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ILAB Library - All You Need To Know About Rare Books and the Antiquarian Book Trade
By Rachel Chanter Published since 25 Apr 2017In one of the latest blog entries of Peter Harrington Rare Books (UK), Rachel Chanter describes the dangers of buying at auction.
"This cautionary tale shows how far forgers will go to defraud dealers and avid collectors, and how they can sometimes exploit an auction house’s less-than-rigorous approach to research. Fortunately, we were able to discover the spurious nature of this artwork, subjecting it to the same level of scrutiny as we do all the items we acquire, which is why we are able to assure customers of the legitimacy of everything we sell. "
Published since 24 Apr 20172017 marks the 300th anniversary of the death of the German artist and entomologist Maria Sibylla Merian, one of the most celebrated natural scientists of her time. From an early age she pursued a fascination with the insect life cycle, then only partially understood. Merian was the first to bring together insects and their habitats and the knowledge she collected provided important insights into medicine and science.
Published since 21 Apr 2017Rare Books London, the capital's new festival of old and rare books, will bring together booksellers, auctioneers, collectors, readers, experts of various professions all linked to the world of rare and antiquarian books.
We spoke to Camilla Szymanowska, Secretary of the British Antiquarian Booksellers Association (ABA) about this exciting new initiative.
Published since 20 Apr 2017On behalf of the ILAB committee and all ILAB affiliates, we would like to congratulate Angus O'Neill on his new role as president of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association (ABA).
Published since 19 Apr 2017You ask “why congresses?” - the short answer is surely Amor librorum nos unit; and what better than to meet with people who know what you are talking about rather than experiencing the blank looks of one’s ‘lay’ friends when one mentions “old books”.
Published since 11 Apr 2017German antiquarian magazine, Aus dem Antiquariat, has covered ILAB's new Mentoring Programme.
The programme aims to help young or recently launched booksellers throughout the world by offering support and counsel on a one to one basis. The International Mentoring Programme, organised by the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers gives experienced booksellers the opportunity to lend a hand in the early days of a bookseller’s career when help is likely most needed. Four German speaking dealers have signed up as mentors so far: Norbert Donhofer and Robert Schoisengeier (both Vienna, Austria), Sabine Keune (Aachen) and Uwe Turszynski (Munich).
Published since 05 Apr 2017
The Salon du Livre Rare in Paris (7-9 April 2017) has invited a small but special group of ambassadors who are working tirelessly to promote the trade in and the love for rare and antiquarian books. An unusual project but one that could be replicated in other countries and shows the determination of a group of professionals to pass on the knowledge and passion for our profession.
Published since 04 Apr 2017
The ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography will be awarded again in 2018 and is one of the most prestigious prizes in the field of bibliography.
A prize with longstanding tradition and a strong support for scholarship: The ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography, worth US$10,000, is one of the most important prizes in the field of bibliography. Every fourth year it is awarded to a particularly significant reference work within a selection of scholarly books about books.
So far, the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers has received 34 submissions of outstanding works.
Published since 28 Mar 2017The ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography will be awarded again in 2018 and is one of the most prestigious prizes in the field of bibliography.
The final deadline to submit titles for the 2018 ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography is approaching. Please submit titles by the end of April 2017 to the Prize Secretary, Fabrizio Govi.
Published since 27 Mar 2017Since the days of Renaissance, open air bookselling has happened along the Seine riverbanks. Tourist souvenirs aside, a bouquiniste find was often the beginning of a lifelong passion and first piece in a collection.
Plying their trade on the famous banks of the Seine, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1991, the bouquinistes des quais are as emblematic of the French capital as the Eiffel Tower or Montmartre for the millions of French and foreign tourists who visit Paris every year.