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  • [+] More The Paris International Rare Book & Fine Art Fair - A Major Event in the World of Rare Books 


    The Paris International Rare Book & Fine Art Fair - A Major Event in the World of Rare Books
    Published since 16 Mar 2017

    The Paris International Rare Book Fair will be held from 7 - 9 April 2017, this year in collaboration with the National Chamber of Experts (C.N.E.S.) and again under the high patronage of Mr François Hollande, President of the French Republic. 

    This is a wonderful opportunity for the public to visit two fairs "in one": the International Rare Book Fair (organised by SLAM, the French Antiquarian Booksellers Association), and the Fine Art Fair, presented by the National Chamber of Experts, C.N.E.S. on the occasion of its 50th anniversary.

  • [+] More What if They Were Right… Whoever They Were? (New York 2017) 


    What if They Were Right… Whoever They Were? (New York 2017)
    By Greg Gibson Published since 15 Mar 2017
    The life of a journeyman major league book dealer (any one who makes his or her living in the trade as a hunter-gatherer, anyone not named Bill, Jim, Pom, Ed, or Don, or anyone not from the other side of the Atlantic whose shoes are worth more than most of your books)… this journeyman life, I say, is a simple one. 
  • [+] More Rebecca Romney's "Printer's Error" just published 


    Rebecca Romney's "Printer's Error" just published
    Published since 14 Mar 2017
    ABAA bookseller and ILAB member Rebecca Romney of Honey & Wax Books, well known for her TV appearances in the History Channel's "Pawn Stars" has just published her first book "Printer's Error - Irreverent Stories from Book History". This book should be a delight to any collector, dealer or bibliophile in general. A wonderful idea to put together a collection of "absurd" moments in the lives of authors and printers throughout book history. 
  • [+] More Leipzig's Reading Girl 


    Leipzig's Reading Girl
    Published since 08 Mar 2017

    Today, 8th March, is International Women’s Day. Has it become another PR event, another “hashtag” or does it still mean anything to us? Access to education for women, access to literature, women’s rights, equality?

    An image comes to mind, “The Reading Girl” by the German painter Henning from the year 1828. Its simplicity and calm has made this artwork stand out and be reproduced many times. It is one of the major attractions of the Leipzig Museum of Fine Arts “Bildermuseum”.  

  • [+] More Rick Gekoski's new novel "Darke" 


    Rick Gekoski's new novel "Darke"
    Published since 07 Mar 2017
    Known to many in the trade and beyond, Rick Gekoski has published a number of books throughout his life, some of them incredibly entertaining for anyone in the rare book trade.
    “Lost, Stolen or Shredded”, “Tolkien’s Gown” or “Outside of a Dog: A Bibliomemoir” will be on the bookshelves of many of us. Or do you remember Rick’s guide to an antiquarian book fair? Now changing direction slightly, Rick Gekoski’s new book and first novel “Darke” has just been published by Canongate in the UK.
  • [+] More The Smell of Books - "Experimental Historic Preservation" 


    The Smell of Books - "Experimental Historic Preservation"
    Published since 06 Mar 2017
    Back in 2009 we reported about a project and group of scientists who tried to prove that one can determine the age and condition of a book by its smell. 
    Now eight years later, the New York Times has just released an article about "The Smell of Books" and the "experimental historic preservation" class at Columbia University around professor Jorge Otero-Pailos. What keeps us fascinated by the smell of a library? Does the smell of old books let us travel in time or can it bring back memories? New York's Morgan Library opened for this experiment. Do we need to preserve the smell of books in our digital age?
  • [+] More Buying Rare and Antiquarian Books in Costa Rica 


    Buying Rare and Antiquarian Books in Costa Rica
    By Audrey Golden Published since 03 Mar 2017
    Buying used, rare, and antiquarian books in Costa Rica’s capital city of San Jose can be quite a challenge, but not because of a dearth of bookstores. Rather, unlike many cities in various parts of the world packed that are packed with bookshops, San Jose streets don’t have numbers that allow visitors unfamiliar with the city’s directional methods to locate with ease their intended destinations.
  • [+] More From Aldus to Zanichelli - Milan 2017 


    From Aldus to Zanichelli - Milan 2017
    Published since 01 Mar 2017
    From Aldus to Zanichelli*...

    ...Italy has always had a flourishing book trade long before the advent of printing.  Italy’s history is closely linked to the history of the book, whether we look at the trade in manuscripts or the rapid development of printing presses in Renaissance Italy.

  • [+] More What keeps you coming back to New York? 


    What keeps you coming back to New York?
    Published since 28 Feb 2017
    From March 9-12, 2017 book lovers will find a fascinating treasure trove at the Park Avenue Armory. Over 200 American and international dealers will exhibit at The ABAA New York Antiquarian Book Fair, bringing a vast selection of rare books, maps, manuscripts, illuminated manuscripts and ephemera. The diversity of specialties includes art, medicine, literature, photography, autographs, first editions, Americana, and much more.
  • [+] More Booksellers in the Press - Matthew Raptis in the Palm Beacher : Think print is dead? 


    Booksellers in the Press - Matthew Raptis in the Palm Beacher : Think print is dead?
    Published since 24 Feb 2017
    "Matthew Raptis doesn’t judge a book by its cover alone. He also judges it by its publication date, its condition and its relative rarity in the antiquarian book marketplace. Think print is dead? For avid collectors of rare books, it’s anything but." (Palm Beacher, 2017)

    The Palm Beacher recently run a profile on Matthew Raptis Rare Books, member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America and therefore affiliated to the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, with the fitting headline "Rare Books Are More Than Just A Business; They’re A Key To The Past". 

    Another insight into the world of rare book dealing and collecting and proof the book is not dead.



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