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Dates have just been announced for the 43rd ILAB Congress - 
See you in L.A. from  3 - 11 February 2018!


The 2018 ILAB Congress will be hosted and organised by the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America, ABAA who have been working incredibly hard in the past few months to put together a programme for the well travelled bibliophile and bookseller. 

ILAB Congresses and Book Fairs are held every two years in another country. They are cultural and social events that lead the booksellers to the capitals of the world, where they are shown the treasures of book printing and arts, with the possibility of networking in a relaxed atmosphere with booksellers from across the globe. 

The last ILAB Congress was held in September 2016 in Budapest. The organisers arranged for a fascinating programme of visiting libraries and major book collections, evening functions in most appropriate venues and allowed international visitors to get a real feel for Hungarian history and the local book trade. 

Registrations for the 2018 ILAB Congress in Los Angeles are now open. Please visit the website: 

We thought we should look back and remember why ILAB was set up in the first place and read this article by Menno Herzberger, published in 1977, which might be 40 years old but not dated. It still explains very well why one should attend an ILAB congress:

"Business has certainly improved through this interconnection, but more importantly friendship between many members of different countries has been made, thus tearing down the walls between nations and consequently furthering human understanding."

>> The Origin of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers and Its First Few Years by Menno Herzberger