Definition of term:: Verband der Antiquare Österreichs (VAO)

  • Verband der Antiquare Österreichs (VAO)
    The Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of Austria or Verband der Antiquare Österreichs (VAO), established in 1949, joined the League in the same year. With 37 members and Norbert Donhofer as President, the VAO has hosted several ILAB Congresses, Book Fairs and Presidents’ Meeting, the last one in 2009 when 20 Presidents of the ILAB met in Vienna for four wonderful days and an important meeting during which China and Russia were admitted as new ILAB members. The association has its office in the Vienna city centre, being part of the Austrian Association of Publishers and Booksellers that represents all parts of the Austrian book trade. It includes those Austrian antiquarian booksellers who exclusively or primarily buy and sell antiquarian books, magazines, prints, autograph letters or music. Like all ILAB affiliates the VAO members submit themselves to a very strict code of ethics which defines how commercial transactions are to be conducted between Austrian and foreign antiquarian booksellers on the one hand and the professionals and individuals on the other hand. In cooperation with the German Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (VDA) and the Vereinigung der Buchantiquare und Kupferstichhändler in der Schweiz (VEBUKU) the VAO organizes annual lectures for rare booksellers. Since 2008, the International Book Fair “BUCH WIEN”, organized by the Austrian Publishers and Booksellers Association, has a special a section for Antiquarian Booksellers. See