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. 


The London International Antiquarian Book Fair, also widely known for its location as "Olympia" is one of the most important fairs worldwide, run by the Antiquarian Booksellers Association, ABA. It is the key rare book fair in the UK and anchor to Rare Book Week London, a rare book festival to be launched in May 2017. 

The Belgian Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association is inviting collectors and the book trade to visit the second edition of the Salon du Mont des Arts, the event for antiquarian book and print lovers in the heart of Brussels, with over 50 European exhibitors from 22 - 24 June 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

Video of "Walking Tour of the Medieval Book Trade in Paris" with Christopher de Hamel and Sandra Hindman

Published since 15 May 2017

On April 8, 2017, Christopher de Hamel ("Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts") and ILAB bookseller Sandra Hindman of Les Enluminures led a "Walking Tour of the Medieval Book Trade in Paris". Setting off from Notre-Dame, the small group of participants had the opportunity to step into the Middle Ages and learn all about the life and practice of illuminators, scribes, printers and binders. Les Enluminures has just released a video with snippets from the guided tour. 

Link and 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

  • Rare Books London 2017

    24 May 2017 - 11 Jun 2017

    Rare Books London 2017

    Rare Books London is a new initiative from the Antiquarian Booksellers Assocation in the UK.  The programme and more details about this exciting new venture, bringing together the...

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    60th London International Antiquarian Book Fair at Olympia (ABA)

    01 Jun 2017 - 03 Jun 2017

    60th London International Antiquarian Book Fair at Olympia (ABA)

    This major three-day event is one of the highlights in the world for book lovers and collectors – and centrepiece of London International Antiquarian Book Fair Week. At the Fair you can view,...

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Rare Book Gallery

  • 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



    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

  • Traité des opérations qui se pratiquent sur l'oeil

    MEYER, Edouard, MONTMEJA, A. de

    Bookseller: Hugues de Latude

    Traité des opérations qui se pratiquent sur l'oeil
    Lauwereyns, Paris 1871 - In-4. Collation : VIII, 275 pp., 22 planches Demi-chagrin brun à coins, dos à nerfs orné. (Reliure de l'époque.).... More

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    Price: 8010.00 EUR

  • Street Incidents

    THOMSON, John; Thomson, John; SMITH, Adolphe

    Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books

    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

All ArticlesRare Books - Articles

  • Some Features of the Antiquarian Book Trade in Russia

    Some Features of the Antiquarian Book Trade in Russia

    During the last 15-20 years Russia has experienced a significant increase of public interest in collecting antiques, including old and rare books, and as a consequence - intensive development of the antique trade. This is confirmed by numerous facts: increase of the number of antique shops and dealers; enlargement of their stock; improvement of traditional and development of new technologies of the trade ...

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  • Can we grow technophiles who are also bibliophiles? - Rare Books in the Digital Age

    Can we grow technophiles who are also bibliophiles? - Rare Books in the Digital Age

    "Not so fast! Codices—or books as we know them now—have been in their current form for nearly 2,000 years, and the technology that threatens their existence has only been around for four decades—two decades if you count widespread use."

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  • Online Archive of the John F. Kennedy Collection

    The archive at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum (Boston, MA)   includes thousands of historical papers, documents and images:  irreplaceable records of the struggle for Civil Rights, the conflict with the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War, the efforts to land a man on the moon, the prevention of a nuclear catastrophe during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and American art and culture in general.

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  • A Picture with Booksellers - The Founding of the League, Copenhagen 1948

    A Picture with Booksellers - The Founding of the League, Copenhagen 1948

    Poul Jan Poulsen, ILAB’s Treasurer and Committee Member for many many years, discovered a real treasure in his archives: a photograph taken in the Town Hall in Copenhagen in 1948. This was the year in which the League was officially founded. 92 booksellers attended the first ILAB Congress in Denmark which followed the Preliminary Conference held in Amsterdam in 1947. They elected the first ILAB President William S. Kundig as well as the first Committee with Percy H. Muir, Einar Grønholt Pedersen, Menno Hertzberger and André Poursin as members.

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  • Why ILAB?

    Why ILAB?

    Have you ever wondered what ILAB is all about - other than a logo that appears against some dealers' trading names?  The answers are to be found in this weeks’ issue of Sheppard’s Confidential, featuring an article by Norbert Donhofer, in which he asks “Why ILAB?” and sets out the main benefits of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers.

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - The Work of Julius Klinger

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - The Work of Julius Klinger

    May 22nd, 2014, was the 138th birthday of Austrian illustrator, typographer, and graphic artist Julius Klinger. Born outside of Vienna on May 22nd, 1876, Klinger is best known for his innovative poster design, which earned him acclaim in Germany and Austria in the early 20th century. His style was functional, clear, and clean, especially compared to the styles of Art Nouveau (or Jugendstil) and the Vienna Secession movement that were popular at the time. In an essay on the subject, Klinger rejected the idea of ornamentation for its own sake, and this shows in his advertising art, which featured clean lines and a limited color scheme.

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