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ILAB History

ILAB History

Published on 17 July 2013
Today the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers unites 22 national associations under one roof. Some of them had already been established when the League was founded in 1947/1948. Five of them were the driving forces: the antiquarian booksellers of Great Britain, France, Denmark, Sweden and The Netherlands.
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ILAB History

Preliminary Conference

Published on 17 July 2013
In 1947 representatives from Great Britain, France, Denmark, Sweden and The Netherlands met in Amsterdam for a Preliminary Conference. They discussed Hertzberger’s idea of forming an organization that counteracted the animosity and suspicion engendered by the Second World War. The new International League of Antiquarian Booksellers should foster friendship and understanding between the nations as the mutual basis for a fair and professional trade in the future.
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Copenhague 1948

Published on 17 July 2013
The ILAB was formally incorporated in Copenhagen in September 1948, with ten participating countries. Representatives from Belgium, Finland, Switzerland, and Italy joined their colleagues from Great Britain, France, Sweden, Denmark and The Netherlands at the conference table. Denmark was holding a proxy for Norway
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ILAB History

1951-1960

Published on 17 July 2013
“Considering the dubiety with which our activities were treated it is pleasant to record that the Congresses in London in 1949 and in Paris in 1950 were very successful both socially and professionally, while the standard of hospitality in both cities was impeccable." (Muir)
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1961-1970

Published on 17 July 2013
The admission of Japan, the ILAB Bibliography Prize (now ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography) and the first ILAB International Antiquarian Book Fair were the milestones of the 60s.
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1971-1980

Published on 17 July 2013
Established in 1966, the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of Canada (ABAC) or Association de la Librairie Ancienne du Canada (ALAC) became an ILAB member at the Paris Presidents’ Meeting in 1970. Australia followed eight years later. The Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (ANZAAB), created in 1977, belongs to the League since 1978.
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1981-1990

Published on 17 July 2013
By the 1980s the biennial congresses were attracting several hundred delegates. A certain amount of business gets transacted (the subjects cropping up most frequently being standards of collation, the training of new entrants to the trade, and relationships with the auction houses). Its harsher critics say that the League is only a talking-shop – and it is true that the social side of congress life is very pleasant, the national association sponsoring each congress taking great care to mount an interesting programme.
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Book Collecting Basics - A History of the Bastard Title

At last, it is time to read your new book. It is a crisp evening and you have made a cup of your favorite tea. You splurged and even made a fire. You sink into your chair and look at the book's cover, tracing the title with your fingertip. You sip your tea and open to the first page. Blank. You turn the page. Nearly blank, except for the title - again. With some impatience, you turn to the next page. Here the title is presented a third time but with the welcome addition of the author and publisher. Your tea nearly finished, you quickly flip past the table of contents, list of illustrations, author's note, preface, introduction, and dedication. As your fire burns out, you reach page one. As any reader knows, a book can offer a vast amount of information before the "first" page. But why, one wonders, do some books display the title no less than three times in succession? None will dispute the cover: printing the title there seems obvious and right. Even the title page, listing the title, author, and publisher, passes with little argument. But why this in-between page, this unneeded repetition between the two? Why, in the words of old-fashioned bookbinders, this bastard title?
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1948 - Copenhagen II

HELD AT COPENHAGEN
September 1 - 5, 1948
Mr P. H. MUIR (Great Britain) in the chairBELGIUMMr. Fl. TulkensDENMARKHr K. V. BLOCHHr A. FREDERIKSENHr Aage FRIISHr E. GRØNHOLT-PEDERSENHr Niels KAABERHr Gustav STRANDENGLANDMr D. MASSEYMr P. H. MUIRMiss W. MYERSFINLANDHr Ilmari JORMAHr Eric OLSONIFRANCEMr F. de NOBELEMr A. POURSINHOLLANDMr A. L. van GENDTMr Menno HERTZBERGERMr K. JONGBLOEDITALYDr E. AESCHLIMANNNORWAYHr Baltzer BORSUMHr J. W. CAPPELENHr S. ENGELSTADFru Juddi STEENSENSWEDENFroken ASPINGTONHr Börje BORJESSONHr Axel BORJESSONHr G. RONNELSWITZERLANDMr W. S. KUNDIG
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Oak Knoll Press honours the life and work of a famous American Illustrator

Frank E. Schoonover (1877-1972) was one of the most important American illustrators of his time. In more than 40 years he created more than 2200 illustrations which were published in popular periodicals like Harpers, Scribner's, and Colliers, and in over 150 books, particularly children's classics and fiction by authors as Jack London or Edgar Rice Burroughs. His images of Hopalong Cassidy, Blackbeard, Jim Bridger, Robinson Crusoe, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, and Joan of Arc remain a testimony of his artistic ability.
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Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Netspeak for The Private Library

We know several book collectors who collect books about the technologies and personalities associated with computers. Some of these collectors have been collecting such books for decades. A few of these book collections are fairly comprehensive, encompassing everything from foundational works like John Napier's Mirifici logarithmorum canonis descriptio (1614) to the latest installment of Computers for Dummies. (Even with the advent of ebooks, the great majority of this literature continues to have a print equivalent. Why is that?) Other such collections, though, are more focused: they deal only with the invention and evolution of personal computers, for example, or with the invention and evolution of the Internet.
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Interview with Michael Witmore, Director of the Folger Shakespeare Library

The Collation, the blog of the Folger Shakespeare Library, has inaugurated a series of interviews with the Folger staff. The first interview introduces the director Michael Witmore.
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Rare Book Collector Spotlight: Moshe Prigan - Tips for Collecting Rare Books and First Editions

In the second of a two-part interview, Moshe Prigan - an accomplished book collector, freelance writer, and retired teacher of art and history - shares his experience about building his rare book collection and provides guidance for novice book collectors.
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