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.  

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Video of "Walking Tour of the Medieval Book Trade in Paris" with Christopher de Hamel and Sandra Hindman

Published since 15 May 2017

On April 8, 2017, Christopher de Hamel ("Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts") and ILAB bookseller Sandra Hindman of Les Enluminures led a "Walking Tour of the Medieval Book Trade in Paris". Setting off from Notre-Dame, the small group of participants had the opportunity to step into the Middle Ages and learn all about the life and practice of illuminators, scribes, printers and binders. Les Enluminures has just released a video with snippets from the guided tour. 

Link and 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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  • Librairie des Carrés

    Librairie des Carrés

    Gennes - Val de Loire - FRANCE

    Specialties: Illustrated books, Natural history, Old and rare books, Science and technology, Travel

    Most recent catalogue:

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    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

  • 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

  • Voyages du Chevalier Chardin, en Perse, et autres lieux de l’Orient,...

    CHARDIN (Jean). [Le meilleur exposé jamais publié sur la Perse et les peuples islamiques. Provenance prestigieuse : Château de Dampierre. Un très bel exemplaire ayant appartenu à Honoré d’Albert, 8e duc de Luynes]

    Bookseller: Librairie Hérodote

    Voyages du Chevalier Chardin, en Perse, et autres lieux de l’Orient, enrichis d’un grand nombre de belles figures en taille-douce, représentant les Antiquités et les choses remarquables du pays. Nouvelle édition. Soigneusement conférée sur les trois éditions originales, augmentée d’une Notice de la Perse, depuis les temps les plus reculés jusqu’à ce jour, de Notes, etc. Par L. Langlès.
    Paris, Le Normant, Imprimeur-Libraire, 1811 - 10 vol. in-8° et un atlas in-folio [525 x 370 mm] ; XLVIII-1 vignette in-texte [C. Macret 1807]-2... More

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    Price: 9500.00 EUR

  • Original signed photographic portrait; presented together with signed...

    ORWELL, George.)

    Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member

    Original signed photographic portrait; presented together with signed photographic portraits of Orwell's Eton set, including: Cyril Connolly, Godfrey Meynell, Denys King-Farlow, Denis Dannreuther, James Gibson, Ralph M. Cazalet, Roger Mynors, Bobbie Longden, Maurice Whittome, and an unidentified "Peter" and "Ronnie".
    [Eton: 1918-21] - Large sheet of thick sugar paper, recto with 12 mounted monochrome photographic portraits, each signed and (but for one) dated... More

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    Price: 25000.00 GBP

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  • Why Buy From ABAA/ILAB Dealers?

    It's reasonable to claim that the present is far and away the most tumultuous time in the history of book buying. Book buyers have a tool at their disposal, namely the Internet, that has completely changed the way book collectors are able to add to their libraries.

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  • Are Rare Book Dealers "Collectors in Disguise"?

    Are Rare Book Dealers "Collectors in Disguise"?

    From December 3-5, 2010, rare book dealers from Australia, Asia, Europe and the United States will showcase rare and beautiful books and prints at the  4th Hong Kong Antiquarian Book Fair, among them booksellers from Japan, China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. The fair, which took place for the first time in 2007,  is organized by Paul Feain of Cornstalk Bookshop in Sydney (Australia), Mitsuo Nitta of Yushodo in Tokyo (Japan), and Christopher Li of Swindons Books in Hong Kong. In an interview for the China Daily Paul Feain, antiquarian bookseller for 30 years and a long-time ILAB Committee member,  talks about the importance of printed books in the history of mankind, the great works of 20th century literature, art, politics and philosophy, about the passion of book collecting and Hong Kong as an attractive market place for rare books and manuscripts, arts and antiques. His credo: A good dealer is a collector in disguise. Collect with passion in a field that you are passionate about. Collect books that you want to read. You will soon become an expert, and if you collect like this for a number of years you may even become THE expert. 

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  • Librarian Liberators

    Librarian Liberators

    Is this your notion of a librarian - a gray-haired, bun-coiffed woman?  Of course, this one does not appear to have the requisite spectacles.  When I was teaching and tired of constantly putting on and taking off my glasses (I can see distance like a hawk, but can't read a menu without help) I started wearing an eyeglass necklace. One day after school my principal saw me walking out the door wearing them.  He laughed and teased me about how "only librarians wear those". I pointed to my husband (a librarian) who had come to pick me up, and said, "He doesn't."  My principal blushed, but that seems to be one of the common perceptions about librarians. Far from being the mousy, shushing, bespectacled, gray women of most people's perceptions, librarians come in a variety of packaging (including "guybrarians") and can be ardent defenders of their beliefs.  Take the ALA (American Library Association), for example.

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  • Open The Pod Bay Doors, Hal!

    Open The Pod Bay Doors, Hal!

    If there’s one thing you can guarantee it’s that the minute you think you’re being smart is the minute before you meet someone much smarter. One of the reasons I love my job so very, very much is that my minutes of being smart never last long enough to knock my self image out of whack. If I’m not meeting a customer whose breadth of knowledge and devotion has the least admirable parts of me reaching for a pitchfork and a torch then it’s one of my colleagues who is making me wish I could eat their head and consume their wisdom entire.

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  • SLAM Bibliography Prize 2012 - « L'Imitation de Jésus-Christ (1470-1800) »

    SLAM Bibliography Prize 2012 - « L'Imitation de Jésus-Christ (1470-1800) »

    The Bibliography Prize 2012 of the Syndicat National de la Librairie Ancienne et Moderne  (SLAM) will be awarded to Martine Delaveau and Yann Sordet for: « L'Imitation de Jésus-Christ (1470-1800). » Etudes et catalogue collectif des fonds conservés à la bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, à la Bibliothèque Nationale de France, à la Bibliothèque Mazarine et à la Bibliothèque de la Sorbonne. Coédition BnF / Bibliothèque Mazarine / Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, 2011. 21 x 29,7 cm, hardcover, 520 pages, 113 illustrations.

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  • Christmas and The Private Library, Part 1

    Christmas and The Private Library, Part 1

    The literature of Christmas is vast, and any book collector seeking to create a Christmas-themed private library quickly realizes that difficult choices have to be made. Does one collect everything written about or influenced by this holiday? Does one focus only on non fiction books (origins, evolution, secular or religious aspects), fiction (not all of which is cheery), or both?  Does one collect such books as a stand-alone theme, or as an adjunct to other collecting areas (folklore, religion, industrialization, childhood, illustration)? - This is a literary Christmas present by L. D. Mitchell and his famous blog The Private Library

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