I was deeply saddened to learn that Mitsuo Nitta, President of Honor of the ABAJ, Member of Honor of ILAB, CEO at Yushodo Ltd., former Chair of the ILAB-Breslauer Prize for Bibliography, legendary bookseller and friend to so many of us, has passed away on October 27 of 2015. Mitsuo Nitta played a leading role in developing antiquarian bookselling not only in Japan but also in the surrounding countries like Korea and China, and he had been teacher and friend for generations of younger booksellers. His role in spreading out ILAB’s device “Amor Librorum nos unit” in East-Asia cannot be underestimated. Since my first meeting with Mitsuo Nitta back in 1988 during the Congress in Paris, we had been in constant contact, and I will always remember countless discussions about ILAB with him, the last one – alas - only earlier this year in Tokyo.


Norbert Donhofer, President of ILAB 


The 42nd ILAB Congress and 26th ILAB International Antiquarian Book Fair will be organized by the Hungarian Antiquarian Booksellers' Association. More information coming soon. See the video on YouTube and learn more about the Congress Programme.


This video is a record of an extraordinary series of events – which were really one big event. Speed dating for booklovers: On 23 April 2015 ILAB booksellers brought the books to the people at the most unexpected places, in schools, at train stations, restaurants, pubs, schools, museums, libraries, woolsheds, business clubs, in the streets, on boats, on skyscrapers. For 24 hours they were part of a great chain of books spanning across the world.

Help us make the 2016 ILAB Pop Up celebrations even bigger!


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


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.


The ILAB Directory gives easy access to information on the almost 2.000 ILAB booksellers that are experts in their chosen fields and stand behind the ethical standards of ILAB. In this new electronic world you will find this expertise an essential part in making your buying experience a pleasant one. Download the PDF, or get a printed copy at the ILAB book fairs.


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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  • Kensington Christmas Book Fair

    12 Dec 2015

    Kensington Christmas Book Fair

    Christmas comes early this year for book lovers! When almost 100 leading booksellers from Britain and around the world descend on the capital, there is sure to be a buzz of anticipation....

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    55th Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair (VDA)

    29 Jan 2016 - 31 Jan 2016

    55th Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair (VDA)

    The first event of the bibliophile year: For 55 years the Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair attracts dealers and collectors from all over the world to the elegant "Kunstverein" in the heart of...

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

    PLANCK, Max.

    Bookseller: SOPHIA RARE BOOKS

    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

  • Le Bain de la Comtesse"]. Pencil, ink and watercolour drawing, signed...

    Shepard, Ernest, English artist and book illustrator (1879-1976).

    Bookseller: Antiquariat INLIBRIS Gilhofer Nfg. GmbH

    Le Bain de la Comtesse"]. Pencil, ink and watercolour drawing, signed ("Ernest H. Shepard") lower right.
    N. p. o. d. - 305:508 mm, mounted on cardboard. Fine, large horizontal watercolour picturing a noble lady nude in the bathtub under a parted... More

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    Price: 7500.00 EUR

  • Bilder aus Palästina, Nord-Arabien und dem Sinai. 100 Bilder nach...

    Moritz, Bernhard.

    Bookseller: Antiquariat INLIBRIS Gilhofer Nfg. GmbH

    Bilder aus Palästina, Nord-Arabien und dem Sinai. 100 Bilder nach Photographien mit erläuterndem Text.
    Berlin, Reimer, 1916. - Oblong folio. 106 illustrations on 50 plates, each with separate title, in various sizes. With text booklet (2 ff., 16... More

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    Price: 40000.00 EUR

  • Les soirées de Médan avec les portraits des six auteurs : eaux-fortes de...

