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  • [+] More ILAB in the Press - Aus dem Antiquariat (German) 


    ILAB in the Press - Aus dem Antiquariat (German)
    Published since 11 Apr 2017
    German antiquarian magazine, Aus dem Antiquariat, has covered ILAB's new Mentoring Programme. 

    The programme aims to help young or recently launched booksellers throughout the world by offering support and counsel on a one to one basis. The International Mentoring Programme, organised by the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers gives experienced booksellers the opportunity to lend a hand in the early days of a bookseller’s career when help is likely most needed. Four German speaking dealers have signed up as mentors so far: Norbert Donhofer and Robert Schoisengeier (both Vienna, Austria), Sabine Keune (Aachen) and Uwe Turszynski (Munich). 

  • [+] More The book villages of France – Les villages du Livre 


    The book villages of France – Les villages du Livre
    Published since 05 Apr 2017

    The Salon du Livre Rare in Paris (7-9 April 2017) has invited a small but special group of ambassadors who are working tirelessly to promote the trade in and the love for rare and antiquarian books. An unusual project but one that could be replicated in other countries and shows the determination of a group of professionals to pass on the knowledge and passion for our profession. 

  • [+] More Submissions deadline for 2018 ILAB Breslauer Prize ends in April 


    Submissions deadline for 2018 ILAB Breslauer Prize ends in April
    Published since 04 Apr 2017

    The ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography will be awarded again in 2018 and is one of the most prestigious prizes in the field of bibliography. 

    A prize with longstanding tradition and a strong support for scholarship: The ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography, worth US$10,000, is one of the most important prizes in the field of bibliography. Every fourth year it is awarded to a particularly significant reference work within a selection of scholarly books about books.  

    So far, the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers has received 34 submissions of outstanding works. 

  • [+] More 17th ILAB Breslauer Prize to be awarded in 2018 - submit titles now! 


    17th ILAB Breslauer Prize to be awarded in 2018 - submit titles now!
    Published since 28 Mar 2017
    The ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography will be awarded again in 2018 and is one of the most prestigious prizes in the field of bibliography.
    The final deadline to submit titles for the 2018 ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography is approaching. Please submit titles by the end of April 2017 to the Prize Secretary, Fabrizio Govi.

  • [+] More Bouquinistes at an ILAB fair - a contradiction? NON! 


    Bouquinistes at an ILAB fair - a contradiction? NON!
    Published since 27 Mar 2017
    Since the days of Renaissance, open air bookselling has happened along the Seine riverbanks. Tourist souvenirs aside, a bouquiniste find was often the beginning of a lifelong passion and first piece in a collection. 

    Plying their trade on the famous banks of the Seine, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1991, the bouquinistes des quais are as emblematic of the French capital as the Eiffel Tower or Montmartre for the millions of French and foreign tourists who visit Paris every year.
  • [+] More The Paris International Rare Book & Fine Art Fair - A Major Event in the World of Rare Books 


    The Paris International Rare Book & Fine Art Fair - A Major Event in the World of Rare Books
    Published since 16 Mar 2017

    The Paris International Rare Book Fair will be held from 7 - 9 April 2017, this year in collaboration with the National Chamber of Experts (C.N.E.S.) and again under the high patronage of Mr François Hollande, President of the French Republic. 

    This is a wonderful opportunity for the public to visit two fairs "in one": the International Rare Book Fair (organised by SLAM, the French Antiquarian Booksellers Association), and the Fine Art Fair, presented by the National Chamber of Experts, C.N.E.S. on the occasion of its 50th anniversary.

  • [+] More What if They Were Right… Whoever They Were? (New York 2017) 


    What if They Were Right… Whoever They Were? (New York 2017)
    By Greg Gibson Published since 15 Mar 2017
    The life of a journeyman major league book dealer (any one who makes his or her living in the trade as a hunter-gatherer, anyone not named Bill, Jim, Pom, Ed, or Don, or anyone not from the other side of the Atlantic whose shoes are worth more than most of your books)… this journeyman life, I say, is a simple one. 
  • [+] More Rebecca Romney's "Printer's Error" just published 


    Rebecca Romney's "Printer's Error" just published
    Published since 14 Mar 2017
    ABAA bookseller and ILAB member Rebecca Romney of Honey & Wax Books, well known for her TV appearances in the History Channel's "Pawn Stars" has just published her first book "Printer's Error - Irreverent Stories from Book History". This book should be a delight to any collector, dealer or bibliophile in general. A wonderful idea to put together a collection of "absurd" moments in the lives of authors and printers throughout book history. 
  • [+] More Leipzig's Reading Girl 


    Leipzig's Reading Girl
    Published since 08 Mar 2017

    Today, 8th March, is International Women’s Day. Has it become another PR event, another “hashtag” or does it still mean anything to us? Access to education for women, access to literature, women’s rights, equality?

    An image comes to mind, “The Reading Girl” by the German painter Henning from the year 1828. Its simplicity and calm has made this artwork stand out and be reproduced many times. It is one of the major attractions of the Leipzig Museum of Fine Arts “Bildermuseum”.  

  • [+] 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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