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ILAB Provenance Symposium now available to view online

Published on 10 April 2019
Today marks the 1st International Provenance Research Day with more than 60 cultural institutions in Germany, Great Britain, Austria, the Netherlands and Switzerland organizing large number of symposiums and workshops at museums, archives and libraries.  Coinciding with this important initiative, ILAB launches the videos of the New York Provenance Symposium.
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Bruce Marshall's Pilgrim's Progress - An Interview with Beatie Wolfe

From vintage cars (how many rare book dealers drive an Aston Martin?) and guitars to Beslers, Blaeus and Goulds, Bruce Marshall, a major but discreet player in the colour-plate, natural history and travel book fields, reveals to Beatie Wolfe his pilgrim's progress through the rare book world.
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New York - Promoter Predicts Catastrophe in 2015

As if to compensate for the ever-increasing expense and physical difficulty of this event, the material on display this year was better than I've ever seen it. Books, maps, and manuscripts were dazzling. And, not to put too fine a point on it, the bucks were flowing. No one I spoke to had a ruinous fair, and even the people with only "so so" results were talking sums well into five figures. So, for almost all exhibitors at the big show, it was "mission accomplished." ...
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47th California International Antiquarian Book Fair - February 7-9, 2014

The California International Antiquarian Book Fair is recognized as one of the world's largest and most prestigious exhibitions of antiquarian books. The three-day event from 7th to 9th February 2014 will offer something exciting for every book lover and collector. Visitors can purchase rare items from medieval manuscripts to collectible editions of authors into the 21st century. There will be unusual books on travel and exploration (including maps), literature, the arts, science and medicine, children's books, law and commerce, ephemera, and Americana. First, signed, and limited editions of many important authors will be present, plus collections of original photographs, prints by renowned artists from the 16th to the 21st century, and remarkable examples of book making, binding, and typography.
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ILAB Congress Scholarship - Part 2 of 4 - Laura Massey (UK)

Laura Massey, owner of Alembic Rare Books and one of the more recent additions to the Antiquarian Booksellers Association (ABA) has received a scholarship to attend the 2018 ILAB Congress.
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1954 - Vienna

In 1954 the ILAB delegates met in Vienna for their 7th Congress in the history of the League. It was the time of the Cold War, Vienna was still divided into five occupation zones between the Soviet Union, the USA, the United Kingdom and France, and with the first district, the city centre, being patrolled by all four. Christian Nebehay, at that time President of the Austrian Antiquarian Booksellers' Asscociation (VAO), had invited the ILAB booksellers to Vienna. He and his colleagues had organized a fabulous congress programme including visits of libraries and palaces, concerts, flower bouquets and chocolate for the ladies, an elegant welcome reception - and a memorable "Heuriger" party.
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Sir David Attenborough appointed Patron of Honour by the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers

Sir David Attenborough, OM, CH, CVO, CBE, FRS, the British broadcaster and naturalist, has been appointed a Patron of Honour by the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB). The appointment recognises his major interest in and contribution to the antiquarian book trade.
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