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 ILAB-AFFILIATED RARE BOOK FAIRS:
LONDON 1 -3 JUNE
BRUSSELS 22 - 24 JUNE  

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.  

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

Booksellers in the Press - Maggs Bros. 

Published since 26 May 2017

One of London's oldest, antiquarian bookshops Maggs Bros., bookseller by appointment to the Queen, closed their premises last year when their leasehold on Berkeley Square had expired after almost 80 years of trading. The opening of the new gallery in Bloombury's Bedford Square, received broad press coverage this week. 

Read the full article here. 

NEW: ILAB Mentoring Programme
JOIN NOW!

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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  • Thorn Books

    Thorn Books

    Cortaro - UNITED STATES

    Specialties: Children's books, Illustrated books, Literature, Local history, Modern first editions, Old and rare books, Travel

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Rare Book Gallery

  • Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus.

    WITTGENSTEIN, Ludwig.

    Bookseller: Athena Rare Books ABAA
    UNITED STATES

    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

  • Le Bain de la Comtesse"]. Pencil, ink and watercolour drawing, signed...

    Shepard, Ernest, English artist and book illustrator (1879-1976).

    Bookseller: Antiquariat INLIBRIS Gilhofer Nfg. GmbH
    AUSTRIA

    Le Bain de la Comtesse"]. Pencil, ink and watercolour drawing, signed ("Ernest H. Shepard") lower right.
    N. p. o. d. - 305:508 mm, mounted on cardboard. Fine, large horizontal watercolour picturing a noble lady nude in the bathtub under a parted... More

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    Price: 7500.00 EUR

  • Voyage d'exploration à la mer Morte, à Petra et sur la rive gauche du...

    Luynes, Honoré d'Albert de.

    Bookseller: Antiquariat INLIBRIS Gilhofer Nfg. GmbH
    AUSTRIA

    Voyage d'exploration à la mer Morte, à Petra et sur la rive gauche du Jourdain. Oeuvre posthume.
    Paris, Arthus Bertrand, [1874]. - 3 vols. and 1 vol of plates. (2), II ff., 388 pp. (6), 222, (6) pp. (4), VI, 326 pp. With 14 lithogr. plates (4... More

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    Price: 38000.00 EUR

  • VIEWS OF THE NORTH CHINA AFFAIR. [Photographed During the Boxer Rebellion, 1900]

    YAMAMOTO, S. [Sanshichiro] comp.

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

    VIEWS OF THE NORTH CHINA AFFAIR. [Photographed During the Boxer Rebellion, 1900]
    STUNNING PHOTOS OF FOREIGN TROOPS OCCUPYING BEIJING PALACE Tokio 1901, - Yamamoto. Oblong album, color pictorial stiffwrs., purple silk ties,... More

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    Price: 11639.00 USD

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  • The Canterbury Tales - Digital

    “Experts from The University of Manchester's John Rylands Library are to spend four days at a beautiful seventeenth century mansion to capture its world famous Canterbury Tales manuscript on camera ...

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  • Books about Books: A History of Oak Knoll Press, Part 5: The Start of the Wakeman Years

    Books about Books: A History of Oak Knoll Press, Part 5: The Start of the Wakeman Years

    The fall of 1988 was a decisive time for the business. Our sales were good but needed to be better. I had to reach a decision on how to grow the business. Should I stay in the books about books field with its relatively limited number of expensive books, branch out into other fields which contained more expensive books, or capitalize on our reputation in this specialized field of books about books and increase the publishing program? History shows that I chose the latter.

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  • Nigel Beale and Tim Bowling in Conversation on Book Collecting, and Bowling’s new Book “In the Suicide’s Library”

    Nigel Beale and Tim Bowling in Conversation on Book Collecting, and Bowling’s new Book “In the Suicide’s Library”

    Twice shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for Poetry, Tim Bowling has won the Canadian Authors’ Association Award for Poetry and two Alberta Book Awards. Nigel Beale met the author in Ottawa to talk about his new book In the Suicide’s Library. Topics covered include book collecting, coincidence, suicide, the spirit, passion and harmony of books,  the use of hands, the line between bibliophiles and maniacs and the importance of physical books to the culture.

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Overly (litho)graphic?

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Overly (litho)graphic?

    Sometimes, as a bookseller, you come across something which you really can’t quite believe exists, and something that you will probably never see again.  This collecting tip by Simon Beattie is better than any steak and kidney pie.

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Of Cocoa and Cuba

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Of Cocoa and Cuba

    The average American eats eleven pounds of chocolate per year. Though its form has changed over the millennia, chocolate is one of the few foods that earned a prized place among cultures around the world. Though often overlooked, it’s played a significant role in the global economy. Cacao was long an important crop in Cuba, but it was overshadowed by both sugar cane and coffee. Its role in colonial Cuba was especially important in the tumultuous 1800′s, as the colony struggled to overcome economic crisis and gain its independence from Spain.

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  • Collecting Crime (Fiction) - A Very Shocking Shocker

    Collecting Crime (Fiction) - A Very Shocking Shocker

    It was Simon Beattie who kindly put us in touch with a dealer on the continent who had this for sale.  Not something he wanted, but thought we might.  Quite what grounds he had for thinking this, I’m not at all sure – lurid, criminous, obscure author, published by a trio of even more obscure publishers, set in a vividly realised 1890s London, inscribed by the author, no copies on the internet  – nothing at all there to appeal to me that I can see.  As Simon himself likes to deal in ‘The Books You Never Knew You Wanted’ (see his delightful blog of that name: link in the Blogroll) – I suppose this by definition probably makes Death and the Woman one of those books you never knew you didn’t want – but then (to judge from recent sales) that’s probably becoming a fair summary of most of our stock.

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