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. 

NEXT INTERNATIONAL RARE BOOK FAIRS:
PARIS 7 - 9 APRIL 
LONDON 1 -3 JUNE  

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

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

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Book FairsRare Books - Next Fairs

  • PBFA Travel & Exploration Book Fair

    02 Apr 2017

    PBFA Travel & Exploration Book Fair

    The Travel & Exploration Book Fair returns to the the Royal Geographical Society and celebrates 160 years since the publication of David Livingston’s Missionary Travels & Research in...

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  • International Rare Book & Fine Art Fair

    07 Apr 2017 - 09 Apr 2017

    International Rare Book & Fine Art Fair

    One of the most prestigious fairs of its kind in the world, this annual event attracts both collectors and the curious. The Paris Fair offers its ever increasing number of visitors a...

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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

  • Royal Air Force Pilot's Flying Log Book.

    Stedman, Sgt. J. V.

    Bookseller: Heldfond Book Gallery, Ltd. ABAA , ILAB
    UNITED STATES

    Royal Air Force Pilot's Flying Log Book.
    July 1938 - November 1940. - Approx. 150 pages. Square 8vo. Titled blue cloth over boards. Ruled pages as per contemporary log type. Various... More

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    Price: 10500.00 USD

  • CHINESE PHOTO ALBUM, COMMEMMORATING THE VISIT OF THE WELCOMING OF THE...

    GUANG DONG ZHI XIN JU HAUN YIN MEI GUO SANG HUI JI NIAN.

    Bookseller: RARE ORIENTAL BOOK CO., ABAA, ILAB
    UNITED STATES

    CHINESE PHOTO ALBUM, COMMEMMORATING THE VISIT OF THE WELCOMING OF THE AMERICAN MERCHANT ASSOCIATION BY THE CANTON ADVISORY BOARD, 1897. With Many Early Photos of Macao and the Pearl River Estuary.
    AN EXCELLENT EARLY PHOTO ALUBM OF CANTON & AMERICAN VISITORS[China c.1897. - ]Half leather over brocade silk, most of spinegone, else very... More

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    Price: 16900.00 USD

  • Street Incidents

    THOMSON, John; Thomson, John; SMITH, Adolphe

    Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books
    UNITED STATES

    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

  • Chemische Abhandlung von der Luft und dem Feuer. Nebst einem Vorbericht von...

    SCHEELE, Carl Wilhelm

    Bookseller: Martayan Lan
    UNITED STATES

    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

All ArticlesRare Books - Articles

  • Bibliographies - Anonym works

    Bibliographies - Anonym works

    Online: Michael Holzmann und Hanns Bohatta, Deutsches Anonymen-Lexikon 1501-1850, 4 volumes

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  • Collecting John Updike

    Collecting John Updike

    If you want to collect John Updike in detail, you'd better build an addition onto your library. Its not true that he publishes a new book every week, it just seems like it, and his cheery indifference to writers' block has probably made him an editor's dream. He is generous with his signature, and apparently open to offers from publishers of limited editions.

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  • The Cleveland Manifesto of Poetry, The Asphodel Bookshop and the Future of Bookstores

    The Cleveland Manifesto of Poetry, The Asphodel Bookshop and the Future of Bookstores

    The Cleveland Manifesto of Poetry was published from Jim Lowell's Asphodel Bookshop in 1964, a year after the bookstore opened at 465 The Arcade. It prints statements by Russell Atkins, d. a. levy, Russell Salamon, Adelaide Simon, Jau Billera, and Kent Taylor. The statements still seem relevant today, especially those of Atkins and levy, whose manifesto begins "To write surface poems with the appearance of artificial flowers in order to communicate with persons by forcing them to resort to instinctive methods of understanding." It is a beautiful and surprising characterization of the concrete tendencies in levy's poetry and bookmaking.

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  • Book Collectors - Palau Islands, Pacific Ocean, and Bochum, Germany

    Book Collectors - Palau Islands, Pacific Ocean, and Bochum, Germany

    Buying collections is always an exiting business, at least for me. There are so many elements of surprise, even if you have an idea what is in the collection, because you helped build it. Here is one of my most pleasant recollections of buying from an old customer.

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Inflammatory Swedish History Angered Danes

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Inflammatory Swedish History Angered Danes

    Johannes Magnus, Sweden’s last Catholic archbishop, got caught up in the politics of the Reformation but escaped to Italy, where he found time to write a book about the history of the Scandinavian people. Some scholars, Danes in particular, don’t think much of Magnus’ history, though. Magnus was decidedly a Swedish nationalist and didn’t treat the Danish people very kindly in his book. In fact, he suggested that Danes were actually descendants of Swedish criminals who were exiled south of Sweden. His book, Gothorum Sueonumque Historia, ex probatis Anriquorum Monumentis Colleta, & in xxiiij. libros redacta, naturally sparked loud Danish protests, and spate of Danish books refuting Magnus’ conclusions.

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  • Why Did Charles Dickens Write Ghost Stories for Christmas?

    Why Did Charles Dickens Write Ghost Stories for Christmas?

    Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol has become a beloved part of the literary canon – and for many an indispensable part of the holiday season. The story embodies the goodwill associated with the Christmas season – and it has the Victorians’ favorite elements of a good Christmas story: ghosts. Dickens wrote other Christmas tales that also incorporated phantoms and ghosts, as did his Victorian cohorts. But why this obsession with ghosts at Christmas time?

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