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. Read the recent issue. 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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  • Bristol Premier Book Fair

    10 Jul 2015 - 11 Jul 2015

    Bristol Premier Book Fair

    The Bristol Antiquarian Book Fair is new and remarkable in many ways. There has been unprecedented co-operation between the two largest trade associations, the Provincial Booksellers' Fairs...

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    Melbourne Rare Book Week - Melbourne Rare Book Fair

    16 Jul 2015 - 26 Jul 2015

    Melbourne Rare Book Week - Melbourne Rare Book Fair

    The Melbourne Rare Book Week is well established in the City of Melbourne’s event calendar. It is a major attraction for book collectors, librarians and all who have a love of words, print...

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  • Anjos Proibidos [WITH] Various Sets of Publisher's Proofs for the American...

    CABRAL, Fabio

    Bookseller: Between the Covers-Rare Books, Inc. ABAA
    UNITED STATES

    Anjos Proibidos [WITH] Various Sets of Publisher's Proofs for the American edition entitled: Anjos Proibidos: Forbidden Angels
    Itamarati Grafica e Editora, (Ipirangia, Sao Paulo, Brazil 1991 - First edition. Small oblong quarto. Very brief text in Portuguese. Twenty-four... More

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    Price: 15000.00 USD

  • Chemische Abhandlung von der Luft und dem Feuer. Nebst einem Vorbericht von...

    SCHEELE, Carl Wilhelm

    Bookseller: Martayan Lan
    UNITED STATES

    Chemische Abhandlung von der Luft und dem Feuer. Nebst einem Vorbericht von Torbern Bergman.
    Upsala & Leipzig Magn. Swederus. zu finden bey S.L. Crusius 1777. - 8vo, 3 ff., 16, 155, (1) pp. Engraved vignette on title & one folding... More

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    Price: 48000.00 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

  • A PAPERMAKING PILGRIMAGE TO JAPAN, KOREA AND CHINA.

    HUNTER, Dard.

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

    A PAPERMAKING PILGRIMAGE TO JAPAN, KOREA AND CHINA.
    A MAJOR STUDY OF FAR EASTERN HANDMADE PAPERS WITH SAMPLES New York 1936, - Pynson. Half leather over boards, 148p., verygood, 50 tipped-in paper... More

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    Price: 8239.00 USD

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  • Bibliographies - Johann Gutenberg

    Bibliographies - Johann Gutenberg

    The “Gutenberg Bible” was the first book printed, and is one of the rarest treasures today. 48 copies survived that are kept in the Gutenberg Museum (Mainz), in Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris, Cambridge, London, Eaton, Oxford, Tokyo, Vienna, the Vatican and other places. Among the many website on Gutenberg these are recommended:

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  • Books about Books: A History of Oak Knoll Press, Part 2: The Beginning (1978-1989)

    Books about Books: A History of Oak Knoll Press, Part 2: The Beginning (1978-1989)

    Two years later, to my family’s amazement, I was still in business! My goal had been to make Oak Knoll Books the one-stop shopping place for customers who sought “book about books,” whether it was out-of-print or newly published. Stocking other publishers’ books had great potential for financial disaster, as the 40% discount I received made for a very small profit margin and the inventory had to be turned over quickly. However, goodwill was generated as my customers appreciated the effort we put into keeping them informed of the newest books in their field. This made them think of us for the out-of-print titles they wanted.

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  • Bob de Graaf 1927-2011

    Bob de Graaf 1927-2011

    It is with great sadness that both the Dutch Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (NVvA) and ILAB have to report the death of Bob de Graaf (1927-2011). He served the NVvA as Secretary (1963-1969) and as its President (1971-1974). In 1973 he joined the ILAB Committee, and accepted both the position as editor of ILAB’s Newsletter and as Secretary. From 1979 to 1982 he served as ILAB President, in 1985 he was made, and deservedly so, ILAB President of Honour.

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  • The Picasso of Dust Jacket Design

    The Picasso of Dust Jacket Design

    He brought poster, advertising, and dust jacket design out of the nineteenth century and into the twentieth, integrating the aesthetic and forms of modern art into his work. It was welcomed in England. It was rejected in the United States. In his time he was, ultimately, the most significant graphic designer in the English-speaking world. Born in Montana, USA, E[dward]. (“Ted”) McKnight Kauffer (1890-1954) was one of Europe's most prolific and influential advertising poster artists during the 1920s and 1930s, and as innovative as his French counterpart, A.M. Cassandre.

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Carried Away

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Carried Away

    People tend to get carried away by the romance of old books and paper, and it's easy to see why. The thrill of the hunt, the joys discovery, and the marvelous stories locked up in dusty old letters, journals, and books provide a perfect escape – an antidote to the stresses of our daily lives. Unfortunately, overworked librarians and book dealers often find that their interaction with books and manuscripts devolves into an insistent time/money proposition. As much as we'd like to linger over an ancient text, or just sit down and read the damned thing, we've got to get that bugger cataloged and shelved. There's work to be done! We wind up stressing out over the very things that should be affording us relief. So it's a delight when, every once in a while, something comes along that is so arresting and charismatic that it commands our complete attention and gobbles up our time, productivity be damned.

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  • Two Faces of 20th Century Chinese Painting: Qi Baishi & Zhang Dagian

    Two Faces of 20th Century Chinese Painting: Qi Baishi & Zhang Dagian

    These days, it seems as though you could walk into your local coffee shop, shout out names like Matisse, Monet, Picasso, Van Gogh, Pollock, Klimt, Rembrandt, Renoir, Degas, Munch, Chagall, Kahlo, Vermeer, or Dali and every single person there would know what these 14 people had in common. They are painters! They have different styles, are from different cultures, different countries, different eras and have different backgrounds, yet we know them all, despite – probably – never having taken an art history class in our lives. Now for a test! What do the names Xu Beihong, Bada Shanren, Lin Fengmian, Wu Guanzhong, Ren Bonian and Wang Hui have in common? Now, I hope 15% of the people reading this blog know at least one or two of these names already. I assume 35% of you have absolutely no idea, and the last 50% are possibly clever enough to realize that they are Chinese painters, given the subject of this blog. Yes, they are indeed Chinese painters, with those names alone ranging in history from 701 AD to the present day. Chinese painting too has a tradition spanning centuries, with artists today continuing the traditional style of Chinese painting just as often as they push the boundaries of modern art. Two of China’s most renowned and legendary artists from more recent times are Qi Baishi and Zhang Dagian (or Chang Dai-Chien), the darlings of the Chinese Art World in the early to mid 20thcentury.

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