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 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. 

The Belgian Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association is inviting collectors and the book trade to visit the second edition of the Salon du Mont des Arts, the event for antiquarian book and print lovers in the heart of Brussels, with over 50 European exhibitors from 22 - 24 June 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

Rare Books London - An Interview with ABA Secretary Camilla Szymanowska  

Published since 21 April 2017

Rare Books London, the capital's new festival of old and rare books, will bring together booksellers, auctioneers, collectors, readers, experts of various professions all linked to the world of rare and antiquarian books. 
We spoke to Camilla Szymanowska, Secretary of the British Antiquarian Booksellers Association (ABA) about this exciting new initiative.

"We have to be proactive about reaching out to possible new collectors.  Someone who goes to a lecture about rare books this year may be persuaded into a book shop down the line."

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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CataloguesBook Catalogues

Book FairsRare Books - Next Fairs

  • London Photograph Fair SPECIAL EDITION

    20 May 2017 - 21 May 2017

    London Photograph Fair SPECIAL EDITION

    A curated, weekend-long fair celebrating the best in vintage photography. The Great Hall at King's College London is a stunning historical venue on the Strand, adjacent to Somerset...

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  • Rare Books London 2017

    24 May 2017 - 11 Jun 2017

    Rare Books London 2017

    Rare Books London is a new initiative from the Antiquarian Booksellers Assocation in the UK.  The programme and more details about this exciting new venture, bringing together the...

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  • Ketterer Kunst - Rare Books Auction 445

    22 May 2017

    Ketterer Kunst - Rare Books Auction 445

    One of Hamburg's oldest company's with a long tradition; the company was founded on 10 July, 1795 by the book printer Hermann Nestler and became affiliated to Ketterer Kunst in 1988. 

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BooksellersAntiquarian Booksellers

  • The Family Album

    The Family Album

    Kinzers - UNITED STATES

    Specialties: Bindings, Books about Books, Classics/Antiquity, History of printing, Latin & Greek, Manuscripts, Religion

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Rare Book Gallery

  • Street Incidents

    THOMSON, John; Thomson, John; SMITH, Adolphe

    Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books

    Street Incidents
    1881 - THOMSON, John.Street Incidents.London: Sampson, Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1881.First abridged edition of the "first concerted... More

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    Price: 17500.00 USD

  • THE HANDMADE PAPERS OF JAPAN., Foreword by Dard Hunter.

    Tindale, Thomas & Harriet R.

    Bookseller: Veatchs Arts of the Book, ABAA

    THE HANDMADE PAPERS OF JAPAN., Foreword by Dard Hunter.
    Rutland & Tokyo, 1952. - 4 volumes plus envelope. 13 1/4 x 10/ 3/4. Japanese-style bindings of hand-stenciled wraps & boards. Volumes... More

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    Price: 11810.00 USD

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


    Bookseller: Hugues de Latude

    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


    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

All ArticlesRare Books - Articles

  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Melbourne, New South Wales, before 1850

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Melbourne, New South Wales, before 1850

    From 23th to 26 November, 2010, the Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers invites dealers and collectors to Melbourne to enjoy the 37th ANZAAB Australian Antiquarian Book Fair. 36 of Australia’s leading booksellers will showcase fine, rare and collectable books – a brilliant chance to explore new fields of collecting. A special tip by Peter Arnold: "Melbourne in 1850, on the eve of the gold discoveries of the following years, was already a thriving port with a settler population of more than 20,000. There is a considerable contemporary literature on the subject; but, for the collector, it seems much smaller in total because all of the local publications are rare."

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  • Historique du S.L.A.M. : Deuxième partie (1934-1957)

    Historique du S.L.A.M. : Deuxième partie (1934-1957)

    L’Assemblée Générale du 29 mai 1934 élit le premier président du SLAM à ne pas être un libraire parisien : Georges Puzin, installé à Versailles, rue de la Paroisse depuis 1908. Il est épaulé par MM. Quereuil (Vice-président), Dauthon (Secrétaire), Jacquenet (Trésorier) et Chadenat, Cornuau, Deruelle, Raoust, Leleu, H. Saffroy (Commissaires). Il apparaît d’emblée comme un homme de dialogue en faisant la déclaration suivante: ‘Il faut que nous nous connaissions mieux, que nous puissions échanger nos idées, nos projets, les discuter, voire même les combattre pour arriver à un échange de vues pratiques capable d'assurer la bonne continuité et la raison d'être du SLAM.’ L'histoire de l'S.L.A.M. par René Cluzel décrit les années 1934 à 1957.

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

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

    William Henry Ireland forged Shakespeare, and the Russian secret police fabricated records from a secret society. Literary hoaxes can be entertaining, dangerous, or humiliating. Today is our final installment on famous literary hoaxes. (Be sure to check out Part One and Part Two.)

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  • The ILAB Stolen Book Database – A Report at the IFLA Conference

    The ILAB Stolen Book Database – A Report at the IFLA Conference

    A year ago Gonzalo Fernández Pontes was elected a member of the ILAB Committee. As Security Chair he is responsible for the ILAB Stolen Book Database, and he coordinates all efforts of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers to prevent thefts and to catch book thieves, both at national and international level. At the IFLA Conference in The Hague he gave a talk about this important work of the League.

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  • In the Press - Rare Book Crime Capers: Forgery, Theft, Murder and the Holy Grail of American Printing

    Travis McDade, author of an article on The Professionalization of Library Theft, published on the ILAB website, and of a recently published book titled “Thieves of Book Row” tells another amazing story about book theft and forgery in The Million. Read the whole article:

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  • Not This Time - 55th Annual Rare Books and Manuscript Librarian's Preconference

    Not This Time - 55th Annual Rare Books and Manuscript Librarian's Preconference

    Where do you start with a place like Vegas? Bally's Hotel and Casino is hosting the 2014 Moose International convention and dealing with a chronic shortage of aquatic plant life, willow shoots, and other forage. Hairy guys with backwards baseball caps. Old men and their leisurewear. Fatties in mobile chairs work away, tethered to slot machines. A Bally's credit card at the other end of the line drips the money in and out. The tether prevents the card from being stolen, lost, or forgotten. Sorry, sir, no photographs. What is the plural of Moose ? Do the International Moose employ it?

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