    ZOLA (Émile), MAUPASSANT (Guy, de), HUYSMANS (Joris-Karl), CÉARD (Henry), HENNIQUE (Léon), ALEXIS (Paul)

    Bookseller: Librairie Faustroll

    Les soirées de Médan avec les portraits des six auteurs : eaux-fortes de Desmoulin, et 6 compositions de Jeanniot, gravées par Muller.
    Paris, Charpentier Éditeur 1890 - Livre d'occasion In-8, demi-chagrin brun, dos à nerfs, titre doré, tête dorée, couvertures en peau de vélin... More

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    Price: 15000.00 EUR

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  • The Curse of St Clements - or, A Tale of Peril and Redemption

    The Curse of St  Clements - or, A Tale of Peril and Redemption

    When Leslie asked me to talk to you about books, and my bookselling career – if bookselling can be called a career – I decided that, this being the Osborne Collection, I should confine myself to children’s books This will not be hard to do, because children’s books have always had a central place in my life I should warn you though, that tonight you are going to get less of my daring adventures as a bookseller, and more of my conclusions about books, especially children’s books, gained from 40 years experience of bookselling

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  • Bibliographies - Rare Medical Books and Manuscripts

    Bibliographies - Rare Medical Books and Manuscripts

    Looking for a cure against the flu? Try bloodletting instead of antibiotics. These are some bibliographies and recommendations from ILAB dealers that might help. The Wellcome Collection is the specialist collection for the history of medicine. It covers books, manuscripts, archives, films and pictures from the earliest times to the present day. While medicine provides the unifying theme, hardly a subject relating to the history of European science is not represented: alchemy and chemistry, astrology and astronomy, physics, botany, zoology, cookery and pharmacy, exploration and travel, geography and geology, horology, mathematics, magic, mesmerism, phrenology, patent medicine, quackery, psychoanalysis, psychology and sexology ...

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  • Books from the Shelf - Rare Book Talks in Budapest

    Books from the Shelf - Rare Book Talks in Budapest

    Adam Bosze, President of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of Hungary (MAE), is a specialist in books and manuscripts on music from 15th to 20th century. His shop is located in Budapest, but he also exhibits at the major international antiquarian book fairs. Besides being an antiquarian bookseller, he is also a TV and radio journalist, who talks and writes about books and music in television, on the radio and in his blogs in the Internet. From the beginning of October onwards, every first and last Wednesdays of each month Adam Bosze will be talking about the books on music he finds interesting. The books he will talk about are from the shelves of his antiquarian book shop in Budapest. They may be boring or absolutely fascinating, depending on the audience’s taste, but they will all be worth discussing.

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  • Patrons of booksellers and how they paid them a century ago

    Patrons of booksellers and how they paid them a century ago

    Glancing at an old account book, ranging from 1835 to 1850, with a few entries in 1851, which in some way had come into the possession of my predecessors, I was struck by the occurrence of the names of book-collectors such as Ashburnham, Beaufoy, Beckford, Drury, Phillipps, Spencer, Vernon and numerous others - libraries which have been dispersed in my lifetime. It is concerned only with payments received, and though the sales of single books for cash are recorded they do not often amount to any considerable sum in total. Amongst these items Greek and Latin classics are often prominent with sundry entries which make us envy the unknown purchasers, viz: - Euclidis Elementa Latine. H. Walpole’s copy. 4/- Biblia Latina, folio. Jenson, 1479. £3.10.0 Boccace des Nobles Maleureux, Folio. Red. Mor. A. Verard, 1494. £3.13.6.

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  • Rare Books in the Press - Robert the Bruce Letter Found at British Library

    Rare Books in the Press - Robert the Bruce Letter Found at British Library

    “A previously unknown letter of Robert the Bruce, addressed to the king of England, has been found in a British Library manuscript. The letter was written in 1310, and reveals how, when faced with an English army marching into Scotland, Robert made an eloquent appeal to King Edward II, asking for peace on the understanding that Scottish independence be recognized. Robert's letter, written in Latin, is entered into the pages of a manuscript made towards the end of the 15th century by the monks of Kirkstall Abbey (Yorkshire). Its significance was recognised by Professor Dauvit Broun of the University of Glasgow, the principal investigator of the Breaking of Britain project (Cross-border society and Scottish independence, 1216-1314) ...”

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  • Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar - A Post-CABS Report from Margueritte Peterson

    Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar - A Post-CABS Report from Margueritte Peterson

    Last month Tavistock Books’ fearless Girl Friday, Margueritte Peterson headed out to Colorado Springs to attend the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar (CABS). The week-long seminar is led by consummate experts in the field of rare and antiquarian bookselling, librarianship, and bibliography, making it an exceptional learning environment for booksellers, librarians, and collectors alike. Margueritte was one of approximately 40 participants at this year’s seminar, and was excited to share her experience with everyone.

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