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MADRID 2008 - 38th ILAB Congress and 22nd International Antiquarian Book Fair

Welcome to Spain!

The Congress of the ILAB and the International Antiquarian Book Fair took place in Madrid from September 8th to 13th, 2008, with the Honour Presidence of the S.S. A.A. R.R. Principes de Asturias. Madrid is a dynamic and ever changing capital with an overwhelming offer in cultural activities, gastronomy and hotels for all tastes. Museums like the Thyssen Foundation, the Queen Sofia Centre and the Prado are worth visiting.

The Lazaro Galdiano Foundation holds one of the most important art collections and libraries in Spain donated to the Nation by this patron in 1949. The Royal Palace belong to the most striking buildings in Europe for its construction, location and the variety of collections housed inside its walls. The library located in the North tower, bears rich treasures. In sunshine and high temperatures, the ILAB affiliates enjoyed a fascinating cultural Congress programme and a lively Antiquarian Book Fair at the Palacio de Congresos de Madrid, with marvellous objects presented in the showcases of ILAB booksellers from all over world.


Monday 8th September

11,00 - Accreditations

16,30 - Official opening at the Lázaro Galdiano Foundation

16,40 - Words from Mr. Gonzalo Fernández Pontes, AILA President

17,00 - Bibliophiles: “José Lázaro Galdiano and his Library”, by Dr. Juan Antonio Yeves, Chief of the Library and Archives of the LázaroGaldiano Foundation

17,45 - “The bibliophilic background of the collection of incunabula of the Spanish libraries”, by Dr. Julián Martín Abad.

18,00 - Special visit to the collections of the Library of the Lázaro Galdiano Museum

20,00- Welcome cocktail in the Gardens of the Lázaro Galdiano Foundation

Tuesday 9th September

09,30 - Meeting of Delegates and Presidents

10,45 - Coffee break

11,00 - Meeting of Delegates and Presidents

13,00 - Departure to El Escorial

14,30 - Arrival to the Royal Sites of El Escorial and lunch

16,30 - Visit to the Library of El Escorial

18,00 - Private visit to the Monastery of El Escorial

20,00 - Return to Madrid

22,30 - Dinner with spectacle in the Café de Chinitas

Wednesday 10th September

10,00 - Guided visit to the Naval Museum and its collections

13,30 - Lunch. Samarkanda Restaurant

16,45 - Visit to the Botanical Garden of Madrid

17,30 - Visit to the Prado Museum

21,30 - Gala dinner

Thursday 11th September – Saturday 13th September

21st International Antiquarian Book Fair at the Palacio de Congresos de Madrid