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  • The First ILAB Directory - “Geographic Repertory Répertoire Géographique 1951-1952”

    The First ILAB Directory - “Geographic Repertory Répertoire Géographique 1951-1952”

    Whenever I walk in front of the outside stalls of a second-hand bookshop, I invariably look at the books displayed, hoping to find … a treasure that the bookseller has overlooked. And such was my luck the other day; I couldn’t believe my eyes when I found and bought for a single Euro a good copy of the first ever ILAB Directory of its members, published in 1951. Even though ILAB had been founded in 1948, the publication of its first directory was delayed to include the American affiliates, as the ABAA joined ILAB in 1950.

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  • Pop Up At the Opera! Celebrate UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day With Enrico Caruso and the American Booksellers!

    Pop Up At the Opera! Celebrate UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day With Enrico Caruso and the American Booksellers!

    Oak Knoll is pleased to join UNESCO’s literacy campaign on World Book and Copyright Day. As specialists in the field of “books about books” (printing history, book production, and bibliography), Oak Knoll is particularly well-acquainted with the importance of books in our lives and throughout history. They will be joined by two more ABAA dealers and bookselling friends for the Pop Up Book fair. Ian Brabner Rare Americana (rareamericana.com) of Wilmington, Delaware, will display a selection of rare books, manuscripts, and ephemera from eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American history.  Between the Covers Rare Books (betweenthecovers.com) will travel from Gloucester City, New Jersey with a showing of modern literary first editions.

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  • Where Goethe strolled around - ILAB Pop Up Book Fair in Königstein on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day, 23 April 2015!

    Where Goethe strolled around - ILAB Pop Up Book Fair in Königstein on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day, 23 April 2015!

    The staff of Reiss  & Sohn is looking forward to be a part of the ILAB Pop Up Fairs across the world on April 23rd, 2015.  They will "pop up" in the auction house together with two other colleagues from the area - Tresor am Römer, Buch- und Kunstantiquariat (Frankfurt) and C. Rinnelt, Antiquariat (Wiesbaden). Together the rare book dealers will welcome all who are interested in books, prints and manuscripts from 5 to 8 pm. Visitors will have the opportunity to browse the diversified sales proposals of the three antiquarian bookshops, to listen to Jazz music, to talk to like-minded people and, of course, all will be most welcome to participate in the worldwide fundraising campaign for the UNESCO literacy projects in South Sudan.

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  • New York - Promoter Predicts Catastrophe in 2015

    New York - Promoter Predicts Catastrophe in 2015

    As if to compensate for the ever-increasing expense and physical difficulty of this event, the material on display this year was better than I've ever seen it. Books, maps, and manuscripts were dazzling. And, not to put too fine a point on it, the bucks were flowing. No one I spoke to had a ruinous fair, and even the people with only "so so" results were talking sums well into five figures. So, for almost all exhibitors at the big show, it was "mission accomplished." ...

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  • Rare Books on the Blog – Medieval Desktops

    Rare Books on the Blog – Medieval Desktops

    In his latest post Erik Kwikkel, book historian at Leiden University, explores the Medieval desktops. How many books could be consulted at the same time? How many of those heave medieval volumes were spread out on the desks in the libraries ready to be studied at the same time? “In short, how are we to understand the logistics behind the devouring of knowledge in the last four centuries of the Middle Ages?” Erik Kwikkel looks at contemporary and Renaissance works of art showing the medieval scholars at work.

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  • UNESCO World Book & Copyright Day, April 23 2015 - Pop Up Book Fair Manual For First Time Organisers and Interested Others

    UNESCO World Book & Copyright Day, April 23 2015 - Pop Up Book Fair Manual For First Time Organisers and Interested Others

    “The 23rd of April is a symbolic date for world literature. It is on this date in 1616 that Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died. It is also the date of birth or death of other prominent authors, such as Maurice Druon, Haldor K. Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo. It was a natural choice for UNESCO's General Conference, held in Paris in 1995, to pay a world-wide tribute to books and authors on this date, encouraging everyone, and in particular young people, to discover the pleasure of reading and gain a renewed respect for the irreplaceable contributions of those, who have furthered the social and cultural progress of humanity.   In this regard, UNESCO created the World Book and Copyright Day….

