ILAB bookseller Archives Fine Books is delighted to announce Ms Emily Porter, 35, of Bray Park, Queensland, Australia, has won the inaugural Archives Fine Book Collecting Prize with her entry "A Horse Lover’s Library".
Due to the Corona crisis this year, courses at the US Rare Book School, based at the University of Virginia, were cancelled. However, the faculty has curated a series of online lectures which are free to attend and are highly recommended.
ILAB is very sorry to announce that the 44th ILAB Congress in Amsterdam, planned for 29 September - 1 October and the 40th Amsterdam International Antiquarian Book Fair, planned for 2 & 3 October have both been cancelled.
The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers unites 22 national associations, representing 35 countries and nearly 2000 professional rare book dealers worldwide. In its over 60 years of existence, ILAB has become a truly global network of the international antiquarian book trade. Once in a year the presidents of ILAB's member associations, who form the governing body of the League, meet to discuss recent trends of the trade, the activities of ILAB within the past year along with initiatives and actions that shall be taken to promote the rare book business in the future. On 1st October 2015 Gonzalo Fernandez Pontes, President of the Asociación Ibérica de Librerias Anticuarias (AILA) and Vice-President of ILAB, welcomed the delegates of the Presidents' Meeting in Seville. The Spanish city on the river Guadalquivir is not only known to be one of the hottest European spots with a summer average high temperature of 35° C, but also one of the most beautiful places in Europe. The Roman and Medieval centre of Seville owns three UNESCO World Heritage Sites - the Alcázar Palace, the Cathedral, and the General Archive of the Indies. Only a short walk away from these famous sites the ILAB delegates met at the Palace of the Duke of Segorbe to hold their annual meeting.The items on the agenda show that the rare book trade has to face severe problems and radical changes, but that there also promising perspectives and new paths to follow for better future partnerships and cooperation within the rare book world. The most important item on the agenda of each meeting is the report of the ILAB President. Read the detailed and excellent speech ILAB President Norbert Donhofer held yesterday to open the Presidents' Meeting 2015 in Seville:
The Gravell Watermark Archive (www.gravell.org) is bringing together more than 50,000 watermarks from America and Europe, including 7,500 images collected by American-watermark expert Thomas L. Gravell and about 45,000 unpublished marks documented by Charles-Moise Briquet. On the website, you can search for stags, swans, or unicorns, creatures from a medieval bestiary produced long ago by wire attached to a paper mould. (Watermarks are made by placing a design made with thin wire on a paper mould. The paper formed over the wire is thinner and translucent when held up to a light source.)
Douglas Stewart Fine Books is exhibiting rare colonial manuscripts, photographs and artworks, illustrated French children's books from the 19th century with Australian content, silk broadsides from a Melbourne playhouse in 1858, a rare photograph of the first Melbourne Cup trophy. The Lindsays are well represented with Fauns and Ladies and A Homage to Sappho, complemented by original paintings, drawings and etchings by Norman, Ruby and Lionel Lindsay. Also on offer are Rembrandt's etching The Hundred Guilder Print from 1649, the first edition of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species (with a manuscript and several signed photos), and an extraordinary 4 metre-long chromolithographed Panorama des Jardins Zoologiques illustrating a French zoo ca. 1880 with Australian animals.
"The BBC's Antiques Roadshow is a TV programme which examines many fine and fascinating art and antiques, but as a general rule it is not known for valuing particularly weird memorabilia … When it was called to the former home of Sir Walter Scott in the Borders, however, the team made a rather surprising discovery in a blotter which had belonged to Napoleon. A small handwritten note dated 8 November 1827, written to Sir Walter Scott from a Mr Dalton was found inside which contains a lock of Napoleon's hair."