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  • [+] More Antwerp: Books Across the Borders on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day, 23 April 2015 


    Antwerp: Books Across the Borders on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day, 23 April 2015
    Published since 30 Mar 2015

    Eric Tonen and Peter Everaers - two antiquarian booksellers, one trading in Belgium and the other in The Netherlands - decided an international boundary lying between them wasn’t going to stop them participating in ILAB’s celebration of UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day. Meet them at Bibliotheek Permeke in Antwerp on 23 April 2015!

  • [+] More Tokyo: World Antiquarian Book Plaza - The Ultimate Destination for Bibliophiles on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day 2015! 


    Tokyo: World Antiquarian Book Plaza - The Ultimate Destination for Bibliophiles on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day 2015!
    Published since 27 Mar 2015

    Is there a place in the world where booklovers find rare and beautiful books, manuscripts, autographs, atlases and prints from all parts of the world and offered by some of the world’s best booksellers? Is there an antiquarian bookshop somewhere in the world where you can browse the shelves filled with modern firsts from the United States, incunabula from Europe, woodcut books from Asia, and children’s books, first editions, illustrated books, precious bindings or rare travel accounts from Australia, the United Kingdom, the Americas, Germany, Italy, Spain, Scandinavia, Austria and the Netherlands? Yes, there is such a place - in Tokyo.

  • [+] More ILAB/UNESCO Pop Up Book Fair Campaign To Be Launched At the 3rd Milan International Antiquarian Book Fair, 27-29 March 2015 


    ILAB/UNESCO Pop Up Book Fair Campaign To Be Launched At the 3rd Milan International Antiquarian Book Fair, 27-29 March 2015
    Published since 27 Mar 2015

    On 23 April - the World Book and Copyright Day celebrated under the auspices of UNESCO - ILAB booksellers will hold Pop Up Fairs all across the world from Sydney to Tokyo to Cape Town, Moscow, London and all the major European capitals to New York, Washington, Chicago, Seattle and Portland at the Northwest Pacific coast. In woolsheds, on central stations, on boats, in museums, libraries, streets, cocktail clubs, brew pubs and skyscrapers ILAB booksellers will bring the books to the people by popping up on four continents and in every imaginable places, putting a stunning selection of rare books on display and raising money for a UNESCO project to buy books for schools in South Sudan. ALAI and the Italian booksellers strongly support this worldwide initiative from the first day of the Milan Antiquarian Book Fair, 27 March, up to UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day, 23 April.

  • [+] More Michael Steinbach - New President of the Austrian Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (VAO) 


    Michael Steinbach - New President of the Austrian Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (VAO)
    Published since 26 Mar 2015

    Congratulations to Michael Steinbach! At the 53th General Assembly of the Austrian Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (Verband der Antiquare Österreichs, VAO) on 25th March 2015, Michael Steinbach was elected new president. He succeeds Dieter Tausch who served as VAO President from 2012 to 2015. In the new VAO Committee Dr. Paul Kainbacher will serve as Vice-President, supported by the new VAO Committee members Erhard Löcker, Andreas Moser and Robert Schoisengeier.

    Michael Steinbach, well-known to most ILAB affiliates, was ILAB President from 2006 to 2008, is ILAB President of Honour and Member of Honour of the German Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (VDA).

  • [+] More Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Carried Away 


    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Carried Away
    Published since 26 Mar 2015

    People tend to get carried away by the romance of old books and paper, and it's easy to see why. The thrill of the hunt, the joys discovery, and the marvelous stories locked up in dusty old letters, journals, and books provide a perfect escape – an antidote to the stresses of our daily lives. Unfortunately, overworked librarians and book dealers often find that their interaction with books and manuscripts devolves into an insistent time/money proposition. As much as we'd like to linger over an ancient text, or just sit down and read the damned thing, we've got to get that bugger cataloged and shelved. There's work to be done! We wind up stressing out over the very things that should be affording us relief. So it's a delight when, every once in a while, something comes along that is so arresting and charismatic that it commands our complete attention and gobbles up our time, productivity be damned.

