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ILAB Library - All You Need To Know About Rare Books and the Antiquarian Book Trade


    Published since 23 Aug 2016

    "In just over a month, Budapest will welcome you in beautiful summerly autumn colors. The bridges over the Danube will glow in darker but vividly warm colors, walks in the Castle District, on the cobbled streets of Buda are the most pleasant at the end of September. The still warmish evenings in the uniquely restored but still romantically dilapidated ruin pub, Ankert, guarantees merriment. The autumn delicacies and delicate horses can give you a kind of entertainment in the Lázár Equestrian Park that you have never experienced before. And finally, cruising on the waves of the our treasure-river, the Danube, will soothe all turbulences of the soul while good company and the pleasures of the table will make you feel at home in Budapest."

  • [+] More In the Press - The Secret Libraries of History 

    Published since 22 Aug 2016

    "Beneath the streets of a suburb of Damascus, rows of shelves hold books that have been rescued from bombed-out buildings. Over the past four years, during the siege of Darayya, volunteers have collected 14,000 books from shell-damaged homes. They are held in a location kept secret amid fears that it would be targeted by government and pro-Assad forces, and visitors have to dodge shells and bullets to reach the underground reading space.
    It’s been called Syria’s secret library, and many view it as a vital resource."

  • [+] More Cover Stories - Blanche McManus Mansfield 

    Cover Stories - Blanche McManus Mansfield
    Published since 17 Aug 2016

    One of the most interesting, prolific, and mysterious book cover artists of this period was Blanche McManus (B. McM.). After her marriage in 1898 she added Mansfield and started using the monogram B.M.M.  You may have seen her cover for The King's Highway by Amelia Barr (Dodd, Mead, 1897) in the post here March 26th.

  • [+] More Collecting - Postwar Germany in the Works of W.G. Sebald 

    Collecting - Postwar Germany in the Works of W.G. Sebald
    Published since 16 Aug 2016

    Whose role is it to write postwar German fiction? Since World War II ended, numerous writers of great acclaim have come out of West Germany and the GDR, and later from reunified Germany. For instance, you might be familiar with the works of the West German novelists Heinrich Böll and Günter Grass, or with the GDR literature of Christa Wolf. While many writers of the immediate postwar period returned to the rise of Nazi Germany and its aftermath in their works, W.G. Sebald is a bit of an interesting case.

  • [+] More The Art of Book Cataloguing - British Bottoms 

    The Art of Book Cataloguing - British Bottoms
    Published since 11 Aug 2016

    The differences between paper and digital catalogs are obvious, but some of the results of those differences continue to surprise me. For example, in the old days orders from my paper catalogs would dribble in over a period of weeks. I used to mail them all first class, in three staggered mailings, hoping to achieve some kind of evenness in delivery, but customers were always complaining that their catalogs arrived late, and demanding exclusive previews. Others, more laid back, would wait for moments of leisure to read their catalogs, and some overworked acquisitions librarians required days or weeks to claw through the pile of incoming mail to discover where my list of treasures was buried. Digital catalogs, on the other hand, play out in an eyeblink. Everyone gets their catalog announcement via a Mail Chimp email blast within the same hour or so. Those who are highly motivated know that they must read it and respond immediately. Consequently, most of the orders arrive by email within the first few hours of the catalog’s life. Maritime List 238 was posted Sunday night. By Wednesday even the laid back orders had arrived.

  • [+] More For the first time ever - International Antiquarian Book Fair in Hungary 

    For the first time ever - International Antiquarian Book Fair in Hungary
    Published since 10 Aug 2016

    The Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of Hungary is proud to welcome the th 26th ILAB International Antiquarian Book Fair in Budapest. In Hungary, this is the first time that antiquarian booksellers will have the opportunity to present their rare books, manuscripts and other documents at such a large-scale exhibition. It is not only a local initiation, as the Fair accompanies the 42th ILAB Congress which is to host booksellers from across the world. With great pride and joy, I now wish to share the excellent news with you all that so far the following 26 exhibitors have already registered:

  • [+] More Collecting - Ten Facts About Caldecott Winner, James Thurber 

    Collecting - Ten Facts About Caldecott Winner, James Thurber
    Published since 09 Aug 2016

    James Thurber was a short story writer, cartoonist, and humorist. Much of his work was published in The New Yorker, where he began working as an editor in 1927. His most famous short story is The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, recently adapted to film. Combining his talents for writing and illustration, Thurber had a successful career writing children's books, and won the Caldecott Medal for the book Many Moons. Below, read ten facts about Thurber's fascinating life and career.

  • [+] More Wanted! ILAB Internship! 

    Wanted! ILAB Internship!
    Published since 08 Aug 2016

    A global "ILAB School" without borders: The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers offers internships to students and beginners in the rare book trade who wish to widen their knowledge through practical learning and to plug into the worldwide network of antiquarian bookselling.  All ILAB booksellers are very welcome to join the ILAB Internship Program and to provide young students an opportunity to gain invaluable hands-on experience in the international rare book business at any time and in any place in the world. Applicants are carefully chosen after they have contacted ILAB Vice-President Norbert Donhofer, who has initiated the Internship Program in 2009 together with Eric Waschke (Canada) and Professor Dr. Olga Tarakanowa (Moscow State University of the Printing Arts).

  • [+] More COLOUR: The Art and Science of Illuminated Manuscripts 

    COLOUR: The Art and Science of Illuminated Manuscripts
    Published since 04 Aug 2016

    A brilliant exhibition of illuminated manuscripts opened this weekend at the Fitzwilliam Museum. If you have any chance of getting to Cambridge before the end of the year this is something you absolutely should not miss.

  • [+] More The Top Five Children’s Libraries From Around the World 

    The Top Five Children’s Libraries From Around the World
    Published since 03 Aug 2016

    Libraries are not just for adults, and they are a wonderfully international experience. Go anywhere in the world and you’ll find a place to gain access, have fun, and get an education. These are five of our favorite children's libraries from around the world.