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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Book FairsRare Books - Next Fairs

  • Book and Paper Row

    13 Jan 2018 - 14 Jan 2018

    Book and Paper Row

    A popular section of the Boston Antiques and Design Show devoted to rare and vintage books and ephemera.

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  • Salone della Cultura, Milan

    20 Jan 2018 - 21 Jan 2018

    Salone della Cultura, Milan

    The first  Salone de la Cultura was held in January 2017 in Milan with further salons throughout the year, attracting over 35,000 visitors to each event, an exceptional result!...

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  • The Book at the Crossroads of Diversities

    28 May 2018 - 29 May 2018

    The Book at the Crossroads of Diversities

    Annual Conference of the Bibliographical Society of Canada: Over the centuries, the book has played a pivotal role in capturing, preserving and passing on voices to succeeding generations of...

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Rare Book Gallery

  • Furtwängler: collection of 12 items [SIGNED]

    Furtwängler, Wilhelm


    Furtwängler: collection of 12 items [SIGNED]
    NP, Germany 1951 - A collection of twelve items concerning the important German symphony conductor: one large format photograph with personal... More

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    Price: 15000.00 USD

  • Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus.


    Bookseller: Athena Rare Books ABAA

    Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus.
    Kegan Paul Trench Trubner & Co., London 1922 - Half title + TP + [5] = Note page + 7-189 + 1 blank leaf + 1-10 = Advertisements, Octavo. First... More

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    Price: 12000.00 USD

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

    CABRAL, Fabio

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

    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

  • Wiener Werkstatte photo album.

    ; Wiener Werkstatte

    Bookseller: Bromer Booksellers

    Wiener Werkstatte photo album.
    (Vienna c. 1903) 9 7/8 by 8 1/4 inches. (11)ff. Contains nine early hand-tinted photographs, matted in brown cardboard and bound in. The front... More

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    Price: 7500.00 USD

All ArticlesRare Books - Articles

  • Buying Books on the Internet

    Buying Books on the Internet

    Following is an essay Helen wrote in 1997. What is amazing is that NOTHING HAS CHANGED SINCE THEN. Except for changing the number of years we have been in business (from 20 to 30) the essay is just as it was ...

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  • Rare Books in the Press - Taking Stock of Rare Book Catalogues

    Rare Books in the Press - Taking Stock of Rare Book Catalogues

    „I issued my first catalogue as a rare book dealer in 1982, while still lecturing in English at the University of Warwick, from which I resigned a couple of years later in order to deal full-time. By contemporary standards it was pretty fancy: photos of the best items, glossy paper, decent typesetting. I was a bit taken aback when my printer described it as "cheap and cheerful". Or maybe it was me he was referring to?” In his blog “Finger on the page” Rick Gekoski, author (“think Bill Bryson, only on books”) and one of the world’s leading specialists in modern English, Irish and American literature muses about a strange, yet defining aspect of his “strange trade”: the rare book catalogue.

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  • Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography

    The Digital Curation and Preservation Bibliography by Charles W. Bailey is available from Digital Scholarship with live links to many included works.

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  • John Bidwell: A Life in Libraries, Thanks to Gutenberg

    Dr. John Bidwell received his master’s at Columbia’s School of Library Service and his doctorate in English from Oxford. “I’ve had no other job but to work in libraries since I was a college undergraduate”, he says. “As soon as I realized it was time for me to go back to graduate school, I knew I wanted to work in rare book libraries, and that’s all I’ve done.” For The New York Times John Bidwell explains, what makes books rare, why books become rare, and what is his most favourite book among the treasures of J.P. Morgan and Museum.

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  • Let's get going! ILAB Pop-UP-Fairs Worldwide on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day, April 2015

    Let's get going! ILAB Pop-UP-Fairs Worldwide on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day, April 2015

    I naturally like to regale the family over the supper table with all the latest news from the world of rare books. The family are slightly ambivalent about this: stifled yawns sometimes remain unstifled; eyes are exaggeratedly rolled; fathomless stupefactions of chronic boredom are elaborately mimed, and silent departures from the table to go and have a lie down are by no means unknown. Imagine then my surprise, my triumph, when I announced the concept of Pop-Up Bookfairs – and not just one or two, but a worldwide rolling twenty-four hour programme to celebrate a World Rare Book Day – fairs popping up all over the place, time-zone by time-zone, on a single day – right across the globe and all backed-up by the full might of social media.  Tweet-pop, tweet-pop, from Australia to L.A. and beyond.  Pictures, videos and reports on the web, YouTube, Instagram and wherever else anyone can think of.  “That’s brilliant. Absolutely brilliant”, said Daughter No. 1.  “Oh, you are soooo twenty-first century”, said Daughter No. 2.  “We’ve got a trestle table”, said my dear wife, fondly imagining that the number of books in the house might actually decrease if I popped out for a pop-up.  Incredible.  I had managed to hold their attention for – oh – thirty or forty seconds. Well, twenty anyway.

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    For the first time ever the Hungarian rare book dealers invite colleagues and collectors from across the world to Budapest. The 42nd ILAB Congress and 26th ILAB International Antiquarian Book Fair from 21 to 25 September 2016 will present Budapest as one of the most beautiful cities and one of the most fascinating book capitals in Europe. The congress programme is as manifold as exciting and proves that Budapest is a city with many faces: the old Hungarian capital full of books and music, history and tradition and at the same time a lively and busy Eastern European centre full of young and amazing cultural concepts. In a series of articles we will introduce you to the most exciting places of Budapest – libraries, museums, archives, music halls and other famous sites. Joins us on our virtual tour through the Hungarian capital. Today we will invite you to a virtual tour on: Castle Hill

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