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  • [+] More Real Books, Real People - Laurence Worms' Review of Rare Books London 2017 


    Real Books, Real People - Laurence Worms' Review of Rare Books London 2017
    Published since 26 Jun 2017
    A week of book-fairs and nowadays a whole series of related events – visits, talks and tours – all under a festival heading of “Rare Books London 2017”.  No sparing of effort, much time generously given – applause and a heartfelt thank-you to all concerned...
  • [+] More Book Collecting in the News - Lithub.com: 10 Famous Book Hoarders 


    Book Collecting in the News - Lithub.com: 10 Famous Book Hoarders
    Published since 23 Jun 2017
    Ten famous book "hoarders" were selected for this article by Emily Temple for Lithub.com, published on 22 June 2017. Book collecting is a passion and lifelong occupation. Some celebrity collectors are named in the article; fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld, TV chef and author Nigella Lawson, filmmaker and producer George Lucas and more. While we might disagree with the term "hoarder", this is an interesting insight into the world of book collecting. 
    To build a valuable and curated collection, it is advisable to contact or work with a bookseller affiliated to the International League of Antiquarian Books (ILAB).
  • [+] More Sabine Keune, Germany - Why ILAB Congresses are an ideal place to meet, learn and network 


    Sabine Keune, Germany - Why ILAB Congresses are an ideal place to meet, learn and network
    Published since 22 Jun 2017

    Cologne was my first one
    Back in 1992, the international antiquarian book world opened its doors to me with the ILAB Congress and Book Fair in Cologne. This was long before the arrival of the Internet. I was new to the trade, had been self-employed since 1987 and was thoroughly impressed by all the encounters and offerings; ... 

  • [+] More Melbourne Rare Book Week - Looking at the 2017 Programme 


    Melbourne Rare Book Week - Looking at the 2017 Programme
    Published since 21 Jun 2017

    Since releasing this year’s program on 22 May, the response to the line-up of events has been remarkable, with several being booked out very quickly. Melbourne Rare Book Week commenced in 2012 as a partnership between ANZAAB, the University of Melbourne and eight other literary institutions. Over 50 free events are scheduled for the 2017 festival which runs from Friday 30 June to Sunday 9 July. 

  • [+] More Adam Weinberger Booksellers and an INSTAGRAM ONLY CATALOGUE 


    Adam Weinberger Booksellers and an INSTAGRAM ONLY CATALOGUE
    Published since 19 Jun 2017

    Adam Weinberger (ABAA) of Adam Weinberger Rare Books, New York recently announced his first INSTAGRAM-ONLY Catalogue. Promoting via Instagram, this seems to work. But selling via Instagram?
    In the article below, Adam explains why he sees Instagram as an important platform for our business and shares some tips on how to put up a catalogue.

    You can follow Adam here: @RareBookBuyer or @AdamWeinbergerCat
    You can follow ILAB too: @ILAB_Rare_Books 

  • [+] More Always something to do in Brussels! - Pierre Coumans on the 2nd Salon du Mont des Arts - Brussels Rare Book & Print Fair 2017 


    Always something to do in Brussels! - Pierre Coumans on the 2nd Salon du Mont des Arts - Brussels Rare Book & Print Fair 2017
    Published since 14 Jun 2017
    Pierre Coumans, Brussels bookseller and owner of Librairie Pierre Coumans, spoke to ILAB about organizing the next Salon du Mont des Arts. 
    Since its inauguration in 2016, the number of exhibitors at the fair has grown to more than fifty European dealers and it provides book collectors and the book trade with the opportunity to enjoy an international book fair in the heart of the Belgian capital, a country with a rich and long history of printed works.
  • [+] More Apply for Scholarship - ILAB Congress Los Angeles February 2018 


    Apply for Scholarship -  ILAB Congress Los Angeles February 2018
    Published since 09 Jun 2017
    The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America's Elisabeth Woodburn Fund is proud to give the opportunity to THREE YOUNG ANTIQUARIANS to participate in the 43rd ILAB Congress!

    National associations are asked to nominate a young antiquarian of their choice by 31 July 2017 and submit a short CV for the applicant and a brief recommendation by the president of the national association...
  • [+] More On the Road - From Honiton (Devon) to Maastricht to Edinburgh to London 


    On the Road - From Honiton (Devon) to Maastricht to Edinburgh to London
    By Graham York Published since 08 Jun 2017
    From Honiton in Devon to Maastricht to Edinburgh and back to Devon, only to leave shortly after to make it on time for the ABA Council meeting in London. Graham York was “On the Road” again...
  • [+] More ILAB Breslauer Prize 2018 - Jury releases more submitted titles 


    ILAB Breslauer Prize 2018 - Jury releases more submitted titles
    Published since 05 Jun 2017
    The Breslauer Prize for Bibliography, awarded every four years by the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers is one of the most prestigious awards in this field. 
    Writers, publishers, librarians, journalists, scholars, antiquarian booksellers, book collectors and all who are interested in bibliography and the history of the book were invited to submit books to the 17th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography by the end of April this year. Bibliographies are an indispensable tool for booksellers but this collection of publications is more than that. It portrays the variety and depth of our profession; academic excellence combined with the love and passion for the subject. A truly international Prize, representing authors, editors and publishers from all corners of the world.
  • [+] More Announcing a New Annual Prize for Young Female Book Collectors 


    Announcing a New Annual Prize for Young Female Book Collectors
    Published since 29 May 2017
    A message and wonderful initiative from Honey & Wax Booksellers, Brooklyn, NY:

    Here at Honey & Wax, we take a particular interest in the evolving role of women in the rare book trade, on both the buying and selling sides. The great American book collector Mary Hyde Eccles, the first woman elected to the Grolier Club, noted that a collector must have three things: resources, education, and freedom. Historically, she observed, “only a few women have had all three, but times are changing!”
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