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  • School Books for South Sudan: AbeBooks and ILAB Fill "Empty Bookcases" on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day, 23 April 2016

    School Books for South Sudan: AbeBooks and ILAB Fill "Empty Bookcases" on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day, 23 April 2016

    The ILAB Pop Up Week 2016 starts with a generous donation!  AbeBooks, a strong supporter of the ILAB Pop Up Celebrations 2015 and again in 2016 - announces to donate US$ 2.500 towards ILAB's project to help fund UNESCO's and American actors Forest Whitakers vital literacy work in South Sudan.

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  • A day out for the rare book trade - St. Bride

    A day out for the rare book trade - St. Bride

    We’re planning a really festive and utterly splendid day out for the book trade on Thursday 13th December – an afternoon of activity, followed by the legendary ABA Christmas Party (none of this restricted to ABA members).  The venue is to be the St. Bride Foundation in Blackfriars – and what a fine choice it is.  The First Lady and I were there the other day for a preview of what’s in store, at the invitation of the Chief Executive of the Foundation, the very amiable Glyn Farrow.  Most booksellers are in thrall with their work, of course, but how nice to meet someone else so enthusiastic, so energetic and so palpably in love with his.

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  • "Folio Thief Gets 8 Years" For Stealing and Damaging Rare Books

    "Folio Thief Gets 8 Years" For Stealing and Damaging Rare Books

    Raymond Scott had stolen a first folio edition of William Shakespeare's works from Durham University in 1998. Now he has been sentenced to eight years in prison. "In this strange case, it's not so much the theft that galls, book theft has been going on for centuries and is not likely to subside. It's the fact that Scott mutilated the volume ... Scott had removed the goat binding and cut the cords on the spine in an effort to disguise the book's provenance. Some pages are also missing, including the frontispiece engraving of the Bard" (Rebecca Rego Barry).

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  • Practice Makes (Nearly) Perfect - 36th Annual Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair

    Practice Makes (Nearly) Perfect - 36th Annual Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair

    Sometimes the years seem to fly by like calendar leaves flapping off the wall in a corny movie. That was much the feeling at this year’s 36th Annual Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair, held at the Hynes Convention Center.  Old veterans of Bostons past walked the familiar aisles, nodding at one another – “Here we are again.” Members of the excellent Brede staff, many of whom have been working with us for years, gave us a “Good to see you again” shoulder clap. And they meant it. We’d each survived another year and were back in the familiar, comfortable confines of the Hynes. I recall problems in the early years, mostly centering around the difficulties of moving in and out. But now staff and exhibitors alike know the drill, and if anyone unfamiliar with the procedure gets panicky, there are plenty of calmer heads to offer support. No more ugly, non-conforming booths, no fighting, no biting. The complainers will never go away, but even they seemed subdued this year.

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  • ABEBOOKS Bloggers Visit the ILAB Pop Up Fairs in Vienna and Chicago

    ABEBOOKS Bloggers Visit the ILAB Pop Up Fairs in Vienna and Chicago

    April 23 is going to be another special day for booklovers. UNESCO’s 2016 World Book & Copyright Day will feature book-related events on a worldwide scale with ILAB’s contribution being a series of pop-up book fairs displaying rare and collectable books from the four corners of the Earth. ILAB (International League of Antiquarian Booksellers) is repeating a successful programme introduced in 2015 on World Book Day that put rare books in front of thousands of people. Last year ILAB activities raised more than 10,000 Euros for UNESCO’s Forest Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative (WPDI), which provides literacy assistance to children in South Sudan.

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  • These Days of Hatlessness - Emily Post's Etiquette

    These Days of Hatlessness - Emily Post's Etiquette

    Should I cover my tattoos and piercings before a job interview? Should I throw a divorce party? These questions are considered in the 18th edition of Emily Post’s famous book on “Etiquette”, revised and updated by the author’s great-granddaughter. If you want to learn how to have a love affair or a cup of tea in high society during the 1920s, read the original edition, or Jack Lynch’s collecting tip! Jack Lynch ist English professor at Rutgers University in Newark and the author of “You Could Look It Up: The Reference Shelf from Babylon to Wikipedia”. In his blog “You Could Look It Up” he introduces (no: he presents) useful, classic, amazing, funny and extraordinary dictionaries of all possible subjects and from all centuries.

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