Today marks the 1st International Provenance Research Day with more than 60 cultural institutions in Germany, Great Britain, Austria, the Netherlands and Switzerland organizing large number of symposiums and workshops at museums, archives and libraries. Coinciding with this important initiative, ILAB launches the videos of the New York Provenance Symposium.
Antiquarian booksellers John Windle and Chris Loker have just announced to fund an annual lecture series: “The Windle - Loker Lecture Series on the History of the Illustrated Book." in association with the Book Club of California.
Pavel Chepyzhov is the owner of a rare book business in Moscow and in Georgia's capital Tbilisi. He is also member of the ILAB Executive Committee and shares some information about his country and the book trade in Russia.
ILAB bookseller Kay Craddock was recently awarded the Lord Mayor's Commendation, an initiative by the City of Melbourne that recognizes small businesses that have operated continuously for at least 50 years. An idea that could be replicated in other cities.
Since the days of Renaissance, open air bookselling has happened along the Seine riverbanks. Tourist souvenirs aside, a bouquiniste find was often the beginning of a lifelong passion and first piece in a collection. Plying their trade on the famous banks of the Seine, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1991, the bouquinistes des quais are as emblematic of the French capital as the Eiffel Tower or Montmartre for the millions of French and foreign tourists who visit Paris every year.
he International Rare Book & Autograph Fair at the Grand Palais in Paris is one of the most prestigious fairs in the world, attracting nearly 200 exhibitors and over 20.000 visitors each year who enjoy the opportunity to browse, buy and admire more than 100.000 historical documents – rare books, manuscripts, autographs, prints and ephemera from all centuries – in the elegant glass-domed hall of the Grand Palais. And the Paris Fair is much more: organized by the Syndicat national de la Librairie Ancienne et Moderne (SLAM) under the auspices of ILAB and under the high patronage of Mr François Hollande, President of the French Republic, it opens up the whole universe of bibliophily with a series of exhibitions and events introducing French libraries and collections and giving a close insight into the joy of book collecting.
In 2011 Italy celebrates its 150th anniversary of its unification, while one of Italy's most famous rare bookshops celebrates its 100th anniversary. The Italian Academy of Art in New York honoured both events with a "Colazione Letteraria" on April 8 , 2011, including lectures by David Freedberg, Professor of Art History at Columbia University, and Umberto Pregliasco who recounted the remarkable history of the Libreria Pregliasco which he now runs in the third generation. Watch the video on Vimeo.
Friday, 12th December 2014 was a great day for ILAB – and for Alena Lavrenova. On this day her thesis on the history of ILAB was publicly defended at Moscow State University of Printing Arts. The decision of the Council was positive and unanimous, it included a recommendation to further work in this field and to publish a monograph on the League's history in Russian and in English.
The seizure of power by the Nazis in 1933 was a decisive event in the world of book collecting. Numerous dealers and collectors – among them the most famous of the trade – were murdered by the Nazis. Those who survived were forced to close their companies and to hand them over to the Nazis.
On 6 December 2012 the "Wiener Antiquariat" celebrated its 50th anniversary. The history of one of the most famous antiquarian bookshops in Vienna spans several generations. It began in Kestölz in Hungary in the 19th century. From there, Michael Nebehay (1832-1895) moved to Vienna, where he first became a restaurant owner, then mayor of Sievering, until he lost his fortune in 1873 during the World Exhibition in Vienna. The youngest of his 16 children became an antiquarian bookseller: After his apprenticeship in Vienna Gustav Nebehay (1881-1935) went to Leipzig where he joined the well-known company C. G. Boerner and married Maria Sonntag, the sister of the book binder Carl Sonntag. During World War I they returned to Vienna, where he established his own business and became a friend of artists like Josef Hoffmann, Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele.