Dates announced 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. 

We will soon publish more information about the programme and booking details. 

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. 

NEXT INTERNATIONAL RARE BOOK FAIRS:
MILAN 24 - 26 MARCH
PARIS 7 - 9 APRIL 

The Italian Booksellers' Association ALAI invites collectors and booksellers to the 5th Antiquarian Book Fair in Milan 'Libri Antichi e di Pregio a Milano’ from 24 - 26 March 2017. 

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. 

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

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

What if They Were Right… Whoever They Were? (New York 2017) by Greg Gibson 

Published since 15 March 2017

The life of a journeyman major league book dealer (any one who makes his or her living in the trade as a hunter-gatherer, anyone not named Bill, Jim, Pom, Ed, or Don, or anyone not from the other side of the Atlantic whose shoes are worth more than most of your books)… this journeyman life, I say, is a simple one. As Einstein is reputed to have formulated it, we do the same thing over and over again and expect different results.

Read full article here. 

NEW: ILAB Mentoring Programme

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

GlossaryGlossary terms

CataloguesBook Catalogues

Book FairsRare Books - Next Fairs

  • Leipzig Antiquarian Book Fair

    23 Mar 2017 - 26 Mar 2017

    Leipzig Antiquarian Book Fair

    Since 1995 the Leipzig Antiquarian Book Fair has been part of the Leipzig Book Fair. Probably the first time ever that an antiquarian book fair was set up within a modern book fair. Since then the...

    [+] More

  • ILAB - LILA

    A.L.A.I. International Bookfair - Milan 2017

    24 Mar 2017 - 26 Mar 2017

    A.L.A.I. International Bookfair - Milan 2017

    The Committee of the ALAI-Associazione Librai Antiquari d’Italia is pleased to announce the organization of the 5th Antiquarian Book Fair ‘Libri Antichi  e di Pregio a...

    [+] More

EventsRare Books - Next EventsRSS

BooksellersAntiquarian Booksellers

Rare Book Gallery

  • Mécanisme de la physionomie humaine ou analyse électro-physiologique de...

    DUCHENNE DE BOULOGNE

    Bookseller: Hugues de Latude
    FRANCE

    Mécanisme de la physionomie humaine ou analyse électro-physiologique de l'expression des passions
    Baillière, Paris 1862 - Grand in-8. [265 x 180 mm] Collation : VI, (2), 70, XI, 194 pp., 1 portrait-frontispice et 91 planches hors-texte.... More

    Buy from:

    Price: 30010.00 EUR

  • Bilder aus Palästina, Nord-Arabien und dem Sinai. 100 Bilder nach...

    Moritz, Bernhard.

    Bookseller: Antiquariat INLIBRIS Gilhofer Nfg. GmbH
    AUSTRIA

    Bilder aus Palästina, Nord-Arabien und dem Sinai. 100 Bilder nach Photographien mit erläuterndem Text.
    Berlin, Reimer, 1916. - Oblong folio. 106 illustrations on 50 plates, each with separate title, in various sizes. With text booklet (2 ff., 16... More

    Buy from:

    Price: 40000.00 EUR

  • Collection of original vintage photographs.

    Arabian Horses at the Hungarian National Stud].

    Bookseller: Antiquariat INLIBRIS Gilhofer Nfg. GmbH
    AUSTRIA

    Collection of original vintage photographs.
    Bábolna, c. 1885. - 11 vintage photo prints (ca. 90 x 120 mm, but one 105 x 170 mm) on backing cardboard (20 x 25 cm). Highly uncommon photographs... More

    Buy from:

    Price: 9500.00 EUR

  • 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

    Buy from:

    Price: 15000.00 USD

All ArticlesRare Books - Articles

  • Bibliographies - Magic, Myths, Occult

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

    [+] More

  • Rare books, prints, maps, photographs, manuscripts and ephemera for sale at the ANZAAB Antiquarian Book Fair

    Rare books, prints, maps, photographs, manuscripts and ephemera for sale at the ANZAAB Antiquarian Book Fair

    Douglas Stewart Fine Books is exhibiting rare colonial manuscripts, photographs and artworks, illustrated French children’s books from the 19th century with Australian content, silk broadsides from a Melbourne playhouse in 1858, a rare photograph of the first Melbourne Cup trophy. The Lindsays are well represented with Fauns and Ladies and A Homage to Sappho, complemented by original paintings, drawings and etchings by Norman, Ruby and Lionel Lindsay. Also on offer are Rembrandt’s etching The Hundred Guilder Print from 1649, the first edition of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species (with a manuscript and several signed photos), and an extraordinary 4 metre-long chromolithographed Panorama des Jardins Zoologiques illustrating a French zoo ca. 1880 with Australian animals.

    [+] More

  • Matching the Right Wine to the Right Rare Book

    Matching the Right Wine to the Right Rare Book

    "Of the debacle at the ILAB Congress in Madrid, where I denounced all Riojas as swill not suitable to even gargle with and to be accompanied only with cheap reprints of Lorca on a bad day, and of the subsequent riot outside the U.S. embassy and then nationwide strike, I shall say no more." A BOOKTRYST wine tasting in several lessons ...

    [+] More

  • Publishers, Booksellers and Rare Book Dealers in Exile - A Biographical Handbook by Ernst Fischer

    Publishers, Booksellers and Rare Book Dealers in Exile - A Biographical Handbook by Ernst Fischer

    Thousands of authors, artists, musicians, scientists were forced to leave Nazi Germany after 1933, among them hundreds of publishers, booksellers, literary agents, auctioneers, and rare book dealers. In England or Palestine, the Netherlands or Scandinavia, the United States or South America, they tried to find asylum and to build up a new existence. Some of them failed, others succeeded, established new companies, and played an important role in exile, in their new home countries, and in the international book trade. Although this was probably the most dramatic event in the history of the trade, there had been no attempt to research the fate of all those displaced publishers, booksellers and antiquarian book dealers, until Ernst Fischer's biographical handbook "Verleger, Buchhändler & Antiquare aus Deutschland und Österreich in der Emigration nach 1933" was published by the German Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (VDA) in January 2011.

    [+] More

  • Nominated for the 16th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography - Ernst Fischer: Antiquarian Booksellers in Exile

    Nominated for the 16th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography - Ernst Fischer: Antiquarian Booksellers in Exile

    The seizure of power by the Nazis in 1933 was a decisive event also in the world of book collecting and antiquarian bookselling. Hundreds of rare book dealers, booksellers, publishers and auctioneers – among them the most famous of the trade – were murdered by the Nazis. Those who survived were forced to close their companies or they were forced to hand their antiquarian bookshops, publishing houses and auction houses over to the Nazis. Only if they left behind their whole existence was it possible for them to leave Nazi Germany and to escape to other countries all over the world. Some emigrants were fortunate enough to build up a new business in their new home country; a few of them became very successful, whereas other antiquarian booksellers or publishers never found their feet again.

    [+] More

  • Rare Books Worldwide - A Short History of the Book and Bibliophily in Italy

    Rare Books Worldwide - A Short History of the Book and Bibliophily in Italy

    In a series of articles antiquarian booksellers and rare book collectors from all parts of the world write about bookselling and collecting in their country. Part 1, written by rare book expert Fabrizio Govi is dedicated to the history of the book in Italy.

    [+] More

Top