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New to ILAB! Speaking to Anke Timmermann of Type & Forme and why rare books matter to a younger generation

Published on 30 May 2019
ILAB spoke to one of the newer members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association, Anke Timmermann who jointly owns and runs the business Type & Forme with her partner Mark James: "...the printed book and manuscripts have lost none of their allure in the new millennium, and antiquarian books are arguably even better appreciated in recent years ... Social media, especially Instagram, have brought forth a new generation of bibliophiles..."
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Fictional Characters

In 1963 William Freeman, an Englishman, created the first Dictionary of Fictional Characters. It made 458 pages and was published by J.M. Dent Ltd. in London. The author was 83 years old when he finished this 2-year research project.
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Second Edition of the Libri Antichi e di Pregio a Milano from 7th to 9th March, 2014!

The Italian Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (ALAI) is pleased to announce that the second edition of the ALAI book fair, Libri Antichi e di Pregio a Milano, will take place from 7th to 9th March 2014, in Palazzo Mezzanotte, the historical seat of the Milan Stock Exchange.
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The Codex Manesse and the Discovery of Love – Heidelberg shows one of the most beautiful medieval manuscripts

On the occasion of the 625th anniversary of the University Heidelberg (Germany) the Heidelberg University Library presents its most precious treasure and one of the most important literary resource of German literary history: the Codex Manesse. The exquisitely illuminated medieval manuscript was written at the beginning of the 14th century in Zurich presumably due to the initiative of Johann and Rüdiger Manesse. The manuscript unites the entire range of Middle High German poetry, the oldest texts date back as far as the mid 12th century. Many poems are uniquely documented here: The Codex Manesse is one of the key testimonies for the literature and culture of the Staufer dynasty.
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The Paper of Old Prints

In previous blogs I have looked at the subject matter which appears in old prints, as well as the processes used to make them. Another important aspect of old prints is the paper upon which the impressions are made, so today we'll take a look at this subject.
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Don Quixote in Hungary – An ILAB Pop Up Book Fair at the Institute Cervantes in Budapest on UNESCO World Book & Copyright Day

23 April is a symbolic date for world literature. On this day in 1616 Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, William Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega died. Centuries later this day marked the date of birth or death of prominent authors like Vladimir Nabokov, Haldor Laxness, Maurice Druon and Manuel Mejía Vallejo. And each year, on 23 April, UNESCO celebrates World Book and Copyright Day with a series of worldwide events. In 2015, ILAB and its members are part of the worldwide celebrations! On four continents and throughout the day ILAB booksellers will hold Pop Up Book Fairs – bookish flash mobs - at the most unexpected places. And the Hungarian rare book dealers have come up with a very special idea to celebrate UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day in their capital. They will pop up at Institute Cervantes in Budapest which is located in one of the most beautiful mansions of the city.
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