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  • [+] More Robert Wright, President of ABAC on bookselling in Canada 


    Robert Wright, President of ABAC on bookselling in Canada
    Published since 18 Sep 2017

    After the completely unexpected death of Michael Park earlier this year, who had served as ABAC President since November of 2015, Robert Wright of Robert Wright Books has taken on the role of Interim President. 
    Mr. Wright spoke to us about bookselling in his home country and where the trade is going. 

  • [+] More An unexpected but extremely appreciated meeting with Arturo Pregliasco 


    An unexpected but extremely appreciated meeting with Arturo Pregliasco
    By Norbert Donhofer - ILAB President 2014 - 2016 Published since 05 Sep 2017

    No, this time: no excuses! For decades I had promised to see the „Pregliasco’s“ and other Turin-based booksellers, but, and I simply don’t know why, it didn’t happen for so many years. Although quite strange, as I had not only exhibited for many years at the Milan Fair, and, this would probably count more, had spent more than 20 years of skiing in the „Mont Blanc” area – in France, Italy, and Switzerland. Turin was never that far away, but as you all know: the next fair ahead, having to prepare a catalogue, an important customer wants to see me tomorrow, …

  • [+] More First editions and lasting treasures: how to be a book collector 


    First editions and lasting treasures: how to be a book collector
    By Michael Parsons Published since 01 Sep 2017
    Thinking of investing in rare books? Do it for the love of books, not money, say the experts

    Rare and antiquarian books can be surprisingly valuable. A first-edition copy of Ulysses by James Joyce, published in Paris in 1922, can sell for €100,000 and sometimes much more; Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, published in London in 1726, up to €50,000. But, like art, most books will never become really valuable, and collectors are generally motivated by love of literature and books rather than the prospect of making a fast buck.

    Repost from The Irish Times, first published 26 August 2017.
  • [+] More Wenn's um die Wurst geht - Aus dem Leben eines Antiquars (German language only) 


    Wenn's um die Wurst geht - Aus dem Leben eines Antiquars (German language only)
    By Barbara van Benthem Published since 23 Aug 2017
    Über eine bekannte Angebotsplattform für antiquarische Bücher erreichte uns kürzlich eine Anfrage. Der Kunde interessierte sich für einen Brief von Ernst Barlach. Wie immer hatten wir den Text transkribiert, die historischen Hintergründe des Briefes ebenso wie die Vergleichspreise der letzten, sagen wir, 20 Jahre, gründlich recherchiert und den Brief samt Inhalt und Adressaten so ausführlich wie möglich (und nötig) beschrieben. Nun war ein Foto gewünscht. Natürlich kamen wir diesem Wunsch gern nach, denn auch wenn jedes Foto eines Unikates dieses Unikat dem Mainstream etwas näher bringt, ist es verständlich, dass niemand die Katze im Sack kaufen möchte. Auf unsere umgehende Beantwortung der Bildanfrage flatterte uns ein Angebot ins Haus:
  • [+] More Real Books, Real People - Laurence Worms' Review of Rare Books London 2017 


    Real Books, Real People - Laurence Worms' Review of Rare Books London 2017
    Published since 26 Jun 2017
    A week of book-fairs and nowadays a whole series of related events – visits, talks and tours – all under a festival heading of “Rare Books London 2017”.  No sparing of effort, much time generously given – applause and a heartfelt thank-you to all concerned...
  • [+] More Adam Weinberger Booksellers and an INSTAGRAM ONLY CATALOGUE 


    Adam Weinberger Booksellers and an INSTAGRAM ONLY CATALOGUE
    Published since 19 Jun 2017

    Adam Weinberger (ABAA) of Adam Weinberger Rare Books, New York recently announced his first INSTAGRAM-ONLY Catalogue. Promoting via Instagram, this seems to work. But selling via Instagram?
    In the article below, Adam explains why he sees Instagram as an important platform for our business and shares some tips on how to put up a catalogue.

    You can follow Adam here: @RareBookBuyer or @AdamWeinbergerCat
    You can follow ILAB too: @ILAB_Rare_Books 

  • [+] More On the Road - From Honiton (Devon) to Maastricht to Edinburgh to London 


    On the Road - From Honiton (Devon) to Maastricht to Edinburgh to London
    By Graham York Published since 08 Jun 2017
    From Honiton in Devon to Maastricht to Edinburgh and back to Devon, only to leave shortly after to make it on time for the ABA Council meeting in London. Graham York was “On the Road” again...
  • [+] More Booksellers in the Press - Maggs Bros. London 


    Booksellers in the Press - Maggs Bros. London
    Published since 26 May 2017
    One of London's oldest antiquarian bookshops Maggs Bros., bookseller by appointment to the Queen, closed their premises last year when their leasehold on Berkeley Square had expired after almost 80 years of trading. The opening of the new gallery in Bloombury's Bedford Square, received broad press coverage this week.
  • [+] More Dr Anke Timmermann & Quaritch Booksellers Talk at Rare Books London 2017 


    Dr Anke Timmermann & Quaritch Booksellers Talk at Rare Books London 2017
    By Dr. Anke Timmermann Published since 26 Apr 2017
    The new festival Rare Books London, which is due to be launched this year in May, will be hosting fairs, auctions, tours and talks. We will highlight a number of events at Rare Books London in the upcoming weeks. Some talks and tours have already sold out!
    Bernard Quaritch's "Collecting Pains - symptoms and remedies for book lovers" will provide a fascinating insight into the rare book trade, past and present. Visitors will discover the company’s long history, meet staff and view highlights from the archive and current stock. Incidentally, one of Quaritch's more younger staff members Dr. Anke Timmermann was recently elected as a new Associate Member of the ABA, and her background shows the diversity of people working in our trade. We would like to share her article, originally published in the March edition of the ABA newsletter, below.
  • [+] 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.
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