ILAB CONGRESS & ILAB BOOK FAIR - BUDAPEST, 21 - 25 SEPTEMBER 2016

The 42nd ILAB Congress and 26th ILAB International Antiquarian Book Fair will be organized by the Hungarian Antiquarian Booksellers' Association.  See the video on YouTube, learn more about the Congress Programme and visit the official website.

ILAB CONGRESSES - THE REAL THING

Our world is global, we meet on Facebook, we follow each other on Twitter. Why bother to travel a long way to meet real people? Just as the virtual book is not a substitute for a real book, just as we want to see, feel, and touch a real physical book, we want to meet real people, see them, and talk to them, face-to-face, as we prefer to "meet" a book "face-to-face". And that is precisely what the ILAB Congresses and Book Fairs are about - in Lucerne 2012, in Paris 2014, and in Budapest 2016!

ILAB POP UP FAIRS ON UNESCO WORLD BOOK & COPYRIGHT DAY > ON THE BLOG

1,800 antiquarian booksellers, on 5 continents, in 16 countries, in 30 cities, in all languages bringing rare books to the people and fighting for a more literate world: this was ILAB on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day, 23 April 2016. Thank you to everybody across the world for being a part of it!

ILAB PRESIDENTS' MEETING IN SEVILLE 2013

See the pictures - Read the speech of ILAB President Norbert Donhofer.

17th ILAB BRESLAUER PRIZE FOR BIBLIOGRAPHY  - SUBMIT BOOKS!

The 17th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography, worth 10.000 $, will be awarded in 2018 to one or more books published in any language between April 2013 and April 2017. The jury will admit all publications relating to bibliography in a very broad sense:

The books can be submitted latest by the end of April in 2017 by sending a copy to the Prize Secretary Fabrizio Govi.

ILAB INTERNSHIPS - OUT OF THE CLASSROOM, INTO THE WORLD

 
A global "ILAB School" without borders: The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers offers internships to students and beginners in the rare book trade who wish to widen their knowledge through practical learning and to plug into the worldwide network of antiquarian bookselling.

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  • Street Incidents

    THOMSON, John; Thomson, John; SMITH, Adolphe

    Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books
    UNITED STATES

    Street Incidents
    1881 - THOMSON, John.Street Incidents.London: Sampson, Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1881.First abridged edition of the "first concerted... More

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    Price: 17500.00 USD

  • Furtwängler: collection of 12 items [SIGNED]

    Furtwängler, Wilhelm

    Bookseller: ERIC CHAIM KLINE, BOOKSELLER (ABAA ILAB)
    UNITED STATES

    Furtwängler: collection of 12 items [SIGNED]
    NP, Germany 1951 - A collection of twelve items concerning the important German symphony conductor: one large format photograph with personal... More

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    Price: 15000.00 USD

  • Anjos Proibidos [WITH] Various Sets of Publisher's Proofs for the American...

    CABRAL, Fabio

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

    Anjos Proibidos [WITH] Various Sets of Publisher's Proofs for the American edition entitled: Anjos Proibidos: Forbidden Angels
    Itamarati Grafica e Editora, (Ipirangia, Sao Paulo, Brazil 1991 - First edition. Small oblong quarto. Very brief text in Portuguese. Twenty-four... More

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    Price: 15000.00 USD

  • THE BOOK OF MORMON

    SMITH, JOSEPH, JUNIOR

    Bookseller: Glenn Books, ABAA, ILAB
    UNITED STATES

    THE BOOK OF MORMON
    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

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  • Bibliographies - Printers' Devices

    Bibliographies - Printers' Devices

    Online: Printers' Devices Database - Marques d’impressors

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  • Bibliographies - Languages

    Bibliographies - Languages

    Online: Johann Severin Vater, Handbuch der Hebräischen, Syrischen, Chaldäischen und Arabischen Grammatik ... - Enslin, Grammars in Greek, Latin and the Oriental Languages

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  • International League - Impressions of Geneva, July 1952

    International League - Impressions of Geneva, July 1952

    When the British taught the Swiss booksellers how to make tea ... The fifth ILAB Presidents’ Meeting was held in Geneva in July 1952. It was the first meeting without William S. Kundig, who had died from a heart attack earlier that year. His unique sense of humour was sadly missed. Percy H. Muir welcomed the delegates at the Hotel du Rhone, one of Geneva’s most outstanding locations at that time. During the meetings the delegates elected Georges Blaizot as their third ILAB President, and gave unanimous votes for Percy H. Muir and André Poursin as ILAB Presidents of Honour and for Menno Hertzberger as Father of the League.  This is a report by an ABA member who attended the meeting.

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Happy birthday, Sir Francis Bacon

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Happy birthday, Sir Francis Bacon

    January 22nd is the birthday of English statesman, philosopher, writer Sir Francis Bacon (1561), whose writings are said to have had great influence on modern science, law and society. There is also a school of thought that credits him with some or all of the works of William Shakespeare, though that idea has largely been discredited. In any case, what is known is that Bacon was, for a time at least, an influential thinker and politician during the reigns of Elizabeth I and James I, something of a feat in itself, given that the two courts were not on the best of terms with each other. He enjoyed the favor of Queen Elizabeth I, whom he had met while he was a student at Cambridge. The queen seems to have admired his brilliant young mind. Later, he served the queen as prosecutor of his former friend, Robert Devereau, who was convicted of treason and beheaded. Bacon then wrote an account of the whole affair for Elizabeth, which was published after heavy editing from Elizabeth and her advisors.

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  • Antiquarian Booksellers in Exile, Part 3 – Bernard Amtmann (1907-1979)

    Antiquarian Booksellers in Exile, Part 3 – Bernard Amtmann (1907-1979)

    The seizure of power by the Nazis in 1933 was a decisive event in the world of book collecting. Numerous dealers and collectors – among them the most famous of the trade – were murdered by the Nazis. Those who survived were forced to close their companies and to hand them over to the Nazis. Ernst Fischer’s biographical handbook "Verleger, Buchhändler & Antiquare aus Deutschland und Österreich in der Emigration nach 1933" reconstructs the biographies of all German and Austrian booksellers, publishers and auctioneers who emigrated from Germany after 1933. The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers is proud to publish some of the most impressive stories told in Ernst Fischer’s book on its website. Part 3 of the series of 25 booksellers’ biographies deals with the life and merits of a founding member of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of Canada (ABAC): Bernard Amtmann.

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  • Collecting Rare Books and Prints - Japanese Surimono

    Collecting Rare Books and Prints - Japanese Surimono

    Surimono, meaning "printed thing," are a subsection of traditional Japanese woodblock prints. They were printed on commission in small numbers and generally not sold by art publishers, unlike their more commercialized companions, ukiyo-e woodblock prints. Known as far back as the early 18th century, surimono rapidly rose in popularity in the 19th century. They were printed on high-quality paper, called hôsho-gami, using the finest printing techniques. Prior to 1810, these sheets could be quite large and folded so that the illustration accompanying the text faced outward. Later into the 19th century, however, sizing of surimono became more standardized and most were printed on small, nearly square sheets called shikishiban.

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