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  • [+] More New Concept for Italian antiquarian book fairs in 2018 


    New Concept for Italian antiquarian book fairs in 2018
    Published since 15 Oct 2017

    ILAB's member nations sponsor and produce the world's greatest book fairs and exhibitions of rare books for sale in cities like Paris, London, New York, Los Angeles, Milan, Boston, Tokyo, Stuttgart, Stockholm, and more. All exhibitors at these fairs are members of their national antiquarian booksellers' association and therefore affiliated to the international umbrella organisation, ILAB.

    ILAB booksellers worldwide adhere, without compromise, to highest standards, regulated and bound to a Code of Usages and Customs.   
    The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of Italy (ALAI) is changing their concept for 2018. 

  • [+] 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 Germany buys back 1000-Year old Liesborn Gospels 


    Germany buys back 1000-Year old Liesborn Gospels
    Published since 30 Aug 2017

    Printing with movable types was only invented 500 years later, the Liesborn Gospel from the year 980, one of the oldest manuscripts still in private possession has now returned to its original place, the diocese of Münster in Germany after a 3Mill Euro investment by the German state and a number of regional trusts. 

  • [+] More Tracing Copenhagen's literary heritage 


    Tracing Copenhagen's literary heritage
    Published since 24 Aug 2017
    Copenhagen will host the 2017 Presidents' Meeting of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers. Presidents from 22 national associations gather at these annual meetings and besides the formal meetings, get a chance to see some of the city's bibliophile treasures and cultural highlights. 
    Below is a list of some of the less known places anyone who is interested in literature, books in general and Denmark's history should explore.
  • [+] 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 5 Questions - Gonzalo Fernandez Pontes of Pontes Maps 


    5 Questions - Gonzalo Fernandez Pontes of Pontes Maps
    Published since 15 Aug 2017
    Gonzalo Fernandez Pontes became the president of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), an international body with 1800 affiliates, in 2016. He undertakes his duties alongside running his shop, Pontes Maps, which opened in Madrid in 1991.
  • [+] More Copenhagen 2017 - ILAB President's Meeting & Scandinavian Antiquarian Book Fair 


    Copenhagen 2017 - ILAB President's Meeting & Scandinavian Antiquarian Book Fair
    Published since 07 Aug 2017
    Every year, the presidents of all 22 national antiquarian bookseller’s associations that form the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), meet at the President’s Meeting. For 2017, the Danish Antiquarian Bookseller’s Association ABF has invited the international rare book trade to Copenhagen. This will be a week of formal meetings with reports and updates from each country, but it is also a week of exchanging ideas with colleagues, networking and a programme to visit some of Copenhagen’s cultural and bibliophile treasures!
  • [+] More "In Good Order But Poor Condition" - ILAB Patron of Honour Dr. Michael Knoche in F.A.Z. 


    "In Good Order But Poor Condition" - ILAB Patron of Honour Dr. Michael Knoche in F.A.Z.
    Published since 02 Aug 2017

    The former director of the Anna Amalia Library in Weimar and ILAB Patron of Honour recently wrote in the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper about digitisation, book restoration and the state of Germany's libraries. 

    "In Good Order But Poor Condition" is an interesting read about the importance of digitisation, but also about the need for research material not only to be available in digitised format.

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