RARE BOOK WEEK COMES TO NEW YORK CITY
Antiquarian book dealers, collectors, and the intellectually curious will gather in New York City for the Rare Book Week from 1st to 8th April 2014 - the largest gathering of its kind anywhere in the world with numerous exhibitions, lectures, auctions and other book-related events. Rare Book Week, coordinated by Fine Books & Collections magazine is headlined by the 54th annual New York Antiquarian Book Fair from 3rd to 6th April at the Park Avenue Armory where over 200 American and international dealers showcase an astonishing array of rare books, fine art, maps, manuscripts, and ephemera.
Enjoy the world of books!
NEXT STOP PARIS - SALON INTERNATIONAL DU LIVRE ANCIEN
A week later book lovers will meet again to celebrate another highlight of the year: The Syndicat national de la Librarie Ancienne et Moderne (SLAM) invites booksellers and collectors to visit the most elegant antiquarian book fair ever: the Salon International du Livre Ancien and 25th ILAB International Antiquarian Book Fair at the beautiful Grand Palais in Paris. Around 180 rare book dealers from Europe, Australia, the United States and Japan will fill their shelves with bibliophile treasures from 11th to 13th April, 2014.
Learn more about the book fair highlights!
AND THE WINNER IS ... JAMES BOND!
The Paris International Antiquarian Book Fair provides the perfect background for the official award of one of the most prestigous prizes in the world of bibliophily: On Saturday, 12th April, at noon, Jon Gilbert will be honoured with the 16th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography for his outstanding and superb work:
Ian Fleming. The Bibliography, published by Queen Anne Press in 2012.
41st ILAB CONGRESS - THE MEETING PLACE FOR BOOKSELLERS
The Book Fair at the Grand Palais is immediately followed by the 41st ILAB Congress from 13th to 16th April 2014. SLAM and its President Anne Lamort are pleased and proud to welcome antiquarian booksellers to a week devoted to the wonderful world of rare books. The stunning program includes a visit to the Arsenal Library, a presentation of the treasures held in the National Library of France, excursions to the castles of Ecouen and Chantilly with their marvellous Museum of the Renaissance and bibliophile collections along with private tours of the Dutuit Collection and the Mazarine Library.
Do you want to see books and libraries you have never seen before?
100 YEARS - SYNDICAT NATIONAL DE LA LIBRARIE ANCIENNE ET MODERNE
With the 41st ILAB Congress and the International Antiquarian Book Fair at the Grand Palais (Paris) the Syndicat National de la Librairie Ancienne et Moderne (SLAM) celebrates its 100th anniversay. SLAM was established in 1914, and is one of the biggest and oldest antiquarian booksellers' associations, preceded by the ABA only which was founded as early as 1906.
The history of SLAM from the beginnings in 1914 up to the year 1957 was written by René Cluzel - Part 1 and Part 2
Wanted! ILAB INTERNSHIPS FOR YOUNG BOOKSELLERS
"Maria Rodionova, ILAB intern, reported that coming to Australia and working at Cornstalk Bookshop in Sydney and Asia Bookroom in Canberra has been a life changing experience. All of us here at Asia Bookroom would encourage other booksellers to consider offering such an opportunity to other young booksellers in the ILAB Internship Program" (Sally Burdon).
A global "ILAB School" without borders: The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers offers internships to beginners in the rare book trade.
SIX WEEKS IN SPAIN AS AN ILAB INTERN
Ksenia Batueva spent six weeks in Spain working with antiquarian booksellers in Bilbao, Barcelona and Madrid:
"This internship was really a great experience for me. I will never forget this trip and I will try to make it to be a start for something more!"
Read her reports on the ILAB website.
Book Scouting in ... Amsterdam
Ever been in Amsterdam? As in every European city there is much to see. Beautiful old buildings, the historic canals (Amsterdam is one of the cities called 'Venice of the North'!) lots of museums, history and art. For booklovers there are some great old book shops and flee-markets. People are friendly, and - guess what? - with few exceptions everybody speaks English too.
Perkamentus - A blog about rare books in Amsterdam!
ALGORITHMIC BOOK PRICING AND ITS IMPLICATIONS
There had always been something that you could call a "marketplace" for old books, but before the internet it operated in a dense fog. There was no real marketplace where public knowledge of current prices and supply was available to all participants. By making that information available in real time the internet changed the "marketplace" for rare and second-hand books from a metaphor to a reality.
Jim Hinck: "We are all now dealing with the enormous disruption that results from this ... Only the portion of the book trade that deals in genuinely rare books escapes these pressures."
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