“Amor Librorum Nos Unit” is the motto of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, ILAB, the international trade body for the rare book trade uniting booksellers across 36 countries. The motto has been quoted many times over the last few days and particularly the last few hours following an agreement with AbeBooks to reverse its decision to withdraw from a number of international markets.
By 6th November 2018, over 550 booksellers had sent their books "on vacation", pausing their listing on AbeBooks. The protest by rare booksellers worldwide resulted in an unprecedented echo in the media.
In response to AbeBooks' recent announcement to withdraw from several markets and the closure of booksellers' accounts by 30 November 2018, the Antiquarian Booksellers Association declines a sponsorship deal with the London Rare Book Fair "Firsts" in 2019.
Barcelona, Bilbao and Madrid Celebrate World Book and Copyright Day, 23 April 2015! Bilbao: At Astarloa Bookshop, one of the nicest bookshops in Spain, April 23 will be a literacy charity day. Even though as these words are written, World Book and Copyright Day has not yet begun, Astarloa have begun fundraising for UNESCO's literacy work in South Sudan! The Empty Bookcase posters are up and the "symbolic spines" are available for purchase - Empty Bookcase Posters are filling in Bilbao. On April 23 as the bookshop promotes literacy in South Sudan Javier Madariaga of Astarloa will also demonstrate that the value of literacy is timeless by presenting his most recent catalogue of old and rare books.
"Among the volumes held by University of Melbourne Special Collections concerning British exploration of the Pacific, the book with the greatest link to the subject has nothing at all to do with it at least in terms of its topic. It is a medical text called An Introduction to Physiology (London, 1759), a compilation of lectures for students by the Scottish physiologist and instructor Malcolm Flemyng (ca. 1700–1764)..."
The opportunity to travel to distant lands opens up new worlds for anyone. I am no exception. This particular adventure to attend the International League of Antiquarian Bookseller's Congress in Budapest was so much more meaningful to me on a larger scale.