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Save the dates! International Antiquarian Book Fairs 2014 / 2015, under the auspices of ILAB

Book lovers will be busy in the upcoming weeks. From 1st to 8th April the intellectually curious meet in New York City for the Rare Book Week - the largest gathering of its kind with numerous fairs, exhibitions, lectures and auctions. The week is headlined by the 54th annual New York Antiquarian Book Fair, where over 200 international dealers display an astonishing array of rare books, fine art, maps, manuscripts, and ephemera. And as soon as the fair is closed bibliophiles pack again their bags and suitcases to fly to Paris where another major event in the bibliophile calendar takes place: The Salon International du Livre Ancien at the beautiful Grand Palais in Paris is regarded as the most elegant fair worldwide. The prestigious event, in this year's edition the 25th ILAB International Antiquarian Book Fair with even more high-class offers by exhibitors from Europe, the United States, Argentina, and Japan runs from 11th to 13th April and will immediately be followed by the 41st Congress of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB). Whether you already have your own personal library or would like to dive into the world of collecting, this is your opportunity to explore the world of books with the leading experts in their fields. Whether you are an experienced or novice book collector, a librarian or an archivist, a scholar or an academic, or are simply interested in books and the book arts in general, this is your chance to find something to your taste. And be sure: If you have once experienced the fascinating feeling of finding a book, you have never thought you were looking for, you will never be able to stop again! Over the year and on all continents, there is an exquisite selection of antiquarian book fairs under the auspices of ILAB, where book collectors and the world's leading experts share their passion for the printed book and our written heritage. Save the dates in your calendar!

Published on 20 Feb. 2018

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Book lovers will be busy in the upcoming weeks. From 1st to 8th April the intellectually curious meet in New York City for the Rare Book Week - the largest gathering of its kind with numerous fairs, exhibitions, lectures and auctions. The week is headlined by the 54th annual New York Antiquarian Book Fair, where over 200 international dealers display an astonishing array of rare books, fine art, maps, manuscripts, and ephemera. And as soon as the fair is closed bibliophiles pack again their bags and suitcases to fly to Paris where another major event in the bibliophile calendar takes place: The Salon International du Livre Ancien at the beautiful Grand Palais in Paris is regarded as the most elegant fair worldwide. The prestigious event, in this year's edition the 25th ILAB International Antiquarian Book Fair with even more high-class offers by exhibitors from Europe, the United States, Argentina, and Japan runs from 11th to 13th April and will immediately be followed by the 41st Congress of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB).

Whether you already have your own personal library or would like to dive into the world of collecting, this is your opportunity to explore the world of books with the leading experts in their fields. Whether you are an experienced or novice book collector, a librarian or an archivist, a scholar or an academic, or are simply interested in books and the book arts in general, this is your chance to find something to your taste. And be sure: If you have once experienced the fascinating feeling of finding a book, you have never thought you were looking for, you will never be able to stop again!

Over the year and on all continents, there is an exquisite selection of antiquarian book fairs under the auspices of ILAB, where book collectors and the world’s leading experts share their passion for the printed book and our written heritage.

Save the dates in your calendar!


54th New York Antiquarian Book Fair

April 3-6, 2014
The Park Avenue Armory, New York (United States)

"The best book fair in the world" - Andy Rooney. “It is exciting in a way you probably don't expect when you just hear the word Book Fair. Well, to me it is just as exciting as sitting in the dark of the theatre and watch a horror film! This experience is not horror. But it's just as exciting!” - Yoko Ono. Book lovers will find a fascinating treasure trove at the Park Avenue Armory. Over 200 American and international dealers will exhibit at The New York Antiquarian Book Fair, bringing a vast selection of rare books, maps, manuscripts, illuminated manuscripts and ephemera.

Organized by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America, ABAA

More information: http://nyantiquarianbookfair.com

Salon International du Livre Ancien / 25th ILAB International Antiquarian Book Fair

April 11-13, 2014

41st Congress of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB)

April 13-16, 2014
Grand Palais, Paris (France)

ILAB and SLAM are pleased to announce that the 41st ILAB Congress will run in Paris from the 13th to 16th April, 2014, to coincide with the 100th anniversary of SLAM. The Paris Congress will immediately follow the International Antiquarian Book Fair at the Grand Palais scheduled from 10th to 13th of April 2014. The Paris Fair offers its ever increasing number of visitors a panorama of the highlights of our written heritage, together with a vast selection of engravings and drawings, presented by leading professionals from around the world. Manuscripts, incunabula, exceptional bindings, early maps and photographs, autographs, old and contemporary prints and drawings, provide a fascinating potpourri of works for the collector and neophyte alike.

Organized by the Syndicat National de la Librairie Ancienne et Moderne, SLAM

More information: www.salondulivreancienparis.fr / www.congreslilaparis.fr


Madrid International Antiquarian Book Fair

May 15-17, 2014
Hotel Wellington, Madrid (Spain)

One of two major book fair events in Spain - The International Antiquarian Book Fair at the Wellington Hotel, Madrid, alternates with the Barcelona International Antiquarian Book Fair at the Casa Batlló, Barcelona.

