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.

GONZALO FERNANDÉZ PONTES - NEW PRESIDENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE OF ANTIQUARIAN BOOKSELLERS

At the Ordinary General Meeting on 20th September 2016 in Budapest the presidents of ILAB’s 22 national member associations voted for Gonzalo Fernandez Pontes (Spain) as new ILAB President. He succeeds Norbert Donhofer (Austria) who served as President from 2014 to 2016; and he will be supported by ILAB Vice‐President Sally Burdon (Australia). > Press release

BOB FLECK - BOOK OF CONDOLENCES

ILAB  is deeply saddened to inform its affiliates that Bob Fleck passed away  on the 22nd September, following a short but very aggressive illness. Our thoughts and prayers accompany his family, and in particular his beloved wife Millie and his son Rob.

> Please add your thoughts to our Book of Condolences

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!

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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  • Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus.

    WITTGENSTEIN, Ludwig.

    Bookseller: Athena Rare Books ABAA
    UNITED STATES

    Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus.
    Kegan Paul Trench Trubner & Co., London 1922 - Half title + TP + [5] = Note page + 7-189 + 1 blank leaf + 1-10 = Advertisements, Octavo. First... More

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    Price: 12000.00 USD

  • Zur Theorie des Gesetzes der Energieverteilung im Normalspectrum. The...

    PLANCK, Max.

    Bookseller: SOPHIA RARE BOOKS
    DENMARK

    Zur Theorie des Gesetzes der Energieverteilung im Normalspectrum. The beginning of quantum theory
    Johann Ambrosius Barth, Leipzig 1900 - Rare first printing, and a very fine copy, of the founding document of quantum theory, "marking the dividing... More

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    Price: 16500.00 USD

  • Oslo Peace Accords Photograph, Signed

    CLINTON, Bill

    Bookseller: Historicana
    UNITED STATES

    Oslo Peace Accords Photograph, Signed
    Washington DC 1993 - Photo of Oslo Accords Signed by Clinton, Rabin, Arafat(OSLO PEACE ACCORDS BETWEEN ISRAEL AND PLO) Photograph in color of... More

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    Price: 9500.00 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

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  • Like "the library labyrinthe in Eco’s “The Name of the Rose" - A Wake For The Still Alive: Peter B. Howard, Part 3

    Like "the library labyrinthe in Eco’s  “The Name of the Rose" - A Wake For The Still Alive: Peter B. Howard, Part 3

    Peter B. Howard bears a remarkable resemblance to the crotchety old bookseller in Michael Ende’s The Never Ending Story  - “Your books,  are safe, my books are real” - and his premises  are probably the closest I’ve  seen to those in   the library labyrinthe  in   the filmed version of  Umberto Eco’s  “The Name of the Rose," although I have yet to encounter  any arsenic-laced incunabula except, perhaps, from the tongue of the proprietor.   And Serendipity  is the operative  word  for both the premises;  in their vast inventories  and ever changing denizens.  The minotaur himself  and  his long suffering assistant, Nancy Kosenka, are the only two constants in this ever evolving and serendipitous  landscape.    And  those premises are a bit like the various lands of Oz,  although not nearly as neatly ordered and likely full of a lot more surprises.

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Index Librorum Prohibitorum and The Private Library

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Index Librorum Prohibitorum and The Private Library

    For a little over 400 years - from 1559 to 1966 - the Roman Catholic Churchproscribed what could and could not be read by the Catholic faithful in a series of lists of prohibited books, the infamous Index Librorum Prohibitorum.

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  • In the Press - Rare Book Crime Capers: Forgery, Theft, Murder and the Holy Grail of American Printing

    Travis McDade, author of an article on The Professionalization of Library Theft, published on the ILAB website, and of a recently published book titled “Thieves of Book Row” tells another amazing story about book theft and forgery in The Million. Read the whole article:

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  • Rare Books on the Blog – Medieval Desktops

    Rare Books on the Blog – Medieval Desktops

    In his latest post Erik Kwikkel, book historian at Leiden University, explores the Medieval desktops. How many books could be consulted at the same time? How many of those heave medieval volumes were spread out on the desks in the libraries ready to be studied at the same time? “In short, how are we to understand the logistics behind the devouring of knowledge in the last four centuries of the Middle Ages?” Erik Kwikkel looks at contemporary and Renaissance works of art showing the medieval scholars at work.

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  • The Art of American Book Covers - A Previously Unknown Amy M. Sacker Cover

    The Art of American Book Covers - A Previously Unknown Amy M. Sacker Cover

    One exciting find was Amy M. Sacker's design on Sweet Peggy by Linnie S. Harris [Little, Brown & Company, 1904]. Like many of their rebound books, the replacement endpapers are acidic, have turned brown and are disintegrating, but this does not affect the cover art. Considering the amount of use this volume must have had, the design remains bright on the cover and spine, with just a few smudges that can be cleaned. What's exciting about it? It's not just that it's a good cover design by an important artist, and one that adopts Thomas Watson Ball's style of clouds. This is a rare book.

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  • Edinburgh Era – McNaughtan’s Bookshop

    Edinburgh Era – McNaughtan’s Bookshop

    Away to Scotland for a rather special rare book trade occasion last week.  A retirement party for our old friend Elizabeth Strong (McNaughtan’s Bookshop) – not just a retirement party but also a welcome party for Derek and Anna Walker, who are taking over this much-loved bookshop on Haddington Place from Elizabeth. A big day for her, but perhaps an ever bigger one for them. The closing of one era, the opening of another – a passing on of the baton from one generation to the next.  A time for celebration.  A time for reflection.  A goodish crowd of bookish folk.   Edinburgh stalwart Ian Watson (John Updike Rare Books) was there.  Cooper Hay had come over from Glasgow.  Andrew Hunter (Blackwell’s Rare Books) was up from Oxford.   Family, friends, customers.  A few choice words from our president, Oscar Graves-Johnston.  A few words of farewell, welcome and introduction from Elizabeth.  A few words of appreciation and anticipation from the Walkers.

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