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ANTWERP: Books across the borders - Dutch and Belgian dealers pop up at Antwerp's Bibliotheek Permeke.

LUND: an ILAB Pop Up Fair dedicated exclusively to pop-up books at Akarps antikvariat.

LONDON: British booksellers show their best at Middle Temple Library.

FROM SALISBURY CATHEDRAL TO OXFORD UNIVERSITY: CELESTE the Rare Book Campervan goes on a road trip for UNESCO with Amanda Hall and Susanne Schulz-Falster.


On 23 April 2015, these worldwide events will pop up one after another to show that there is nothing more powerful than BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS! ILAB will follow them up in a 24-hours live-report on this website!

UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day is celebrated with amazing events promoting the essence of reading and the culture of the book. On April 23, 2015, this day will also be a special day for ILAB.

JOIN US! Fill the empty bookshelves to fight illiteracy and to help buying books for schools in South Sudan!

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  • [Photograph]: The Last Revolutionary Soldier: One Hundred and Nine Years of...

    Bookseller: Between The Covers

    [Photograph]: The Last Revolutionary Soldier: One Hundred and Nine Years of Age. Daniel Frederick Bakeman
    [Boston?]: A.D. Cross 1868. Small carte de visite photograph, approximately 2.5" x 4". Fine in original printed envelope which adds additional... More

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    Price: 2500.00 USD

  • H.P. Lovecraft Collection


    Bookseller: Between The Covers

    H.P. Lovecraft Collection
    A remarkable collection of 244 H.P. Lovecraft items with over 200 rare amateur press appearances dating as early as 1914; nine important pulp... More

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    Price: 65000.00 USD

  • Ask the Angels

    SANTISI, Donna and Marcy Blaustein

    Bookseller: Between The Covers

    Ask the Angels
    Orange, Calif: Double R Books 1978. First edition. Compiled by Marcy Blaustein. Photographs by Donna Santisi. Comb-bound at the top in photographic... More

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    Price: 2500.00 USD

  • Dard Hunter & Son

    Hunter, Dard, II, and Dard Hunter, III;

    Bookseller: Thorn Books, ABAA

    Dard Hunter & Son
    Newtown, PA Bird & Bull Press 1998 4to. Black quarter morocco and Japanese cloth covered boards with gilt lettering on red leather spine. The... More

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    Price: 1000.00 USD

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  • Bibliographies - Anonym works

    Bibliographies - Anonym works

    Online: Michael Holzmann und Hanns Bohatta, Deutsches Anonymen-Lexikon 1501-1850, 4 volumes

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  • The ILAB Congress and Book Fair - Bologna, September 2010

    The ILAB Congress and Book Fair - Bologna, September 2010

    It would be an understatement to say that I was surprised when asked, in the middle of an ABA Council meeting, if Sandy (my wife) and I would like to attend the 39th ILAB Congress and 23rd ILAB International Book Fair in Bologna – it was an unprecedented, exciting and very generous invitation which we had no hesitation in accepting. Neither of us had visited Bologna before, and we found it to be a most beautiful city - a normal working city rather than one devoted to tourism, on an industrial base but with a wonderful, large mediaeval centre.  And there are, as you will read later, wonderful libraries and museums: and the food and wine are excellent.  So it was a perfect place to hold Congress.

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Melbourne, New South Wales, before 1850

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Melbourne, New South Wales, before 1850

    From 23th to 26 November, 2010, the Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers invites dealers and collectors to Melbourne to enjoy the 37th ANZAAB Australian Antiquarian Book Fair. 36 of Australia’s leading booksellers will showcase fine, rare and collectable books – a brilliant chance to explore new fields of collecting. A special tip by Peter Arnold: "Melbourne in 1850, on the eve of the gold discoveries of the following years, was already a thriving port with a settler population of more than 20,000. There is a considerable contemporary literature on the subject; but, for the collector, it seems much smaller in total because all of the local publications are rare."

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  • Slavery in the French Colonies: Le Code Noir (the Black Code) of 1685

    Snippets from a very interesting article by Kelly Buchanan about slavery in the French colonies and the French law which were fixed in “The Black Code” in 1685 and remained in force for 163 years.

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  • A Bibliophile Journey to the Netherlands

    A Bibliophile Journey to the Netherlands

    The Netherlands is a country with a long tradition in the international antiquarian book trade. It was the idea of the Dutch bookseller Menno Hertzberger to found the International League of Antiquarian booksellers in 1947. Let’s make a trip to the important places of the bookish Holland. We will visit Anton Gerits, ILAB President of Honour, who began to travel to the USSR in 1960s in order to buy rare books. He and his son Arnoud Gerits, ILAB Immediate Past President, sold a huge collection “The two Russian revolutions. The libraries of Leon Bernstein and Boris Souvarine”. Then we will go to Amsterdam to visit Ton Kok, President of Nederlandsche Vereeniging van Antiquaren (NVvA). His bookshop impresses with its size. Finally, we will visit the auction house “Bubb Kuyper” in Haarlem, the book town Bredevort and the book Museum Meermanno in The Hague.

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Wood Engraving and The Private Library

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Wood Engraving and The Private Library

    Wood engraving was derided for decades by many artists as merely a "reproductive technique," since the design of a wood engraving and the actual carving of a wood engraving generally were done as separate processes by separate people (as noted in a previous post).  It was not until the 1930s that designer and engraver began to merge into the persona of a single individual, as several progressive artists began to use wood engravings as a way to bring art "to the masses." As the design and the carving of wood engravings began to merge into the persona of a single individual in the 1930s (as mentioned in yesterday's post), the art form began to attract some of this past century's most talented illustrators: Eric Gill, Gwen Raverat, Paul Landacre, Agnes Miller Parker, Fritz Eichenberg ... the list is quite large.  We're going to look at the work of a few of these talented individuals, and we're going to consider some specific ways in which we can most inexpensively build a private library of books illustrated by wood engravings.

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