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  • [+] More In the Press: National Library of Israel buys vast collection of rare Jewish books 


    In the Press: National Library of Israel buys vast collection of rare Jewish books
    Published since 22 Jan 2017

    A collection of over 10,000 items that has been described as the greatest private library of Jewish books and manuscripts, has been acquired by the National Library of Israel. Collector Mr Jack V. Lunzer died in December last year in Britain and had always intended to sell the collection as a whole after 60 years of building this important library. 

  • [+] More The Franco-American Museum of Blérancourt - Guest of Honour at the 2017 Paris Salon International du Livre Rare 


    The Franco-American Museum of Blérancourt  - Guest of Honour at the 2017 Paris Salon International du Livre Rare
    Published since 19 Jan 2017

    The organisers of the 2017 Paris Salon International du Livre Rare and the French association Syndicat National de la Librairie Ancienne et Moderne (SLAM) have just announced the Guest of Honour of the 2017 Salon.
    Unique in France, the Franco-American Museum of Blérancourt is dedicated to the transatlantic relationship and was founded by Anne Morgan, daughter of the American banker and collector Pierpont Morgan, as part of his participation of the reconstruction of the Picardie after WWI. 

  • [+] More No clicks, no pixels - but “the real thing” Interview with Götz Kocher-Benzing, Stuttgart 2017 


    No clicks, no pixels - but “the real thing” Interview with Götz Kocher-Benzing, Stuttgart 2017
    Published since 17 Jan 2017

    Before the opening of the 56th Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair, we spoke to Götz Kocher-Benzing of Stuttgarter Antiquariat and asked why Stuttgart is still such an attractive place to buy and browse and trade in antiquarian books.

  • [+] More Highlights of the 56th Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair 


    Highlights of the 56th Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair
    Published since 12 Jan 2017
    The 56th Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair will soon open its doors (27-29th January) and presents 72 exhibitors from Germany, Great Britain, the United States, Switzerland, Austria, France and the Netherlands showing rare and valuable medieval manuscripts, books, autographs, and modern prints.
    The fair is affiliated to ILAB, the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers and organised by the German association, Verband der Antiquare. 
    The fair organisers have just released some bibliophile treasures and true highlights that will be available for sale at the fair.
  • [+] More Radio Feature - Bayrische Regionalbibliotheken - in German language 


    Radio Feature - Bayrische Regionalbibliotheken - in German language
    Published since 09 Jan 2017
    Bayerns Bibliotheken sind weit mehr als nur Aufbewahrungsorte für Bücher. Sie sind geistige Tankstellen und gleichzeitig Orte der Begegnung. Darüber hinaus hat jede einzelne von ihnen neben ihrer ganz eigenen Geschichte unterhaltsame und spannende Geschichten zu erzählen, denen Birgit Fürst in ihrem einstündigen Zeit-für-Bayern-Feature nachspürt, das am 2. Weihnachtsfeiertag 2016 auf Bayern 2 ausgestrahlt wurde. 

    Gleich zu Beginn der Sendung nimmt der Fotograf der Staatsbibliothek Bamberg, Gerald Raab, die Hörer mit in die Keller der Bibliothek, wo er wertvollste Handschriften digitalisiert. Direktorin Bettina Wagner lässt später die Büchersammlung des wittelsbachischen Herzogs Karl II. August von Pfalz-Zweibrücken in all ihrer Pracht vor dem geistigen Auge des Zuhörers erstehen. Schließlich erlebt der Hörer staunend, welch hohe Präzision und große Geduld Buchbinderin Regine Ullein beim Restaurieren alte Karten aufbringt. 


  • [+] More Celebrating 50 years of selling the finest - The 50th California International Antiquarian Book Fair 


    Celebrating 50 years of selling the finest - The 50th California International Antiquarian Book Fair
    Published since 22 Dec 2016

    The first major antiquarian book fair of the year in America, the California International Antiquarian Book Fair will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2017!
    50 years of  seeing, learning about, and purchasing the finest in rare and valuable books, manuscripts, autographs, graphics, photographs, print and ephemera. 

  • [+] More Martin Luther - Landmark exhibitions in Germany and the US / Part 2 of 2: German Exhibitions 


    Martin Luther - Landmark exhibitions in Germany and the US / Part 2 of 2: German Exhibitions
    Published since 21 Dec 2016
    It has been 500 years since Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, condemning the corrupt practice of indulgences. This single act marked the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, a worldwide movement whose legacy can still be felt today, especially in Germany. The Reformation had a profound effect not only on theology and the church but also on culture, science, business, politics, language and education.
    In a previous article, we have highlighted exhibitions in the US. This article will show a number of exhibitions throughout the course of 2017, related to Luther and early printing.
  • [+] More 56th Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair (VDA) 27 - 29 January 2017 


    56th Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair (VDA) 27 - 29 January 2017
    Published since 20 Dec 2016
    The 56th Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair, organised by the German association Verband der Antiquare and under the auspices of ILAB, is the 2nd oldest antiquarian fair in Europe.
    It is the most important event for antiquarians, autograph and print dealers in Germany and the first major event in the new year for the international antiquarian book trade and book collector.
  • [+] More Learn from some of the best booksellers in the UK - York Antiquarian Book Seminar (YABS) 2017 - 


    Learn from some of the best booksellers in the UK - York Antiquarian Book Seminar (YABS) 2017 -
    Published since 14 Dec 2016

    York Antiquarian Book Seminar provides an opportunity for leading specialists to share their expertise and experience with booksellers, librarians and collectors in a comprehensive survey of the out-of-print, antiquarian, rare and used book markets. Basic procedures and problems are discussed both formally and informally through a series of lectures, discussions, demonstrations and practical hands-on workshops with emphasis on cataloguing, pricing, and bookselling in the electronic age.

    The seminar is designed for people of all levels of expertise, from beginners to those with years of experience who want to hone their skills in this rapidly changing field.

  • [+] More A Guide to Buying and Collecting Signed Books by Leah Dobrinska 


    A Guide to Buying and Collecting Signed Books by Leah Dobrinska
    Published since 12 Dec 2016
    A signed book is a sought-after collectible for a bibliophile, and it can add exponential value to a book collection. Whether you’re just beginning your collection or are a seasoned collector, what should you consider when looking for and purchasing a signed book? What’s the best “type” of signature?
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