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History of Printing in Austria - Druckfrisch. Der Innsbrucker Wagner-Verlag und der Buchdruck in Tirol

Published on 04 June 2014
375 years ago Michael Wagner, a printer from Augsburg in Germany, founded a publishing house in Innsbruck, Austria, which is still existing today: Universitätsverlag Wagner. To celebrate the 375th anniversary of the publisher the Tyrolean State Museum Ferdinandeum has organized an impressive exhibition from 13th June to 26th October, 2014, accompanied by an attractive programme with lectures, concerts, guided tours, a children's workshop, and a conference with leading Austrian and international scholars and scientists, among them ILAB Patron of Honour Murray G. Hall.
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A Brief History of Broadsides

Published on 07 June 2013
Samuel F Haven, former librarian for the American Antiquarian Society, presided over one of the largest collections of broadsides in the world. Historians and rare book collectors alike cherish broadsides because they offer snapshots of moments in time, helping us to understand the zeitgeist of that era. Broadsides make ideal complements to a rare book collection, granting the collection greater depth and context.
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The 15th Century Equivalent of Your Cat Walking on Your Keyboard

Published on 26 Feb. 2013
"The 15th century equivalent of your cat walking on your keyboard", writes Rebecca J. Rosen, senior associate editor at The Atlantic, are ink pawprints in early printed books. "For cat owners, the scene is too familiar: You sit down to finally (finally!) get some work done, and along comes kitty, here to stroll across your keyboard." During the 15th century the ancestors of our beloved kitties walked across - incunabula. What is a big disgrace (or humiliation) for every serious collector, is nothing more than an everyday occurrence for cat lovers.
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Early Engraver Played His Cards Right

Published on 08 Nov. 2012
The "Meister der Spielkarten", or "The Master of the Playing Cards" is known only through the 106 engravings that have been attributed to him, including the set of playing cards that he is named for. The term "master" is reserved for someone who has completed an apprenticeship and ran his own workshop, teaching apprentices. His presumed students are also unknown but have similar names, such as "The Master of the Nuremberg Passion", "The Master of 1446", and "The Master of the Banderoles".
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Collecting Rare Books and First Editions: Johann Froben and The Private Library

Published on 11 Jan. 2012
"He was the soul of honesty himself, and slow to think evil of others; so that he was often taken in. Of envy and jealousy he knew as little as the blind do of colour. He was swift to forgive and to forget even serious injuries ... He was enthusiastic for good learning, and felt his work to be his own reward. It was delightful to see him with the first pages of some new book in his hands, some author of whom he approved. His face was radiant with pleasure, and you might have supposed that he had already received a large return of profit. The excellence of his work would bear comparison with that of the best printers of Venice and Rome." (Erasmus)
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Olympia 2010 attracts serious collectors again

The 53rd London International Antiquarian Book Fair, the oldest such book fair in the world and London's oldest collectors fair, has proven once again that London is a key marketplace for the serious collector and dealer.
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The Color of Old Prints

Many antique prints were initially issued with color, but many have been colored subsequent to their original publication. How does one distinguish between original color and new color? Does it matter? Here is brief guide to what you should know about the color of old prints ...
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Slavery in the French Colonies: Le Code Noir (the Black Code) of 1685

Snippets from a very interesting article by Kelly Buchanan about slavery in the French colonies and the French law which were fixed in "The Black Code" in 1685 and remained in force for 163 years.
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51st Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair - 27th to 29th January 2012

A very attractive and high-class offer by 80 exhibitors from Germany, France, Italy, Great Britain, the USA, Austria, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Hungary: The 51st Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair will be held, as always, on the last weekend of January, in the elegant rooms of the Württemberg Art Museum, opposite to the Palace, next to the Palace Garden and directly in the city centre of Stuttgart. Alberto Govi from Modena, Adam Bosze from Budapest, Alessandro Meda Riquier from London, and also several young colleagues like Dr. Dasa Pahor, Winfried Kuhn, Elvira Tasbach, das Rote Antiquariat and Rainer Schlicht are among the newcomers to the fair this year. They will be contributing to the diversity of the Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair with prestigious manuscripts, unique autographs, beautiful prints, magnificent bindings and rare masterpieces from more than 500 years of book art and printing.
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ILAB and ABEBooks – Negotiations Postponed to the Future

The ILAB Committee has decided to postpone any agreement to the future. We will, of course, not turn our backs on Abebooks, in fact, we encourage you to discuss such a collaboration with your members, and if any association wishes to move immediately forward with a deal with ABEBooks, we will not have any objection and only ask that you keep up informed of your progress and the terms of your agreement.
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First Ever Meeting of the ILAB Committee - Copenhagen, September 3rd, 1948

In 1948 the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers was officially founded at the Conference in Copenhagen from 1st to 5th September. Plans were made, decisions were taken by the presidents of the ten national associations who became ILABs founding fathers. They also elected the first ILAB Committee: William S. Kundig, Percy H. Muir, Einar Gronholt Pedersen, Menno Hertzberger and André Poursin. As early as 3rd September their work began with the first ever ILAB Committee Meeting.
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