2017 ILAB Presidents' Meeting Copenhagen 

Every year, the presidents of all 22 national antiquarian bookseller’s associations that form the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), meet at the Presidents' Meeting. In September 2017, the Danish Antiquarian Bookseller’s Association, ABF has invited the international rare book trade to Copenhagen. This will be a week of formal meetings with reports and updates from each country, but it is also a week of exchanging ideas with colleagues, networking and a programme to visit some of Copenhagen’s cultural and bibliophile treasures! Read further. 

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43rd ILAB Congress & Book Fair  in L.A. from  3 - 11 Feb 2018

Hosted and organised by the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America, ABAA, the 43rd ILAB Congress will take place from 3 -11 Feb 2018 in Los Angeles, Pasadena. 

Register and join booksellers from all corners of the world!

Bookseller's Testimonials:

Now is the time for the revival of the ILAB Congress - A veteran's ramblings by Keith Fletcher 

Cologne was my first one - by Sabine Keune 

NEXT INTERNATIONAL ILAB-AFFILIATED
RARE BOOK FAIRS:
COPENHAGEN 28 - 30 SEPT
AMSTERDAM   30 SEPT - 1 OCT 

Following the ILAB President's Meeting in Copenhagen in September 2017, the Antiquarian Booksellers Assocaition of Denmark, Den Danske Antikvarboghandlerforening is inviting booksellers and collectors to participate and visit the 2017 Scandinavian Antiquarian Book Fair from 28 - 30 September. Once again, the fair will be held in the old Library Hall in the magnificent Round Tower right in the centre of Copenhagen.  

The Dutch Association of Antiquarian Bookdealers (NVvA) is pleased to announce the 37th Amsterdam International Antiquarian Book Fair to be held from 30 September -  1st October. The fair offers space to 40 ILAB affiliated booksellers and its new location, in the centre of Amsterdam is a stone’s throw away from the recently reopened Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum. 

For more information about upcoming, ILAB affiliated fairs and related events, please go here.  

ILAB Library - All You Need To Know About Rare Books and the Antiquarian Book Trade

"If you can’t find your people in Los Angeles, they probably don’t exist!"
Interview with Bradley & Jennifer Johnson, Organisers of the 2018 ILAB Congress

Published since 14 August 2017

As they say, it takes a village and this ILAB Congress is no exception. We are fortunate to be working with a committee of talented and energetic booksellers who are as excited as we are to introduce our colleagues to the cultural treasures, local flavors, and incredible energy unique to this vibrant city. All of us view the Congress as a fantastic opportunity for booksellers from Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa to establish lasting relationships with their American counterparts. 

Read the full article here. 

NEW: ILAB Mentoring Programme
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Are you a young or recently established antiquarian bookseller?

ILAB has recently launched an International Mentoring Programme to help booksellers throughout the world by offering support and counselling on a one to one basis in the early days of a career. 

For all information and an updated list of mentors, please go here

Submissions for the 2018 ILAB Prize for Bibliography have now closed and can be viewed online! 

The 17th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography will be awarded in 2018 and is one of the most prestigious prizes in the field of bibliography.
Every fourth year ILAB detects and awards a particularly significant reference work within a selection of scholarly books about books published in the previous years. 

View submissions for the 2018 Prize here

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  • Royal Air Force Pilot's Flying Log Book.

    Stedman, Sgt. J. V.

    Bookseller: Heldfond Book Gallery, Ltd. ABAA , ILAB
    UNITED STATES

    Royal Air Force Pilot's Flying Log Book.
    July 1938 - November 1940. - Approx. 150 pages. Square 8vo. Titled blue cloth over boards. Ruled pages as per contemporary log type. Various... More

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    Price: 10500.00 USD

  • A PAPERMAKING PILGRIMAGE TO JAPAN, KOREA AND CHINA.

    HUNTER, Dard.

    Bookseller: RARE ORIENTAL BOOK CO., ABAA, ILAB
    UNITED STATES

    A PAPERMAKING PILGRIMAGE TO JAPAN, KOREA AND CHINA.
    A MAJOR STUDY OF FAR EASTERN HANDMADE PAPERS WITH SAMPLES New York 1936, - Pynson. Half leather over boards, 148p., verygood, 50 tipped-in paper... More

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    Price: 8239.00 USD

  • Bilder aus Palästina, Nord-Arabien und dem Sinai. 100 Bilder nach...

    Moritz, Bernhard.

