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ILAB Library - All You Need To Know About Rare Books and the Antiquarian Book Trade
Published since 26 Feb 2015
The 17th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography will be awarded in 2018 to one or more books published in any language and in any part of the world between April 2013 and April 2017. Any work submitted to the Prize must be a published book available on the market. The prize jury - consisting of Bettina Wagner (Bavarian State Library, Munich), Daniel de Simone (Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC), Yann Sordet (Bibliothèque Mazarine, Paris) and the antiquarian booksellers Fabrizio Govi (Italy), Konrad Meuschel (Germany) and Justin Croft (United Kingdom) - will admit all publications relating to bibliography in a very broad sense: textual bibliography, history of the book, bookbinding, papermaking, type-founding, library catalogues, short-title catalogues of a single author or typographer, etc.. The jury will not take into consideration ebooks and catalogues of books intended for sale and translations of previously published works.
Published since 25 Feb 2015
Rex Stout (1886) is the creator of one of the most brilliant fictional detectives of all time, Nero Wolfe. Stout produced Nero Wolfe books for four decades, until his death in 1975. Stout wrote 47 novels and 40 novellas in the Wolfe series. His last two books, Death Times Three (novella collection) and Assault on a Brownstone (novella) were published in 1985.
Published since 23 Feb 2015
As aficionados of both miniature and movable books, we were drawn to these small, pop-up cigarette cards depicting famous British landmarks. Twenty-four different cards were distributed with packages of Herbert Tareyton cigarettes as a promotional premium, encouraging the purchaser to collect them all. Among the landmarks included are Buckingham Palace, Canterbury Cathedral, Covent Garden Theatre, Scotland Yard, Windsor Castle, and the Houses of Parliament. Although Herbert Tareyton was an American cigarette brand, their marketing image and mascot, a dapper, monocle-wearing spokesman known as "Dude," was meant to seem British and aristocratic. The subject matter of these cigarette cards served to enhance this association.
Published since 20 Feb 2015
We found ourselves in the Sussex market town of Midhurst the other day – very pleasant, even in the rain – partly as an episode in the ongoing quest for perfect seasoned logs to keep the home fires burning (the ones available locally are apparently just lumps of wood – but that’s another story). So obviously also an opportunity not to be missed to call on Philip Remington (of Reg & Philip Remington), who is nowadays quartered in these parts. Now, while the name Remington might merely suggest rifles or razors to some people, to those of us in the real world it means only one thing: the finest of fine books in the spheres of exploration, voyages and travel. The firm can trace its origins back to that day in 1951 when Reg Remington was taken on by the Francis Edwards firm as a trainee, rising through the ranks to become in turn assistant to Herbert Edwards, then Edwards’ successor as head of the voyages and travel department, and then a director of the firm. Meanwhile, his son Philip was undergoing his own vigorous training at the so fondly remembered Hodgson’s Auction Rooms on Chancery Lane. In 1979 they joined forces to begin trading independently, taking on a shop in London’s Cecil Court in 1980, where they remained as one of its great adornments until 2002.
[+] More Agatha Christie: Unrivaled, Record-Breaking Crime Novelist… And One of My Favorite Authors (Hence this Blog)
Published since 19 Feb 2015
Murder on the Orient Express. And Then There Were None. Murder at the Vicarage. The Body in the Library. A Murder is Announced. By the Pricking of My Thumbs. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. 4.50 From Paddington. What do all of these titles have in common? Besides great plots, inventive narratives and extremely competent character development? They were all written by the “Queen of Crime”, Dame Agatha Christie. Christie is said to be the best-selling novelist of all time (according to the Guinness Book of World Records) with over 2 billion copies of her novels sold and having been translated into 103 different languages. Reputedly, Christie is the third most popular author of all time, with regard to sales figures, finishing behind just William Shakespeare and the Bible. Furthermore, Christie’s stage-play “The Mousetrap” is the longest running (straight-play) stage production of all time, having opened in London in November 1952 and still being performed, with over 25,000 performances to date. How did this lady crime-novelist get to be so popular? How did her (seemingly average) life influence her writing? And perhaps the most important question of all… Who Killed Roger Ackroyd?!? (Just kidding, no spoiler alerts necessary). Stay tuned.
Published since 18 Feb 2015
ILAB joins UNESCO in its activities to fight illiteracy worldwide. On UNESCO World Book and Copyright a series of ILAB Pop Up Fairs will be organized across the world - from Australia to Asia, South Africa, Europe and the United States. On all these fairs you will find amazing rare books for sale - and an opportunity to buy "symbolic books" to fill a "symbolic book case" and thereby to donate money to the UNESCO projects in South Sudan.
Published since 17 Feb 2015
Turin is among Italy’s most beautiful cities. Despite the rather outdated industrial landscape, Turin has evolved into an attractive destination for tourism. With over twenty antiquarian bookshops registered as ILAB-LILA members and various more regional dealers, it is a haven for any book lover and a worthwhile destination for anyone wishing to go through a vast array of books not yet available online, reflecting the city’s slower pace of modernization.
It is easy to find good food in Italy, but even more so in the region of Piedmont. The Hungry Traveller has visited Turin on a variety of occasions throughout the year, but one special time, before August, when half of Italy closes its doors for several weeks, is particularly tough. Temperatures often rise over the 30-degree mark and a short stroll between bookshops can drench one in sweat. Eating isn’t easy, and working up an appetite is just as, if not more, difficult. Nevertheless, the Hungry Traveller has made several bookings despite such temperatures. The right food, good company and an ice-cold Prosecco do help.
Published since 13 Feb 2015
George Bernard Shaw once said: "Nothing on earth is more precious than a really beautiful book, With well established columns, in full black type, With exquisitely incorporated illustrations. However, nowadays people prefer to read books instead of looking at them." At the Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair 2015 book collector and John Dieter Brinks hold a remarkable speech about the beauty of the book - with regard to the history of the early 20th century private presses. In his speech he followed the traces of the excellent book artists of the Kelmscott and Doves Press in England and the Ernst-Ludwig-Presse and Cranach Presse in Germany. Some of the most outstanding examples - copies from the Barbara Achilles Stiftung Hamburg - were shown in an exhibition and are now documented in a catalogue published by the German Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (VDA). Thank you very much to John Dieter Brinks and the VDA for giving permission to publish his speech on the ILAB website:
[+] More De Caro and the Girolamini Thefts - Germany returns books seized at Munich auction house in May 2012
Published since 12 Feb 2015
Recent news concerning the Girolamini thefts and the ongoing investigations: In an official press release the Bavarian authorities announce that they will return some 500 books which were confiscated at the Munich auction house Zisska & Schauer (now Zisska & Lacher) in May 2012 in connection with the thefts from the Girolamini Library in Naples. The books dating from 16th and 17th centuries and worth over 2 million euros will be handed over to Italian judicial authorities in Munich on 13th February 2015.
[+] More Upgrade for AntiquarianAuctions.com - Developed by Booksellers for Collectors, Librarians and Dealers
Published since 11 Feb 2015
AntiquarianAuctions.com – offering rare books, maps & prints, documents, letters, ephemera and vintage photography - is pleased to launch its upgraded website. For over 5 years, AntiquarianAuctions.com has been running successful online rare book auctions, growing its database and traffic exponentially. AntiquarianAuctions.com was set up by ABA member Paul Mills of Clarke’s Africana in Cape Town, South Africa and is still managed from the offices in Cape Town.