First Mentors announced for the ILAB Mentoring Programme

ILAB has recently launched the ILAB International Mentoring Programme. This programme aims to help young or recently launched booksellers throughout the world by offering support and counsel 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

FIRST ILAB OF THE YEAR:

56th Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair  
27-29 January 2017  

The 56th Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair, organised by the German association Verband der Antiquare and under the auspices of ILAB, is the 2nd oldest antiquarian fair in Europe.

It is the most important event for antiquarians, autograph and print dealers in Germany and the first major event in the new year for the international antiquarian book trade and book collector. 

Over 72 antiquarian businesses have registered for the 2017 fair, dealers from Germany, the UK, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands.

For visitor information, exhibitors and highlights, please go here

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

Celebrating 50 years of selling the finest - The 50th California International Antiquarian Book Fair

The first major antiquarian book fair of the year in America, the California International Antiquarian Book Fair will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2017!
50 years of  seeing, learning about, and purchasing the finest in rare and valuable books, manuscripts, autographs, graphics, photographs, print and ephemera. 

The fair is sponsored by the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, ABAA and ILAB. 
Nearly 200 international booksellers will exhibit at the fair. 

Read full article.

SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 17TH ILAB BRESLAUER PRIZE 2018

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. 

View the most recent submissions here

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Book FairsRare Books - Next Fairs

  • 31st Antiquaria Ludwigsburg

    26 Jan 2017 - 28 Jan 2017

    31st Antiquaria Ludwigsburg

    The 31st Antiquaria Ludwigsburg will start one day before the Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair and can be reached within 10 minutes from Stuttgart. Over 50 exhibitors offer beautiful and...

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    56th Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair (VDA)

    27 Jan 2017 - 29 Jan 2017

    56th Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair (VDA)

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

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  • York Antiquarian Book Seminar (YABS) 2017

    11 Sep 2017 - 13 Sep 2017

    York Antiquarian Book Seminar (YABS) 2017

    Learn about the antiquarian book trade from some of the best booksellers in the country.  York Antiquarian Book Seminar provides an opportunity for leading specialists to share...

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Rare Book Gallery

  • Livre-tableau contenant des exercices d'articulation et de lecture sur les...

    LIVRE-TABLEAU

    Bookseller: Hugues de Latude
    FRANCE

    Livre-tableau contenant des exercices d'articulation et de lecture sur les lèvres, pour l'emploi du mode simultané dans l'enseignement de la parole aux sourd-muets
    Procure générale des Frères, Paris 1878 - In-plano. [530 x 390 mm] Collation : (40) pp. Cartonnage imprimé bleu de l'éditeur.... More

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    Price: 15010.00 EUR

  • NRL Report 4489. Rocket research report no. XVIII. Photography from the...

    Baumann, R. C. and L. Winkler

    Bookseller: Jeremy Norman's historyofscience
    UNITED STATES

    NRL Report 4489. Rocket research report no. XVIII. Photography from the Viking 11 rocket at altitudes ranging up to 158 miles. Manuscript and printed versions
    NRL, Washington DC 1955 - Spectacular Images of the Earth from the Threshold of Outer Space Baumann, R. C. and L. Winkler. (1) Photography from the... More

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    Price: 15000.00 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

  • Livre-tableau contenant des exercices d'articulation et de lecture sur les...

    LIVRE-TABLEAU

    Bookseller: Hugues de Latude
    FRANCE

    Livre-tableau contenant des exercices d'articulation et de lecture sur les lèvres, pour l'emploi du mode simultané dans l'enseignement de la parole aux sourd-muets
    Procure générale des Frères, Paris 1878 - In-plano. [530 x 390 mm] Collation : (40) pp. Cartonnage imprimé bleu de l'éditeur.... More

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    Price: 15010.00 EUR

All ArticlesRare Books - Articles

  • A Tale of Illusion, Delusion and Mystery: Booksellers and Librarians

    A Tale of Illusion, Delusion and Mystery: Booksellers and Librarians

    We are gathered here tonight surrounded by books — raise your eyes and you will see five storeys of books and there are many more thousands (millions, I guess), hidden in rooms below us. Where did they all come from? Many of you could be forgiven for suspecting that they all came from unwary collectors like yourselves, who made the mistake of having dinner with Richard Landon and ended up changing your wills, or simply finding the next day that your books were now owned by the University of Toronto. But even Richard Landon couldn't come up with this many books so if we are to have some understanding of how an institution like this gets all these books, we must look elsewhere. Let me solve the mystery for you; they come from people like me — booksellers ...

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  • Anne's Adventures on Her Way Home

    Anne's Adventures on Her Way Home

    It was simple enough when it started. A catalogue from Waddington's, the auctioneers, which on perusal contained some books of interest, the most compelling being a copy of L. M. Montgomery's rare book of poems, The Watchman. This is a very scarce book, although not nearly as scarce as Anne of Green Gables, which is not only the most desirable Montgomery title but the rarest of her books. But the copy of The Watchman to be auctioned was a presentation copy, inscribed by Montgomery to Frede MacFarlane, her cousin and her closest friend. The inscription read 'To Frede, with the author's love, Xmas 1916' ...

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  • Bibliographies - Magic, Myths, Occult

    Online: Graesse’s „Bibliotheca Magica“ - Jacob, Énigmes et découvertes bibliographiques  - Encyclopedia Mythica

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  • The Library of Symbolism - A Glossary and Bibliography of Renaissance Symbolic Literature

    The Library of Symbolism - A Glossary and Bibliography of Renaissance Symbolic Literature

    “For 2,000 years, from the time of Plato in 400 BC until the start of the modern era of empirical science in approximately 1600 AD, the culture of Western Europe was dominated by a single mode of expression: the symbol. The symbol was the universal medium for the approach to God, for the investigation of the natural world, for the interpretation of the Scriptures and for an understanding of and a guide to proper moral conduct. Towards the end of the period, enabled by the invention of printing by movable type, this obsession was translated into a vast literature of symbolism of which some eighty distinct species were identified by contemporary writers and theorists.”  The Renaissance symbolism refers to a time in which human thinking and the human view of the World changed radically. On the one hand Renaissance symbolism is one of the most interesting research fields for scholars. On the other hand it is one of the most fascinating fields of bibliophily at the very beginning of the history of printing.

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  • Peering Into the Exquisite Life of Rare Books

    Peering Into the Exquisite Life of Rare Books

    Snippets from Jennifer Schuessler's article on one of the most important institutions for young booksellers and the whole rare book trade: Rare Book School at the University of Virginia.

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  • Online Sales – Getting Rid of the Middleman

    Online Sales – Getting Rid of the Middleman

    The vast majority of ILAB booksellers sell through the Internet. This does not mean that they have given up selling through more traditional methods (paper catalogues, book fairs, open shops, direct offers to customers, etc.); selling through the Internet is just another means of working. Whereas the vast majority of ILAB booksellers would definitely refuse selling all their wares through a middleman at book fairs, through their catalogues, etc., they find it very natural to do so online. The question is why?

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