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  • [+] More Collecting - Colortext Maps of the 1930s 


    Collecting - Colortext Maps of the 1930s
    Published since 08 May 2015

    Beginning in 1935 a Chicago publisher, Colortext Publications Inc., issued a series of arresting color pictorial maps, chiefly of European countries, that employ, in the map’s title, the prefix “The Story Map of …” followed by the country or locale’s name.  The maps were intended to convey significant aspects of history and culture pictorially, employing images of places, persons, or design motifs associated with a given nation’s or geographical region’s cultural identity. Unfortunately, very little is known about Colortext’s origins, the personnel involved in its operations, or those individuals responsible for most of the maps that were produced.  Thus a primary objective of this site is to call attention to the firm and its activities with the hope that new information regarding the company and the cartographers involved in its product will be forthcoming.

  • [+] More Four of the Earliest (and Most Remarkable) Publisher's Dust Jackets 


    Four of the Earliest (and Most Remarkable) Publisher's Dust Jackets
    Published since 05 May 2015

    The subject of early dust jackets has been somewhat neglected in bookish circles. After all, how can plain (and often tattered) paper compete with a beautiful binding beneath? Yet early dust jackets have an important place in book history, one full of uncertainty and mystery. Initially, dust jackets were intended to be disposable and thus, most were discarded and destroyed. Few early examples now remain and no one knows with any certainty when dust jackets were first produced by publishers. Moreover, even in cases where early examples have survived, many later disappeared again and remain lost to this day. Below, we detail four of the earliest (and most remarkable) publisher's dust jackets.

  • [+] More Tokyo, World Antiquarian Book Plaza, 23 April – A report by ILAB Pop Up Book Fair visitor Colin Laird (AbeBooks) 


    Tokyo, World Antiquarian Book Plaza, 23 April – A report by ILAB Pop Up Book Fair visitor Colin Laird (AbeBooks)
    Published since 30 Apr 2015

    One of the most fascinating things about Japan is the harmonious blend of old and new. If you spend enough time there, seeing a thousand-year-old temple set among sky scrapers or watching as elegant ladies dressed in kimono rush past teens sporting the latest (and often bizarre) fashion trends will start to feel perfectly normal. Today, as I headed into Tokyo to attend the Pop-Up Book Fair put on by the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) aboard a Shinkansen at more than 300km/h, I knew that I was about to experience one of those special paradoxes.

  • [+] More AbeBooks Fills "Empty Bookcases" for South Sudan! 


    AbeBooks Fills "Empty Bookcases" for South Sudan!
    Published since 22 Apr 2015

    A generous donation started the ILAB Pop Up Book Fair week!  Even before the ILAB Pop Up Book Fairs appear across the world on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day 2015, Richard Davies of AbeBooks announced that AbeBooks would make the generous donation of US$ 2000 towards ILAB's project to help fund UNESCO's vital literacy work in South Sudan. South Sudan, the world's newest state, is a troubled place indeed. Literacy is a way through some of the problems that beset the children in South Sudan and thanks to AbeBooks' generous gift, 190 sets of children's “Bouba and Zaza” books especially written and published for African children will be put into South Sudanese schools. "This generous donation by AbeBooks will make a real difference to the children in South Sudan". ILAB President Norbert Donhofer said yesterday. "In affluent countries it is so easy to take books and literacy for granted. However for those of us who work with books everyday of our lives, we realise that the debt we owe to those who taught us to read and to the early books we read from is incalcuable. We are indebted to AbeBooks for getting behind the ILAB booksellers and UNESCO in their work towards a more literate world."

  • [+] More 40 first Danish editions of milestones in world literature 


    40 first Danish editions of milestones in world literature
    Published since 22 Apr 2015

    Meet the Danish booksellers on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day, 23 April, in Copenhagen! Members of the Danish Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (ABF) will hold an ILAB Pop Up Book Fair tomorrow in the main hall of the National Library of Denmark, in the center of Copenhagen. On this occasion Herman Lynge & Son will be exhibiting 40 first Danish translations of milestones in world literature including works by authors such as Cervantes, Shakespeare, Adam Smith and Darwin. The full list can be viewed here on the ILAB website.

  • [+] More Why the ILAB Pop Up Book Fairs on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day matter to all of us! 


