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Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Two from the The Archangel Press

This year I finally tracked down a copy of Abraham Lincoln Gillespie's The Shaper, which is as far as I know is not only the first separately published work by the poet, but also the only work published in his lifetime. The Shaper was published by the Archangel Press, a press I know nothing about, but which published another one of my favorite books of visual poetry - Kenneth Lawrence Beaudoin's 6 Eye Poems. Today I got to put the two works, which are presented in a uniform format, side by side. Both are among the strangest, most overlooked works of visual poetry that I know of, and represent a little documented strand of visual poetry in the United States.
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"The best bookstore has one copy of everything in it" - A Wake For The Still Alive: Peter B. Howard, Part 4

The first time I met Peter Howard, he was being guided to my booth at the Boston Book Fair by Harvey Tucker. His mission was to get possession of a rare book I had brought: H. L. Mencken's first book, Ventures Into Verse. Yes, there was some patter but there was also a kind of bravado, even macho; you could see it in the attitude of his hat and in the sudden way that the patter stopped and Peter got down to business. The old world gentility simply was not his style. It was refreshing even if a bit intimidating at times. Peter was not shy about his intent. The best antiquarian bookstore in the world, he let us know long ago, has one copy of everything in it. And our responsibility as booksellers on the road is to look at every rare book. It all sounds quite Faustian now. But Peter's great curiosity, his own willingness to share and to learn has never been lost on me or anyone close to him. There is always something possible about the most seemingly impossible task. To deny it is to throw down the gauntlet. And you really do not want to find yourself in that position with Peter.
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Announcing the new ILAB Committee

At the Ordinary General Meeting on 20th September 2016 in Budapest the presidents of ILAB's 22 national member associations voted for Gonzalo Fernandez Pontes (Spain) as new ILAB president. He succeeds Norbert Donhofer (Austria) who served as President from 2014 - 2016 and he will be supported by ILAB Vice-President Sally Burdon (Australia).
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'Tome Raider' jailed over rare book thefts in London

The "Tome Raider" has been sent back to jail for three-and-a-half years, the BBC News announces.
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23 Aprile 2015 - ALAI con l'UNESCO per la giornata mondiale del libro

ALAI and ILAB for UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day - For weeks, the Italian antiquarian booksellers have been highly active in supporting ILAB's worldwide initiatives on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day 2015. From the first day of the Milan Antiquarian Book Fair, 27 March, up to UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day, 23 April, people have the possibility to donate money to the UNESCO literacy projects in South Sudan via www.alai.it - go to the ALAI website and click the donate button! And on 23 April 2015 - UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day - the Italian booksellers join the worldwide series of more than 30 ILAB Pop Up Fairs within 24 hours with two exciting Pop Ups in Lucca at Corte del Biancone and in Milan at Biblioteca Chiesa Rossa. What a powerful campaign to support literacy and to promote the power of books!
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9th Australian and New Zealand Rare Books Summer School – 10th to 14th February 2014

Another exciting event down under: The State Library of Victoria announces the schedule of the 9th Australian and New Zealand Rare Books Summer School to be held at the library from 10th to 14th February, 2014. The program includes lectures and courses on books on architecture and design, natural history illustration, and private presses.
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