  • [+] More Where Frank Lloyd Wright and Carl Sandburg had drinks – An ILAB Pop Up Fair at the Cliff Dwellers Club on top of Chicago! 


    Where Frank Lloyd Wright and Carl Sandburg had drinks – An ILAB Pop Up Fair at the Cliff Dwellers Club on top of Chicago!
    Published since 25 Mar 2015

    "Sweet home Chicago" is worth visiting for many reasons: Chicago between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River is an international hub for finance, commerce, industry, technology, telecommunications, and transportation with O'Hare International Airport being the busiest airport in the world.

  • [+] More 3rd Milan International Antiquarian Book Fair, 27-29 March 2015 


    3rd Milan International Antiquarian Book Fair, 27-29 March 2015
    Published since 23 Mar 2015

    For the third time antiquarian booksellers and collectors will meet at the Palazzo Mezzanotte in Milan from Friday 27 March to Sunday 29 March to celebrate the Milan International Antiquarian Book Fair. The fair will be officially opened on Friday 5.30 pm in the presence of the great bibliophile, author and scholar Umberto Eco. Organized by the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of Italy (ALAI) and supported by the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) this high class event will attract bibliophiles, traders, journalists, collectors, intellectuals and many curious to come to Milan and to enjoy three wonderful days of browsing the shelves and exploring the fascinating world of the rare book. All the variety which has been brought up through five centuries of printing will be showcased: from incunabula and milestones of 16th and 17th century printing to modern artists books, from mediaval manuscripts to handwritten letters and documents by famous authors, artists and scientists, from children's books to natural history works to modern first editions to avant-garde.

  • [+] More Rare Booksellers - Poppings Up 


    Rare Booksellers - Poppings Up
    Published since 20 Mar 2015

    I first met Anthony Smith a good few years ago when he was a student on the long since disappeared Postgraduate Diploma in Antiquarian Bookselling course we used to run in conjunction with the School of Library, Archive and Information Studies (SLAIS) at London University.  A course long since disappeared, although we hope to reintroduce something similar before too long in a collaboration between the London Rare Books School, the ABA, and those involved in the History of the Book masters course run at the Institute of English Studies (watch this space).

  • [+] More A Tale of Two Towns - From Library to Woolshed on UNESCO’s World Book and Copyright Day 


    A Tale of Two Towns - From Library to Woolshed on UNESCO’s World Book and Copyright Day
    Published since 19 Mar 2015

    HAMILTON is the major city of Western Victoria, with a population of over 8,000 people, it is surrounded by smaller satellite towns and over 2 million sheep! Given the large population of sheep it will come as little surprise to anyone to learn that agriculture forms the economic base for the region.

    Although the population (of people!) might be relatively small the district has a reputation for large homesteads with fine book collections. Where you find book collectors, antiquarian book dealers are often close-by, and the Western District is no exception. Bellcourt Books, Hamilton’s sole bookshop is run by ANZAAB member Guy Stephens and 30 kilometres away in Dunkeld fellow ANZAAB member, Roz Greenwood of Roz Greenwood Old and Rare Books is located in stunning scenery at the foot of the picturesque Grampians Mountains.

  • [+] More New York Rare Book Week – 7-15 April 2015 


    New York Rare Book Week – 7-15 April 2015
    Published since 17 Mar 2015

    It is the largest gathering of its kind anywhere in the world. Now for the second time antiquarian book dealers, collectors, and the intellectually curious will gather in New York City for Rare Book Week from 7 to 15 April 2015.  Rare Book Week - a coordinated effort to focus attention on the antiquarian book fairs, auctions, exhibitions, and bookish browsing available in New York City – is headlined by the 55th annual New York Antiquarian Book Fair.

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