Library

To filter through hundreds of articles, tick the boxes below

Search

 

ILAB Library - All You Need To Know About Rare Books and the Antiquarian Book Trade

  • [+] 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 Video link to "Walking Tour of the Medieval Book Trade in Paris" by Les Enluminures 


    Video link to "Walking Tour of the Medieval Book Trade in Paris" by Les Enluminures
    Published since 15 May 2017
    On April 8, 2017, Christopher de Hamel and Sandra Hindman led a "Walking Tour of the Medieval Book Trade in Paris". Setting off from Notre-Dame, the small group of participants had the opportunity to step into the Middle Ages and learn all about the life and practice of illuminators, scribes, printers and binders. In the video - see link below - Les Enluminures presents snippets from the guided tour to discover. 
  • [+] More Reminder Customs - Plant Samples entering Australia 


    Reminder Customs - Plant Samples entering Australia
    Published since 10 May 2017
    Message from the ILAB President:
    The recent destruction by Australian authorities of plant samples entering Australia (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/may/08/australian-biosecurity-officials-destroy-plant-samples-from-19th-century-france) leads us to remind all affiliates of the need to check the laws pertaining to any shipment before sending to another country.
  • [+] More ​The ABA apprenticeship scheme is changing 


    ​The ABA apprenticeship scheme is changing
    By ABA Published since 05 May 2017
    In contrast to an internship, which typically lasts for six weeks, the ABA scheme allows for a trainee bookseller to work for an ABA bookseller for two years. During that time, the trainee will gain valuable experience, while the ABA bookseller gets financial support from the Educational Trust. Trainees are paid for both their normal working hours and the time they spend training.
  • [+] More Yale University Press - The Voynich Manuscript 


    Yale University Press - The Voynich Manuscript
    Published since 27 Apr 2017
    In February 2014, media reported a breakthrough that had been made in attempts to decipher a mysterious 600-year-old manuscript written in an unknown language: The Voynich Manuscript, carbon-dated to the 1400s, was rediscovered in 1912, when the antiquarian bookseller Wilfrid Voynich bought it in Italy as part of a rare book collection. Since then it has defied codebreakers and scientists. The BBC and several news channels reported on the case. 
    Yale University Press has now published the "first authorized copy of this mysterious, much-speculated-upon, one-of-a-kind, centuries-old puzzle." (Yale)
  • [+] 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 New York Slate: A Bob Dylan Forgery (Why to be careful when buying at auction) 


    New York Slate: A Bob Dylan Forgery (Why to be careful when buying at auction)
    By Rachel Chanter Published since 25 Apr 2017
    In one of the latest blog entries of Peter Harrington Rare Books (UK), Rachel Chanter describes the dangers of buying at auction. 

    "This cautionary tale shows how far forgers will go to defraud dealers and avid collectors, and how they can sometimes exploit an auction house’s less-than-rigorous approach to research. Fortunately, we were able to discover the spurious nature of this artwork, subjecting it to the same level of scrutiny as we do all the items we acquire, which is why we are able to assure customers of the legitimacy of everything we sell. "
  • [+] More To all Lovers and Investigators of Nature: Maria Sibylla Merian; 1647-1717 


    To all Lovers and Investigators of Nature: Maria Sibylla Merian; 1647-1717
    Published since 24 Apr 2017
    2017 marks the 300th anniversary of the death of the German artist and entomologist Maria Sibylla Merian, one of the most celebrated natural scientists of her time. From an early age she pursued a fascination with the insect life cycle, then only partially understood. Merian was the first to bring together insects and their habitats and the knowledge she collected provided important insights into medicine and science.
  • [+] More Rare Books London - An Interview with ABA Secretary Camilla Szymanowska 


    Rare Books London - An Interview with ABA Secretary Camilla Szymanowska
    Published since 21 Apr 2017
    Rare Books London, the capital's new festival of old and rare books, will bring together booksellers, auctioneers, collectors, readers, experts of various professions all linked to the world of rare and antiquarian books.
    We spoke to Camilla Szymanowska, Secretary of the British Antiquarian Booksellers Association (ABA) about this exciting new initiative.
  • [+] More Angus O’Neill - New President of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association (ABA) 


    Angus O’Neill - New President of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association (ABA)
    Published since 20 Apr 2017
    On behalf of the ILAB committee and all ILAB affiliates, we would like to congratulate Angus O'Neill on his new role as president of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association (ABA). 
Top