the pastedown, “a copy sold in the Terry sale in Dec 1935 for $3600.”

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  • Bridge City, Beer City, BOOK City – A Brew Pub in Portland, Oregon, Hosts the Final ILAB Pop Up Fair on 23 April!

    Bridge City, Beer City, BOOK City – A Brew Pub in Portland, Oregon, Hosts the Final ILAB Pop Up Fair on 23 April!

    24 hours of ILAB Pop Up Fairs across the world on April 23, 2015 – this is ILAB’s contribution to the UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day! As the earth turns, book fairs will "pop up" in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America. The day will start with an ILAB Pop Up Fair celebrating Shakespeare’s birthday at the State Library of New South Wales followed up by antiquarian booksellers showing amazing books, prints and manuscripts in the most unusual and unexpected locations: in woolsheds, restaurants, museums, libraries, a synagogue, in the streets of New York, in Groningen’s Folkingestraat or on a boat cruising the canals in Amsterdam. Join us in Portland, Oregon for the END OF THE DAY pop up fair to celebrate the book and to raise funds for UNESCO's literacy program in Africa!

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