Register now for the 43rd ILAB Congress & Book Fair
See you in L.A. from  3 - 11 February 2018!

Hosted and organised by the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America, ABAA, the 43rd ILAB Congress will take place from 3 -11 Feb 2018 in L.A., Pasadena. 

Registrations are now open to participate in the congress!

ILAB Congresses and Book Fairs are held every two years in another country. They are cultural and social events that lead the booksellers to cities worldwide, where they are shown the treasures of book printing and arts, with the possibility of networking in a relaxed atmosphere.  More info. 


The Paris International Rare Book & Fine Art Fair is one of the most prestigious fairs of its kind in the world. Organised by the French Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, SLAM, it will welcome visitors this year from 7 - 9 April at one of Paris' most prestigious venues, the Grand Palais. 


The London International Antiquarian Book Fair, also widely known for its location as "Olympia" is one of the most important fairs worldwide, run by the Antiquarian Booksellers Association, ABA. It is the key rare book fair in the UK and anchor to Rare Book Week London, a rare book festival to be launched in May 2017. 

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

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

Bouquinistes at an ILAB fair - a contradiction? NON! 

Published since 27 March 2017

Since the days of Renaissance, open air bookselling has happened along the Seine riverbanks. Tourist souvenirs aside, a bouquiniste find was often the beginning of a lifelong passion and first piece in a collection. 

Plying their trade on the famous banks of the Seine, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1991, the bouquinistes des quais are as emblematic of the French capital as the Eiffel Tower or Montmartre for the millions of French and foreign tourists who visit Paris every year.

Read full article here. 

NEW: ILAB Mentoring Programme - JOIN NOW!

Are you a young or recently established antiquarian bookseller?

ILAB has recently launched an International Mentoring Programme to help booksellers throughout the world by offering support and counselling on a one to one basis in the early days of a career. 

For all information and an updated list of mentors, please go here

Final deadline to submit titles for the 2018 ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography - 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. 

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

View the most recent submissions here

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  • Libreria GALGO

    Libreria GALGO

    Granda-Siero - SPAIN

    Specialties: Artists' Books, Bibliophilia, First Editions, Illustrated books, Literature, Pamphlets, Popular Culture

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  • 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

  • Traité des opérations qui se pratiquent sur l'oeil

    MEYER, Edouard, MONTMEJA, A. de

    Bookseller: Hugues de Latude

    Traité des opérations qui se pratiquent sur l'oeil
    Lauwereyns, Paris 1871 - In-4. Collation : VIII, 275 pp., 22 planches Demi-chagrin brun à coins, dos à nerfs orné. (Reliure de l'époque.).... More

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    Price: 8010.00 EUR

  • Furtwängler: collection of 12 items [SIGNED]

    Furtwängler, Wilhelm


    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

  • JAPANESE GOBLIN POETRY: Rendered into English By Lafcadio Hearn and...

    HEARN, Lafcadio.


    JAPANESE GOBLIN POETRY: Rendered into English By Lafcadio Hearn and Illustrated by His Own Drawings. Compiled by His Son Kazuo Koizumi.
    A FIRST & ONLY LIMITED NUMBERED EDITION OF 500 COPIES Tokyo 1934, - Oyama. White cloth spine over blue Kasuri cottoncovers, tall folio,... More

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    Price: 8284.00 USD

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  • Yale Law Library - Rare Books Library Tour on Video

    Yale Law Library - Rare Books Library Tour on Video

    The Lillian Goldman Law Library possesses one of the world's finest collections of printed legal materials. These collections are complemented by access to a growing array of online sources, as well as the collections housed nearby, including the Sterling Memorial Library and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.Yale Law School Rare Book librarian Mike Widener takes bibliophiles on a tour of the history and unique collections of rare books at the Yale Law School. Kaitlin Thomas, Office of Public Affairs, organized the project and conducted the interview.

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  • Collecting Comic Strips: Fritz the Cat

    Collecting Comic Strips: Fritz the Cat

    "Someone once said if you remember the sixties you didn't live them right.  Even if you did live them right, you probably still remember underground comix, Robert Crumb, and his arguably most popular character, Fritz the Cat.  (My favorite was always Mr. Natural.)" A very special collecting tip for cat lovers, by Linda Hedrick.

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  • Book Thefts from the Girolamini Library - Press Articles

    Book Thefts from the Girolamini Library - Press Articles

    In April 2012 it was announced that 1500 books were missing from one of the richest and oldest libraries in Italy: the Girolamini Library in Naples. Shortly afterwards the library’s director Marino Massimo de Caro was suspended, then arrested and accused of embezzlement along with four accomplices from Argentina and Ukraine. A number of stolen items from the library were confiscated in Munich, London, New York and Tokyo, but most of the books are still missing. It is not even known right now how many books were actually stolen. ILAB President Arnoud Gerits advises all booksellers to check their purchases of Italian books from the 15th to the 17th centuries if these volumes were purchased  in the time period between January to May of 2012. Nearly every day, more and more news and background information become public. The book theft in the Girolamini Library turns out to be one of the most spectacular ever.  Snippets from some of the most interesting press articles and YouTube clips.

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Mother on Father's Day

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Mother on Father's Day

    Louis Zukofsky's After I's  is a brother from another Mother in an interesting sense.  Mag fans might be aware of the New York School influenced Mother published at various point out of Northfield MN (where the James-Younger Gang got shot to pieces while attempting to robb the First National Bank on September 7, 1876), Galesburg, IL, New York City, and Buffalo.  Secret Location includes Mother (NY) in its checklist appendix as well as a brief paragraph on the magazine in the introduction.  The appendix also lists Mother Press and its three publications:  Bingo by Dick Gallup, Poems by John Giorno and the Zukofsky.  Slight problem though as there are two Mother Presses.  Mother (NY) printed the Gallup and the Giorno, as you might expect given its New York focus.  After I's was published by Boxwood Press and Mother Press out of Pittsburgh, PA.  Mother (PA) was also a magazine, which ran for twelve issues, under the editorship of Ron Caplan.

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  • Collecting - Serendipity and The Private Library

    Collecting - Serendipity and The Private Library

    I visited a little antiquarian shop in Weesp (not far from Amsterdam) to do a little browsing.  After half an hour I was done and ready to leave. I was taking a last look at the shop's shelf of House of Orange books (books about the Dutch Royal House) when my eye was drawn to a book with an interesting but untitled spine. The book turned out to be a catalog of an exhibition of portraits and objects relating to the House of Orange-Nassau on the occasion of the inauguration of Her Majesty Queen Wilhelmina (1898).

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  • The Art of Book Cataloguing - British Bottoms

    The Art of Book Cataloguing - British Bottoms

    The differences between paper and digital catalogs are obvious, but some of the results of those differences continue to surprise me. For example, in the old days orders from my paper catalogs would dribble in over a period of weeks. I used to mail them all first class, in three staggered mailings, hoping to achieve some kind of evenness in delivery, but customers were always complaining that their catalogs arrived late, and demanding exclusive previews. Others, more laid back, would wait for moments of leisure to read their catalogs, and some overworked acquisitions librarians required days or weeks to claw through the pile of incoming mail to discover where my list of treasures was buried. Digital catalogs, on the other hand, play out in an eyeblink. Everyone gets their catalog announcement via a Mail Chimp email blast within the same hour or so. Those who are highly motivated know that they must read it and respond immediately. Consequently, most of the orders arrive by email within the first few hours of the catalog’s life. Maritime List 238 was posted Sunday night. By Wednesday even the laid back orders had arrived.

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