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. 

Apply for a scholarship to attend the congress!

The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America's Elisabeth Woodburn Fund is proud to give the opportunity to THREE YOUNG ANTIQUARIANS to participate in the 43rd ILAB Congress! Apply via your national association by the 31st July! >> More info

Why ILAB Congresses are an ideal place to meet, learn and network - by Sabine Keune & Keith Fletcher 

Sabine Keune of Antiquariat Keune (Germany) and Keith Fletcher (UK) reminisce over past congresses and urge their colleagues to use this unique opportunity to build valuable connections and broaden the horizon. 

Now is the time for the revival of the ILAB Congress - A veteran's ramblings by Keith Fletcher 

Cologne was my first one - by Sabine Keune 


Leading Australian and international antiquarian booksellers bring a rich and diverse array of books to the Melbourne Rare Book Fair each year. The fair is presented by the Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (ANZAAB) as part of Melbourne Rare Book Week and runs from 7 - 9 July 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

Adam Weinberger Booksellers and an INSTAGRAM ONLY CATALOGUE

Published since 19 June 2017

Adam Weinberger (ABAA) of Adam Weinberger Rare Books, New York recently announced his first INSTAGRAM-ONLY Catalogue. Promoting via Instagram, this seems to work. But selling via Instagram? In the article, Adam explains why he sees Instagram as an interesting platform for our business and shares some tips on how to put up a catalogue.

Read the 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

Submissions for the 2018 ILAB Prize for Bibliography have now closed and can be viewed online! 

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.
Every fourth year ILAB detects and awards a particularly significant reference work within a selection of scholarly books about books published in the previous years. 

View submissions for the 2018 Prize here

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Book FairsRare Books - Next Fairs

  • Masterpiece London

    29 Jun 2017 - 05 Jul 2017

    Masterpiece London

    Masterpiece London, one of the world's leading antiques fairs now running in its 7th year in London, welcomes a number of international antiquarian booksellers and map dealers amongst its...

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  • Melbourne Rare Book Week

    30 Jun 2017 - 09 Jul 2017

    Melbourne Rare Book Week

    Now in its sixth year, Melbourne Rare Book Week (MRBW) is the premier Australian event for those who share a love of print on paper, history, libraries, bookshops and cultural institutions. MRBW...

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  • York Antiquarian Book Seminar (YABS) 2017

    11 Sep 2017 - 13 Sep 2017

    York Antiquarian Book Seminar (YABS) 2017

    Learn about the antiquarian book trade from some of the best booksellers in the country.  York Antiquarian Book Seminar provides an opportunity for leading specialists to share...

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Rare Book Gallery

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


    Bookseller: Hugues de Latude

    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

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    Price: 30010.00 EUR

  • Oslo Peace Accords Photograph, Signed

    CLINTON, Bill

    Bookseller: Historicana

    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

  • 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

  • Collection of original vintage photographs.

    Arabian Horses at the Hungarian National Stud].

    Bookseller: Antiquariat INLIBRIS Gilhofer Nfg. GmbH

    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

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    Price: 9500.00 EUR

All ArticlesRare Books - Articles

  • A Working Life: The Rare-Book Dealer - Ed Maggs

    A Working Life: The Rare-Book Dealer - Ed Maggs

    “For someone who loves old and rare books, buys and sells them, Ed Maggs hardly comes across as bookish, more of an energetic sporting type. But then, Maggs, 51, had ambitions of becoming a reggae superstar – not quite what his parents had in mind after an expensive private education at Westminster. Maggs played in a band called Talkover, worked as a DJ in various minor clubs and in department store stockrooms and other undemanding jobs, before fetching up like a prodigal son in the family business he initially wanted to avoid.”

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  • A CELEBRATION OF THE PRINTED WORD – 46th California International Antiquarian Book Fair from 15th to 17th February 2013

    A CELEBRATION OF THE PRINTED WORD – 46th California International Antiquarian Book Fair from 15th to 17th February 2013

    Thousands of rare books and manuscripts from hundreds of booksellers, plus seminars and events for book lovers: The 46th California International Antiquarian Book Fair from 15th to 17th February 2013 is the largest antiquarian book fair in the world and will offer something exciting for every book lover and collector. Among the exhibited materials of over 200 American and international dealers, you can peruse and purchase rare items from medieval manuscripts to collectible editions of authors into the 21st century. There will be unusual books on travel and exploration (including maps), literature, the arts, science and medicine, children's books, law and commerce, Americana, and history in all eras and geographical areas. First, signed, and limited editions of many important authors will be present, plus collections of original photographs, prints by renowned artists from the 16th to the 21st century, and remarkable examples of book making, binding, and typography from throughout the world.

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  • Past Presidents of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association - Alan Gradon Thomas (1911-1992)

    Past Presidents of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association - Alan Gradon Thomas (1911-1992)

    This week – revisiting the past again with another in the occasional series on past presidents of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association. Alan Gradon Thomas was born in Hampstead, North London, on the 19th October 1911 – the son of Albert Edward Thomas, a local newsagent and stationer, and his wife Evelyn Gradon, originally from Durham, who had married the previous year.

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  • Rare Books on the Blog - Manuscript Road Trip: Mappa Mundi Wisconsinianae

    Rare Books on the Blog - Manuscript Road Trip: Mappa Mundi Wisconsinianae

    Lisa Fagin Davis is currently serving as Acting Executive Director of the Medieval Academy of America. Since 1996 she has been travelling through North America collecting data on the numbers and cataloguing status of pre-1600 manuscripts. Her blog Manuscript Road Trip takes readers on a (virtual) state-by-state tour of manuscripts focusing on less-well-known collections, some of them in very surprising locations. Read her recent blog post

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  • Antiquarian Booksellers in Exile – Susan Bach (1909-1997)

    Antiquarian Booksellers in Exile – Susan Bach (1909-1997)

    The seizure of power by the Nazis in 1933 was a decisive event in the world of book collecting. Numerous dealers and collectors – among them the most famous of the trade – were murdered by the Nazis. Those who survived were forced to close their companies and to hand them over to the Nazis. Ernst Fischer’s biographical handbook "Verleger, Buchhändler & Antiquare aus Deutschland und Österreich in der Emigration nach 1933" reconstructs the biographies of all German and Austrian booksellers, publishers and auctioneers who emigrated from Germany after 1933. The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers is proud to publish some of the most impressive stories told in Ernst Fischer’s book on its website. This article in a series of 25 booksellers' biographies is dedicated to Susan Bach.

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  • In the Press - Bulk of Sendak collection leaving Rosenbach

    “Nearly half a century ago, the Rosenbach Museum and Library began building a relationship with the young author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, who very quickly started using the townhouse museum on Delancey Place as a repository for his original drawings, manuscripts, proofs, and rare editions. Through the years the numbers mounted, and today about 10,000 items of Sendakiana, from original artwork to finished editions, fill the Rosenbach - the museum's best calling card with generations that grew up with his books.
    But now that card is being recalled.”

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