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  • London International Antiquarian Book Fair, 22nd to 24th May 2014

    London International Antiquarian Book Fair, 22nd to 24th May 2014

    For three days in May (22nd to 24th) the airy halls of Olympia will once again play host to the London International Antiquarian Book Fair.  Now in its 57th year, the Fair is presented and managed by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (ABA), in collaboration with the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB). The highlight of the year for book lovers and collectors, this major event brings together over 180 leading dealers from across the globe, offering thousands of rare, unusual and unique items. From the seasoned first-edition fanatic to the novice visitor there’s something for everyone here.

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  • BOOKS GO LIVE! – The London International Antiquarian Book Fair

    BOOKS GO LIVE! – The London International Antiquarian Book Fair

    The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association’s London International Antiquarian Book Fair features a range of special activities in the LIVE! zone at this year's fair which will be held at the National Hall, Olympia from Thursday 13th to Saturday 15th June 2013. They proudly present a variety of events: Lectures, Guided Tours and workshops, which will appeal to experienced collectors and bibliophiles as well as those just starting out.

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  • Da Lucca a New York a Lugano. Giuseppe Martini libraio tra Otto e Novecento – A Conference in Lucca in October 2014

    Da Lucca a New York a Lugano. Giuseppe Martini libraio tra Otto e Novecento – A Conference in Lucca in October 2014

    From 17th to 18th October 2014 bibliophiles, scholars and rare book dealers will gather in Lucca (Italy) to hold a conference on the life, work and collections of Giuseppe Martini. Guiseppe Martini (1870-1944) was a contemporary of Leo S. Olschki and Ulrico Hoepli. Mario Armanni, the later director of the Libreria Antiquaria Hoepli, called him “l’homo bibliographicus”.  Martini’s library, formed during over thirty years of collecting, was considered to be one of the richest private collections of Italian literature in the world.  The Lucca conference in October 2014, officially supported by numerous Italian and international organizations – among them ILAB and the Italian Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (ALAI) – is dedicated to Giuseppe Martini’s extraordinary career and the historical background under which it developed.

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - The Original “Big Book”

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - The Original “Big Book”

    In the “random” (this week’s nomination for a word that’s been misused to death) way typical of buying trips, last week’s journey through  Maine, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia yielded some interesting and unexpected finds. But the biggest purchase, and I mean biggest, was John Scott Russell’s Modern System of Naval Architecture. The book, in three large folio volumes, measures 20 ½  x 27 ½ inches and weighs in at well over 120 pounds. I’ve sold three or four copies over the years. Once I had to mail one. Took me all day to wrap it.

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  • Excellent Sales at the 51st Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair

    Excellent Sales at the 51st Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair

    Beautiful, rare and unusual books are in steady demand in an economically unsteady world. After three busy days the Stuttgart Book Fair closed with excellent results. Almost all the 80 exhibitors from Europe and the USA reported five or even six-digit sales. At the opening on Friday, 27th January, the stands were crowded. The high quality of the items in the Book Fair Catalogue had attracted dealers and collectors from Europe and overseas as well as museums, libraries and archives. So it is not surprising that many catalogue highlights changed hands within the first few minutes. Among them were Napoleon’s personal copy of  “Ossian” (Fons Blavus 150,000 €) or De Bry’s “Collectiones Peregrinatium (Patzer & Trenkle 90,000 €). Heribert Tenschert, who exhibited a stunning collection of early manuscripts and books all written and printed on vellum, was very satisfied with the attention which this collection commanded from dealers and collectors.

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  • Three Volumes Stolen from the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library

    On Thursday, June 7, 2012, staff at the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) discovered that a 16th century printed book was missing from the work carrel of one of its catalogers. HMML staff conducted a thorough search of both HMML and Alcuin Library to ensure that the item had not been misplaced.  The staff immediately reviewed a list of rare materials that had been used that week in presentations during a workshop being held at the library.  It was discovered that two manuscript items from the Arca Artium collection were also missing, one of which had been used on Wednesday afternoon (June 6).  It is believed that all three volumes were stolen.  The manuscripts had already been photographed digitally and can be viewed in Vivarium, the online image service from the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (www.hmml.org/vivarium).  Officers from Life Safety Services at Saint John’s University and from the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office began an investigative process that involved interviewing staff and library visitors.  New security precautions have since been put into place.

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  • The First Folio Thief found dead in his cell

    Raymond Scott was sentenced to eight years in prison, because he had stolen a first folio edition of William Shakespeare’s works from Durham University in 1998. On Wednesday he was found dead in his cell in Northumberland prison.

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  • 3 Days of 9490 - Why the New York Antiquarian Book Fair is a Must for Dealers and Collectors

    3 Days of 9490 - Why the New York Antiquarian Book Fair is a Must for Dealers and Collectors

    I have spent a total of 3 days of the approximately 9490 that I have lived at the New York Antiquarian Book Fair. That amount of time might seem trivial; a brief episode that could come and go easily in a string of events that make up a lifetime, but it is not. When you walk into the Park Avenue Armory with it’s Tiffany stained glass windows and beautiful staircases before entering into a vast array of 200 plus sellers who have been toiling for two days to present their most interesting material, it is awesome, as in the original dictionary meaning of that word.

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  • John Thomas Baines - English Artist and Explorer (1820-1875)

    John Thomas Baines - English Artist and Explorer (1820-1875)

    His paintings, sketches and lithographs about Africa and Australia have become book illustrations, the originals are kept in various museums and at the Royal Geographic Society. A river and a mountain in Australia are named after him, and a family of beetles has been called "Bolbotritus Bainesi".

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  • Antiquarian Book Fairs - Why do I have to play Lotto?

    Antiquarian Book Fairs - Why do I have to play Lotto?

    On her brilliant new blog Ines Bellin of A Venue of Art Ltd. writes about rare books, beautiful manuscripts, recent catalogues, antiquarian book fairs and other amazing places for rare book dealers and collectors. - When one stands in the queue outside Ludwigsburg, the small fair that starts one day before the Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair, one gets a glimpse of all the well-known people of the global book-dealing community. As we are all very busy keeping up with the times, and must pick our appointments and appearances at fairs early in advance, I thought Leo Cadogan’s reasons for returning to Stuttgart would be worth hearing ...

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  • Show me the Bunny. Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit. The 3 First Editions

    Show me the Bunny. Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit. The 3 First Editions

    I have been asked in the past, although not often, Why are there 3 first editions of Peter Rabbit? How can that be? The answer is that there aren't really. There can be only one true first, but there can be variations in the text and then commercially produced editions, each of which lays a claim to that title. With Peter Rabbit this is the case. There are three different books that are all referred to as First Edition, although qualified with the necessary publishing details as well, so we have ...

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  • Collecting Music in Hungary

    Collecting Music in Hungary

    I procrastinated writing this text for a very long time, and I spent the last few weeks wondering why it was so hard to write about what I do. After some self-scrutiny it became clear that primarily, it was my laziness that prevented me from doing so. At the same time, I was also forced to realize that I would have to be painfully honest in this article, if I really intended to provide an authentic picture of collecting music in Hungary. It makes sense to start with institutional collections since private clients only rarely spend money on old sheet music, books on music and authographs.

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