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  • Christmas and The Private Library, Part 3

    Christmas and The Private Library, Part 3

    Two other publications helped revitalize Christmas celebrations in the mid 19th century. The first was William Sandys' Christmas Carols Ancient and Modern (1833), where many now-beloved Christmas carols made their first appearance in book form.  Among these were The First Noel, Hark the Herald Angels Sing and God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen ... Learn more about the invention of the Christmas tree and children's books for Christmas!

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  • The National Library of Ireland - James Joyce and Oliver St. John Gogarty

    The National Library of Ireland - James Joyce and Oliver St. John Gogarty

    Thomas W. Lyster had been director of the National Library of Ireland since 1895. He was famous for his researches about Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and translated H. Düntzer’s biography about the German poet into English. Lyster edited the anthology ‚English Poems for Young Students’ – and became a key figure in the most important 20th century novel: “Ulysses”, by James Joyce. In his article for the German “Literaturblatt”, Rainer Pörzgen describes the library and its characters, and compares fiction with reality.

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Happy birthday, Sir Francis Bacon

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Happy birthday, Sir Francis Bacon

    January 22nd is the birthday of English statesman, philosopher, writer Sir Francis Bacon (1561), whose writings are said to have had great influence on modern science, law and society. There is also a school of thought that credits him with some or all of the works of William Shakespeare, though that idea has largely been discredited. In any case, what is known is that Bacon was, for a time at least, an influential thinker and politician during the reigns of Elizabeth I and James I, something of a feat in itself, given that the two courts were not on the best of terms with each other. He enjoyed the favor of Queen Elizabeth I, whom he had met while he was a student at Cambridge. The queen seems to have admired his brilliant young mind. Later, he served the queen as prosecutor of his former friend, Robert Devereau, who was convicted of treason and beheaded. Bacon then wrote an account of the whole affair for Elizabeth, which was published after heavy editing from Elizabeth and her advisors.

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  • "PARIS is number one in the world" - Stéphane and Bernard Clavreuil in conversation with Beatie Wolfe

    "PARIS is number one in the world" - Stéphane and Bernard Clavreuil in conversation with Beatie Wolfe

    Stéphane Clavreuil and his father Bernard are the fourth and third generations respectively of the leading antiquarian book firm Librairie Thomas-Scheler. Despite their different tastes in wine, Stéphane preferring Côtes du Rhône and Bernard Burgundy, this remarkable partnership has earned an international reputation as respected dealers in fine books and manuscripts, with special mention going to their series of science and medicine catalogues Précurseurs et novateurs. A fifth generation of Clavreuils was recently inaugurated with the birth of Stéphane’s son, Jules.

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  • Into the South Sea – The first “Bibliophile Evening” held at Dr. Paul Kainbacher Rare Books in Baden (Vienna)

    Into the South Sea – The first “Bibliophile Evening” held at Dr. Paul Kainbacher Rare Books in Baden (Vienna)

    On Saturday, November 8th, the Austrian antiquarian bookseller Dr. Paul Kainbacher had invited collectors and colleagues to his antiquarian bookshop in Baden (next to Vienna), Elisabethstrasse 33. The shop was the perfect location for the “Bibliophile Evening” which was dedicated to The Exploration of the South Sea. The bookshop welcomed numerous guests, among them collectors and book lovers from Germany, Austria and Finland as well as scientists and explorers from various university departments. They all had come to see the most beautiful books and to listen to highly interesting lectures by European experts of the South Sea such as Prof. Hermann Mückler (Vienna University) and Ms. Anke Oberlies (German James Cook Society). See the pictures!

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  • Bookriot presents: Libraries of the Rich and Famous

    Bookriot presents: Libraries of the Rich and Famous

    Bookriot shows the Libraries of the rich and famous. Have a glance at the book shelves of Karl Lagerfeld, Diane Keaton, Woody Allen, Keith Richards, William Randolph Hearst, Sting, Julia Child, Richard A. Macksey, Mark Badgley and James Mischka. The latter is “only” the library in the weekend house. Look at them all, and you will become envious.

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions: Chilling Tales from the Icy Wastes

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions: Chilling Tales from the Icy Wastes

    The polar regions have always had a huge attraction for mankind and its explorers. What lay in or beyond those icy wastes? An open sea? The way to Asia? Riches beyond the dreams of avarice? Many set out to find out, never to return. Probably no other field of exploration has brought forth so many heroes, sung and unsung, so much suffering and so many, often unnecessary, deaths. Probably most of the gruesome deaths in the icy reaches will never be known or told, but several made it into print from the 16th to the 20th century. I have picked 10 expeditions at random, my only criterion being that there had to be horrible suffering, death, and, maybe, cannibalism.

