NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: We would like to inform our readers and affiliates that this website will soon be updated and migrated to a new provider. A new ILAB website will be launched in January 2018. 

Neither ILAB or our affiliates will be able to upload or edit copy, catalogues or any other information after 15 Dec. 

We apologize for the inconvenience but we will soon launch a new site that is easy to read on smartphones and tablets, with added features and an updated design. Guidelines on uploading to the new site will be available when the site is launched. 

We'll keep you posted!

The 2018 congress is now fully booked, four months prior to the event!


Hosted and organised by the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America, ABAA, the 43rd ILAB Congress will take place from 3 -11 Feb 2018 in Los Angeles, Pasadena. 

All information here. 

Modena, Italy, October 2017: Jury Meeting for the  
17th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography 2018

The ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography is one of the most prestigious prizes in the field of bibliography. Every fourth year it detects and awards a particularly significant reference work within a selection of scholarly books about books published in the previous years. 

The jury, consisting of three rare booksellers and three senior librarians, met in October 2017 in Modena in Italy to assess the over 50 submissions of outstanding bibliographies. More info. 

Impressions from the Presidents' Meeting in Copenhagen, September 2017

Presidents from our 22 affiliated national associations gathered on Monday, 25th September 2017 in Copenhagen. This annual meeting is a unique opportunity for the international rare book trade to present the work of each national association, to network and to learn. 

Amor Librorum Nos Unit. 


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CataloguesBook Catalogues

Book FairsRare Books - Next Fairs

  • Bokmesse Oslo

    24 Nov 2017 - 26 Nov 2017

    Bokmesse Oslo

    The Oslo Antiquarian Book Fair is organised by the Norwegian Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, Norsk Antikvarbokhandlerforening with exhibitors primarily from Norway but also Sweden...

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  • PBFA Bloomsbury Christmas Book Fair

    02 Dec 2017

    PBFA Bloomsbury Christmas Book Fair

    Thousands of beautiful, rare collectable and quirky books, prints, photographs and ephemera will be offered for sale at prices to suit every enthusiast.  We welcome collectors old and new to...

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BooksellersAntiquarian Booksellers

  • Librairie Lis Tes Ratures

    Librairie Lis Tes Ratures

    Nantes - FRANCE

    Specialties: Bibliophilia, First Editions, Illustrated books, Literature, Modern illustrated books

    Most recent catalogue:

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Rare Book Gallery

  • Royal Air Force Pilot's Flying Log Book.

    Stedman, Sgt. J. V.

    Bookseller: Heldfond Book Gallery, Ltd. ABAA , ILAB

    Royal Air Force Pilot's Flying Log Book.
    July 1938 - November 1940. - Approx. 150 pages. Square 8vo. Titled blue cloth over boards. Ruled pages as per contemporary log type. Various... More

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    Price: 10500.00 USD

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

    Tindale, Thomas & Harriet R.

    Bookseller: The Veatchs Arts of the Book

    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: 11000.00 USD

  • Mécanisme de la physionomie humaine ou analyse électro-physiologique de...


    Bookseller: Hugues de Latude

    Mécanisme de la physionomie humaine ou analyse électro-physiologique de l'expression des passions
    Baillière, Paris 1862 - Grand in-8. [265 x 180 mm] Collation : VI, (2), 70, XI, 194 pp., 1 portrait-frontispice et 91 planches hors-texte.... More

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    Price: 30010.00 EUR

  • Small Collection of Signed and Inscribed Books and Photographs

    CASTRO, Fidel

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

    Small Collection of Signed and Inscribed Books and Photographs
    1985 - A collection that includes three Signed and Inscribed books, two Inscribed photographs and an Autograph Note in English Signed. The books... More

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    Price: 18500.00 USD

All ArticlesRare Books - Articles

  • A Personal Library

    A Personal Library

    I do not think enough people have a personal library. A library with real wood shelves, not boxes under the bed and a library that has to be dusted (once in awhile). A library where all your treasures are placed... just the way you want them.

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  • Anne Lamort, La Bibliophilie

    Anne Lamort, La Bibliophilie

    Tout ce que vous avez toujours voulu savoir sur La Bibliophilie, sans jamais avoir osé le demander. Everything you've always wanted to know about rare bookselling, and never dared to ask. A scholarly and charming book - in a most elegant binding - which explains the terms and customs of the antiquarian book trade. Click above for a pdf version or contact Anne Lamort for a printed copy.

    Anne Lamort, La Bibliophilie

    "La Bibliophilie" (Paris 2009) is presented here by permission of Anne Lamort. Thank you very much.

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  • Bibliographies - Religion

    Online: Biographisch-bibliographisches Kirchenlexikon (BBKL) - The Catholic Encyclopedia - Katalog der Leichenpredigten (Funeral Sermons) -  Bibliotheca theologica, by Enslin, Winer and Löflund

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  • New Work on Virginia Woolf, and Literary Portraits by Carl Kohler

    New Work on Virginia Woolf, and Literary Portraits by Carl Kohler

    Commissioned by the U.S. literary magazine Rapportage, and displaying the expressionistic drawing of Virginia Woolf by Carl Kohler (Sweden), Maureen E. Mulvihill, a scholar & writer in NYC, has written an absorbing essay on the final weeks of Virginia Woolf in 1941, with special attention to the Woolfs' Hogarth Press and other book-related matters. The essay is included as a special exhibit in the traveling retrospective of Kohler’s literary portraits (bookings: Sweden, NYC, Brooklyn NY, Chicago, and Cork, Ireland). Dr Mulvihill's essay offers "a larger logic" to this famous literary suicide by situating Woolf's decision within the broader frame of many stressful circumstances during the last three months of Woolf's life. This essay is lavishly illustrated, including a Gisele Freund photo of Woolf, and photos of display cases of the Woolf show at The Grolier Club (NYC 2008) and at the Brooklyn Public Library (Brooklyn, NY 2009). This essay was also included in the recent Woolf show at Smith College, Mass. (2010). In addition to showing us a volume from her own collection of rare and special books, Dr Mulvihill provides a strong apparatus of content-rich endnotes and an Appendix of Woolf's musings on women in the world of books.

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  • Codex Calixtinus manuscript stolen from Santiago de Compostela

    Codex Calixtinus manuscript stolen from Santiago de Compostela

    “A priceless 12th-century illustrated manuscript containing what has been described as Europe's first travel guide has been stolen from the cathedral at Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain. The Codex Calixtinus, which was kept in a safe at the cathedral's archives, is thought to have been stolen by professional thieves on Sunday afternoon. Archivists did not notice its disappearance, however, until Tuesday, when the cathedral's dean was told it was missing.” (The Guardian)

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  • Books stolen from the Cappuccini Library in Florence

    A number of books has been stolen from the Cappuccini Library in Florence (Italy), among them are rare incunabula and 16th century printed books. The attached list contains book descriptions as well as pictures of the library stamps and other provenances. If you come across of one or more of the items listed in the pdf file, please contact Fabrizio Govi, President of ALAI, or Susanna Vannocci.

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