ILAB CONGRESS & ILAB BOOK FAIR - BUDAPEST, 21 - 25 SEPTEMBER 2016

The 42nd ILAB Congress and 26th ILAB International Antiquarian Book Fair will be organized by the Hungarian Antiquarian Booksellers' Association.  See the video on YouTube, learn more about the Congress Programme and visit the official website.

ILAB CONGRESSES - THE REAL THING

Our world is global, we meet on Facebook, we follow each other on Twitter. Why bother to travel a long way to meet real people? Just as the virtual book is not a substitute for a real book, just as we want to see, feel, and touch a real physical book, we want to meet real people, see them, and talk to them, face-to-face, as we prefer to "meet" a book "face-to-face". And that is precisely what the ILAB Congresses and Book Fairs are about - in Lucerne 2012, in Paris 2014, and in Budapest 2016!

ILAB POP UP FAIRS ON UNESCO WORLD BOOK & COPYRIGHT DAY > ON THE BLOG

1,800 antiquarian booksellers, on 5 continents, in 16 countries, in 30 cities, in all languages bringing rare books to the people and fighting for a more literate world: this was ILAB on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day, 23 April 2016. Thank you to everybody across the world for being a part of it!

ILAB PRESIDENTS' MEETING IN SEVILLE 2013

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

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.

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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  • Bilder aus Palästina, Nord-Arabien und dem Sinai. 100 Bilder nach...

    Moritz, Bernhard.

    Bookseller: Antiquariat INLIBRIS Gilhofer Nfg. GmbH
    AUSTRIA

    Bilder aus Palästina, Nord-Arabien und dem Sinai. 100 Bilder nach Photographien mit erläuterndem Text.
    Berlin, Reimer, 1916. - Oblong folio. 106 illustrations on 50 plates, each with separate title, in various sizes. With text booklet (2 ff., 16... More

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    Price: 40000.00 EUR

  • Sex Objects Mockup and Archive

    KROLL, Eric

    Bookseller: Harper's Books
    UNITED STATES

    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

  • Bar Harbor Mt. Desert Island Maine.

    MORRIS, G. W. / GEORGE H. WALKER & CO.

    Bookseller: Martayan Lan
    UNITED STATES

    Bar Harbor Mt. Desert Island Maine.
    Portland, ME 1886 - Two-stone lithograph. Few marginal mends; small duplicate stamp lower right margin; excellent to fine of this kind. A rare and... More

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    Price: 8500.00 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

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  • The American Gift Book, Part 2

    The American Gift Book, Part 2

    If the bindings, illustrations, novelty of the formats, or the social causes connected with gift books were not enough to entice buyers, perhaps the textual content could. These were, after all, books. Gift books were carefully calculated not to risk offense, prompting Walt Whitman (DEMOCRATIC VISTAS, 1888, p. 65) to recall them as "those highly‑refined imported and gilt‑edged themes... causing tender spasms in the coteries, and warranted not to chafe the sensitive cuticle of the most exquisitely artificial gossamer delicacy." Whitman was correct, of course, and his comment was directed toward the bad poetry, most of it by women, as previously discussed. But there was also good poetry, including many early first appearances by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Oliver Wendell Holmes, John Greenleaf Whittier, Edgar Allan Poe, Ralph Waldo Emerson, James Russell Lowell, and even Henry David Thoreau.

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  • Preserving Your Rare Books: Setting up and Maintaining Your Home Library

    Preserving Your Rare Books: Setting up and Maintaining Your Home Library

    As a collector of rare books, your goal is to keep your collection in optimum shape. You’re careful with dust jackets and protect fragile books with clamshell cases. Even the way you shelve your rare books can impact their condition. It’s important that your home library provides the support and protection that rare books need.

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  • The German Historical Museum in Berlin must return 4200 historical posters to the lawful heirs

    The Jewish dentist Hans Sachs had collected over 8000 posters with historical advertisings before he fled from Nazi Germany to the United States. The Nazis confiscated the poster collection. It was rediscovered in a cellar in Eastern Berlin during the 1960s. 4200 posters from this collection were then given to the German Historical Museum. Now the museum must return the posters to the son of Hans Sachs. The Federal Court in Karlsruhe had concluded that the family of the collector always was and still is the rightful owner.

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  • Librarians as Humans

    Librarians as Humans

    "I have come to realize that these people are not “Librarians.” They’re smart, enthusiastic, creative men and women, who get as much of a kick out of what they’re doing as we booksellers get from what we do. And with budget cuts, staff reductions, and monstrously increased workloads leaving them less time to pour over quotes and catalogs, our responsibilities as dealers change. Our abilities to locate material and to place it within its historical context can be of great benefit in collection development, especially if we know who we’re working with, and what they’re working on."

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  • The Real Friends of Rare Books – A comment on two excellent articles by Fabrizio Govi and Daniele Danesi

    The Real Friends of Rare Books – A comment on two excellent articles by Fabrizio Govi and Daniele Danesi

    On Sunday, November 9th, Il Sole 24 Ore devoted an entire page to recent problems in the Italian rare book trade, featuring two excellent articles by Daniele Danesi and Fabrizio Govi. These articles moved me to speak a few words prior to the Bloomsbury Rome auction of November 12, with its books “released from confiscation” ("dissequestrati"). Had he not been abroad, I am certain that Fabrizio, who succeeded me as president of the ALAI in 2010, would have done exactly the same. I recognize that in this time of severe economic crisis and in the aftermath of the “Girolamini Affair” and related criminal activities, Fabrizio has demonstrated outstanding leadership in speaking out on behalf of ALAI members, and defending them against irresponsible allegations and harassment by Italian authorities.

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  • Collecting - Colortext Maps of the 1930s

    Collecting - Colortext Maps of the 1930s

    Beginning in 1935 a Chicago publisher, Colortext Publications Inc., issued a series of arresting color pictorial maps, chiefly of European countries, that employ, in the map’s title, the prefix “The Story Map of …” followed by the country or locale’s name.  The maps were intended to convey significant aspects of history and culture pictorially, employing images of places, persons, or design motifs associated with a given nation’s or geographical region’s cultural identity. Unfortunately, very little is known about Colortext’s origins, the personnel involved in its operations, or those individuals responsible for most of the maps that were produced.  Thus a primary objective of this site is to call attention to the firm and its activities with the hope that new information regarding the company and the cartographers involved in its product will be forthcoming.

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