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ILAB News 29

Published on 25 Feb. 2018

 

 

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A PASSION FOR BOOKS - MELBOURNE RARE BOOK WEEK, JULY 18 - 28

The Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers is proud to present its 40th Australian Antiquarian Book Fair, to be held from Friday July 26 to Sunday July 28 in the University of Melbourne's historic Wilson Hall. 

The Fair is part of the Melbourne Rare Book Week, July 18-28. Libraries and museums will join with booksellers to showcase Melbourne as a UNESCO City of Literature. The theme is "a passion for books" - and passionate bibliophiles will find much to interest and entertain them during this extended week of free lectures, exhibitions and entertainment.

Book your flights to Australia for the Melbourne Rare Book Week!

1895 - LA FIN DES LIVRES?

She's relaxing on the sofa with her headphones on; her friend is listening to a novel. Between them they can get hold of pretty well anything they choose to hear - literature or music - channel-hopping from dance to Wagner to poetry or from philosophy to novels. The year is 1895 and the days of reading from printed books seem to be numbered.

The fascinating literary world of Octave Uzanne, explored by Justin Croft.

DO YOU KNOW FREDDY THE PIG?

George Orwell's Animal Farm (1945) is synonymous with talking animals, but Orwell wasn't the first to populate a novel with anti- establishmentarian, anthropomorphic animals.

Walter R. Brooks created the beloved Freddy the Pig and his friends on Bean Farm almost two decades earlier. Though Brooks' Freddy books aren't as overtly political as Orwell's work, they do depict animals overcoming corrupt authority. Brooks had a rich, varied literary career that included not only the Freddy novels, but also numerous short stories, editorials, and literary reviews.

Vic Zoschak introduces the man behind the beloved Freddy series.

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY - THE AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION OF FRITZ DONEBAUER

105 years ago a famous 19th century autograph collection was auctioned in Berlin. The owner of the collection was Fritz Donebauer. In his lifetime he owned hundreds of autographs and manuscripts of mostly Bohemian theatre artists and musicians as well as rare documents from the history of Bohemia and the Thirty Years War.

Little is known about Fritz Donebauer, whose collection came to auction in April 1908. Even less is known about the private collectors, dealers and institutions who bought the documents, manuscripts and handwritten letters.

Eberhard Köstler reconstructs Donebauer's life and the fate of his famous collection.

FROM PROTEST, PUNK, RAVE AND POP CULTURE TO HUMANISM AND PHILOSOPHY

  

   

Reading antiquarian booksellers' catalogues is much more enjoyable than (window) shopping. 

Browse the catalogues which have recently been uploaded to the ILAB website!

INTELLECTUAL GLUTTONY - PHILOSOPHY AGAINST THE ABUNDANCE OF BOOKS

A characteristic feature of Modernity is the contempt of too much food - and books: Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche and Heidegger condemned the "unhealthy" abundance of books in libraries and fought against "intellectual gluttony".

At the same time health fanatics, physicians and the ever rising fashion industry put the world on a diet. The ideal of physical slimness and the contempt of too much food coincides with a philosophical ideal of "intellectual slimness". 

Poor world, says Manfred Schneider, in his brilliant historical outline.

WHEN RAYMOND CARVER AND CHARLES BUKOWSKI MET IN THE DESERT

It was the year 1972 when Raymond Carver and Charles Bukowski met at a party. "Bukowski, drinking everything in sight, muttered, bragged, cursed, and, getting drunker by the minute, grabbed the girls (who) screamed and ran from the house. . .  cerebral students sat back and stared straing ahead, probably stoned. . . Ray started drinking."

The fugitive and important western mag Target is notable for featuring the first poem published by the young Raymond Carver along with a poem of the other party guest: Charles Bukowski.

Read the exciting story behind the books by Adam Davis.

COLLECTING HISTORY - BOOKS AND PAMPHLETS FROM RUSSIA

On 9 January 1905, 150,000 striking Petersburgers and their families converged outside the Winter Palace to hand a petition to the Tsar, demanding basic civil rights. The peaceful demonstration was broken up by live rounds from the Imperial Guards; people were killed, several thousand were injured.

"Alongside the struggle in the street was the struggle for the free press. Ministers and clerics suffered assassination more by the pen than the bullet as the revolution strove for the expression of powerful emotions long suppressed. A flood of satirical journals poured from the presses ...Drawings of frenzied immediacy and extraordinary technical virtuosity were combined with prose and verse written in a popular underground language."

Blood and Laughter: an extraordinary collecting tip by Simon Beattie

A PUZZLING PUBLISHER - SIMON & SCHUSTER

It all began with crossword puzzles. The first crossword appeared in the New York World in 1913. Richard L. Simon's aunt was a fan, and in 1923 she asked her nephew where to buy a book of crossword puzzles. That book didn't exist, and Simon decided to capitalize on the opportunity. He formed a partnership with Lincoln "Max" Schuster: Simon and Schuster was born and the first ever crossword puzzle books were published.

Today Simon & Schuster is one of the four largest English-language publishing houses with over 2,000 titles a year under 35 different imprints: from Heller's Catch 22 to James Thurber and Ray Bradbury.

How to identify Simon & Schuster first editions.

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