43rd ILAB Congress & Book Fair  in L.A. from  3 - 11 Feb 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 Los Angeles, Pasadena. 

All information here. 

Bookseller's Testimonials:

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 

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

Robert Wright, President of ABAC on bookselling in Canada 

...There will be a considerable amount of interesting Canadiana at the Toronto Antiquarian Book Fair.  Material offered for sale will include rare books, maps, photographs, prints and ephemera on subjects such as early exploration and the arctic. There will also be important literary works by major Canadian writers including Leonard Cohen, Margaret Atwood, Alice Munro and L.M. Montgomery. Canada has a rich private press tradition, and there will be a good selection of finely printed books represented at the fair. The fair will provide a tremendous selection of antiquarian books in a world class setting, and I encourage everyone to attend!

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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CataloguesBook Catalogues

Book FairsRare Books - Next Fairs

  • BiblioMania - Salon des papiers anciens

    18 Oct 2017 - 22 Oct 2017

    BiblioMania - Salon des papiers anciens

    Environ 100 exposants, venus de toute l’Europe, réunis sur 3000 m2. Des libraires professionnels qui proposent une multitude de documents aussi variés que...

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  • INK FAIR LONDON - Rare Books & Art

    25 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017

    INK FAIR LONDON - Rare Books & Art

    After its inauguration in 2016, the 2nd edition of INK FAIR LONDON will take place in October 2017. The fair puts an emphasis on quality and luxury, combining the world of valuable rare and...

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  • Bodleian - Which Jane Austen?

    22 Jun 2017 - 29 Oct 2017

    Bodleian - Which Jane Austen?

    To mark 200 years since the death of Jane Austen, a major new exhibition at Oxford University’s Bodleian Libraries will challenge the current public perception of one of England’s...

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BooksellersAntiquarian Booksellers

Rare Book Gallery

  • Sex Objects Mockup and Archive

    KROLL, Eric

    Bookseller: Harper's Books

    Sex Objects Mockup and Archive
    Danbury, NH: Addison House (1977) - Unique mockup and photographic archive of Eric Kroll's Sex Objects. SIGNED by Kroll on the first page, the... 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

  • Small Collection of Signed and Inscribed Books and Photographs

    CASTRO, Fidel

    Bookseller: Between the Covers-Rare Books, Inc. ABAA

    Small Collection of Signed and Inscribed Books and Photographs
    1985 - A collection that includes three Signed and Inscribed books, two Inscribed photographs and an Autograph Note in English Signed. The books... More

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    Price: 18500.00 USD

  • Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus.


    Bookseller: Athena Rare Books ABAA

    Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus.
    Kegan Paul Trench Trubner & Co., London 1922 - Half title + TP + [5] = Note page + 7-189 + 1 blank leaf + 1-10 = Advertisements, Octavo. First... More

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    Price: 12000.00 USD

All ArticlesRare Books - Articles

  • Bibliographies - American Literature

    Bibliographies - American Literature

    Online: American Authors on the Web - Early American Fiction Collection (1789-1875) -
    The Cambridge History of English and American Literature 

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  • The Foots and the Poets

    The Foots and the Poets

    Very recently, a delightful new book tumbled on to my desk from an otherwise boring mail delivery - a Yard (3 Foots) Anthology, which straight away brightened my day and finished off anything else I had planned to do. For it immediately took me back many years to a different era. After a preliminary look-through, I was so grateful that I telephoned the donor to thank him most profusely and genuinely.

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions: Time Travel for Dummies

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions: Time Travel for Dummies

    When my accountant said, “Hey, you’ve had another good year,” my response was, “You’ve got to be kidding!” But then, looking back, I remembered some happy referrals, several fascinating consignments and, in general, quite a bit of successful book scouting.  Ten Pound Island’s  invoices and check stubs (all digital!) told the story in detail. My "new business model," concocted so painfully over the past year, paid off. I dropped the California, Florida, and New York book fairs, cut expenses way back, moved from hard copy to web based catalogs, and quoted a lot more books using specially tailored, richly illustrated e-based catalogs.

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  • How To Identify Simon & Schuster First Editions

    How To Identify Simon & Schuster First Editions

    One of the four largest English-language publishing houses, Simon & Schuster now publishes over 2,000 titles a year under 35 different imprints. The firm started by publishing crossword puzzle books and grew to publish some of the world's most recognized authors. How to identify Simon & Schuster first editions.

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  • Collector Spotlight: David A. Williamson - Enhancing a Collection with Signatures and Artwork

    Collector Spotlight: David A. Williamson - Enhancing a Collection with Signatures and Artwork

    Part two of our interview with David A. Williamson, one of the largest Stephen King collectors in the world. In 2009, he bought Betts Books and one of his greatest joys is helping other King collectors find that “special” collectible for their own collections. He lives in Fairfield, CT, is married and has three children.

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    Please join us on Saturday April 23, 2016 when we will focus world attention on rare books and associated materials. At this time when UNESCO and many others throughout the world celebrate literacy, ILAB Booksellers will once again run a worldwide 24 hour campaign to promote our trade and to raise money for literacy.  If ever there was a year to get involved it is 2016, as it is the 400th anniversary of the deaths of both Shakespeare and Cervantes! So don’t hesitate, join us!

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