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The Romance of Spain - Roses, Catalogues and Empty Bookcase Posters!

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.
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ILAB Internships – Out of the Classroom, into the World: Barcelona, Spain 2013

Hello, it's me again! Another two weeks have past, and my today's post is about Barcelona. The city hasn't lost a bit of its charm since I've been there three years ago, and I was really happy to come back here and to spend these days with Albert Casals and his friends.
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Rare Book Selling - a Man’s World?

"Women have less bite and competence", are "prone to self-doubt" and "fear of losing their livelihood". Women have a different time management system and "cannot handle large sums of money". Women are part-time booksellers and specialise in children's books, they "have a rich partner in the background", or they work in the profession until "Mr. Right" comes along and marries them. Good old prejudices – they still exist ...
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Book Conservation - Ghosting and Sunning and Foxing, Oh My!

If you're new to the world of book collecting, you've undoubtedly encountered plenty of jargon already. Rare and antiquarian book dealers often painstakingly describe a book's condition because it's such an important aspect of the book's value. Reputable dealers are as accurate as possible in their descriptions, and it's not unusual to run into the terms "ghosting," "sunning," and "foxing," all of which refer to different causes of discoloration to paper.
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Lucerne - 40th ILAB Congress in September 2012

In Luzern, Lucerne, Lucerna – call it what you will – for the first time in some forty years. Distant memories of the picturesque old wooden Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge), although I somehow now prefer the shorter Spreuerbrücke (Mill Bridge)with its jaunty Dance of Death skeletons. I also seem vaguely to recall a bit of a fracas with a hotelier who thought that 10pm in the evening was an unacceptably late hour to rouse him from his slumbers to regain admittance to his shuttered-up establishment – we were in complete disgrace and pointedly refused breakfast the next morning. Of course nothing so unseemly this time round, as the presidents of the far-flung world of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) gathered for their annual meeting, to be followed by the fortieth ILAB Congress.
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