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The ABA and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers

Published on 27 March 2018
The ABA and ILAB look back at a long history. The ABA is relaunching its flagship fair in London this year, the oldest antiquarian book fair in the world, under the auspices of ILAB. This text by the late Anthony Rota, ABA bookseller and ILAB President of Honour, was published in 2008 in the ABA Directory.
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Book Collecting in the Press: Bibliomania: the strange history of compulsive book buying (Guardian UK, 26 Jan 2017)

The Guardian in the UK recently published an article on book collecting: "An essayist looks into the curious past of pathological collectors – and considers her own lifelong urge to hoard ever more volumes". This essay will resonate with many book collectors and we recommend to follow this link.
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54th London International Antiquarian Book Fair - Zoë Wanamaker: Fair Patron 2011

The 54th London International Antiquarian Book Fair at Olympia, organised by the Antiquarian Booksellers Association (ABA), returns to the London Olympia Exhibition Centre from 9-11 June. At Olympia, visitors will find on sale an almost unparalleled array of books and related material presented by over 160 of the top dealers worldwide and covering the vast range of collectors' interests, from the genesis of printing in the 15th century to today: first, rare and fine editions in all areas of literature, the humanities and science, fine bindings, illustrated books, manuscripts, maps, prints, photography and associated ephemera. "We are excited about our new charity partner, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, represented by Zoe Wanamaker", says Fair Chairman Robert Frew. Zoë Wanamaker, Honorary President of Shakespeare's Globe and this year's Fair Patron will open the Fair on Thursday 9 June, 2011.
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The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald through the Eyes of Fellow Authors

In 2010, online literary magazine The Fiction Circus hosted a seance for Fitzgerald at New York City's KGB Bar. A writer and artist known as Xerxes Vedammt offered his body to be inhabited by Fitzgerald. Once the departed writer made his, um, appearance, participants called out questions. One person asked what books Fitzgerald had read. The response: "I don't have a lot of time to read. But I enjoyed Patricia Highsmith's The Talented Mr. Ripley. I wish I had written The Talented Mr. Ripley."
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London Rare Books School 2020 – Postponed 

The next edition will sadly only take place in 2021.
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From Clay to Clouds – The Evolution of the Catalogue (2000 BC – 21st Century)

Since the beginnings in the second millennium BC, the catalogue has accompanied the history and development of our written heritage. With its complex and at the same time precise concept and structure, the catalogue represents a fundamental ambition which is the origin of science and culture: to name, to describe and to classify the universe. Catalogues allow us to find taxonomies for the elements and all aspects of nature, nomenclatures to identify the stars, and devices to find access to our written heritage, to education and learning as well as to trade and economics and to the printing of books.
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AND THE WINNER IS: JAMES BOND - 16th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography

The Jury has awarded the 16th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography to Jon Gilbert's outstanding and superb bibliography on Ian Fleming and his works: Jon Gilbert: Ian Fleming. The Bibliography. Preface by Fergus Fleming. Foreword by Michael L. Vanblaricum. Edited by Brad Frank. London, Queen Anne Press, 2012. Congratulations!
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