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All You Need To Know About Rare Books and the Antiquarian Book Trade
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Congresses and Meetings

2017 - Copenhagen

Every year, the presidents of all 22 national antiquarian bookseller’s associations that form the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), meet at the President’s Meeting or an ILAB Congress. For 2017, the Danish Antiquarian Bookseller’s Association ABF has invited the international rare book trade to Copenhagen. This will be a week of formal meetings with reports and updates from each country, but it is also a week of exchanging ideas with colleagues, networking and a programme to visit some of Copenhagen’s cultural and bibliophile treasures!
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Congresses and Meetings

Congresses, Meetings, Fairs 1947 - 2017

History - Congresses, Fairs, Meetings 1947 - Amsterdam - Preliminary conference 1948 - Copenhagen - 1st Congress1949 - London - 2nd Congress1950 - Paris - 3rd Congress1951 - Brussels - 4th Congress1952 - Geneva - 5th Congress1953 - Milan - 6th Congress1954 - Vienna - 7th Congress1955 - New York - 8th Congress1956 - London - 9th Congress1957 - Munich - 10th Congress1958 - London - 11th Congress1959 - New York - 12th Congress1960 - Scheveningen - 13th Congress1961 - Paris - 14th Congress1962 - Basel - 15th Congress1963 - Brussels - 16th Congress1964 - Ravenna - 17th Congress 1965 - Amsterdam - 1st International Book Fair 1965 - Stuttgart - Presidents' Meeting 1966 - Vienna - 18th Congress1967 - San Francisco - 19th Congress and 2nd International Book Fair1968 - Amsterdam - 3rd International Book Fair 1968 - London - Presidents' Meeting 1969 - Copenhagen - 20th Congress 1970 - Paris - Presidents' Meeting 1971 - London - 21st Congress and 4th International Book Fair 1972 - Vienna - Presidents' Meeting 1973 - Tokyo - 22nd Congress and 5th International Book Fair 1974 - Turin - Presidents' Meeting 1975 - Amsterdam - 23rd Congress and 6th International Book Fair 1976 - Brussels - Presidents' Meeting 1977 - Düsseldorf - 7th International Book Fair 1978 - Zurich - 25th Congress and 8th International Book Fair 1979 - Copenhagen - Presidents' Meeting 1980 - New York - 26th Congress and 9th International Book Fair 1981 - Kyoto - Presidents' Meeting 1982 - Amsterdam - Presidents' Meeting 1983 - Stockholm - Presidents' Meeting 1984 - London - 27th Congress and 10th International Book Fair 1985 - Munich - Presidents' Meeting 1986 - Venice - 28th Congress and 11th International Book Fair 1987 - Vienna - Presidents' Meeting 1988 - Paris - 29th Congress and 12th International Book Fair 1989 - Yverdon - Presidents' Meeting 1990 - Tokyo - 30th Congress and 13th International Book Fair 1991 - Copenhagen - Presidents' Meeting 1992 - Cologne - 31st Congress and 14th International Book Fair 1993 - Los Angeles - Presidents' Meeting 1994 - Amsterdam - 32nd Congress and 15th International Book Fair 1995 - Brussels - Presidents' Meeting 1996 - Los Angeles - 33rd Congress and San Francisco, 16th International Book Fair 1997 - Sydney - Presidents' Meeting 1998 - Vienna - 34th Congress and 17th International Book Fair 1999 - Florence - Presidents' Meeting 2000 - Edinburgh - 35th Congress and 18th International Book Fair 2001 - Boston - Presidents' Meeting 2002 - Scandinavia - 36th Congress and 19th International Book Fair 2003 - Potsdam - Presidents' Meeting 2004 - Melbourne - 37th Congress and 20th International Book Fair 2005 - Montréal - Presidents' Meeting 2006 - Wilmington - Presidents' Meeting 2006 - New York - 21st International Book Fair 2007 - Paris - Presidents' Meeting 2008 - Madrid - 38th Congress and 22nd International Book Fair 2009 - Vienna - Presidents' Meeting 2010 - Bologna - 39th Congress and 23rd International Antiquarian Book Fair 2011 - Weimar - Presidents' Meeting 2012 - Lucerne, Zurich - 40th Congress and 24th International Antiquarian Book Fair 2013 - Siena - Presidents' Meeting 2014 - Paris - 41th ILAB Congress and 25th International Antiquarian Book Fair 2015 - Seville - Presidents' Meeting 2016 - Budapest - 42nd ILAB Congress and 26th International Antiquarian Book Fair Next: 2017 - Copenhagen - Presidents' Meeting 2018 - Los Angeles - 43rd ILAB Congress (Picture: Presidents' Meeting in Vienna, October 2009)
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From the Vault

A sneak peek in our archives

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A Book on Discovery Rediscovered

For immediate press release: Under circumstances not precisely known an utmost rarity has been discovered in a rather minor collection of miscellaneous books, novels and pamphlets by an antiquarian bookseller from Southern Germany.
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Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - The Short Story and The Private Library (Part I)

Given the tremendous demands on one's time in modern industrialized societies, we have always thought it interesting that more book collectors do not have a number of collections of short stories on their bookshelves. This literary form, born of oral storytelling traditions, is less complex, with fewer characters and plot devices, and appears far better suited to the pace of modern life, than its wordier cousins, novels and novellas. Short stories are just the right length for consumption during a subway ride, or a break during a hectic day, or the hour before dawn when one's household (hopefully) is still abed.
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We All Have Issues

"Dear Bibliodeviant, I miss you terribly. I long for those sultry evenings we spent in your simple, rustic lakeside retreat sipping Chateau Mouton-Rothschild and eating sweetmeats. Most of all I miss curling up on your ethically sourced Kilim rug in front of a roaring log fire while you told me those gloriously witty stories about how the printers misspelled "Wade" for "Wabe" in the first edition of Through The Looking Glass, or how bookdealers in the past have charged high prices for copies of the Time Machine that didn't have Hall Caine's The Manxman on the first page of advertisments. I yearn for you, and your thrilling tales of the swashbuckling world of the rare book trade. Return to me immediately, and talk to me of fine bindings! Monica"
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Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - The Dismal Science of the Mimeo Revolution

Digging through used bookstores, I always keep a look out for books that covered aspects of the Mimeo Revolution when it was a current event. Jeff Nuttall's Bomb Culture is a good one of course. There are many more books on the Underground Newspaper as opposed to the little magazines and Roger Lewis' Outlaws of America and Robert Glessing's The Underground Press in America are two examples.
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John Updike’s Archive: A Great Writer at Work

"Updike was a private man, if not a recluse like J. D. Salinger or a phantom like Thomas Pynchon, then a one-man gated community, visible from afar but firmly sealed off, with a No Trespassing sign posted in front."
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