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  • [+] More Bibliophiler Salon 8. Oktober - Baden (Austria) 


    Bibliophiler Salon 8. Oktober - Baden (Austria)
    By Dr. Paul Kainbacher Published since 10 Oct 2016
    Der 6.Bibliophile Salon im Antiquariat Kainbacher in Baden bei Wien am Samstag, den 8.Oktober 2016 wurde wieder zu einem schönen Event für Buchsammler, Wissenschaftler und Historiker. Das Thema: Piraten, Freibeuter und Sklavenhändler in der Südsee lockte ca. 45 Besucher an. Die Vorträge hielt Universitätsprofessor Dr. Hermann Mückler, der als Experte für den Pazifischen Raum hochinteressante Themen rhetorisch und graphisch auf höchstem Niveau aufbereitet hat.
  • [+] More Rare Books Worldwide - A Short History of the Book and Bibliophily in Italy 


    Rare Books Worldwide - A Short History of the Book and Bibliophily in Italy
    Published since 08 Feb 2016

    In a series of articles antiquarian booksellers and rare book collectors from all parts of the world write about bookselling and collecting in their country. Part 1, written by rare book expert Fabrizio Govi is dedicated to the history of the book in Italy.

  • [+] More Unique! The Max Morgenstern Collection, presented by Norbert Donhofer at the 54th Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair 


    Unique! The Max Morgenstern Collection, presented by Norbert Donhofer at the 54th Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair
    Published since 12 Jan 2015

    When the 54th Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair opens its doors to visitors from 23 to 25 January 2015, book lovers will have the rare opportunity to admire the highlights of a unique collection from the grand times of the Viennese “Belle Epoque”.  In a series of two catalogues the Austrian rare book dealer Norbert Donhofer presents the library of Max Morgenstern (1883-1946) consisting of private press books, illustrated books, and precious bindings of the Wiener Werkstätte. Part 1 of this extraordinary gathering of bibliophile treasures – documented in a richly illustrated catalogue – will be on display at the Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair: one more reason not to miss the second oldest fair in the world!

  • [+] More Bibliotour 


    Bibliotour
    Published since 27 Oct 2014

    The last couple of weeks have seen me in Germany and America, visiting book fairs, customers, and libraries.  I have always enjoyed the international nature of the book trade.  As regular readers of this blog will know, I have a particular interest in the cultural history of France, Germany, and Russia, especially in how these cultures interact with the anglophone world.  So it was a pleasant surprise to find the following, two weeks ago, in Frankfurt ...

  • [+] More Da Lucca a New York a Lugano. Giuseppe Martini libraio tra Otto e Novecento – A Conference in Lucca in October 2014 


    Da Lucca a New York a Lugano. Giuseppe Martini libraio tra Otto e Novecento – A Conference in Lucca in October 2014
    Published since 13 Oct 2014

    From 17th to 18th October 2014 bibliophiles, scholars and rare book dealers will gather in Lucca (Italy) to hold a conference on the life, work and collections of Giuseppe Martini. Guiseppe Martini (1870-1944) was a contemporary of Leo S. Olschki and Ulrico Hoepli. Mario Armanni, the later director of the Libreria Antiquaria Hoepli, called him “l’homo bibliographicus”.  Martini’s library, formed during over thirty years of collecting, was considered to be one of the richest private collections of Italian literature in the world.  The Lucca conference in October 2014, officially supported by numerous Italian and international organizations – among them ILAB and the Italian Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (ALAI) – is dedicated to Giuseppe Martini’s extraordinary career and the historical background under which it developed.

  • [+] More The Grolier Club – Exhibitions, Lectures, Meetings, September to December 2014 


    The Grolier Club – Exhibitions, Lectures, Meetings, September to December 2014
    Published since 14 Aug 2014

    The mission of the Grolier Club is “to foster the study, collecting, and appreciation of books and works on paper, their art, history, production, and commerce”. To this purpose numerous books and exhibition catalogues are published or sponsored, and a series of book-related events is regularly being held at the Grolier. The fall season of Grolier events starts in September with a Seamus Heaney exhibition followed by other amazing lectures, exhibitions and meetings until December 2014, including the first “Grolier Club Hundred Exhibition” in twenty years. An overview:

  • [+] More The History of the Antiquarian Book Trade in Belgium – A New Book by Piet J. Buijnsters 


    The History of the Antiquarian Book Trade in Belgium – A New Book by Piet J. Buijnsters
    Published since 19 Mar 2013

    Nowhere in Europe you will find so many bibliophiles than in Belgium, and you will find no other place in Europe where all those stunning collections of rare books and manuscripts have more or less been kept in secret.  Until now! Piet J. Buijnster’s recently published book  “Geschiedenis van antiquariaat en bibliofilie in België“ provides an overall view of the rare book trade in Belgium from the year 1830 up to 2012. After Buijnster’s studies on the history of bibliophily and antiquarian bookselling in the Netherlands, published in the years 2007 and 2010, this important work fills a gap in the research of the history of the book and the book trade in Europe.

  • [+] More Buchgedanken - Thoughts on Books 


    Buchgedanken - Thoughts on Books
    Published since 30 May 2012

    There are many things that make a book an antiquarian book, not just the text. Some will point to typography, others will mention the binding, others again the former owner, if famous or important, or an interesting inscription. I am fond of these things as well. But I also like the imperfect, the slightly ramshackle, the signs of wear and tear - of life, in fact. In the many years that I’ve been dealing with antiquarian books, I must have seen every state of a book, from immaculate to conditions that could only be of interest to a necrophile. Bur, with each book I handle, I ask myself: Why? What is the story behind this stain, these scorch marks, this musty smell?

  • [+] More Look What I Found at BTC: The Sign of the Cross 


    Look What I Found at BTC: The Sign of the Cross
    Published since 12 Dec 2011

    I like film souvenir books well enough, but with a few exceptions it’s a little hard to get truly excited about them. De Mille’s 1932 film, based on the play by Wilson Barrett, has a backstory about Charles Laughton as the Emperor Nero. Nero blames the Christians for burning Rome, and decides to put them all to death, as one is occasionally wont to do. There’s also a love story between Frederic March as Rome’s highest-ranking military officer, Marcus Superbus (really? Superbus? Why not “Marcus Gas Guzzling SUV”?) and Elissa Landi as Mercia, a cute Christian chick. You can see where complications might ensue.

  • [+] More Rare Books in the Press: Nigel Beale's Audio Interview with George Parker on The Ryerson Press 


    Rare Books in the Press: Nigel Beale's Audio Interview with George Parker on The Ryerson Press
    Published since 21 Jun 2011

    Rare book news from Canada: The Ryerson Press is regarded as "one of Canada’s most important book publishing firms during the 20th century". Nigel Beale of Nota Bene Books met George Parker to talk about the history of the Ryerson Press and the Methodist Book and Publishing Company. George Parker, Professor Emeritus of the Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, Ontario, where he taught from 1967 to 1997, is the author of numerous articles on Canadian authors and publishers, he contributed to the Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature, the Oxford Companion to Canadian History, The Canadian Encyclopedia, and the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, and wrote “The Beginnings of the Book Trade in Canada” (1985).

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