Register now for the 43rd ILAB Congress & Book Fair
See you in L.A. from  3 - 11 February 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 L.A., Pasadena. 

Registrations are now open to participate in the congress!

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

Apply for a scholarship to attend the congress!

The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America's Elisabeth Woodburn Fund is proud to give the opportunity to THREE YOUNG ANTIQUARIANS to participate in the 43rd ILAB Congress! Apply via your national association by the 31st July! >> More info

Why ILAB Congresses are an ideal place to meet, learn and network - by Sabine Keune & Keith Fletcher 

Sabine Keune of Antiquariat Keune (Germany) and Keith Fletcher (UK) reminisce over past congresses and urge their colleagues to use this unique opportunity to build valuable connections and broaden the horizon. 

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 


Leading Australian and international antiquarian booksellers bring a rich and diverse array of books to the Melbourne Rare Book Fair each year. The fair is presented by the Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (ANZAAB) as part of Melbourne Rare Book Week and runs from 7 - 9 July 2017. 

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

Adam Weinberger Booksellers and an INSTAGRAM ONLY CATALOGUE

Published since 19 June 2017

Adam Weinberger (ABAA) of Adam Weinberger Rare Books, New York recently announced his first INSTAGRAM-ONLY Catalogue. Promoting via Instagram, this seems to work. But selling via Instagram? In the article, Adam explains why he sees Instagram as an interesting platform for our business and shares some tips on how to put up a catalogue.

Read the full article here. 

NEW: ILAB Mentoring Programme

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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Book FairsRare Books - Next Fairs

  • Masterpiece London

    29 Jun 2017 - 05 Jul 2017

    Masterpiece London

    Masterpiece London, one of the world's leading antiques fairs now running in its 7th year in London, welcomes a number of international antiquarian booksellers and map dealers amongst its...

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  • 24th International Book Fair for Small Publishers and Private Presses

    29 Jun 2017 - 02 Jul 2017

    24th International Book Fair for Small Publishers and Private Presses

    Over 250 exhibitors from 15 countries and over 10,000 visitors at Europe's largest marketplace for small publishers and private presses.  Since 1970, the City of Mainz hosts every...

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Rare Book Gallery



    Bookseller: Glenn Books, ABAA, ILAB

    O. Cowdery and Co. For P.P. Pratt and J. Goodson, Kirkland, Ohio 1837 - Corners rounded, front cover creased. Small piece missing from top corner... More

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    Price: 50000.00 USD

  • Photograph Album of Anticosti Island

    Menier, Henri

    Bookseller: Aquila Books(Cameron Treleaven) ABAC

    Photograph Album of Anticosti Island
    Unknown - 1905. () Near fine. Oblong Folio in gilt stamped full leather, silk moire endpapers, all edges gilt with 29 photographs approximately... More

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    Price: 13750.00 USD

  • AMERICAN ARMY IN CHINA: Tientsin, Peking, Shanghai, Hankow, Hong Kong...



    AMERICAN ARMY IN CHINA: Tientsin, Peking, Shanghai, Hankow, Hong Kong &c., 1927-1928. An Album With 400 Black & White Photographs. [Photos of the Chinese Civil War: Communists vs. K.M.T.]
    STUNNING PHOTOGRAPHIC ALBUM OF AMERICAN DOUGH-BOYS IN CHINA [China n.d. ca. 1927- - 1928]. Brown simulated alligator clothcovers, 37 x 27.5 cm.,... More

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    Price: 19810.00 USD

  • Mécanisme de la physionomie humaine ou analyse électro-physiologique de...


    Bookseller: Hugues de Latude

    Mécanisme de la physionomie humaine ou analyse électro-physiologique de l'expression des passions
    Baillière, Paris 1862 - Grand in-8. [265 x 180 mm] Collation : VI, (2), 70, XI, 194 pp., 1 portrait-frontispice et 91 planches hors-texte.... More

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    Price: 30010.00 EUR

All ArticlesRare Books - Articles

  • Bibliographies - Numerals

    Online: Roman numerals  - Roman numeral year dates - Roman numerals - Ecclesiastical Calendar - Shin Hanga Date Translation 

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  • New Trends in the International Antiquarian Book Trade

    New Trends in the International Antiquarian Book Trade

    We all blame the internet for dramatic changes in the rare book trade. But have our problems really changed within the last decades? Reading Anthony Rota's lecture given in Tokyo in 1990 you could be inclined to say: No! He writes: "Booksellers, like the collectors and librarians they serve, are conservative creatures. By their very nature they are resistant to change; yet they are caught up in the changes that beset us today, and if they do not welcome them they must at least learn to adapt to them if they are to flourish. The antiquarian book trade has managed to cope with changes over a number of centuries now, and I do not doubt for a moment that it will continue to do so."

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  • L'Associazione Librai Antiquari d'Italia - 1947-2011

    L'Associazione Librai Antiquari d'Italia - 1947-2011

    On an autumn day in 1947, a small group of book dealers met in Milan to give life to the Circolo dei Librai Antiquari. They were not many, but they were set on granting a cultural dignity to the trade of antiquarian bookselling, on fostering friendship and understanding with foreign colleagues, on cooperating with libraries and institutions for the conservation of cultural property, and on providing collectors with a code of ethics that guaranteed a fair and professional relationship between rare book dealers and their customers. In 1971, the members of the association had increased to a few dozen when the Circle became the Associazione Librai Antiquari d'Italia. The history of the ALAI, the Italian Antiquarian Booksellers' Association.

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  • Decisions, Decisions - 54th Annual New York Antiquarian Book Fair

    Decisions, Decisions - 54th Annual New York Antiquarian Book Fair

    This is always a rough week for me. The New York International Antiquarian Book Fair is hauling into view (April 2-6), and there are decisions to be made. What stays? What goes? It's the biggest fair on the circuit and it has the greatest upside in terms of profit potential and meeting new customers. It's also the most expensive of the American fairs, and big city livin' is a real drain on the pocket book.

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  • Not This Time - 55th Annual Rare Books and Manuscript Librarian's Preconference

    Not This Time - 55th Annual Rare Books and Manuscript Librarian's Preconference

    Where do you start with a place like Vegas? Bally's Hotel and Casino is hosting the 2014 Moose International convention and dealing with a chronic shortage of aquatic plant life, willow shoots, and other forage. Hairy guys with backwards baseball caps. Old men and their leisurewear. Fatties in mobile chairs work away, tethered to slot machines. A Bally's credit card at the other end of the line drips the money in and out. The tether prevents the card from being stolen, lost, or forgotten. Sorry, sir, no photographs. What is the plural of Moose ? Do the International Moose employ it?

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  • In the Press - Bulk of Sendak collection leaving Rosenbach

    “Nearly half a century ago, the Rosenbach Museum and Library began building a relationship with the young author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, who very quickly started using the townhouse museum on Delancey Place as a repository for his original drawings, manuscripts, proofs, and rare editions. Through the years the numbers mounted, and today about 10,000 items of Sendakiana, from original artwork to finished editions, fill the Rosenbach - the museum's best calling card with generations that grew up with his books.
    But now that card is being recalled.”

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