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2020 ILAB Presidents' Meeting
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ILAB holds first Online Presidents’ Meeting and elects new Committee

Published on 03 Oct. 2020
Presidents of ILAB’s 22 national associations held their first virtual meeting on 1st October 2020, addressing issues arising from the global pandemic as well as re-electing Sally Burdon to serve as ILAB President for a second term. Mario Giupponi (Italy) was elected as new Vice-President and two new members, Eberhard Köstler (Germany) and Angus O’Neill (UK) were welcomed into the committee.
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Boston Virtual Book Fair 2020
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The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair Goes Virtual

Published on 20 Aug. 2020
BOSTON, MA – An alluring treasure trove awaits seasoned collectors as well as new visitors at the 44th annual Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair which will be held virtually November 12-14, 2020. The event will showcase the finest in rare and valuable books, illuminated manuscripts, autographs, ephemera, political and historic documents, maps, atlases, photographs, fine and decorative prints, and much more.
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New to ILAB! Speaking to Czech bookseller Daniel Morgan

Booksellers affiliated to ILAB are based in 37 countries worldwide, organised in 22 national associations. The Czech antiquarian bookseller’s association, Svaz Antikváru ČR, one of ILAB's smaller member associations, currently counts 14 members across the country.
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The Library: Three Jeremiads

„When I look back at the plight of American research libraries in 2010, I feel inclined to break into a jeremiad. In fact, I want to deliver three jeremiads, because research libraries are facing crises on three fronts; but instead of prophesying doom, I hope to arrive at a happy ending." Robert Darnton analyses the present – and future – situation of University Libraries.
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AbeBooks closes accounts and withdraws from several markets

On 22 October 2018, ILAB was informed about the impending closure of AbeBooks accounts in several countries. Please find an update below.
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Collecting Rare Books and First Editions: Truman Capote

The books of the tiny terror of New York drawing rooms continue to be eagerly sought after. A young phenom, his books were mostly published in relatively large (for the time and genre) first printings. Thus when collecting Capote it is even more important then usual to look for particularly fine copies, as mediocre copies of most of his books abound.
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"Tempora mutantur ..." Veränderung und Wandel im antiquarischen Handel

Eberhard Köstler, President of the German Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, has been an antiquarian bookseller and an autograph specialist for more than 30 years. He began his career in 1975, when he worked for Dr. Hans Schneider (Tutzing) during his summer holidays while studying classical Latin and Greek at the University of Munich. "At that time the German rare book trade was dominated by large companies with many employees and long traditions dating back to the 19th and early 20th century, such as Ackermann and Woelfle in Munich, Kistner in Nuremberg, Steinkopf, Neidhardt, Eggert and Kocher-Benzing in Stuttgart, Stenderhoff in Münster, Koch in Berlin or the "Hamburger Bücherkabinett" of Dr. Maria Conradt. The "golden age" of the antiquarian book trade seemed to be stable and successful. Radical changes were unthinkable." From 1988 to 2000, Eberhard Köstler had worked as an auctioneer at the Munich auction house Zisska, Schauer & Co., before he established is own business in 2000 and became VDA President in 2006. Within these years the rare book trade experienced a revolution which was totally unexpected by the elder generations of antiquarian booksellers.
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Sir David Attenborough to Open ABA Rare Book Fair London at New Venue in Battersea Park

As Sir David Attenborough says “You could say that, after so many years at Olympia, the Fair has indeed evolved. Most living organisms do.”
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