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  • From Dickens to Hitchcock to the Sex Pistols! - “Written” Highlights at the London International Antiquarian Book Fair 2012

    From Dickens to Hitchcock to the Sex Pistols! - “Written” Highlights at the London International Antiquarian Book Fair 2012

    “We are very pleased about the new location, which will make the 2012 the biggest and best yet; more exhibitors, more books, maps, prints, ephemera & manuscripts in a bigger and better hall providing more space on stands, wider aisles, with ample space to sit and relax in three different cafés. We are delighted that the ABA's partner will be the National Trust, which will be promoting the many important libraries, containing over 2 million books, under its management” (Brian Lake) A hand-written account of Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens and the original illustrations for Roald Dahl’s Danny, Champion of the World are among the ‘written’ wonders that will be on sale at the 55th London International Antiquarian Book Fair. The Fair, which will be held for the first time in the bigger National Hall at Olympia (London W14) from Thursday, 24th May to Saturday, 26th May, 2012 has more exhibitors than ever before, who are travelling from all corners of the globe to take part in the oldest Fair in the UK.

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  • Don Quixote in Hungary – An ILAB Pop Up Book Fair at the Institute Cervantes in Budapest on UNESCO World Book & Copyright Day

    Don Quixote in Hungary – An ILAB Pop Up Book Fair at the Institute Cervantes in Budapest on UNESCO World Book & Copyright Day

    23 April is a symbolic date for world literature. On this day in 1616 Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, William Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega died. Centuries later this day marked the date of birth or death of prominent authors like Vladimir Nabokov, Haldor Laxness, Maurice Druon and Manuel Mejía Vallejo. And each year, on 23 April, UNESCO celebrates World Book and Copyright Day with a series of worldwide events. In 2015, ILAB and its members are part of the worldwide celebrations! On four continents and throughout the day ILAB booksellers will hold Pop Up Book Fairs – bookish flash mobs - at the most unexpected places. And the Hungarian rare book dealers have come up with a very special idea to celebrate UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day in their capital. They will pop up at Institute Cervantes in Budapest which is located in one of the most beautiful mansions of the city.

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - The Female Marine and Her Sisters

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - The Female Marine and Her Sisters

    Ann Thornton the female sailor  and Sophia Johnson the friendless orphan are interesting in that their stories employ the same sequence of events that befell Elizabeth Emmons – personal tragedy, followed by cross dressing, followed by physical impairment. (Note Sophia Johnson's missing right arm.) Then there was Mary Lacy, “The Female Shipwright” who served four years at sea and seven years at Portsmouth Dock Yard in England, disguised as a man. Mary had a taste for young girls, and ascribed her troubles to a fondness for dancing with men - making for a delicious double reverse. However, the classic expression of this theme in American literature is the story of Louisa Baker, the Female Marine.

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  • Children’s Books 1945 to 1960 - A Catalogue by Winfried Geisenheyner, Reviewed by Friedrich C. Heller

    Children’s Books 1945 to 1960 - A Catalogue by Winfried Geisenheyner, Reviewed by Friedrich C. Heller

    Children’s books are not only for children. They enable us to look at a period in history from a children’s point of view. Children’s books printed in Germany from 1945 to 1960, for example, show how the world was in post war Germany, which was separated in East and West, and where also the children had to learn to live under the new conditions determined by the history of the half of the 20th century, and especially by World War II and its consequences. Friedrich C. Heller, who won the Second ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography in 2010 for his outstanding work „Die bunte Welt. Handbuch zum künstlerisch illustrierten Kinderbuch in Wien 1890-1938”, reviews a brand new catalogue published by the German antiquarian bookseller Winfried Geisenheyner: Kinder- und Bilderbücher von 1945 bis 1960 - Children’s Books 1945 to 1960.  This and other catalogues by ILAB dealers can be downloaded from the ILAB website.

     

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  • Jimi Hendrix’s Delinquent Bar Tab – 48th California International Antiquarian Book Fair, 6-8 February 2015

    Jimi Hendrix’s Delinquent Bar Tab – 48th California International Antiquarian Book Fair, 6-8 February 2015

    The world’s  preeminent celebration of the written  and printed word returns to Northern California at a new venue in downtown  Oakland. The 48th California  International  Antiquarian  Book Fair will run  from  Friday, February 6 through Sunday, February 8, 2015 at the Oakland Marriott City Center. Sponsored by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA) and the International  League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB),  the three-day event is the world’s  largest antiquarian book fair with  200 booksellers from the United  States  and around  the globe. The annual fair features a rich selection of books, manuscripts, maps and other printed materials, including incunabula, literature  from  all centuries and nationalities, fine bindings, children's and illustrated books, ephemera, and antiquarian books on dozens of topics – from Jimi Hendrix’s delinquent bar tab to the first English-Language Sex Manual, a 19th Century 3-D children’s book, a lock of Franz Liszt’s hair from 1884 and handwritten letters by Charles Bukowski.

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