    Why the ILAB Pop Up Book Fairs on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day matter to all of us!
    Published since 22 Apr 2015

    In April last year when ILAB President Norbert Donhofer suggested that ILAB organise something to celebrate the annual UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day some serious thinking had to go on. Now, a year later (and thousands of emails later) over 30 events of such diversity and charm will take place across the world that it is hard to believe possible this time last year it wasn't a formed idea. Each of the events, in their own way will place rare books in the front of people that have not seen such beautiful books before. So join us on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day, April 23, when ILAB dealers are going to spread the word. These dealers will tell people that it is possible and highly satisfying to collect rare and beautiful books, fun to celebrate the culture of the book and vital to celebrate the basic human right that literacy is by raising money for UNESCO's literacy work in South Sudan.

  • [+] More 77.000 Japanese Yen to support literacy in South Sudan, donated by ABAJ 


    77.000 Japanese Yen to support literacy in South Sudan, donated by ABAJ
    Published since 21 Apr 2015

    The antiquarian booksellers of Japan are preparing for the great day on 23 April 2015. At the general meeting of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of Japan (ABAJ) in Tokyo on Monday evening they discussed the final plans for the big ILAB Pop Up Book Fair at the World Antiquarian Book Plaza where the Japanese booksellers will welcome visitors and raise money for the UNESCO literacy projects all day. As a big step ahead the ABAJ booksellers themselves made a very generous donation of 77.000 Japanese Yen! The pictures show how they fill their first Empty Bookcase poster with symbolic spines.

  • [+] More Who said rare books and water don't mix? A floating ILAB Pop Up Book Fair in Amsterdam! 


    Who said rare books and water don't mix? A floating ILAB Pop Up Book Fair in Amsterdam!
    Published since 21 Apr 2015
    Have you ever to Amsterdam on a boat? The wonderful Dutch city is renowned for its 17th century canals or "grachten", where the Dutch antiquarian booksellers will host an extraordinary event on 23 April 2015 - a floating ILAB Pop Up Book Fair! To celebrate UNESCO's World Book and Copyright Day the rare book dealers on Antiquariaat Kok, Die Schmiede, Antiquariaat Spinoza and Antiquariaat Brinkman will cruise the canals on a barge which will be proudly flying the UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day colours. The Pop Up Book Fair Barge will navigate its way through the canals or "grachten" mooring at a number of places along its route to allow Amsterdamers and tourists alike to board, browse, buy books and donate to UNESCO's work for literacy.
  • [+] More ILAB Pop UP Book Fairs - A Message from ILAB President Norbert Donhofer 


    ILAB Pop UP Book Fairs - A Message from ILAB President Norbert Donhofer
    Published since 21 Apr 2015

    ear organizers and visitors of the ILAB Pop Up Book Fairs, dear colleagues and friends, It is now less than 36 hours before the ILAB Pop Up Book Fairs will start in Australia, and some thirty Pop Up fairs will follow around the globe before this event ends on the west coast of the United States. I take this opportunity to thank you very much indeed for joining us on April 23, 2015. You have created some unbelievable and impressive ideas to celebrate this day: from a woolshed in Dunkeld to a boat, shipping along the “Grachten” of Amsterdam, a whole street in Groningen, and a Brew-Pub in Portland, Oregon, and so many more brilliant ideas! There are two main reasons why ILAB had invented this series of Pop Up Fairs on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day: one reason is that we have the feeling that we have to show our profession to the public, to make antiquarian bookselling more visible! I would therefore ask you to talk to as many people as possible, distribute catalogues, and tell the public about rare, valuable, and second-hand books, maps and prints.

  • [+] More 23 Aprile 2015 - ALAI con l'UNESCO per la giornata mondiale del libro 


    23 Aprile 2015 - ALAI con l'UNESCO per la giornata mondiale del libro
    Published since 20 Apr 2015

    ALAI and ILAB for UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day - For weeks, the Italian antiquarian booksellers have been highly active in supporting ILAB's worldwide initiatives on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day 2015. From the first day of the Milan Antiquarian Book Fair, 27 March, up to UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day, 23 April, people have the possibility to donate money to the UNESCO literacy projects in South Sudan via www.alai.it - go to the ALAI website and click the donate button! And on 23 April 2015 - UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day - the Italian booksellers join the worldwide series of more than 30 ILAB Pop Up Fairs within 24 hours with two exciting Pop Ups in Lucca at Corte del Biancone and in Milan at Biblioteca Chiesa Rossa. What a powerful campaign to support literacy and to promote the power of books!

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