UNDER THE AUSPICES OF ILAB
INTERNATIONAL ANTIQUARIAN BOOK FAIRS ACROSS THE WORLD
Over the year and on all continents, there is an exquisite selection of antiquarian book fairs, where book collectors and the world's leading experts share their passion for the printed book and our written heritage. Under the auspices of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) and organized by ILAB's member associations amazing book fairs are held in Europe and America, Asia and Australia, from London and Paris to New York and California, Tokyo and Melbourne. The exhibitors are ILAB affiliates who guarantee high professional standards, high quality offers, and the authenticity of the books, prints, autographs and ephemera for sale which are exactly described and accurately priced. On all these fairs, officially supported by ILAB, there is more than just the fascination of rare books: Here you can buy with confidence and trust in the expertise of the exhibitors.
> Save the dates in your calendar!
TORONTO INTERNATIONAL ANTIQUARIAN BOOK FAIR, NOVEMBER 6-8, 2015
Baillie Court at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (Canada), organized by the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of Canada, ABAC
More information: www.torontoantiquarianbookfair.com
CHELSEA ANTIQUARIAN BOOK FAIR, NOVEMBER 6-7, 2015
Chelsea Old Town Hall, London (United Kingdom), organized by the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, ABA
More information: www.chelseabookfair.com
BOSTON INTERNATIONAL ANTIQUARIAN BOOK FAIR, NOVEMBER 13-15, 2015
Hynes Convention Center, Boston (United States), organized by the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America, ABAA
More information: www.bostonbookfair.com
FROM SEOUL TO LONDON
AN INTERVIEW WITH T. J. KIM, ANTIQUARIAN BOOKSELLER IN SEOUL
ILAB is like the United Nations for antiquarian booksellers. As a truly global umbrella organization it shows that the rare book business is fascinating in its diversity: from Europe to South Africa and the United States, to Australia and Asia. When in 1989 the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of Korea (ABAK) was founded, the antiquarian booksellers in the Republic of Korea immediately became affiliated to ILAB. And now, for the first time in 2015, the South Korean colleagues exhibited at this year's London International Antiquarian Book Fair. T.J. Kim, owner of Tmecca Korea, Inc. in Seoul, was one of them. He tells us about rare bookselling in his home country, his own career and future perspectives of the trade.
> Read the interview > Learn more about the antiquarian booksellers in the Republic of Korea
Away to Scotland for a rather special rare book trade occasion. A retirement party for Elizabeth Strong (McNaughtan's Bookshop) - not just a retirement party but also a welcome party for Derek and Anna Walker, who are taking over this much-loved bookshop on Haddington Place.
"A big day for Elizabeth, but perhaps an ever bigger one for them. The closing of one era, the opening of another - a passing on of the baton from one generation to the next. A time for celebration. A time for reflection. A goodish crowd of bookish folk. Edinburgh stalwart Ian Watson (John Updike Rare Books) was there. Cooper Hay had come over from Glasgow. Andrew Hunter (Blackwell's Rare Books) was up from Oxford. Family, friends, customers. A few choice words from our ABA president, Oscar Graves-Johnston. A few words of farewell, welcome and introduction from Elizabeth. A few words of appreciation and anticipation from the Walkers."
> Lawrence Worms was among the guests. Read his report.
PICARESQUE AUTHORS FROM CERVANTES TO BELLOW
"Picaresque" derives from the Spanish word "picaresca," which comes from "picaro" ("rogue" or "rascal"). Usually satirical, a picaresque novel follows the exploits of a hero, usually low born, who must survive by his wits as he travels about on various (usually unlooked-for) adventures. The roots of the genre can be traced all the way back to Rome, with works like Petronius' Satyricon and Apuleius' The Golden Ass. Although influential writers like Chaucer and Boccaccio certainly included elements of the picaresque in their writing, the first modern picaresque novel is Lazarillo de Tormes. It was published anonymously in Spain and Antwerp in 1554.
Cervantes undoubtedly popularized the genre, which blossomed in the next two centuries all over Europe. Sterling examples are Voltaire's hilarious Candide and Henry Fielding's The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling.
> Kristin Masters has a look at other great authors who have contributed to the genre of the picaresque.
WIENER WERKSTÄTTE BINDINGS
In January 2015 Norbert Donhofer presented an extraordinary gathering of bibliophile treasures documented in a richly illustrated catalogue. The second part of this amazing collection will now be on display at the Grillparzerhaus in Vienna from 24 September to 9 October 2015. Max Morgenstern was one of the best customers of the Wiener Werkstätte. The Jewish collector belonged to a generation of Viennese bibliophiles who founded libraries with great knowledge, ultimate taste and a life-long passion. The precious bindings of the Morgenstern Collection, now on show at the Grillparzerhaus in Vienna, are a shining example of the outstanding artworks created during the Belle Epoque.
> Learn more
Travel and Exploration
> Antiquariat Dr. Paul Kainbacher
> Bonnefoi Livres Anciens
> G. Gosen
> Voyager Press
17 Snippets from Wonderland
> George Bayntun
These and many rare book catalogues published by ILAB dealers are listed on the ILAB website.
THE ILAB CALENDAR OF EVENTS
> Click here and browse the ILAB calendar, learn more about all bookish events - fairs, exhibitions, lectures - across the world.
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