NEW ILAB WEBSITE 2018 - NO UPDATES AFTER 15 DEC 

NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: We would like to inform our readers and affiliates that this website will soon be updated and migrated to a new provider. A new ILAB website will be launched in January 2018. 

Neither ILAB or our affiliates will be able to upload or edit copy, catalogues or any other information after 15 Dec. 

We apologize for the inconvenience but we will soon launch a new site that is easy to read on smartphones and tablets, with added features and an updated design. Guidelines on uploading to the new site will be available when the site is launched. 

We'll keep you posted!

The 2018 congress is now fully booked, four months prior to the event!

>> LINK TO CONGRESS PROGRAM

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. 

Modena, Italy, October 2017: Jury Meeting for the  
17th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography 2018

The ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography is one of the most prestigious prizes in the field of bibliography. Every fourth year it detects and awards a particularly significant reference work within a selection of scholarly books about books published in the previous years. 

The jury, consisting of three rare booksellers and three senior librarians, met in October 2017 in Modena in Italy to assess the over 50 submissions of outstanding bibliographies. More info. 

Impressions from the Presidents' Meeting in Copenhagen, September 2017

Presidents from our 22 affiliated national associations gathered on Monday, 25th September 2017 in Copenhagen. This annual meeting is a unique opportunity for the international rare book trade to present the work of each national association, to network and to learn. 

Amor Librorum Nos Unit. 

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Book FairsRare Books - Next Fairs

  • Bokmesse Oslo

    24 Nov 2017 - 26 Nov 2017

    Bokmesse Oslo

    The Oslo Antiquarian Book Fair is organised by the Norwegian Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, Norsk Antikvarbokhandlerforening with exhibitors primarily from Norway but also Sweden...

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  • PBFA Bloomsbury Christmas Book Fair

    02 Dec 2017

    PBFA Bloomsbury Christmas Book Fair

    Thousands of beautiful, rare collectable and quirky books, prints, photographs and ephemera will be offered for sale at prices to suit every enthusiast.  We welcome collectors old and new to...

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Rare Book Gallery

  • NRL Report 4489. Rocket research report no. XVIII. Photography from the...

    Baumann, R. C. and L. Winkler

    Bookseller: Jeremy Norman's historyofscience
    UNITED STATES

    NRL Report 4489. Rocket research report no. XVIII. Photography from the Viking 11 rocket at altitudes ranging up to 158 miles. Manuscript and printed versions
    NRL, Washington DC 1955 - Spectacular Images of the Earth from the Threshold of Outer Space Baumann, R. C. and L. Winkler. (1) Photography from the... More

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    Price: 15000.00 USD

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

    ORWELL, George.)

    Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member
    UNITED KINGDOM

    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

  • Iraq in War Time. Al-Iraq fi zaman al-harb.

    Philby, Harry St John Bridger].

    Bookseller: Antiquariat INLIBRIS Gilhofer Nfg. GmbH
    AUSTRIA

    Iraq in War Time. Al-Iraq fi zaman al-harb.
    Basrah, Government Press, [1918]. - Folio (257 x 344 mm). (104) pp. More than 200 photo prints. Original giltstamped green cloth. Intriguing photo... More

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    Price: 8500.00 EUR

  • 11 VOL. SET. GEORGE EUMORFOPOULOS COLLECTION CATALOGUE OF THE CHINESE,...

    HOBSON, Robert L. et al.

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

    11 VOL. SET. GEORGE EUMORFOPOULOS COLLECTION CATALOGUE OF THE CHINESE, COREAN, CHINESE, AND PERSIAN POTTERY. The Complete Set.
    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

All ArticlesRare Books - Articles

  • The Curse of St Clements - or, A Tale of Peril and Redemption

    The Curse of St  Clements - or, A Tale of Peril and Redemption

    When Leslie asked me to talk to you about books, and my bookselling career – if bookselling can be called a career – I decided that, this being the Osborne Collection, I should confine myself to children’s books This will not be hard to do, because children’s books have always had a central place in my life I should warn you though, that tonight you are going to get less of my daring adventures as a bookseller, and more of my conclusions about books, especially children’s books, gained from 40 years experience of bookselling

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  • The Leaning Tower of Photography Books

    The Leaning Tower of Photography Books

    One of the joys of dealing in modern literary first editions is the neat and nearly uniform size of the vast majority of one's inventory. Your basic octavo volume, when packed for a book fair, nestled convivially amongst its fellows, will fit neatly in a standard document storage box. After having done a few hundred fairs, one can pack up quickly and neatly, leaving no space in a box for the books to shuffle about, with the resultant deterioration in condition that loosely packed books usually suffer. I particularly recommend books of poetry and drama for this purpose – usually slim volumes that, when inserted between other books, tighten one's box load to a satisfying solidity.

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Lutheran best-seller turned Jesuit boxed set

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Lutheran best-seller turned Jesuit boxed set

    Books in boxes have always held a particular appeal.  But this I found particularly attractive. It’s a book from 1738, Güldenes Schatz-Kästlein der Kinder Gottes (A Golden Treasure Chest for the Children of God), which has been cut into individual leaves, all the edges gilded, and then put into a custom-made gilt-tooled morocco box which features the figure of Justitia and the seal of the Society of Jesus.

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  • The Art of American Book Cover - Frederick W. Gookin

    The Art of American Book Cover - Frederick W. Gookin

    When trying to learn more about F. W. Gookin, the first few biographical notes I found did not even mention his work as a book cover designer. I thought, "Maybe this Frederick William Gookin (1853–1936) is the wrong one." He was the Buckingham Curator of Japanese Prints at the Art Institute of Chicago, where he is described as "a lifelong Chicagoan."

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Betty Smith

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Betty Smith

    December 15 is the birthday of writer Betty Smith (1896), whose first novel, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1943), became an instant bestseller. The semi-autobiographical book chronicles the struggles of an Irish-American family in New York City in the early part of the 20th century. The title is a reference to the Tree of Heaven, an invasive species from China that is found on vacant lots in New York. Its struggles for survival are the central metaphor of the book.

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  • Collecting - Five British Journalists Who Made a Difference

    Collecting - Five British Journalists Who Made a Difference

    The role of journalist is a multifaceted one. Between investigating, thinking, writing, and trying to be heard, journalists have the propensity to make a huge impact on society and their readers. This is a list of five such British journalists who - through actions, words, and a desire to shape the minds of the citizens they wrote for - changed the world.

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