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  • [+] More 5 Questions - Gonzalo Fernandez Pontes of Pontes Maps 


    5 Questions - Gonzalo Fernandez Pontes of Pontes Maps
    Published since 15 Aug 2017
    Gonzalo Fernandez Pontes became the president of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), an international body with 1800 affiliates, in 2016. He undertakes his duties alongside running his shop, Pontes Maps, which opened in Madrid in 1991.
  • [+] More Copenhagen 2017 - ILAB President's Meeting & Scandinavian Antiquarian Book Fair 


    Copenhagen 2017 - ILAB President's Meeting & Scandinavian Antiquarian Book Fair
    Published since 07 Aug 2017
    Every year, the presidents of all 22 national antiquarian bookseller’s associations that form the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), meet at the President’s Meeting. For 2017, the Danish Antiquarian Bookseller’s Association ABF has invited the international rare book trade to Copenhagen. This will be a week of formal meetings with reports and updates from each country, but it is also a week of exchanging ideas with colleagues, networking and a programme to visit some of Copenhagen’s cultural and bibliophile treasures!
  • [+] More "In Good Order But Poor Condition" - ILAB Patron of Honour Dr. Michael Knoche in F.A.Z. 


    "In Good Order But Poor Condition" - ILAB Patron of Honour Dr. Michael Knoche in F.A.Z.
    Published since 02 Aug 2017

    The former director of the Anna Amalia Library in Weimar and ILAB Patron of Honour recently wrote in the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper about digitisation, book restoration and the state of Germany's libraries. 

    "In Good Order But Poor Condition" is an interesting read about the importance of digitisation, but also about the need for research material not only to be available in digitised format.

  • [+] More Hartelijke welkom! Amsterdam International Antiquarian Book & Map Fair by Laurens Hesselink 


    Hartelijke welkom! Amsterdam International Antiquarian Book & Map Fair by Laurens Hesselink
    Published since 01 Aug 2017

    Those people who love antique books, atlases, old maps, fine prints, manuscripts, first editions and any other versions of the written/printed word, should be in Amsterdam on 30 September and 1 October. After the successful relaunch last year, the most important antiquarian book fair in the Netherlands this year will be held again in the Marriott Hotel. 

  • [+] More Interview with Gert Jan Bestebreurtje - New President of NVvA (Netherlands) & the ILAB Congress 2020 


    Interview with Gert Jan Bestebreurtje - New President of NVvA (Netherlands) & the ILAB Congress 2020
    Published since 25 Jul 2017
    In April 2017, Gert Jan Bestebreurtje was elected as new President of the Dutch Antiquarian Booksellers' Association NVvA. We spoke to Mr Bestebreurtje, his business, the book trade in the Netherlands, the Amsterdam fair and we herewith announce some very exciting news for 2020!
  • [+] More New ABA 2017-2018 Directory "The printed book is not in decline" 


    New ABA 2017-2018 Directory "The printed book is not in decline"
    Published since 24 Jul 2017
    The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association has just published its 2017 - 2018 Directory with a warm welcome message by President Angus O'Neill. 
    "The printed book is not in decline"
  • [+] More Buying Rare and Antiquarian Books in Poland 


    Buying Rare and Antiquarian Books in Poland
    By Audrey Golden Published since 18 Jul 2017
    Will you be traveling to Poland anytime soon? There’s no better country in Eastern Europe to seek out rare and antiquarian books, and in fact, we’re pretty well convinced that Kraków and Warsaw contain some of our favorite rare bookshops in the world.
  • [+] More The Book Huntresses: Women Bibliophiles 


    The Book Huntresses: Women Bibliophiles
    By Rachel Chanter Published since 17 Jul 2017
    In his 1930 work on book collecting, Anatomy of Bibliomania, Holbrook Jackson claimed that “book love is as masculine (although not as common) as growing a beard.” Times have changed; the recent inauguration of a new book collecting prize by New York bookseller Honey & Wax, “an annual prize of $1000 to be awarded to an outstanding book collection conceived and built by a young woman”, is possibly the final nail in the coffin of the idea that bibliophilia is a man’s pursuit.
  • [+] More CABS 2017 - The Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar (ABAA) 


    CABS 2017 - The Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar (ABAA)
    Published since 13 Jul 2017
    In less than a week, the Colorado Book Seminar, in the trade often referred to as CABS will start. A wonderful opportunity for students to learn from experts in the antiquarian book trade.
  • [+] More Latest submissions to the ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography 2018 


    Latest submissions to the ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography 2018
    Published since 11 Jul 2017
    The ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography, worth 10.000 $, is one of the most prestigious prizes in the field of bibliography. Every fourth year it detects and awards a particularly significant reference work within a selection of scholarly books about books published in the previous years. 

    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.
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