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ILAB News 43

Published on 04 March 2015


It is really interesting and exciting the way the ILAB celebrations of UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day on April 23 are shaping up. Around 20 ILAB events "pop up" across the world all within the same 24 hours, this is amazing!

What a day of contrasts! Just in the United States alone the differences between Pop Up Fair locations are great! From Oak Knoll's old Opera House built in 1879 with its high ceilings and wonderful views to a cool brew pub a short walk from downtown Portland Oregon there is plenty of diversity. Across the world the contrasts keep coming - a traditional old woolshed in Dunkeld in Australia will play host to one, while in Munich, rare books will be showcased right in the city centre in the rooms of the Kaufmanns Casino where business men and women have been meeting for conferences and cocktails since 1832; in London ILAB dealers will show some of their best items to the legal fraternity when the dealers hold a lunch time Pop Up in the library of the Middle Temple; in Groningen Antiquariaat Isis, with the support of the local community, will use the windows of the 40 shops in Folkingestraat to create a unique Pop Up Book Street! And who said water and rare books don't mix? In Amsterdam ILAB dealers will have a floating Pop Up Book Fair. The Pop Up Book Fair barge will navigate its way through the canals mooring at a number of places along its route to allow Amsterdamers and tourists alike to board, browse, buy books and donate to UNESCO's work for literacy.

These are only a few examples of some of the really creative Pop Up Book fairs organized by ILAB affiliates on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day. From Australia to Japan, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Italy, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Netherlands, England and the United States - save the date April 23, keep checking the ILAB website for details of all the fairs, and make sure you find your way to the next Pop Up Book Fair! See you there!

>>> POP UP Where and When? >>> ILAB on the UNESCO website >>> ILAB Pop Up Fairs on the UNESCO World Map


2015 marks the 70th anniversary of UNESCO. For over 65 years, UNESCO has worked to ensure that literacy remains a priority on the agendas. On World Book and Copyright Day this year, UNESCO organizes a call for donations to help create a literacy rich environment in Africa. Forest Whitaker, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and actor, is actively sponsoring this mission, and the money raised will directly provide brand new and carefully selected books to libraries and schools in South Sudan.

ILAB affiliates around the world will join UNESCO in this fight for a literate world. At all ILAB Pop Up Book Fairs, taking place across the world on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day, April 23, you will find amazing rare books for sale - and an opportunity to buy "symbolic books" to fill a "symbolic book case" and thereby to raise much needed funds for the UNESCO projects in South Sudan.

>>> Support literacy and fill the symbolic book cases worldwide at the ILAB Pop Up Fairs on April 23, 2015!

A prize with prestige and tradition, a strong support for scholarship: The ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography, worth US$ 10.000, is awarded every four years. Famous scholars such as Jean Peeters-Fontainas, I. C. Koeman and Anthony Hobson belong to the prize winners alongside Lotte Hellinga and Jan Storm van Leeuwen who were honoured with the 15th Prize in 2010. In 2014 Jon Gilbert received the 16th Prize for his superb study "Ian Fleming. The Bibliography".

The 17th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography will be awarded in 2018. Submissions are invited of one or more books published in any language and in any part of the world between April 2013 and April 2017. These publications must be related to bibliography but can do so in a very broad sense: textual bibliography, history of the book, bookbinding, papermaking, type-founding, library catalogues, short-title catalogues of a single author or typographer, etc. The prize jury consists of Bettina Wagner (Bavarian State Library, Munich), Daniel de Simone (Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC), Yann Sordet (Bibliothèque Mazarine, Paris) and the antiquarian booksellers Fabrizio Govi (Italy), Konrad Meuschel (Germany) and Justin Croft (United Kingdom). 

In order to gather as many books about books as possible, the jury invites publishers, librarians, collectors, antiquarian booksellers and all bibliophiles to suggest any significant reference work that fits the criteria above. Please contact the Prize Secretary Fabrizio Govi:

Libreria Alberto Govi - Via Bononcini, 24 - 41124 Modena, ITALY - email:

>>> All about the Prize! >>> Submitted books >>> How to submit a book?


Murder on the Orient Express. And Then There Were None. Murder at the Vicarage. The Body in the Library. A Murder is Announced. By the Pricking of My Thumbs. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. 4.50 From Paddington. What do all of these titles have in common? Besides great plots, inventive narratives and extremely competent character development? They were all written by the "Queen of Crime", Dame Agatha Christie. Christie is said to be the best-selling novelist of all time (according to the Guinness Book of World Records) with over 2 billion copies of her novels sold and having been translated into 103 different languages. Reputedly, Christie is the third most popular author of all time, with regard to sales figures, finishing just behind William Shakespeare and the Bible. Furthermore, Christie's stage-play "The Mousetrap" is the longest running (straight-play) stage production of all time, having opened in London in November 1952 and still being performed, with over 25,000 performances to date.

>>> How did this lady crime-novelist get to be so popular? Vic Zoschak knows the answer!



George Bernard Shaw once said: "Nothing on earth is more precious than a really beautiful book, With well established columns, in full black type, With exquisitely incorporated illustrations. However, nowadays people prefer to read books instead of looking at them." Author and collector John Dieter Brinks gave a remarkable speech about the beauty of the book at the recent Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair - with particular reference to the history of the early 20th century private presses. He followed the traces of the excellent book artists of the Kelmscott and Doves Press in England and the Ernst-Ludwig-Presse and Cranach Presse in Germany. Some of the most outstanding examples - copies from the Barbara Achilles Stiftung Hamburg - are now documented in a catalogue published by the German Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (VDA).

>>> John Dieter Brinks: The Importance of Private Presses



Turin is among Italy's most beautiful cities. Despite the rather outdated industrial landscape, Turin has evolved into an attractive tourist destination. With over twenty antiquarian bookshops registered as ILAB booksellers and other dealers in that region, it is a haven for any booklover and a worthwhile destination for anyone wishing to go through a vast array of books not yet available online. But what to do, when you get hungry?

It is easy to find good food in Italy, but even more so in the region of Piedmont. The Hungry Traveller has visited Turin on a variety of occasions throughout the year, but there is one special time in summer, when half of Italy closes its doors for several weeks, when it is particularly tough. Temperatures often rise over the 30-degree mark and a short stroll between bookshops can drench one in sweat. So eating isn't easy, and working up an appetite is just as, if not more, difficult. Nevertheless, the Hungry Traveller has made several bookings despite such temperatures. The right food, good company and an ice-cold Prosecco do help.

>>> The Hungry Traveller recommends the finest destinations for book and food lovers!

Next fairs:

Tokyo International Antiquarian Book Fair, March 5-7, 2015

Hotel Grand Palace, Tokyo (Japan), organized by the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of Japan, ABAJ.

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Foire du livre et du papier de collection - Beurs van het boek en waardevolle documenten, March 12-13, 2015

Autoworld de Bruxelles, Brussels (Belgium), organized by the Chambre Professionelle Belge de la Librairie Ancienne et Moderne / Belgische Beroepskamer van Antiquaren, CLAM/BBA.

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3rd Milan International Antiquarian Book Fair, March 27-29, 2015

Palazzo Mezzanotte, Milan (Italy), organized by the Associazione Librai Antiquari d'Italia, ALAI.

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55th New York Antiquarian Book Fair, April 9-12, 2015

The Park Avenue Armory, New York (United States), organized by the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America, ABAA

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Paris International Rare Book, Autograph, Print & Drawing Fair, 23-26 April, 2015

Nef du Grand Palais, Paris (France), organized by the Syndicat national de la Librairie Ancienne et Moderne (SLAM)

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