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CANCELLED: ILAB Congress 2020 Amsterdam

Published on 27 May 2020
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.
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The Book Trade Looks Ahead - Part 1: “Peace, Indie Bookstores and Music”

Published on 06 May 2020
After weeks and weeks of devastating news, ongoing cancellations and postponements, booksellers had to learn to come to terms with the new reality amidst the COVID19 crisis. However, in many places it resulted in positive ideas and initiatives that are worth sharing with the bookselling community. Let's start with a more lighthearted note. Everyone has missed books ... but also music!
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“Tweedledum and Tweedledee” – VAO President Dieter Tausch shares his new passion with us: Twitter

Everybody is doing it. And the very few who refuse to do so, are said to be "old-fashioned". Tweets rule the world. Nowadays our perception and our means of communication are limited to 140 characters (blanks included). We make "friends" on Facebook and spread the news on Twitter. Dieter Tausch is President and chief of the tweets of the Austrian Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (VAO). Since October 2012 he shares his thoughts on the rare book trade with us via Twitter. Here is his report.
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Over 80 exhibitors at the Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair

Whether you are an experienced collector or simply curious about old and rare books, the Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair is not to be missed.
Held each autumn in the beautiful and historic Chelsea Old Town Hall, the Fair brings together more than 80 exhibitors specialising in antique books, first editions, maps, prints, and manuscripts from all over the world. Prices begin at just a few pounds and dealers are happy to guide you, making this an accessible and exciting venue for beginning collectors or those simply looking for an extra special Christmas gift.
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Collecting Rare Books and First Editions: James A. Michener

Michener is best known for his first work of fiction Tales of the South Pacific, a collection on interconnected stories that won the Pulitzer Prize, and which was the basis for his play South Pacific: A Musical Play which also won the prize, and for the film South Pacific.
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Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Three Men in a Boat encounter Russian pirates

This year is the 125th anniversary of the first appearance of Three Men in a Boat, published by J. W. Arrowsmith in Bristol (who, three years later, was to bring out that other classic comic novel, George and Weedon Grossmith's The Diary of a Nobody). Although slated by some critics at the time, the book sold in huge numbers, leading Arrowsmith to comment: 'I pay Jerome so much in royalties, I cannot imagine what becomes of all the copies of that book I issue. I often think the public must eat them.' It has never been out of print since.
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