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  • ILAB POP UP BOOK FAIRS ALL AROUND THE WORLD ON UNESCO WORLD BOOK & COPYRIGHT DAY, APRIL 23, 2015

    ILAB POP UP BOOK FAIRS ALL AROUND THE WORLD ON UNESCO WORLD BOOK & COPYRIGHT DAY, APRIL 23, 2015

    LET’S PUT THE  R A R E  IN THE UNESCO WORLD BOOK & COPYRIGHT DAY!  The UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day is celebrated all over the world with a series of amazing events promoting the essence of reading and the culture of the book. On April 23, 2015, this day will be a special day for ILAB. In cooperation with UNESCO ILAB affiliates will organize Pop Up Book Fairs across the world. Starting the day in Australia, the fairs will open their doors in unusual places one after another from Australia to Asia, South Africa, Europe and the United States. There are only three things you need to do to organize an ILAB Pop Up Fair: Find a venue, set up some tables ... Invite colleagues to participate ... Invite your customers to come ... ... and get it started!

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  • “A literary survivor from Britain’s dark ages” - The British Library acquires St Cuthbert Gospel

    “A literary survivor from Britain’s dark ages” - The British Library acquires St Cuthbert Gospel

    The British Library announces a most spectacular new acquisition: The Library has bought the St Cuthbert Gospel, which is known as the oldest European book to survive fully intact.

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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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  • Visiting fine books - Bologna belies those who predict the demise of the book

    Visiting fine books  - Bologna belies those who predict the demise of the book

    At Bologna’s city centre, Piazza de Nettuno, we are queuing up early one September morning  for the coach that is to take us to Ravenna for a day trip. Just then someone from behind sends a relay mail up the queue for me. It is an A4 size sheet  of paper folded in the middle and stapled at the top.  I unfold the sheet. A review of Geoffrey Nunberg’s  The Future of the Book downloaded from the net  opens out. “The death of the book has been duly  announced,” says the review, “and with it the end of  brick-and-mortar libraries…” I turn back to see if I  can spot the bookseller who sent up the review.  There is a smiling face deep down the line with a  pair of eyes peering at me rather mischievously. The  irony of the situation is not lost on me. Here is a  California University futurist announcing the death  of the book just when this large group of antiquarian  booksellers is setting out on a tour of antiquarian  libraries in heartland Renaissance.

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  • The History of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (A.B.A.) Part 1

    The History of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (A.B.A.) Part 1

    This short survey of the British ANTIQUARIAN BOOKSELLERS' ASSOCIATION consists of the account of its first half-century prepared by Dudley Massey for the fiftieth anniversary in 1956 (slightly revised) with a continuation to the present year by Martin Hamlyn. It was published in the ILAB Newsletter 36.

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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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  • Why the ILAB Pop Up Book Fairs on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day matter to all of us!

    Why the ILAB Pop Up Book Fairs on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day matter to all of us!

    In April last year when ILAB President Norbert Donhofer suggested that ILAB organise something to celebrate the annual UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day some serious thinking had to go on. Now, a year later (and thousands of emails later) over 30 events of such diversity and charm will take place across the world that it is hard to believe possible this time last year it wasn't a formed idea. Each of the events, in their own way will place rare books in the front of people that have not seen such beautiful books before. So join us on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day, April 23, when ILAB dealers are going to spread the word. These dealers will tell people that it is possible and highly satisfying to collect rare and beautiful books, fun to celebrate the culture of the book and vital to celebrate the basic human right that literacy is by raising money for UNESCO's literacy work in South Sudan.

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  • To Google Or Not To Google? - Arachnophobia

    To Google Or Not To Google? - Arachnophobia

    This recollection leads me to wonder what I ever did – when I absolutely had to know something –  before Google? That godly search engine and its equally marvelous repository of information, Wikipedia, have become so pervasive in our lives it’s hard to remember what the world was like without them. But if I think about it really hard (this is precisely the sort of answer I cannot Google), long shelves of encyclopedias come to mind. The Americana and the Colliers sets of my youth were sources of lots of cool info, like how to make gunpowder, but they were woefully short on facts about girls and sex.

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  • ILAB CONGRESS, BUDAPEST 2016 - CALL FOR SCHOLARSHIP FOR TWO YOUNG ANTIQUARIANS

    ILAB CONGRESS, BUDAPEST 2016 - CALL FOR SCHOLARSHIP FOR TWO YOUNG ANTIQUARIANS

    The Hungarian Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association is proud to give the opportunity to TWO YOUNG ANTIQUARIANS to participate in the 42nd ILAB Congress in Budapest between 21 and 23 September, 2016. Please send us the application of any young antiquarian of your choice by 31 May, 2016 consisting of the  short CV of the applicant and a brief recommendation by the president of the national association stating why the particular candidate would benefit from participating in the congress, how he would enrich his/her home association and contribute to the event. Having received all applications, the Hungarian association together with the leaderships of ILAB will select the two fortunate candidates whose congress fee and hotel expenses will be covered by the Hungarian association, leaving only the travel costs to be paid from own sources.

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  • Talks and Tours at Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair – November 1-2, 2013

    Talks and Tours at Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair – November  1-2, 2013

    Over its life, the Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair has become a fixture in the November calendar for book collectors and dealers from Britain, Europe and America. Warmer than Boston, more intimate than York, less formal than Paris – Chelsea has it all. Dealer and collectors love the fair: it’s friendly and varied, the dealers have time to talk, there are plenty of books but it’s not overwhelming. ‘See you at Chelsea’ has become a phrase familiar to everyone in the British rare book trade. This year's Fair will offer visitors an excellent opportunity to find the perfect antiquarian book among thousands brought to the Chelsea Old Town Hall from 1st to 2nd November. Besides the exquisite, extraordinary and unique items showcased by the 82 expert booksellers from the United Kingdom and abroad, book lovers will enjoy an amazing number of book-related talks and tours throughout the weekend.

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  • Rare Books on Video - The Golden Age of Bookbinding

    Rare Books on Video - The Golden Age of Bookbinding

    "Americans at work, in an art that is the preservation of all arts: The making of books. These men are masters of their tools, from the most primitive instruments to the latest equipments of the machine age. With other craftsmen, these are the people who make the pen mightier than the sword."

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  • PRPH Books – A New Bookshop and Gallery in New York City

    PRPH Books – A New Bookshop and Gallery in New York City

    Two internationally renowned antiquarian booksellers join forces to start a grand new enterprise in New York City. On 23rd October, 2013, PRPH Books, established by Umberto Pregliasco and Filippo Rotundo, will be officially opened in New York’s Upper East Side with a vernissage and an inaugural address by Umberto Eco and Arturo Pregliasco.

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