Organized by the Iberian Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, AILA

More information: www.ailaasociacion.com

57th London International Antiquarian Book Fair at Olympia

May 22-24, 2014
National Hall (Olympia), London (United Kingdom)

This major three-day event is one of the highlights in the world for book lovers and collectors – and centre-piece of the London Book Fair Week. In the light and airy National Hall at Olympia, you will find thousands of rare, unusual and unique items offered for sale by 180 leading UK and international dealers. At the fair you can view, handle and buy books, maps, prints, photographs, manuscripts, and original art work spanning the centuries. All items are freely available for inspection before purchase and in contrast to the e-book or downloaded text, here you may hold a remarkable piece of history in your hand.

Organized by the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, ABA

More information: www.olympiabookfair.com


42nd ANZAAB Australian Antiquarian Book Fair

July 25-27, 2014

Incorporated in the Melbourne Rare Book Week

July 17-27, 2014
Wilson Hall, Melbourne (Australia)

The Melbourne Rare Book Week is a major attraction for book collectors, librarians and all who have a love of words, print on paper and heritage. As part of Rare Book Week, the 42nd ANZAAB Australian Antiquarian Book Fair will be held at the University of Melbourne's historic Wilson Hall, with free admission to all visitors. Leading Australian and international antiquarian booksellers will bring a rich and diverse array of books together that cater for all who genuinely love print on paper. Subjects including early printed books, maps, historical accounts of travel and exploration, prints, literature, art, children's books, and ephemera will be offered for sale at prices to suit all levels of collecting.

Organized by the Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers, ANZAAB

More information: www.rarebookweek.com / www.rarebookfair.com

Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair 2014

November 7-8, 2014
Chelsea Old Town Hall, London (United Kingdom)

The friendliest and most approachable event of the antiquarian book fair calendar: If you are already in the trade, an existing collector, or simply curious about old, antiquarian, collectable books, maps and ephemera, then the Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair at the Chelsea Old Town Hall is not to be missed.

Organized by the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, ABA

More information: www.chelseabookfair.com


Toronto International Antiquarian Book Fair

November 7-9, 2014
Baillie Court at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (Canada)

The 2014 Toronto International Antiquarian Book Fair (TIABF) joins the prestigious San Francisco, New York and Boston fairs on the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers’ (ILAB) 2014 North American calendar. As the only international antiquarian and collectible book fair in Canada, the TIABF features exhibitors from across Europe and North America. Exhibitors will bring a wide ranging selection of books, maps, prints and manuscripts - including travel and exploration; natural history, science and technology; children’s and illustrated; fine press and limited editions; modern first editions and signed volumes.

Organized by the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of Canada, ABAC

More information: www.torontoantiquarianbookfair.com


38th Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair

November 14-16, 2014
Hynes Convention Center, Boston (United States)

The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair is one of the oldest and most respected antiquarian book shows in the United States. Rare book dealers from the United States, England, Germany and The Netherlands offer rare, collectible and antiquarian books, modern first editions, manuscripts, autographs, maps, atlases, and a plethora of other literary ephemera.

Organized by the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America, ABAA

More information: www.bostonbookfair.com


54th Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair

January 23-25, 2015
Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart (Germany)

The first event of the bibliophile year: For more than 50 years the Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair attracts dealers and collectors from all over the world . Over 80 exhibitors from Germany, Great Britain, the United States, Hungary, Switzerland, Austria, France and the Netherlands show rare and valuable medieval manuscripts, books, autographs, and modern prints.

Organized by the German Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, VDA

More information: www.stuttgarter-antiquariatsmesse.de

48th California International Antiquarian Book Fair

February 6-8, 2015
Oakland Marriott City Center, Oakland (United States)

"Even if you are not a collector, if you have ever read a book, it's a place to go to find out what you haven't read, or just what you haven't seen or didn't know exists" - Tony Bill. Probably the world's largest and most prestigious exhibition of antiquarian books: The California International Antiquarian Book Fair, in 2015 for the first time in a new venue: the Oakland Mariott City Center, will offer something exciting for every book lover and collector. Visitors can purchase rare items from medieval manuscripts to collectible editions of authors into the 21st century. There will be unusual books on travel and exploration, literature, the arts, science and medicine, children's books, and Americana. First, signed, and limited editions of many important authors will be present, plus collections of original photographs, prints by renowned artists from the 16th to the 21st century, and remarkable examples of book making, binding, and typography.

Organized by the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America, ABAA

More information: http://sfbookfair.com/

The series of antiquarian book fairs, supported by ILAB, will continue in 2015: Next stops for bibliophiles will be Milan and Bologna (Italy), Tokyo (Japan), Scandinavia, Sydney (Australia). More dates coming soon …

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