ILAB Joins the Protest against Amazon's Bid to Control Top-Level Domain Names
The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers has joined the numerous other organizations, such as the Authors Guild or the American Association of Publishers, objecting to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN's) plan to sell top-level domains to private companies. Online retail giant Amazon has bid to be the exclusive custodian of .book, .author and .read domains. ILAB President Tom Congalton:
"We have to play by the same rules. There is no reason why Amazon should get the exclusive rights to suffixes such as book, author or read, which are generic names any bookseller throughout the world should be allowed to use."
Paris 2014 - 41st ILAB Congress
The ILAB and SLAM committees are very pleased to announce that the 2014 ILAB Congress will run in Paris from the 13th to 16th April, 2014, to coincide with the 100th anniversary of SLAM. The Paris Congress will immediately follow the International Antiquarian Book Fair held at the Grand Palais and scheduled from 10th to 13th of April 2014.
We hope that the very special program that we have planned will attract numerous visitors to Paris and we are looking forward to meeting our new colleagues and welcoming old friends.
Anne Lamort, President SLAM, Tom Congalton, President ILAB
More information will follow soon.
The History of the Antiquarian Book Trade in Belgium - A New Book by Piet J. Buijnsters
Nowhere in Europe you will find so many bibliophiles than in Belgium, and you will find no other place in Europe where all those stunning collections of rare books and manuscripts have more or less been kept in secret. Until now!
Piet J. Buijnsters "Geschiedenis van antiquariaat en bibliofilie in België" is both a groundbreaking study and a fascinating read for all book lovers.
Peter Murray Hill - The Actor who Became an Antiquarian Bookseller
Peter Murray Hill, born on 20th April 1908, served as ABA president in 1956 and 1957. Tall, handsome and charming, his first career was on the stage, coming to prominence in the 1930s, although already selling books between performances. He appeared in a dozen or more films between 1938 and 1945, then he became a rare book dealer, president of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association and host of ILAB's International Conference in London in 1956.
The conference was a memorable event for the League, a resounding success and a personal triumph for Peter Murray Hill. Laurence Worms tells his story in his blog The President on Safari.
The Gutenberg Catwalk
"The 15th century equivalent of your cat walking on your keyboard", writes Rebecca J. Rosen in The Atlantic, are ink pawprints in early printed books. "For cat owners, the scene is too familiar: You sit down to finally (finally!) get some work done, and along comes kitty, here to stroll across your keyboard."
During the 15th century the ancestors of our beloved kitties walked across - incunabula. What is a big disgrace (or humiliation) for every serious collector, is nothing more than an everyday occurrence for cat lovers.
Whether a fake or not, this story too good not to be read.
What a 19th Century Sex Guide Tells us about the Evolution of Western Norms
Sympathy, commitment, dating, courtship, flowers, wooing, champagne, love - sex. No, it isn't always that easy, fun and accurate, and it wasn't, neither in the 21st nor in the 19th century. A rare book from the year 1842 knows it all:
The "Physiological Mysteries and Revelations in Love, Courtship, and Marriage; An Infallible Guide-Book for Married and Single Persons in Matters of the Utmost Importance to the Human Race".
Read Kristin Masters' excellent blog post!
Caution! Don't Wipe Your Nose With This Map!
The Travelling Handkerchief has come to town, Fairburn's Map of the Country Twelve Miles Round London by E. Bourne, printed on calico in 1831, is a scarce, early handkerchief map and one of the most fascinating cartographical KleenexTM which Stephen J. Gertz describes in his recent blog post.
Handkerchief maps date back to the late 18th century. Read more about those scarce collectors' items.
L'Histoire de l'Histoire de la Jamaïque
Most bibliographers and librarians attribute the book "L'Histoire de la Jamaïque", published by Nourse 1751, to the British author Sir Hans Sloane. Wrong! This "L'Histoire" is a translation of a work published in Edinburgh in 1739. The author is Charles Leslie, and the book is called "A New and Exact Account of Jamaica".
The French / English journalist Thibault Ehrengardt re-writes the history of a bibliographical confusion.
Charles Dickens: The Beginning of Modern Fandom?
As far as successful British 19th century writers were concerned Charles Dickens was the commercial equivalent of J. K. Rowling. He was huge, without doubt the most popular novelist of his time and place. Bibliodeviant:
"There are numerous possible reasons for his overwhelming popularity, but one deciding factor would be the broad nature of his readership. He wrote for everyone, and he did it at a shilling a go."
New York - Paris - London - Melbourne 2013: Make a Note in Your Calendar!
New York Antiquarian Book Fair
April 11-14, 2013, at the Park Avenue Armory (New York)
Salon International du Livre Ancien
April 26-28, 2013, at the Grand Palais (Paris)
London International Antiquarian Book Fair
June 13-15, 2013, at National Hall, Olympia (London)
Melbourne Rare Book Week, incorporating ANZAAB's 40th Australian Antiquarian Book Fair
July 18-28, 2013, at Wilson Hall (University of Melbourne)
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