Final deadline: Please submit titles for the 17th ILAB Breslauer Prize until April 2017!

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. 

Writers, publishers, librarians, journalists, scholars, antiquarian booksellers, book collectors and all who are interested in bibliography and the history of the book are invited to submit books to the 17th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography. 

Please submit titles for the prize at the latest by the end of April 2017 to ILAB!

View the most recent submissions here


The next major antiquarian book fairs are only weeks away; the Stockholm Antiquarian Book Fair will take place from 4 - 5 March at Sweden's Royal Academy with dealers from Sweden, Finland and the UK. 

Only a few days later, over 200 international dealers will move into the New Park Avenue Armory from 9 - 12 March. The New York Antiquarian Book Fair is a real treasure trove for collectors, one of the most important book fairs worldwide and true highlight for the rare book trade!

For more information about upcoming, ILAB affiliated fairs, please go here.  

ILAB Library - All You Need To Know About Rare Books and the Antiquarian Book Trade

Meet the ILAB Mentors 

Published since 10 Feb 2017

In December 2016, ILAB launched a new Mentoring Programme, which aims to help young or recently established booksellers throughout the world by offering support and counselling on a one on one basis.

In our new series "Meet the ILAB Mentors", we would like to present those booksellers who are volunteering their time for newer entrants to the antiquarian and rare book trade!

Anne Lamort of Anne Lamort Livres

At the age of 28, Anne Lamort left the French Ministry of Defense to join her father, the book expert Christian Galantaris. After a 5-year apprenticeship, she opened her first bookshop situated close to the Eiffel Tower and the Trocadéro, right in the heart of Paris. 

Read full article here. 

Mentors announced for the ILAB Mentoring Programme

ILAB has recently launched the ILAB International Mentoring Programme. This programme aims to help young or recently established booksellers throughout the world by offering support and counselling on a one to one basis.
The ILAB International Mentoring Programme gives experienced booksellers the opportunity to lend a hand in the early days of a bookseller’s career when help is likely most needed. ILAB would like to thank the booksellers who have listed in the programme for agreeing to act as mentors for our next generation in the rare book trade!

The experience and expertise of the booksellers listed below speaks for itself.  All are volunteering their time as prospective mentors for newer entries in the antiquarian and rare book trade.

To see the updated list of mentors, please go here

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Book FairsRare Books - Next Fairs

  • 2. Braunschweiger Antiquariatsmarkt

    25 Feb 2017

    2. Braunschweiger Antiquariatsmarkt

    The Braunschweig Landesmuseum will open its doors on the 25 February 2017 for the 2nd Braunschweig Antiquarian Book Fair with 11 exhibitors. This boutique fair is organised by Reinhard Denecke...

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    Stockholm Antiquarian Book Fair 2017

    04 Mar 2017 - 05 Mar 2017

    Stockholm Antiquarian Book Fair 2017

    Meet book dealers from the whole of Scandinavia! The Swedish Antiquarian Booksellers Association (SVAF) has the pleasure of inviting you to the...

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    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


    HOBSON, Robert L. et al.


    THE FAMOUS AND OBSCURE COMPLETE SET OF 11 LIMITED EDITIONSLondon 1925- - 28, Benn. Black & gold blind stamped cloth,foliowith 300 color, 500... More

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    Price: 36460.00 USD

  • 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

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  • "Our paper-based inheritance" - G. Thomas Tanselle

    G. Thomas Tanselle in the Times Literary Supplement: “’We have to protect our paper-based inheritance’. The most fundamental reason for this necessity – this increasingly urgent necessity – is simply that manuscripts and printed books are artefacts; and all artefacts, being physical survivors, give us direct access to parts of a vanished world ...”

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  • MASTERWORKS ON PAPER - 52nd Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair, 25th - 27th January 2013

    MASTERWORKS ON PAPER - 52nd Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair, 25th - 27th January 2013

    A paradise for book lovers: The 52nd Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair will be held from 25th to 27th January 2013 in the elegant rooms of the Württemberg Art Museum, opposite to the Palace, next to the Palace Garden and directly in the city centre of Stuttgart. Around 80 rare book dealers from Europe and abroad will showcase bibliophile treasures from the middle ages to avant-garde to contemporary artists’ books. Magnificently illuminated manuscripts, milestones of science, autographs by famous artists, scientists, philosophers and authors, first editions, children’s books, press and illustrated books, musical scores, photography, prints as well as Japanese woodcuts along with beautifully illustrated accounts of adventurous voyages to the „edge of the world” (and beyond): The fascination of book collecting lies in its unlimited variety. There is no better place to explore this unlimited variety than an antiquarian book fair.

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Famous Literary Hoaxes (Part One)

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Famous Literary Hoaxes (Part One)

    Literary critics frequently argue that literature is full of frauds; there are plenty of authors, after all, whose work offers little substance or artistry. But the world of letters also has its share of true frauds: cheats, liars, and forgers. In some cases, these individuals were merely mischievous pranksters, but in others they hoped to profit from their malevolent handiwork. Here's a look at some of the biggest literary hoaxes of all time.

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  • Wanted! ILAB Internship!

    Wanted! ILAB Internship!

    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.  All ILAB booksellers are very welcome to join the ILAB Internship Program and to provide young students an opportunity to gain invaluable hands-on experience in the international rare book business at any time and in any place in the world. Applicants are carefully chosen after they have contacted ILAB Vice-President Norbert Donhofer, who has initiated the Internship Program in 2009 together with Eric Waschke (Canada) and Professor Dr. Olga Tarakanowa (Moscow State University of the Printing Arts). Right now ILAB is looking for the following internship:

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  • The Rare Book Trade – Transhumance

    The Rare Book Trade – Transhumance

    What could be more mysterious than the irresistible signals sent by the turning of the seasons? Now the days lengthen as the sun proceeds toward its summer destiny. The lilac has come into bloom and faded. The shad bush has leafed out. Alewives struggle upstream, and elvers wriggle down to the sea. The IRS has been paid, the soldiers honored, and the peas planted. Like a salamander crawling out of the muck, I obey nature's call and head north – part of a transhumance that has been taking place since the beginning of bookseller chronicles. It's time for another New Hampshire book fair.

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  • Seattle – Is there a better place to show cool books on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day, 23 April 2015?

    Seattle – Is there a better place to show cool books on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day, 23 April 2015?

    Here in Seattle, Washington local ABAA/ILAB booksellers Ed Smith, Taylor Bowie, John Lang, and many others, as well as at least one representative from the Northwest Copyright Society of the USA, will be on hand to present a display and sale of antiquarian books, maps, and prints, as well as ephemera. Recognizing the important place that books hold in the dissemination of knowledge, they will continue the work of their colleagues around the world to fill a "virtual bookcase" as participants and visitors donate money to buy books for schools in South Sudan. Informal "pop-up" talks on the items on displace will fill the evening, starting at 4 pm, at the beautiful Sorrento Hotel, a Seattle icon, that offers personalized service, Italianate architecture and a warm, welcoming feel that makes you want to stay even longer.

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