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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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Bibliographies - Book History

Online: Great Books Lists - Great Books Index - Rare Book Room - Forgotten books - Digital Collections of the Bavarian State Library - Book History Online - WBB
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Rare Books in the Press: Nigel Beale's Audio Interview with George Parker on The Ryerson Press

Rare book news from Canada: The Ryerson Press is regarded as "one of Canada's most important book publishing firms during the 20th century". Nigel Beale of Nota Bene Books met George Parker to talk about the history of the Ryerson Press and the Methodist Book and Publishing Company. George Parker, Professor Emeritus of the Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, Ontario, where he taught from 1967 to 1997, is the author of numerous articles on Canadian authors and publishers, he contributed to the Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature, the Oxford Companion to Canadian History, The Canadian Encyclopedia, and the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, and wrote "The Beginnings of the Book Trade in Canada" (1985).
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17th ILAB Congress at Cervia-Milano Marittima, September 1 - 6, 1964

Long long ago, when tourists still changed 1 $ for 624.90 Italian Lira and the League still united 14 national associations under its roof, when men went "fishing on typical Adriatic barges" and 200 ILAB dealers met in Ravenna to see books in chains, Dante's tomb, magnificent libraries, Venice, Pomposa, San Marino, Cesena, Chioggia … A report of the 17th ILAB Congress in Ravenna 1964, from the ILAB Archives.
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Franklin Victor Spellman (1945-2015) – An Obituary


Franklin Victor Spellman was born August 15, 1945 in Stamford, Connecticut, moving to the Bronx, New York, at 8 years. He is named in honor of Franklin Roosevelt and his middle name was in celebration of V-J day. Although Jewish, he was born in a Catholic hospital where the nuns prevailed upon his mother to give him a middle name of Victor. He was not a fan of Roosevelt, but Franklin did love his name. He has an older brother Douglas Spellman, and a younger sister, Jill Polan.
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Richard Minsky’s New Book! American Trade Bindings with Native American Themes 1875-1933

Richard Minsky has been making and remaking artists' books for over fifty years. He founded the Center for Book Arts in 1974, his work has been shown around the world and remains in public collections, including the National Gallery of Art and The Victoria and Albert Museum. Minsky has received many fellowships, grants and awards of recognition, including several from the National Endowment for the Arts, and his tremendous work is documented in The Book Art of Richard Minsky, published by George Braziller Inc. in the year 2011. His new book – recently released – is a piece of art in itself and a documentation of a unique and fascinating field of collecting: American Trade Bindings with Native American Themes 1875-1933. In the preface Richard Minsky writes
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Thanks, Bruce McKinney!

Every once in a while we encounter events that we know will be benchmarks in our careers as antiquarian book dealers. The first shop, with its smell of fresh cut pine shelving, the first big buy, the first book fair, the biggest book fair, the biggest buy, the luckiest find, the first whale (dealer slang for a big buyer) … all these things will be chapter titles in the book of our days in the trade, written out as memoirs, or only recollected as memories. To their number must be added appraisals (for those of us who engage in such shenanigans) – the first one, the biggest one, the one that was challenged by heirs or IRS. The best one. I spent last week on a new chapter in my book of memories. It will filed in my memory bank as "Appraisals, Best."
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