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  • [+] 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.
  • [+] More The Smell of Books - "Experimental Historic Preservation" 

    The Smell of Books - "Experimental Historic Preservation"
    Published since 06 Mar 2017
    Back in 2009 we reported about a project and group of scientists who tried to prove that one can determine the age and condition of a book by its smell. 
    Now eight years later, the New York Times has just released an article about "The Smell of Books" and the "experimental historic preservation" class at Columbia University around professor Jorge Otero-Pailos. What keeps us fascinated by the smell of a library? Does the smell of old books let us travel in time or can it bring back memories? New York's Morgan Library opened for this experiment. Do we need to preserve the smell of books in our digital age?
  • [+] More Buying Rare and Antiquarian Books in Costa Rica 

    Buying Rare and Antiquarian Books in Costa Rica
    By Audrey Golden Published since 03 Mar 2017
    Buying used, rare, and antiquarian books in Costa Rica’s capital city of San Jose can be quite a challenge, but not because of a dearth of bookstores. Rather, unlike many cities in various parts of the world packed that are packed with bookshops, San Jose streets don’t have numbers that allow visitors unfamiliar with the city’s directional methods to locate with ease their intended destinations.
  • [+] More From Aldus to Zanichelli - Milan 2017 

    From Aldus to Zanichelli - Milan 2017
    Published since 01 Mar 2017
    From Aldus to Zanichelli*...

    ...Italy has always had a flourishing book trade long before the advent of printing.  Italy’s history is closely linked to the history of the book, whether we look at the trade in manuscripts or the rapid development of printing presses in Renaissance Italy.

  • [+] More What keeps you coming back to New York? 

    What keeps you coming back to New York?
    Published since 28 Feb 2017
    From March 9-12, 2017 book lovers will find a fascinating treasure trove at the Park Avenue Armory. Over 200 American and international dealers will exhibit at The ABAA New York Antiquarian Book Fair, bringing a vast selection of rare books, maps, manuscripts, illuminated manuscripts and ephemera. The diversity of specialties includes art, medicine, literature, photography, autographs, first editions, Americana, and much more.
  • [+] More Booksellers in the Press - Matthew Raptis in the Palm Beacher : Think print is dead? 

    Booksellers in the Press - Matthew Raptis in the Palm Beacher : Think print is dead?
    Published since 24 Feb 2017
    "Matthew Raptis doesn’t judge a book by its cover alone. He also judges it by its publication date, its condition and its relative rarity in the antiquarian book marketplace. Think print is dead? For avid collectors of rare books, it’s anything but." (Palm Beacher, 2017)

    The Palm Beacher recently run a profile on Matthew Raptis Rare Books, member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America and therefore affiliated to the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, with the fitting headline "Rare Books Are More Than Just A Business; They’re A Key To The Past". 

    Another insight into the world of rare book dealing and collecting and proof the book is not dead.

  • [+] More Taking our book sleuthing to a new level in 2017… Books returned to New South Wales Library 

    Taking our book sleuthing to a new level in 2017… Books returned to New South Wales Library
    Published since 23 Feb 2017
    This article was first published on the website of Archives Fine Books in Australia, member of ANZAAB and affiliated to ILAB. It is published here with the permission of the author Dawn Albinger and shows the integrity of our trade. 

    Taking our book sleuthing to a new level in 2017…


    How we cracked the cold case of a book missing from the rare books department of a major institution.


  • [+] More Derek Walker of McNaughtan's about the new Rare Books Edinburgh Festival 

    Derek Walker of McNaughtan's about the new Rare Books Edinburgh Festival
    Published since 21 Feb 2017

    Rare Books Edinburgh is a new festival taking place from 20th to 30th March 2017, which brings together ten different institutions and organisations to celebrate book culture, collecting, and the history of the book.

    The programme includes talks, workshops, and exhibitions, and incorporates the Edinburgh Book Fair, jointly run by the Antiquarian Booksellers Association and the Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association. The Edinburgh Book Fair is the largest antiquarian and collectable book fair in Scotland, this year featuring over forty specialist booksellers from around the UK. They will be offering for sale rare and collectable books and printed material of all kinds at a wide variety of price points. The fair will be opened by bestselling author and ‘king of tartan noir’ Ian Rankin OBE, creator of Inspector Rebus.

  • [+] More Välkommen till Stockholm – Welcome to Stockholm! 

    Välkommen till Stockholm – Welcome to Stockholm!
    Published since 20 Feb 2017

    The Swedish Antiquarian Booksellers Association (SVAF) has now announced the dates for the 2017 Stockholm Antiquarian Book Fair. The fair will take place from the 4th to the 5th of March at Stockholm’s beautiful Royal Academy of Arts.

    Twenty-five booksellers from Sweden, Finland and England will exhibit rare books and antiquarian material. The Stockholm fair is also a showcase for some of Sweden’s finest bookbinders and publishers.

  • [+] More Have you recently become a bookseller? 

    Have you recently become a bookseller?
    By Sally Burdon Published since 14 Feb 2017

    Would it help if you could get regular advice from an experienced ILAB antiquarian bookseller?

    Over the past few months, ILAB has developed the ILAB International Mentor Programme which was launched in January. The ILAB International Mentor Programme harnesses the enormous good will of our associates/members worldwide to offer a truly extraordinary range of expertise in, as this is written, no less than 9 languages, to support less experienced booksellers where ever they may be. We can now envisage such situations as a Dutch mentor supporting a young American bookseller, an American mentor helping a young Russian bookseller or an Australian mentor chatting regularly with their mentee in Malaysia. It is also just as likely that the mentor and mentee might be within the same country or city – there are far fewer limitations than there have ever been.