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  • [+] More A Guide to Buying and Collecting Signed Books by Leah Dobrinska 


    A Guide to Buying and Collecting Signed Books by Leah Dobrinska
    Published since 12 Dec 2016
    A signed book is a sought-after collectible for a bibliophile, and it can add exponential value to a book collection. Whether you’re just beginning your collection or are a seasoned collector, what should you consider when looking for and purchasing a signed book? What’s the best “type” of signature?
  • [+] More Obituaries for Martin Stone (1946 - 2016) - Bookseller, book scout, legend of the rare book trade 


    Obituaries for Martin Stone (1946 - 2016) - Bookseller, book scout, legend of the rare book trade
    Published since 09 Dec 2016

    The rare book trade has lost one of his most interesting and legendary personalities. 
    Martin Stone (11 December 1946, Woking, Surrey – 9 November 2016, Versailles, France) was an English guitarist and rare book dealer.

  • [+] More Martin Luther - Landmark exhibitions in Germany and the US / Part 1 of 2: US Exhibitions 


    Martin Luther - Landmark exhibitions in Germany and the US / Part 1 of 2: US Exhibitions
    Published since 07 Dec 2016
    It has been 500 years since Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, condemning the corrupt practice of indulgences. This single act marked the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, a worldwide movement whose legacy can still be felt today, especially in Germany. The Reformation had a profound effect not only on theology and the church but also on culture, science, business, politics, language and education. 

    The German state has set up a large programme for 2017 to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Luther’s 95 theses with exhibitions, readings and events for all ages and interest groups.

    In two separate articles we would like to draw attention to some landmark exhibitions in the US and Germany showcasing Luther Bibles, bible collections and other bibliophile treasures. 

  • [+] More Graham York's 3000 mile trip from Devon through Europe selling books at the ILAB Fair in Budapest and Amsterdam 


    Graham York's 3000 mile trip from Devon through Europe selling books at the ILAB Fair in Budapest and Amsterdam
    Published since 02 Dec 2016

    The plan was to take four days to reach Budapest, spend four days there, four days to drive to Amsterdam, spend four days there, then two days to get home via Bruges (favourite restaurant). We had two rules - we only stop at places we've never been to, and no alcohol with lunch for me given the zero legal limit in some countries - Jan, however, doesn't drive...

  • [+] More The World's Oldest Library – Al-Qarawiyyin Library Fez to reopen in 2017 


    The World's Oldest Library – Al-Qarawiyyin Library Fez to reopen in 2017
    Published since 01 Dec 2016

    Widely believed to be the oldest library in the world, the ninth-century Al-Qarawiyyin Library in the old medina of Fez, Morrocco will reopen to the public in 2017 after 5 years of extensive renovation. 

     

  • [+] More By the book: Bringing antiquarian bookselling into the 21st century - The Week UK 


    By the book: Bringing antiquarian bookselling into the 21st century - The Week UK
    Published since 30 Nov 2016
    By the book: Bringing antiquarian bookselling into the 21st century

    Pom Harrington on the thrill of selling first editions of Shakespeare, Shackleton and Churchill

  • [+] More Celebrating the Hakluyt@400 Quatercentenary today, 23 November 2016 


    Celebrating the Hakluyt@400 Quatercentenary today, 23 November 2016
    Published since 23 Nov 2016

    Today is the 400th anniversary of the death of Richard Hakluyt (1552-1616) and the Hakluyt Society will mark this with an exciting programme of events in Oxford and at Hakluyt’s parish of Wetheringsett in Suffolk.

    Centrepiece of the Hakluyt@400 events will be the two-day international conference Richard Hakluyt and the Renaissance Discovery of the World, taking place in Oxford on 24-25 November . 

  • [+] More China in Print Hong Kong opens today 


    China in Print Hong Kong opens today
    Published since 18 Nov 2016

    The 5th edition of China in Print - Hong Kong’s leading international antiquarian fair with particular focus on Asian printed material opens today, featuring exhibitors from Austria, Australia, England, France, Hong Kong, Japan, and the USA. 

  • [+] More Interview with Gonzalo F. Pontes - New ILAB President 2016 


    Interview with Gonzalo F. Pontes - New ILAB President 2016
    Published since 16 Nov 2016
    At the Ordinary General Meeting on 20th September 2016 in Budapest the presidents of ILAB’s 22 national member associations voted for Gonzalo Fernandez Pontes (Spain) as new ILAB President.
    We asked Mr. Pontes about his plans in his new role, his background and what motivates him to invest so much of his time into the League.
  • [+] More A Brief Guide to Collecting the Works of Eric Gill 


    A Brief Guide to Collecting the Works of Eric Gill
    Published since 15 Nov 2016
    Eric Gill was a sculptor and engraver who is now best known for his scandalous personal behavior alongside his spiritual art. Gill remains a controversial artist. As his biographer Fiona MacCarthy so aptly puts it, “Does consciousness of artists' reprehensible behaviour (Gill, [today,] would no doubt be in prison) put up a barrier between the viewer and the work? Or does knowledge of the artist's life, fallibilities included, amplify and enrich our understanding of the art?”* While that question may be one each individual must answer for him or herself, for those interested in the work of Eric Gill, what collectibles should you seek out?
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