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ALAI History 1947-2011

Published on 01 Dec. 2010
On an autumn day in 1947, a small group of book dealers met in Milan to give life to the Circolo dei Librai Antiquari. They were not many, but they were set on granting a cultural dignity to the trade of antiquarian bookselling, on fostering friendship and understanding with foreign colleagues, on cooperating with libraries and institutions for the conservation of cultural property, and on providing collectors with a code of ethics that guaranteed a fair and professional relationship between rare book dealers and their customers. In 1971, the members of the association had increased to a few dozen when the Circle became the Associazione Librai Antiquari d'Italia. The history of the ALAI, the Italian Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, by:
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24th ILAB International Antiquarian Book Fair - 27th to 30th September 2012

The World's Best Booksellers Meet in Switzerland! The 24th International Antiquarian Book Fair presents the best of the trade. From manuscripts and incunabula to avant-garde, from Erasmus, Philipp Melanchthon and Charles Darwin to Leonardo da Vinci, Pablo Picasso, DADA and the Bauhaus artists – together with the Fine Art Zurich, this most important event, supported by the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), will change Zurich into the international market place for everything rare, extravagant and beautiful.
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Bibliographies - Rare Medical Books and Manuscripts

Looking for a cure against the flu? Try bloodletting instead of antibiotics. These are some bibliographies and recommendations from ILAB dealers that might help. The Wellcome Collection is the specialist collection for the history of medicine. It covers books, manuscripts, archives, films and pictures from the earliest times to the present day. While medicine provides the unifying theme, hardly a subject relating to the history of European science is not represented: alchemy and chemistry, astrology and astronomy, physics, botany, zoology, cookery and pharmacy, exploration and travel, geography and geology, horology, mathematics, magic, mesmerism, phrenology, patent medicine, quackery, psychoanalysis, psychology and sexology ...
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Obituary to Dr. Hans Schneider - Nachruf Dr. Hans Schneider

Dr. Hans Schneider, antiquarian bookseller from Tutzing in Germany, passed away in April 2017 at the age of 96. Eberhard Köstler remembers Dr. Schneider, his legacy and a lifetime of building one of the most important antiquarian firms worldwide, specialising in music and music literature. 
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Buying Rare and Antiquarian Books in Seoul

If you're traveling to Korea and are considering some rare book shopping, we recommend dedicating at least one full day in Seoul to explore the city's bookstores and rare books market. While most of the antiquarian bookstores specialize in Korean-language texts - in other words, you'll need to know some Korean, either written or verbal, to have a good chance of locating an author you've set out to find - several of the book-buying options in South Korea's capital city also have books written in other East Asian languages, as well as in English and other Western languages. Earlier this year, we spent a week tracking down the best rare book shopping options that the city had to offer.
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SLAM Conferences 2010 - The Antiquarian Book

Conferences will take place at the Town Hall of the 6th arrondissement – Wedding Hall, 78 rue Bonaparte – 75006 Paris (métro: Saint-Sulpice), 16th February to 22nd June 2010, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. Programme:
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BOOKS GO LIVE! – The London International Antiquarian Book Fair

The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association's London International Antiquarian Book Fair features a range of special activities in the LIVE! zone at this year's fair which will be held at the National Hall, Olympia from Thursday 13th to Saturday 15th June 2013. They proudly present a variety of events: Lectures, Guided Tours and workshops, which will appeal to experienced collectors and bibliophiles as well as those just starting out.
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