    Bookseller: Antiquariat INLIBRIS Gilhofer Nfg. GmbH
    AUSTRIA

    Bilder aus Palästina, Nord-Arabien und dem Sinai. 100 Bilder nach Photographien mit erläuterndem Text.
    Berlin, Reimer, 1916. - Oblong folio. 106 illustrations on 50 plates, each with separate title, in various sizes. With text booklet (2 ff., 16... More

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    Price: 40000.00 EUR

  • Small Collection of Signed and Inscribed Books and Photographs

    CASTRO, Fidel

    Bookseller: Between the Covers-Rare Books, Inc. ABAA
    UNITED STATES

    Small Collection of Signed and Inscribed Books and Photographs
    1985 - A collection that includes three Signed and Inscribed books, two Inscribed photographs and an Autograph Note in English Signed. The books... More

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    Price: 18500.00 USD

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  • Anthony Rota

    Anthony Rota

    We are very sorry to report the death of Anthony Rota, peacefully on Sunday 13th December. There will be a private family cremation. Details of a memorial service will be announced in the new year. Anthony Rota was President of the ABA from 1971 to 1972, a long-serving ILAB Committee Member, Treasurer and Vice-President, President of the ILAB from 1988 to 1991, and subsequently an ILAB President of Honour ...

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  • One Hand on the Wheel - The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers During the 1990s

    One Hand on the Wheel - The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers During the 1990s

    In 1985 I was elected to the committee of the ILAB, the international umbrella organization then uniting the national associations of eighteen countries, now twenty-one. The problems a small national association like the NVvA has to cope with do not differ fundamentally from those faced by the ILAB. The committee consists of members from various countries, who, when they agree to join the international committee, are expected to let the international collective interests prevail over the national and/or private interests. These responsible positions are not subject to any payment, and compensation for expenses is only partial. By raising the yearly financial contribution of the national associations to the ILAB treasury bit by bit, and through a levy on the booths at antiquarian book fairs sponsored by the national associations, the financial position of the ILAB slowly improved. In 1996, just before I retired as president of the ILAB, I was able to convince a majority in the General Assembly to vote for more appropriate reimbursement of costs for future members of the committees.

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  • Is It More Than “Old Book Smell”?

    Is It More Than “Old Book Smell”?

    We all know that aroma. Perhaps it evokes trips to the library as a child, or the cozy ambience of a grandfather’s study. It’s the distinctive scent of old books. Scientists say that “old book smell” is more than just mustiness; it contains hints of grass and vanilla.  That’s because all the compounds used to make the book release distinctive odors as they break down. For example, lignin, which is present in all wood-based paper, is closely related to vanillin. As it breaks down, the lignin grants old books that faint vanilla scent.

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  • 40th ILAB Congress and 24th ILAB International Antiquarian Book Fair - Switzerland 2012

    40th ILAB Congress and 24th ILAB International Antiquarian Book Fair - Switzerland 2012

    From the beginning the Swiss antiquarian booksellers have been strongly affiliated to the League. The first ILAB President, William S. Kundig, came from Switzerland. The 5th ILAB Congress was held in Geneva in 1952, the 15th ILAB Congress took place in Basle in 1962, while the ILAB members enjoyed the 25th ILAB Congress and 8th International Antiquarian Book Fair in Zurich in 1978. 34 years later, the ILAB antiquarian booksellers from 32 countries all over the world will return to Switzerland for another important international conference with an exciting programme highlighting the variety of Swiss art, architecture and culture, folklore and industrial history. The 40th ILAB Congress will be followed by the 24th International Antiquarian Book Fair at the Zurich Convention Centre next to the Lake Zurich and the Zurich Fine Art Fair which takes place at the same time. Both events will attract lots of art lovers and bibliophiles. For one week they will change Zurich into the international market place for everything rare, extravagant and beautiful.

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  • In the Press - Breakthrough over 600-year-old mystery manuscript

    A breakthrough has been made in attempts to decipher a mysterious 600-year-old manuscript written in an unknown language: The Voynich Manuscript, carbon-dated to the 1400s, was rediscovered in 1912, when the antiquarian bookseller Wilfrid Voynich bought it in Italy as part of a rare book collection. Since then it has defied codebreakers and scientists. Read the full article on BBC News.

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  • Libraries & Special Collections - Fantastic French Libraries

    Libraries & Special Collections - Fantastic French Libraries

    France has always been an important site in terms of history, culture, religion, and philosophy. As a result, it is home to some of the oldest and most beautiful libraries in the world. These libraries house collections impressive both due to their size and their age. Let's take a look at some of France's most important libraries.

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