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  • Rare Booksellers in the Press - A Tribute to Madhava Rao, One of those Antiquarian Booksellers Who Preferred no Publicity

    Rare Booksellers in the Press - A Tribute to Madhava Rao, One of those Antiquarian Booksellers Who Preferred no Publicity

    Bangalore’s most famous antiquarian bookseller, Madhava Rao, died on March 3, 2013, at the age of 78. Throughout his life, he preferred to have NO publicity, although he ran one of the most beautiful – and typical – rare book stores worldwide. Now Pradeep Sebastian has portrayed this amazing bookseller, his shop, and his legacy in The Hindu.

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  • ANZAAB Conference - Dunkeld, 19th and 20th March 2012

    ANZAAB Conference - Dunkeld, 19th and 20th March 2012

    Members of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers had a wonderful time at Dunkeld, a Victorian town nestled at the foot of the Grampians, right at the end of the Great Dividing Range. From 19th to 20th March they attended the 2012 ANZAAB Conference, convened by President Sally Burdon and Secretary Jörn Harbeck.Members of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers had a wonderful time at Dunkeld, a Victorian town nestled at the foot of the Grampians, right at the end of the Great Dividing Range. From 19th to 20th March they attended the 2012 ANZAAB Conference, convened by President Sally Burdon and Secretary Jörn Harbeck.

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  • The Gaelic Book - The Printed Book in Scottish Gaelic

    For many Gaels past and present, the ‘Gaelic Book' would mean one thing - the Bible - and indeed in the sorry situation in which literacy in Gaelic has been rare, a Gaelic Bible would have been the only printed book in Scottish Gaelic in Gaelic-speaking households, whether in the Highlands and Islands or in the towns and cities such as Glasgow. But today publishing and broadcasting in Gaelic are enjoying the fruits of a new interest and enthusiasm, and there is a feeling in Scotland that the language is experiencing a renaissance or ath-bheòthachadh ...

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  • Women in Revolutionary Debate. Female Novelists from Burney to Austen

    Women in Revolutionary Debate. Female Novelists from Burney to Austen

    Stephanie Russo is a lecturer at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. Her research is focused on the 18th and 19th century novel. Her new book, published by Hes & de Graaf, is a  very good read, and a highly important work for everyone who is interested in the history of ideas, culture and society, and, in particular, in the history of women who did not only embroider cushions while waiting in the parlour for Mister Darcy, but who took their opportunities to change their situation and to influence their society by means of literature.

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  • Under the Auspices of ILAB – International Antiquarian Book Fairs Across the World

    Under the Auspices of ILAB – International Antiquarian Book Fairs Across the World

    Whether you already have your own personal library or would like to dive into the world of collecting, this is your opportunity to explore the world of books with the leading experts in their fields. Whether you are an experienced or novice book collector, a librarian or an archivist, a scholar or an academic, or are simply interested in books and the book arts in general, this is your chance to find something to your taste. And be sure: If you have once experienced the fascinating feeling of finding a book, you have never thought you were looking for, you will never be able to stop again. Save the dates in your calendar!

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  • 50th Anniversary of ABAJ - Tokyo International Antiquarian Book Fair 2015

    50th Anniversary of ABAJ - Tokyo International Antiquarian Book Fair 2015

    It’s time to celebrate! On the occasion of its 50th anniversary, the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of Japan (ABAJ) will be hosting an International Antiquarian Book Fair in Tokyo from 5 to 7  March 2015 at the Grand Palace Hotel in Tokyo. Some 20 dealers from Europe and the United States and around 25 dealers from Japan will show rare and beautiful books, maps and manuscripts highlighting the amazing history of printing in Asia and the Western world.  A 350 page, richly illustrated book fair catalogue gives an overview over the most exciting items for sale.

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  • Rare Books on the Blog - Manuscript Road Trip: Mappa Mundi Wisconsinianae

    Rare Books on the Blog - Manuscript Road Trip: Mappa Mundi Wisconsinianae

    Lisa Fagin Davis is currently serving as Acting Executive Director of the Medieval Academy of America. Since 1996 she has been travelling through North America collecting data on the numbers and cataloguing status of pre-1600 manuscripts. Her blog Manuscript Road Trip takes readers on a (virtual) state-by-state tour of manuscripts focusing on less-well-known collections, some of them in very surprising locations. Read her recent blog post

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  • In the Press - The Missing Borges

    For The Paris Review Graciela Mochkofsky reveals the story of a stolen first edition of Borges’s early poems which was returned to Argentina’s National Library. And she asks: Was it the right copy?

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  • Books about Books: A History of Oak Knoll Press, Part 16: Our Greek Friend, continued

    Books about Books: A History of Oak Knoll Press, Part 16: Our Greek Friend, continued

    Kostas was the perfect host and showed me the city as it was my first trip to Athens. I was invited to his home for dinner that night which again proved a bit strange as he lives right next to the President of the Greek Republic and soldiers were everywhere as I attempted to get there for the dinner date. After a number of checks I was pointed to the correct building where I was warmly welcomed by Kostas and his sister. I was shown parts of his personal collection of rare books which were soul-stirring to an antiquarian bookseller. When it was time for dinner, Kostas pointed me to a chair and commanded that I sit there. Not aware of the social etiquette of the Greek dining experience, I sat as instructed and had a glass of wine as booksellers are known to do. Kostas, with that impish smile I have grown to enjoy so much, then quickly opened the curtains in front of me and there, under floodlights, was the Acropolis. I was stunned with the magnificent view.

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  • First Person Singular: Rare Bookseller Brian Cassidy

    “In a room full of established book dealers, I'm always the youngest by at least 20 years. But that can be good for business. If you talk to older book dealers, you'll often hear them lament there are no young collectors. That is just not true. It's just that the new collectors are buying things that are different than what's even on the radar of most book dealers.”

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  • Collecting European Australiana (Books on Australia from Continental Europe)

    Collecting European Australiana (Books on Australia from Continental Europe)

    The early 17th century voyages of Spanish and Dutch navigators marked the beginning of European interest in Australia. A number of French voyages brought back news of Australia to Europe in the late 18th and early 19th century. From about 1840 the influx of people from Europe to Australia increased markedly. Among them were explorers, scientists and missionaries who contributed to the European knowledge of Australia through publications in their homeland.

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  • Between a Rock Cake and a Stone Wall – Rare Books and Manuscripts in Devon

    Between a Rock Cake and a Stone Wall – Rare Books and Manuscripts in Devon

    After I had been in Cornwall for about a year, I rang a colleague who said that he thought I was dead. Obviously I would have to improve my visibility; and so, in addition to exhibiting at book fairs, I make a point of coming to London regularly. Liskeard has a railway station, and it takes three and a half hours to Paddington. I receive about a dozen visitors a year, who come down because my books are not on the internet and you never know what you might find. I am like a magpie in my buying instincts. I like my books to have something unique about them. Although they are probably not talking about it, many dealers are taking this approach.

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