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  • [+] More Meet the ILAB Mentors – Anne Lamort 


    Meet the ILAB Mentors – Anne Lamort
    Published since 10 Feb 2017
    In December 2016, ILAB launched a new Mentoring Programme, which aims to help young or recently established booksellers throughout the world by offering support and counselling on a one on one basis.

    In our new series "Meet the ILAB Mentors", we would like to present those booksellers who are volunteering their time for newer entrants to the antiquarian and rare book trade!
  • [+] More Booksellers in the Press - London's Heywood Hill in Vanity Fair 


    Booksellers in the Press - London's Heywood Hill in Vanity Fair
    Published since 09 Feb 2017
    London bookdealers Heywood Hill recently celebrated their 80th anniversary, now run by Nicky Dunne, son in law of Duke of Devonshire, Peregrine Cavendish, who inherited the business along with the dukedom and the Derbyshire estate on his father’s death, in 2004.

    "In an age of mega-stores and Kindle and Amazon, a bookshop in the chandeliered sitting room of a town house—with no sales or discounts—looks like a suicidal business model, and all the more so when the shop doesn’t deign to stock many blockbusters. You’re more likely to find a collection of African short stories than 'Fifty Shades of Grey', or a secondhand memoir by a forgotten English traveler from the 1930s than the best-selling adult coloring book 'The Enchanted Forest'." 

     
  • [+] More Shakespeare's First Folio for the first time ever on display in India 


    Shakespeare's First Folio for the first time ever on display in India
    Published since 08 Feb 2017

    A copy of one of the most famous books in the world - ‘Shakespeare’s First Folio’ - will go on display in the CSMVS Museum in Mumbai this month, on loan from the British Library in London.

    It is the first time a copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio has been on display in India, representing a unique opportunity for the people of Mumbai to see this iconic volume. The 1000-page book, printed in 1623, will be on display from 20 January until 8 March 2017. The book will be left open at one of William Shakespeare’s most loved plays, Romeo and Juliet.

  • [+] More The Bancroft Library, Berkeley in partnership with the 50th California Antiquarian Book Fair 2017 


    The Bancroft Library, Berkeley in partnership with the 50th California Antiquarian Book Fair 2017
    Published since 06 Feb 2017

    This year’s California Antiquarian Book Fair will include a special exhibit from The Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley, which has a long history of collecting the literary fiction of California.

    We spoke to librarian and curator of the special exhibit, Randal S. Brandt about the library and its collections and why the special exhibit was chosen for this year’s California fair.

  • [+] More Final report from Stuttgart 2017 - See you again next year from 26 - 28 January 2018! 


    Final report from Stuttgart 2017 - See you again next year from 26 - 28 January 2018!
    Published since 06 Feb 2017
    The final report from the 2017 Stuttgart International Antiquarian Book Fair has just been published by the German Booksellers Association VdA (Verband der Antiquare). 

    Ein derart tolles Angebot wie in diesem Jahr hätte es auf der Antiquariatsmesse schon länger nicht mehr gegeben, schwärmte ein Sammler, der gleich bei mehreren Ausstellern fündig geworden war. Ähnlich positiv äußerten sich viele der Besucherinnen und Besucher, die beinahe ebenso zahlreich wie in den Vorjahren durch die Gänge flanierten und die Exponate bewunderten: Autographen studierten, in Erstausgaben blätterten oder über den Erwerb von dekorativer Grafik grübelten.
  • [+] More Book Collecting in the Press: Bibliomania: the strange history of compulsive book buying (Guardian UK, 26 Jan 2017) 


    Book Collecting in the Press: Bibliomania: the strange history of compulsive book buying (Guardian UK, 26 Jan 2017)
    Published since 31 Jan 2017
    The Guardian in the UK recently published an article on book collecting: "An essayist looks into the curious past of pathological collectors – and considers her own lifelong urge to hoard ever more volumes". 
    This essay will resonate with many book collectors and we recommend to follow this link.

  • [+] More UOL Society of Bibliophiles - Encourage people to collect books! Events for 2017 announced 


    UOL Society of Bibliophiles - Encourage people to collect books! Events for 2017 announced
    Published since 30 Jan 2017
    In an attempt to knock the Kindle off its throne, a new society was set up in October 2016 by a teacher/Ph.D. researcher from North London in the hope that it will 'make books sexy again'. In an age where the overwhelming majority of us access print culture through electronic devices, we run the risk of losing a wealth of information that can only be discerned from the material text. And whilst the Kindle may be a backpacker’s best friend, a book’s material form provides us with an insight into its history.

    2017 Events have just been announced.  
  • [+] More Meet the ILAB Mentors - Laurence Worms of Ash Rare Books (ABA UK) 


    Meet the ILAB Mentors - Laurence Worms of Ash Rare Books (ABA UK)
    Published since 26 Jan 2017
    In December 2016, ILAB launched a new Mentoring Programme, which aims to help young or recently established booksellers throughout the world by offering support and counselling on a one to one basis.

    In our new series "Meet the ILAB Mentors", we would like to present those booksellers who are volunteering their time for newer entrants to the antiquarian and rare book trade!
  • [+] More Maps and the 20th Century : Drawing the Line 


    Maps and the 20th Century : Drawing the Line
    Published since 24 Jan 2017

    For some reason, I didn’t get my customary invitation to the press preview of the latest British Library exhibition, “Maps and the 20th Century : Drawing the Line”, when it opened towards the last year – perhaps it was something I said.  No matter, it’s still on for another six weeks or so – and I finally found some time to visit it a few days ago.

    I found it challenging, which is a good thing.  

  • [+] More Obituary: Remembering ILAB bookseller Bernard Rosenthal 


    Obituary: Remembering ILAB bookseller Bernard Rosenthal
    Published since 23 Jan 2017
    Bernard Rosenthal died in Oakland after a week’s illness on January 14th, 2017, at the age of 96. He was a Bavarian Tuscan who carried his spiritual home with him and found in California a snug harbor. His Florentine mother compensated for the German birth of her children by addressing them always in Italian. It was the language Rosenthal reverted to on his deathbed. Like his grandfather Jacques, the great Munich antiquarian bookseller, he wore his Jewishness lightly, although it was the key factor that brought him to Berkeley in 1939. It was here that he shed the H in Bernhard and soon became “Barney,” the nickname by which he was ever after universally known.
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