ILAB DEALERS WORLDWIDE: Graham York's 3000 mile trip from Devon through Europe selling books at the ILAB Fair in Budapest and Amsterdam

"...The plan was to take four days to reach Budapest, spend four days there, four days to drive to Amsterdam, spend four days there, then two days to get home via Bruges (favourite restaurant). We had two rules - we only stop at places we've never been to, and no alcohol with lunch for me given the zero legal limit in some countries - Jan, however, doesn't drive..."

Take some time and read Graham's amusing account of his trip in September to Budapest and Amsterdam here.  


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.
Please go to the new ILAB EDUCATION page for more info!


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. 

We asked Mr. Pontes about the plans he has for his new role, his background and what motivates him to invest so much time into the League.

Read the full interview here

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

Published since 20 Dec 2016

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.

Read full article.


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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  • Collection of 81 Installments of Presage


    Bookseller: Harper's Books

    Collection of 81 Installments of Presage
    Liechtenstein / Paris / Switzerland: Egaserp Etablissements / Société d'Editions de Mode / Studio Galfetti - Fontana 1962-1978 - First Editions.... More

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    Price: 25000.00 USD

  • Renati Des Cartes Principiorum Philosophiæ Pars I, & II, More Geometrico...

    SPINOZA [Benedict].

    Bookseller: Athena Rare Books ABAA

    Renati Des Cartes Principiorum Philosophiæ Pars I, & II, More Geometrico demonstratæ Accesserunt Ejusdem Cogitata Metaphysica.
    Johannem Riewerts, Amstelodami [Amsterdam] 1663 - TP + [i]-[vii] = Præfatio + [viii] = Ad Librum + [ix]-[xiv] = Index + 1-90 + [91] = half-title _... More

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    Price: 12500.00 USD

  • Voyage d'exploration à la mer Morte, à Petra et sur la rive gauche du...

    Luynes, Honoré d'Albert de.

    Bookseller: Antiquariat INLIBRIS Gilhofer Nfg. GmbH

    Voyage d'exploration à la mer Morte, à Petra et sur la rive gauche du Jourdain. Oeuvre posthume.
    Paris, Arthus Bertrand, [1874]. - 3 vols. and 1 vol of plates. (2), II ff., 388 pp. (6), 222, (6) pp. (4), VI, 326 pp. With 14 lithogr. plates (4... More

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    Price: 38000.00 EUR

  • Chemische Abhandlung von der Luft und dem Feuer. Nebst einem Vorbericht von...

    SCHEELE, Carl Wilhelm

    Bookseller: Martayan Lan

    Chemische Abhandlung von der Luft und dem Feuer. Nebst einem Vorbericht von Torbern Bergman.
    Upsala & Leipzig Magn. Swederus. zu finden bey S.L. Crusius 1777. - 8vo, 3 ff., 16, 155, (1) pp. Engraved vignette on title & one folding... More

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    Price: 48000.00 USD

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  • New "Taste and Technique" in Science Fiction

    Modern science-fiction, fantasy, and horror collectors are in the forefront of the changes in the techniques of book collecting. They sincerely wish to own the "true" first edition of each book they collect. They are among the first types of book collectors to stop "following the flag" (i.e. buying the first edition of a book printed in the author's country of origin regardless of where the "true world first edition" was published). For a modern example, a number of Stephen King's books have been published in England, one in France, and another in Germany, all of which are eagerly collected today.

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  • Bibliographies - Elzevir

    Bibliographies - Elzevir

    Online: C. F. Walther, Catalogue Méthodique des Dissertations ou Thèses Académiques primées par les Elzeir de 1616 à 1712

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  • Etwas vom Autographensammeln

    Etwas vom Autographensammeln

    In the 30s Karl Geigy-Hagenbach possessed the most important private autograph collection comprising handwritten letters and documents by Savonarola, Richard III., Galilei, Descartes, Daniel Defoe, Dostojevskij, Händel, Bach, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rembrandt and Albrecht Dürer. Today two thirds of the collection are archived in the University of Basle. The rest had been auctioned by J. A. Stargardt (Marburg, now Berlin) and Erasmushaus (Basel) on June 30th and 31st, 1961.

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  • Qu’est-ce qu’une édition originale ?

    Qu’est-ce qu’une édition originale ?

    Un débat, depuis quelques mois, jette les bibliophiles dans le trouble. Vous savez la passion qu’inspire aux amis des livres la possession d’une édition originale. Or, voici que beaucoup d’entre eux viennent de s’aviser à la longue qu’ils ne savaient plus très bien ce qu’ils aimaient, faute de s’entendre exactement sur ce que c’est qu’une édition originale.

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  • Law Books: History & Connoisseurship - Summer Course, Rare Book School at the University of Virginia

    Law Books: History & Connoisseurship -  Summer Course, Rare Book School at the University of Virginia

    Greetings from Rare Book School at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia! This summer Rare Book School is excited to offer a course designed specifically for law librarians and scholars and collectors interested in law books. Law Books: History & Connoisseurship surveys printed and manuscript legal materials in Anglo-American, European, and Latin American Law. Taught by Mike Widener, Rare Book Librarian at the Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School, this course introduces students to legal bibliography and curation and instructs students on how focused, useful collections of law books are built.  Students will explore the production and distribution of law books, the philosophy and techniques of collecting, and will develop bibliographical tools through hands-on laboratory sessions. This course will be taught in New Haven, Connecticut during the week of July 28–August 1.

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  • In the Press - Tolkien's Map of Middle-earth Discovered Inside Copy of Lord of the Rings

    In the Press - Tolkien's Map of Middle-earth Discovered Inside Copy of Lord of the Rings

    "A recently discovered map of Middle-earth annotated by JRR Tolkien reveals The Lord of the Rings author’s observation that Hobbiton is on the same latitude as Oxford, and implies that the Italian city of Ravenna could be the inspiration behind the fictional city of Minas Tirith...." Read the whole article in The Guardian.

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