Dates announced for the 43rd ILAB Congress & Book Fair
See you in L.A. from  3 - 11 February 2018!

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

We will soon publish more information about the programme and booking details. 

ILAB Congresses and Book Fairs are held every two years in another country. They are cultural and social events that lead the booksellers to cities worldwide, where they are shown the treasures of book printing and arts, with the possibility of networking in a relaxed atmosphere.  More info. 


The Italian Booksellers' Association ALAI invites collectors and booksellers to the 5th Antiquarian Book Fair in Milan 'Libri Antichi e di Pregio a Milano’ from 24 - 26 March 2017. 

The Paris International Rare Book & Fine Art Fair is one of the most prestigious fairs of its kind in the world. Organised by the French Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, SLAM, it will welcome visitors this year from 7 - 9 April at one of Paris' most prestigious venues, the Grand Palais. 

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

What if They Were Right… Whoever They Were? (New York 2017) by Greg Gibson 

Published since 15 March 2017

The life of a journeyman major league book dealer (any one who makes his or her living in the trade as a hunter-gatherer, anyone not named Bill, Jim, Pom, Ed, or Don, or anyone not from the other side of the Atlantic whose shoes are worth more than most of your books)… this journeyman life, I say, is a simple one. As Einstein is reputed to have formulated it, we do the same thing over and over again and expect different results.

Read full article here. 

NEW: ILAB Mentoring Programme

Are you a young or recently established antiquarian bookseller?

ILAB has recently launched an International Mentoring Programme to help booksellers throughout the world by offering support and counselling on a one to one basis in the early days of a career. 

For all information and an updated list of mentors, please go here

Final deadline to submit titles for the 2018 ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography - 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. 

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

View the most recent submissions here

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Book FairsRare Books - Next Fairs


    A.L.A.I. International Bookfair - Milan 2017

    24 Mar 2017 - 26 Mar 2017

    A.L.A.I. International Bookfair - Milan 2017

    The Committee of the ALAI-Associazione Librai Antiquari d’Italia is pleased to announce the organization of the 5th Antiquarian Book Fair ‘Libri Antichi  e di Pregio a...

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  • ABA / PBFA Edinburgh Antiquarian Book Fair

    24 Mar 2017 - 25 Mar 2017

    ABA / PBFA Edinburgh Antiquarian Book Fair

    The Edinburgh Book Fair is Scotland’s leading antiquarian book fair, and is jointly run by It is the only event in the antiquarian bookselling calendar that is jointly run by the...

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  • Christie's New York - Books & Manuscripts

    15 Jun 2017

    Christie's New York - Books & Manuscripts

    Christie's, the world's oldest fine art auctioneer, has sold fine art, furniture, jewelry and wine since James Christie conducted the first sale in London on 5 December 1766. Ever since...

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  • 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

  • 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

  • Zur Theorie des Gesetzes der Energieverteilung im Normalspectrum. The...

    PLANCK, Max.

    Bookseller: SOPHIA RARE BOOKS

    Zur Theorie des Gesetzes der Energieverteilung im Normalspectrum. The beginning of quantum theory
    Johann Ambrosius Barth, Leipzig 1900 - Rare first printing, and a very fine copy, of the founding document of quantum theory, "marking the dividing... More

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    Price: 16500.00 USD

  • 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

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  • Alan Shelley (1941 - 2009)

    Alan Shelley (1941 - 2009)

    The death of Alan Shelley from cancer at the age of 68 on November 18th at Chailey Hospice, near Lewes, is an occasion of great sadness to his family and to his many friends both within and without the rare book trade. He had resigned from the Presidency of the ABA only three weeks before on the grounds of ill health after a notably successful spell at a difficult time in the Association’s affairs.

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  • Collecting Books about Book Collecting

    Collecting Books about Book Collecting

    The book arts and the history of printing, publishing and bookselling fall within this genre, as do books that recount the trials, tribulations and triumphs of individual book collectors. Indeed, some book lovers only collect books about book collecting. Books which systematically record the physical and textual components of other books according to a set criterion are known as 'bibliographies'.

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  • Virtual or real?

    Phil Patton about the advantages of having good literature on the iPhone and the incomparable joy of having a real book in his hands. Pros and cons of digital libraries ...

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  • "Folio Thief Gets 8 Years" For Stealing and Damaging Rare Books

    "Folio Thief Gets 8 Years" For Stealing and Damaging Rare Books

    Raymond Scott had stolen a first folio edition of William Shakespeare's works from Durham University in 1998. Now he has been sentenced to eight years in prison. "In this strange case, it's not so much the theft that galls, book theft has been going on for centuries and is not likely to subside. It's the fact that Scott mutilated the volume ... Scott had removed the goat binding and cut the cords on the spine in an effort to disguise the book's provenance. Some pages are also missing, including the frontispiece engraving of the Bard" (Rebecca Rego Barry).

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  • Young Dealers / Old Books - Blinded: On Being Wrong Part II

    Young Dealers / Old Books - Blinded: On Being Wrong Part II

    “Well,” he said slightly embarrassed, “if you can’t sell it you can always return it.” He was joking a bit, but I also knew he meant it. That’s how the book business is supposed to work. - Brian Cassidy on buying books on book fairs. How it should be, and how it should not be.

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  • Lucerne - 40th ILAB Congress in September 2012

    Lucerne - 40th ILAB Congress in September 2012

    In Luzern, Lucerne, Lucerna – call it what you will – for the first time in some forty years.  Distant memories of the picturesque old wooden Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge), although I somehow now prefer the shorter Spreuerbrücke (Mill Bridge)with its jaunty Dance of Death skeletons. I also seem vaguely to recall a bit of a fracas with a hotelier who thought that 10pm in the evening was an unacceptably late hour to rouse him from his slumbers to regain admittance to his shuttered-up establishment – we were in complete disgrace and pointedly refused breakfast the next morning.  Of course nothing so unseemly this time round, as the presidents of the far-flung world of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) gathered for their annual meeting, to be followed by the fortieth ILAB Congress.

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