Final deadline: Please submit titles for the 17th ILAB Breslauer Prize until April 2017!

The 17th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography will be awarded in 2018 and is one of the most prestigious prizes in the field of bibliography. 

Writers, publishers, librarians, journalists, scholars, antiquarian booksellers, book collectors and all who are interested in bibliography and the history of the book are invited to submit books to the 17th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography. 

Please submit titles for the prize at the latest by the end of April 2017 to ILAB!

View the most recent submissions here


The next major antiquarian book fairs are only weeks away; the Stockholm Antiquarian Book Fair will take place from 4 - 5 March at Sweden's Royal Academy with dealers from Sweden, Finland and the UK. 

Only a few days later, over 200 international dealers will move into the New Park Avenue Armory from 9 - 12 March. The New York Antiquarian Book Fair is a real treasure trove for collectors, one of the most important book fairs worldwide and true highlight for the rare book trade!

For more information about upcoming, ILAB affiliated fairs, please go here.  

ILAB Library - All You Need To Know About Rare Books and the Antiquarian Book Trade

Derek Walker of McNaughtan's about the new Rare Books Edinburgh Festival

Published since 21 Feb 2017

Rare Books Edinburgh is a new festival taking place from 20th to 30th March 2017, which brings together ten different institutions and organisations to celebrate book culture, collecting, and the history of the book.

The programme includes talks, workshops, and exhibitions, and incorporates the Edinburgh Book Fair, jointly run by the Antiquarian Booksellers Association and the Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association. The Edinburgh Book Fair is the largest antiquarian and collectable book fair in Scotland, this year featuring over forty specialist booksellers from around the UK. They will be offering for sale rare and collectable books and printed material of all kinds at a wide variety of price points. The fair will be opened by bestselling author and ‘king of tartan noir’ Ian Rankin OBE, creator of Inspector Rebus.

We spoke to Derek Walker of McNaughtan's Bookshop, bookseller in Edinburgh and one of the organisers of the festival. 

Read full article here. 

Mentors announced for the ILAB Mentoring Programme

ILAB has recently launched the ILAB International Mentoring Programme. This programme aims to help young or recently established booksellers throughout the world by offering support and counselling on a one to one basis.
The ILAB International Mentoring Programme gives experienced booksellers the opportunity to lend a hand in the early days of a bookseller’s career when help is likely most needed. ILAB would like to thank the booksellers who have listed in the programme for agreeing to act as mentors for our next generation in the rare book trade!

The experience and expertise of the booksellers listed below speaks for itself.  All are volunteering their time as prospective mentors for newer entries in the antiquarian and rare book trade.

To see the updated list of mentors, please go here

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  • 2. Braunschweiger Antiquariatsmarkt

    25 Feb 2017

    2. Braunschweiger Antiquariatsmarkt

    The Braunschweig Landesmuseum will open its doors on the 25 February 2017 for the 2nd Braunschweig Antiquarian Book Fair with 11 exhibitors. This boutique fair is organised by Reinhard Denecke...

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    Stockholm Antiquarian Book Fair 2017

    04 Mar 2017 - 05 Mar 2017

    Stockholm Antiquarian Book Fair 2017

    Meet book dealers from the whole of Scandinavia! The Swedish Antiquarian Booksellers Association (SVAF) has the pleasure of inviting you to the...

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  • Rüstungshandwerk (Munitions Trade Crafts)



    Rüstungshandwerk (Munitions Trade Crafts)
    NP 1942 - 1/50? Folio. Unpaginated. Quarter vellum over paper-covered decorative boards with title stamped in silver & emblem (possibly of the... More

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    Price: 12500.00 USD

  • NRL Report 4489. Rocket research report no. XVIII. Photography from the...

    Baumann, R. C. and L. Winkler

    Bookseller: Jeremy Norman's historyofscience

    NRL Report 4489. Rocket research report no. XVIII. Photography from the Viking 11 rocket at altitudes ranging up to 158 miles. Manuscript and printed versions
    NRL, Washington DC 1955 - Spectacular Images of the Earth from the Threshold of Outer Space Baumann, R. C. and L. Winkler. (1) Photography from the... More

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    Price: 15000.00 USD

  • Photograph Album of Anticosti Island

    Menier, Henri

    Bookseller: Aquila Books(Cameron Treleaven) ABAC

    Photograph Album of Anticosti Island
    Unknown - 1905. () Near fine. Oblong Folio in gilt stamped full leather, silk moire endpapers, all edges gilt with 29 photographs approximately... More

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    Price: 13750.00 USD

  • The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex.

    DARWIN, Charles.

    Bookseller: Athena Rare Books ABAA

    The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex.
    D. Appleton and Company, New York 1876 - Half title + TP + [v]-vi = Preface to the Second Edition + [vii]-ix = Table of Corrections + [xi]xvi =... More

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    Price: 38000.00 USD

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  • Bibliographies - Music

    RISM online - Répertoire International des Sources Musicales (RISM)

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  • Rare Books, Book Illustration, and the DADA movement: Hannah Höch - Brushflurlets and Beer Bellies

    Rare Books, Book Illustration, and the DADA movement: Hannah Höch - Brushflurlets and Beer Bellies

    Rare books, book illustration, book art and the DADA movement – Hannah Höch was born in Gotha, Germany. From 1912 to 1914 she studied at the College of Arts and Crafts in Berlin under the guidance of Harold Bergen. In 1915, Höch began an influential friendship with Raoul Hausmann, since then she was involved in the Berlin Dada movement. She designed dress and embroidery patterns for Die Dame and Die Praktische Berlinerin, published by Ullstein. From 1926 to 1929 she lived and worked in the Netherlands. She was one of the leading DADA artists, and a pioneer of the photomontage. Her collages, photographs and illustrations were statements about life and art in the Dada movement – and are well-known to art and rare book collectors. Snippets …

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  • Collecting Rare Australian Art Books

    Collecting Rare Australian Art Books

    Books are visual creations, so it stands to reason that artists and publishers will be interested in making them beautiful, interesting and exciting objects. All books have some level of ‘art’ in them, but collectors will look to the identity of the artist, and the skill of the artwork, in judging their desirability. Books are another medium for an artist to express their ideas - this may be through reproductions or original artworks. The best Australian Art books are both beautiful publications and artworks in the one volume.

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  • Fraktur and The Private Library

    In Germany books written in "Fraktur" are hard to sell, because especially young people are not used to read it. Often called "old German typography" the typical "Fraktur" is found in German books of the late 19th and early 20th century, mostly common literature and popular non-fiction, printed in a large number of copies. From L.D. Mitchell we learn that there is another kind of "Fraktur", very rare and worth collecting.

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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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  • Lund - ILAB Pop Up Book Fair in Sweden Exclusively Dedicated To Pop-Up Books!

    Lund - ILAB Pop Up Book Fair in Sweden Exclusively Dedicated To Pop-Up Books!

    Lund is one of the oldest and most charming cities in Sweden. It is famous for its historical buildings, for its University (founded in the year 1666), for numerous bicycles in the streets, its rich cultural scene (Ingmar Bergman’s movie “Wild Strawberries” was shot in Lund) – and for its bookshops. Pierre Dethorey, member of the Swedish Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (SVAF) runs one of these bookshops. Akarps antikvariat at Kalkstensvägen 21 has one of the largest stocks of rare books in Scandinavia. And it is home to a very special treasure all book people will immediately fall in love with:

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