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Published on 15 Dec. 2011

40th ILAB Congress & 24th ILAB International Antiquarian Book Fair

Lucerne - Zurich, September 22nd - 30th 2012 

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Welcome to Lucerne in September 2012!

The Swiss Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (VEBUKU/SLACES) and its president Alain Moirandat are proud to host the 40th ILAB Congress in Lucerne from September 22nd to 26th, 2012. From the beginning the Swiss antiquarian booksellers have been strongly affiliated to the League. The first ILAB President, William S. Kundig, came from Switzerland. The 5th ILAB Congress was held in Geneva in 1952, the 15th ILAB Congress took place in Basle in 1962, while the ILAB members enjoyed the 25th ILAB Congress and 8th International Antiquarian Book Fair in Zurich in 1978.

34 years later, the ILAB antiquarian booksellers from 32 countries all over the world will return to Switzerland for another important international conference with an exciting programme highlighting the variety of Swiss art, architecture and culture, folklore and industrial history.


Saturday, September 22, 2012, Lucerne

ILAB Committee Meeting, Arrival of the ILAB Presidents

Sunday, September 23, 2012, Lucerne

ILAB Presidents' Meeting, Arrival of the ILAB Delegates, Welcome Reception

Monday, September 24, 2012, Lucerne: Library, Rosengart Museum, Hergiswald

Visit of the Lucerne Central & University Library

The Lucerne Central & University Library owns a marvellous collection of manuscripts and early printings, and the estates of scholars, artists, printers and politicians who played an important role in the cultural history of Switzerland.

Visit of the Rosengart Museum

The Rosengart Collection was originally the private art collection of Siegfried Rosengart and his daughter Angela. It comprises more than 300 works by 23 artists with an emphasis on Modernism. Along with Pablo Picasso and Paul Klee, the Collection features exceptional works of the highest artistic quality by artists like Bonnard, Braque, Cézanne, Chagall, Dufy, Kandinsky, Laurens, Léger, Matisse, Miró, Modigliani, Monet, Renoir, Rouault, Soutine, Utrillo and Vuillard.

Transfer by bus to Hergiswald, visit of the baroque church with its unique emblematic ceiling decoration

The "Bilderhimmel von Hergiswald" is a painted ceiling which spans the entire interior of the baroque church, It was decorated by the Swiss artist Caspar Meglinger in 1654 with 324 wood framed panels, all showing symbolic scenes related to the life of Mary. It is the world's largest cycle of its kind and a monumental testimony of baroque art and piety in Switzerland.


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Tuesday, September 25, 2012, Lake Lucerne, Rütli, Vitznau

Boat trip on the Lake Lucerne, ILAB General Assembly on the boat, lunch near the "Rütli" with folkloristic attractions. The trip continues during the afternoon, rustic dinner at Vitznau, return to Lucerne

Rütli is a meadow mountain at the Lake Lucerne, where the legendary "Rütlischwur" (Rütli oath) was taken by the "Eidgenossen" (oath takers) Werner Stauffacher, Walter Fürst and Arnold of Melchtal presumably at the beginning of the 13th century. This was the foundation of the Swiss Confederation. The figures of the three oath takers merged with the legend of William Tell who became the hero of Friedrich Schiller's drama.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012, Lucerne, Einsiedeln Monastery & Library, Werner Oechslin Collection

Excursion by bus to Einsiedeln with its baroque church, monastery and library

The Benedictine Monastery Einsiedeln was founded in 934. Today it is one of most famous monasteries on the Saint James' Way, the pilgrimage route to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. The abbey's library contains about 230,000 printed books, 1230 manuscripts and 1040 incunabula and early printed books including the Versus de scachis, a Medieval Latin poem and the earliest mention of chess in Western literature.

Visit of the private library of Professor Werner Oechslin

A library of more than 50,000 books on the history of architecture in a most fascinating modern building designed by Mario Botta: The Werner Oechslin Library holds primary sources on architectural theory and its allied fields in original editions from the 15th to the 21st centuries.

Farewell-Dinner in Lucerne

The 40th ILAB Congress will be followed by the

24th International Antiquarian Book Fair, September 27 - 30, 2012, Zurich

at the Zurich Convention Centre next to the Lake Zurich and the Zurich Fine Art Fair which takes place at the same time.

Both events will attract lots of art lovers and bibliophiles. For one week they will change Lucerne and Zurich into the international market place for everything rare, extravagant and beautiful.


The ILAB Congress and International Antiquarian Book Fair is open to all ILAB booksellers.

Click here to download the programme and the registration form.

For more information please send an email to VEBUKU President Alain Moirandat or to the ILAB Executive Secretary

(Pictures: courtesy of Markus Bernet, Nicolas Guérin) 


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