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.  

NEW: THE ILAB INTERNATIONAL 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.
Please go to the new ILAB EDUCATION page for more info!

INTERVIEW WITH GONZALO F. PONTES 
NEW ILAB PRESIDENT
 

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

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

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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  • International Antiquarian Book Fair of Flanders

    09 Dec 2016 - 11 Dec 2016

    International Antiquarian Book Fair of Flanders

    The International Antiquarian Book Fair of Flanders welcomes over 40 exhibitors, running from 9 - 11 December 2016 in Mechelen, Belgium.

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  • 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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  • Photograph Album of Anticosti Island

    Menier, Henri

    Bookseller: Aquila Books(Cameron Treleaven) ABAC
    CANADA

    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

  • Shinjuku Guntoden 66/73 / Shinjuku Thievery Story 66/73

    WATANABE, Katsumi

    Bookseller: Harper's Books
    UNITED STATES

    Shinjuku Guntoden 66/73 / Shinjuku Thievery Story 66/73
    Tokyo: Bara-gahosha 1973 - First Edition. Small octavo. Either 500 or 1000 copies printed; reports differ, with half the copies lost to water... More

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    Price: 7500.00 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

  • A MONOGRAPH RELATING TO THE FABRICATION OF PAPER & TIN FOIL & THE USE...

    HUNTER, Dard.

    Bookseller: RARE ORIENTAL BOOK CO., ABAA, ILAB
    UNITED STATES

    A MONOGRAPH RELATING TO THE FABRICATION OF PAPER & TIN FOIL & THE USE OF PAPER IN CHINESE RITES & RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES.
    A SUPERB RESOURCE AND LIMITED NUMBERED EDITION OF 125 COPIES[Chillicoth] 1937, - Mountain House Press. Morocco spine overpictorial paper boards,... More

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    Price: 8889.00 USD

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  • “Gelos” – Rare Book Auctions in Russia

    “Gelos” – Rare Book Auctions in Russia

    Gelos was established in Moscow in 1988 and is renowned for being the leading Fine Art and Antiquities auctioneers throughout Russia, with offices throughout Europe in Paris, Madrid, Vienna, Prague, Riga, Warsaw and, recently opened, in London (Knightsbridge). It is the largest auction house in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). The company carries out appraisals and makes expert examinations, holds auction sales, sells antiquities from its galleries and salons, forms private and corporate collections. Selling at auctions is generally practised and widely spread in the West. On the Russian market Gelos’ activities are innovative. A report by Alena Lavrenova.

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  • The ILAB Metasearch and the Future of the Online Book Trade - An Interview with Jim Hinck

    The ILAB Metasearch and the Future of the Online Book Trade - An Interview with Jim Hinck

    If you are really interested in the “big picture” then you have actually asked the wrong question. We should really be asking, instead, about the future of rare book-buying on the internet. We cannot know where we are headed without knowing where our customers want to go. So put yourself in a collector’s shoes. If you love rare books and want to own a lot of them there has never been a better time to be alive.

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - The Original “Big Book”

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - The Original “Big Book”

    In the “random” (this week’s nomination for a word that’s been misused to death) way typical of buying trips, last week’s journey through  Maine, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia yielded some interesting and unexpected finds. But the biggest purchase, and I mean biggest, was John Scott Russell’s Modern System of Naval Architecture. The book, in three large folio volumes, measures 20 ½  x 27 ½ inches and weighs in at well over 120 pounds. I’ve sold three or four copies over the years. Once I had to mail one. Took me all day to wrap it.

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  • Antiquarian Booksellers in Exile – Friedrich Sally Grosshut (1906-1969)

    Antiquarian Booksellers in Exile – Friedrich Sally Grosshut (1906-1969)

    Friedrich Sally Grosshut was born into a family of antique dealers in 1906 in Wiesbaden (Germany). From 1925 to 1929 he studied the law at Frankfurt University and received a Doctor of Law degree in 1932. His career came to an abrupt end with the seizure of power by the Nazis a year later. Grosshut emigrated to Haifa (Israel), where he founded an antiquarian bookshop together with his wife Sina. He describes the situation of the emigrants – and their libraries – between 1933 and 1938 in his memoirs “Mosaik eines Lebens”: Until 1938 the Grosshuts were able to buy numerous second-hand and rare books from emigrants who had found ways to take their libraries with them to Israel. In need of money they were forced to sell their books. Many of them were rare and valuable and had once been bought in Germany for a vast amount of money. Now, Grosshut remembers, hardly anyone among the emigrants could afford to spend money for precious books. So, the wonderful libraries were scattered, the books were bargained for cheap prices to the deepest sorrow of their former owners and the antiquarian bookseller who had to deal with that sad situation. A detailed account of Friedrich Sally Grosshut’s life can be read in Ernst Fischer’s biographical handbook "Verleger, Buchhändler & Antiquare aus Deutschland und Österreich in der Emigration nach 1933":

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  • New York - Promoter Predicts Catastrophe in 2015

    New York - Promoter Predicts Catastrophe in 2015

    As if to compensate for the ever-increasing expense and physical difficulty of this event, the material on display this year was better than I've ever seen it. Books, maps, and manuscripts were dazzling. And, not to put too fine a point on it, the bucks were flowing. No one I spoke to had a ruinous fair, and even the people with only "so so" results were talking sums well into five figures. So, for almost all exhibitors at the big show, it was "mission accomplished." ...

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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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