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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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  • In Memoriam: Bob de Graaf, Antiquarian Bookdealer, Publisher and Bibliographer (1927-2011)

    In Memoriam: Bob de Graaf, Antiquarian Bookdealer, Publisher and Bibliographer (1927-2011)

    When antiquarian bookdealers, talking among themselves, call a colleague a “great dealer”, they don’t always mean the same thing. Some mean a dealer with many staff, a large turn over and great profits. Others  mean a dealer who masters the art of really studying a book, a dealer who is able to discover something in or about the book that suddenly makes it interesting for all readers, not just the obvious specialists. When Bob de Graaf once said: “I have not become a great dealer”, he hastened to add: “No, that is not false modesty.” And he repeated, with meaning: “I have not become a great dealer, but I have never aspired to be one.” With great sadness ILAB announces the death of Bob de Graaf on February 10, 2011. An obituary by Anton Gerits.

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  • Book Scouting in … Amsterdam: Holy Ground

    Book Scouting in … Amsterdam: Holy Ground

    Ever been in Amsterdam? As in every European city there is much to see. Beautiful old buildings, the  historic canals (Amsterdam is one of the cities called ‘Venice of the North’!) lots of museums, history and art. For booklovers there are some great old book shops and flee-markets. People are friendly, and - guess what? - with few exceptions everybody speaks English too!

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  • “The desire to learn something new every day and an undying passion for antiquarian books”

    “The desire to learn something new every day and an undying passion for antiquarian books”

    From Canada to the Kilimanjaro, from Moscow to Buenos Aires and back to Vancouver. “I guess my claim to fame is that I've visited over 4000 used and antiquarian booksellers, including over 1000 ILAB members, in my travels to 92 countries.” Eric Waschke is a real global player and well-known for his reports about the antiquarian book markets in South America,  Russia or Eastern Europe. His recent project: After 15 years the Toronto International Antiquarian Book Fair will return in October 2010, organized by the ABAC. An interview with ABAC President Eric Waschke about his career, the upcoming fair and rare bookselling in the 21st century.

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Astronomy, Astrology, Potato, Po-tah-to?

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Astronomy, Astrology, Potato, Po-tah-to?

    Since the Neolithic age, humans have attempted to track lunar cycles and understand their relationship with natural phenomena like the changing tides. From these rudimentary attempts, the fields of astrology and astronomy were eventually born. The two disciplines evolved together, but our changing understanding of the universe has relegated astrology to the world of superstition and folklore. The world of rare books offers an interesting glimpse into these parallel studies.

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  • iPhone App for Rare Books, Magnificent Manuscripts and Autographs: „Treasures of the Bavarian State Library“

    iPhone App for Rare Books, Magnificent Manuscripts and Autographs: „Treasures of the Bavarian State Library“

    Browse the treasures of the Bavarian State Library with your iPhone: the "Nibelungenlied", the Gutenberg Bible, rare manuscripts from the Orient and the Occident. The first iPhone App for book lovers.

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  • Rare Books in the Press - Prison Memoir of a Black Man in the 1850s

    Rare Books in the Press - Prison Memoir of a Black Man in the 1850s

    “Years ago, a rare-books dealer browsing at an estate sale in Rochester came across an unusual manuscript, dated 1858. The family selling it said little about where it had been for the last 150 years. It appeared never to have left upstate New York. Scholars now believe that the mystery manuscript is the first recovered memoir written in prison by an African-American, a discovery that Yale University says it made after authenticating the document and acquiring it for its Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library." Read the whole story in The New York Times.

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  • From Clay to Clouds – The Evolution of the Catalogue (2000 BC – 21st Century)

    From Clay to Clouds – The Evolution of the Catalogue (2000 BC – 21st Century)

    Since the beginnings in the second millennium BC, the catalogue has accompanied the history and development of our written heritage. With its complex and at the same time precise concept and structure, the catalogue represents a fundamental ambition which is the origin of science and culture: to name, to describe and to classify the universe. Catalogues allow us to find taxonomies for the elements and all aspects of nature, nomenclatures to identify the stars, and devices to find access to our written heritage, to education and learning as well as to trade and economics and to the printing of books.

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  • Searching for New Sources in Western History

    Searching for New Sources in Western History

    All historians must be concerned with their sources. In many instances these are easily accessible, far more so today than in the past, in the relative convenience of professionally run university libraries, historical societies or museums. Since World War II academic institutions in the United States have enjoyed an extraordinary growth in their collections of the raw materials of American history, coupled with technological advances which have made it vastly easier to catalogue, locate and reach the original documents within the protective web of institutional control. It has never been easier to reach the books and manuscripts that are the bases of historical research.

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  • Printed Matters: or why own books?

    Printed Matters: or why own books?

    “Books? Why would I want to own a book? They take up space and gather dust, they're a pain to carry if I move; oh, and I can always get the text from the Internet ...” Well, at the moment, you often can; but it may not always work like that.

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  • Collecting First Editions

    Collecting First Editions

    Book collectors have to learn a trade jargon that is made extra difficult by two facts: first, it comes from several related, but different, trades -- publishing, printing, and writing as well as bookselling and collecting itself -- and, second, many of the terms are commonplace words with normal meanings outside of the book collecting world, but which have specific meanings, including specific connotations, within book collecting.

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  • Bibliographies - Johann Gutenberg

    Bibliographies - Johann Gutenberg

    The “Gutenberg Bible” was the first book printed, and is one of the rarest treasures today. 48 copies survived that are kept in the Gutenberg Museum (Mainz), in Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris, Cambridge, London, Eaton, Oxford, Tokyo, Vienna, the Vatican and other places. Among the many website on Gutenberg these are recommended:

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