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  • [+] More Learn from some of the best booksellers in the UK - York Antiquarian Book Seminar (YABS) 2017 - 


    Learn from some of the best booksellers in the UK - York Antiquarian Book Seminar (YABS) 2017 -
    Published since 14 Dec 2016

    York Antiquarian Book Seminar provides an opportunity for leading specialists to share their expertise and experience with booksellers, librarians and collectors in a comprehensive survey of the out-of-print, antiquarian, rare and used book markets. Basic procedures and problems are discussed both formally and informally through a series of lectures, discussions, demonstrations and practical hands-on workshops with emphasis on cataloguing, pricing, and bookselling in the electronic age.

    The seminar is designed for people of all levels of expertise, from beginners to those with years of experience who want to hone their skills in this rapidly changing field.

  • [+] More MA/MRes in the History of the Book – Now accepting applications! 


    MA/MRes in the History of the Book – Now accepting applications!
    Published since 02 Sep 2016

    The MA in the History of the Book at the Institute of English Studies (University of London) provides an internationally unrivalled base for the study of book history. Covering a period of c.3000 BCE to 2000 CE, the programme introduces students to an incredible range of disciplines, including bibliography, palaeography, codicology, bookbinding, the history of printing, bibliometrics, the history of publishing, the history of reading, digital publishing, library history, and the rare book trade.

  • [+] More Rare Books: Still So Much to Learn and Discover – Conference and ILAB Pop Up Fair in Sydney, 21-23 April 2016 


    Rare Books: Still So Much to Learn and Discover – Conference and ILAB Pop Up Fair in Sydney, 21-23 April 2016
    Published since 04 Feb 2016

    Rare Books: Still So Much to Learn and Discover  is a must go to conference for anyone interested in rare books and associated materials on paper. It will particularly appeal to special collections librarians, collectors and antiquarian booksellers but is open to anyone interested. Over two days, subjects such as the building of collections of books and ephemera, research, theft and digitisation will be discussed. Well known author and entertaining speaker Nicholas Basbanes will speak from the USA on the history of paper and the State Libary of NSW will offer special behind the scenes tours of the library. The conference will address both educational and practical needs of the professionals working with special collections and in the trade, and will equip them to do their jobs with greater insight and understanding. Collectors will benefit from the opportunity to hear from the professionals and other collectors giving all three groups an update on what is going on in the world of rare books today.

  • [+] More London Rare Books School – Summer Course Schedule 2016 


    London Rare Books School – Summer Course Schedule 2016
    Published since 15 Jan 2016

    London - with its long history of book production, its role as one of the world’s major publishing centres, its famous libraries, museums, archives, and antiquarian bookshops - is the ideal place in which to study the history of the book. And the London Rare Books School (LRBS) is one of the world’s leading institutions in this field. In June and July 2016 London Rare Books Schools once again offers a series of five-day, intensive courses on a variety of book-related subjects to be taught in and around Senate House which is the centre of the University of London's federal system. The courses are taught by internationally renowned scholars, including the ILAB affiliates and ABA members Angus O’Neill and Laurence Worms, using the unrivalled library and museum resources of London, including the British Library, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Senate House Libraries, and many more.

  • [+] More 11th Australasian Rare Books Summer School 


    11th Australasian Rare Books Summer School
    Published since 23 Nov 2015

    The State Library of NSW is delighted to host the 11th Australasian Rare Books Summer School. From 1 – 5 February 2016 three intensive five-day courses and a two-day short course will be presented by leading experts. The courses cover a wide variety of the history and study of rare books and manuscripts and give a thorough insight into the rare book business, both for newcomers and old-timers. Have a look at the schedule:

  • [+] More The York Antiquarian Book Seminar – Second Edition (2015) 


    The York Antiquarian Book Seminar – Second Edition (2015)
    Published since 25 Sep 2015

    So many thanks to all those who have helped organise this event. It has been a thrilling few days. Not only have I learned a lot about what it means to be a bookseller, but also (hopefully) how to run a successful business. I now feel so much more confident in my developing skills. - Pauline Schol about the York Antiquarian Book Seminar 2015. Read more:

  • [+] More Seminars on Book Collecting – The New Season 


    Seminars on Book Collecting – The New Season
    Published since 08 Sep 2015

    This week (apart from stitching together a final report on this summer’s successful internship scheme – more on that in a week or two), I have been putting the finishing touches to the 2015-2016 programme of the monthly ‘Second Tuesday’ Seminars on Book Collecting which we put on in collaboration with the Institute of English Studies (IES) at London University.

  • [+] More An Interview with … A Record Breaking Rare Book School Attendee! (Who also Happens to be the Head of Tavistock Books) 


    An Interview with … A Record Breaking Rare Book School Attendee! (Who also Happens to be the Head of Tavistock Books)
    Published since 31 Jul 2015

    The Lord and Master of Tavistock Books recently finished his 21st course at Rare Book School in Charlottesville, Virginia, having started this love-affair back in 1998! To know more, read on!

  • [+] More CABS - The Boot Camp for Book Dealers 


    CABS - The Boot Camp for Book Dealers
    Published since 25 Jun 2015

    It is a very special week for antiquarian booksellers. From 12th to 17th July young and more experienced colleagues will meet at Colorado College for the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar (CABS).  More than 2000 students have already graduated from this seminar since its inception, many of whom have gone on to become prominent members of the bookselling community. Under the guidance of the faculty members Lorne Bair, Terry Belanger, Sally Burdon, Brian Cassidy, Dan de Simone, Kathy Lindeman, Nina Musinsky, Robert Rulon-Miller Jr and Steven Escar Smith the seminar provides an opportunity for leading specialists to share their expertise with booksellers, librarians, and collectors in a comprehensive survey of the rare book market, both antiquarian and modern. “A week at the Colorado Rare Book Seminar is a week like no other I know.”, Sally Burdon wrote in 2014. “It is a highly practical week, it is an inspiring week and it is one of those weeks when, at least metaphorically, you feel you can see for miles.” Eight years ago Kenny Parolini was among the Colorado students. He shares with us his memories and says: sooner or later every antiquarian bookseller should go to Colorado, it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience one should not miss. Read his (slightly shortened) report:

  • [+] More AbeBooks Supports the Antiquarian Book Seminars in Colorado and York 


    AbeBooks Supports the Antiquarian Book Seminars in Colorado and York
    Published since 20 Apr 2015

    Young antiquarian booksellers and beginners in the trade will head for Colorado in July and York in September 2015. The Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar and the York Antiquarian Book Seminar, established last year after the example of Colorado, offer excellent possibilities to enter the international rare book trade. AbeBooks will sponsor two courses both in Colorado and in York. For all who are interested, read the following information:

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