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  • [+] More The business of prints - British Museum Landmark Publication & Exhibition 


    The business of prints - British Museum Landmark Publication & Exhibition
    Published since 29 Nov 2017
    The British Museum has one of the greatest collections of prints in the world, and holds the UK’s national collection. The majority of this collection, which totals more than two million prints, was made in the years before the invention of photography. Due to the sheer volume of the collection it can become difficult to grasp its contents, and many of the prints are today very unfamiliar and puzzling. For the past century, prints have usually been discussed either as finished works of art or as illustrations of a particular subject. This exhibition reverses the perspective in a way that has not been attempted before, and endeavours to show prints as an object of trade.
  • [+] More Winner of the James D. Forbes Collecting Prize 2017 - University of St Andrews (UK) 


    Winner of the James D. Forbes Collecting Prize 2017 - University of St Andrews (UK)
    Published since 28 Nov 2017
    Arthur der Weduwen, PHD candidate at the University of St. Andrews in the UK, has just received the James D. Forbes Collecting Prize which has been awarded annually since its inauguration in 2015. The prize is named after the university's famous graduate and later professor (1833) and principal (1859), James David Forbes (1809 – 1868). Arthur der Weduwen has permitted ILAB to publish his report here.
  • [+] More ›Sammlung Berge‹ geht nach Marbach 


    ›Sammlung Berge‹ geht nach Marbach
    Published since 22 Nov 2017
    Das Deutsche Literaturarchiv Marbach hat kürzlich eine Frankfurter Privatsammlung zu Eduard Mörike erworben. Der Sammler Klaus Berge, verdientes Mitglied der Deutschen Schillergesellschaft und langjähriger Freund des Hauses, hat über mehr als drei Jahrzehnte hinweg sachkundig Handschriften, Erstausgaben, Widmungsexemplare, Grafiken und Gegenständliches von und zu Eduard Mörike sowie seinem Umkreis zusammengetragen.
  • [+] More 'Med gamle bøker mot en ny tid' - 'With old books in modern times': 75 Years Norwegian Association 


    'Med gamle bøker mot en ny tid' - 'With old books in modern times': 75 Years Norwegian Association
    Published since 16 Nov 2017
    "Through the association the trade has organized themselves as managers and intermediaries of the cultural heritage of books. While the books are waiting for their new owners, it is the antiquarians that take care of them. It is they who bring about the material remains of our literary heritage to new readers, to collectors and institutions. Thus they secure great cultural values for the future, and they distinguish between the valuable and the worthless, between the inalienable and waste paper. Hence the antiquarians contribute, not only to preserve the cultural heritage; they also to a large extent, contribute to define it."
  • [+] More Rare map makes final journey home - Blaeu map returns to National Library of Australia 


    Rare map makes final journey home - Blaeu map returns to National Library of Australia
    Published since 10 Nov 2017
    On November 11, 2017, the Archipelagus Orientalis  (Eastern Archipelago), created by master cartographer Joan Blaeu in 1663, was officially revealed at the National Library of Australia, after extensive restoration. 
    Found in a Swedish warehouse in 2010 where it reportedly spent most of its life stored away and forgotten, this map of New Holland—used as a template for all maps of Australia until Cook in 1770 — was returned to its permanent home at the National Library of Australia in Canberra.
  • [+] More Kay Craddock Booksellers Melbourne Receive Lord Mayor's Commendation 


    Kay Craddock Booksellers Melbourne Receive Lord Mayor's Commendation
    Published since 07 Nov 2017
    ILAB bookseller Kay Craddock was recently awarded the Lord Mayor’s Commendation, an initiative by the City of Melbourne that recognizes small businesses that have operated continuously for at least 50 years.
    An idea that could be replicated in other cities.
  • [+] More A Message from Michael Steinbach, President of VdAO: Join us at BUCH WIEN 2017! 


    A Message from Michael Steinbach, President of VdAO: Join us at BUCH WIEN 2017!
    Published since 06 Nov 2017

    Now in its third consecutive year, sixteen leading antiquarian booksellers will take part in BUCH WIEN, Austria’s literary festival also known as Vienna International Book Fair.

    For the first time, one of the oldest and most reputable antiquarian bookshops of Vienna, Christian Nebehay, will be amongst the exhibitors.

  • [+] More Limited edition: The Remarkable Martin Stone: Remembering the Celebrated Rare Book Dealer and Blues Guitarist 


    Limited edition: The Remarkable Martin Stone: Remembering the Celebrated Rare Book Dealer and Blues Guitarist
    Published since 03 Nov 2017

    Rare book blog Booktryst has just announced the publication of its newest book and first fine press edition, The Remarkable Martin Stone: Remembering the Celebrated Rare Book Dealer and Blues Guitarist.

    The book honours and remembers the life of Martin Stone with contributions from colleagues in the book trade, writers, actors, friends and book collectors.

  • [+] More China in Print - The Hong Kong Rare Book, Photograph & Map Fair 2017 


    China in Print - The Hong Kong Rare Book, Photograph & Map Fair 2017
    Published since 02 Nov 2017
    Thirty of the world’s leading specialist dealers in rare books, manuscripts, maps and photography will gather in Hong Kong, 17-19th November, to showcase some of the most precious and notable collector’s items. In its sixth year, China in Print is managed by Bernard Quaritch of London and the international fair has built an unsurpassable reputation for presenting some of the finest examples of printed works from the Far East and rest of the world. The market is buoyant, with a particular appetite for illustrated materials from Ancient China that enable scholars and collectors to reclaim the past and rediscover a rich cultural heritage.
  • [+] More Reformation 500: Luther autograph on display - Bodleian Oxford 30 Oct - 3rd Nov 2017 


    Reformation 500: Luther autograph on display - Bodleian Oxford 30 Oct - 3rd Nov 2017
    By Alexander Peplow Published since 31 Oct 2017
    A Commonplace Reformation: Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Add. A. 92 – Martin Luther’s Autograph Collection of Proverbs
    This manuscript is one of two in the Bodleian’s possession which are written in Martin Luther’s own hand, and, running to 40 pages, is by far the more substantial – though, about the size of a postcard, it remains small. It is a collection of proverbs (Sprichwörter), mostly in German, and dating from some point in the later 1530s or early 1540s. It was acquired by the Bodleian for £45 in 1865 –the ‘carelessness and poverty’ of German libraries and museums for allowing this to happen was later lamented.
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