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Why ILAB?

Have you ever wondered what ILAB is all about - other than a logo that appears against some dealers' trading names? The answers are to be found in this weeks' issue of Sheppard's Confidential, featuring an article by Norbert Donhofer, in which he asks "Why ILAB?" and sets out the main benefits of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers.
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Covent-Garden Ladies - Harris's List & the Linen-Lifting Tribe

It's a common enough problem: you're a young buck newly arrived in the big city, you're eager to find a prostitute, but you don't know where to start — you don't want to be ripped off and you don't want to come down with a disease. Enter Jack Harris, the "Pimp General of All England," with his eminently useful reference book: a guide to London's strumpets, their specialties, and their fees. Even though prostitution was illegal, both the author and the users would have taken comfort in the fact that there was no organized law enforcement to do anything about it.
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Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Pop-up Cigarette Cards

As aficionados of both miniature and movable books, we were drawn to these small, pop-up cigarette cards depicting famous British landmarks. Twenty-four different cards were distributed with packages of Herbert Tareyton cigarettes as a promotional premium, encouraging the purchaser to collect them all. Among the landmarks included are Buckingham Palace, Canterbury Cathedral, Covent Garden Theatre, Scotland Yard, Windsor Castle, and the Houses of Parliament. Although Herbert Tareyton was an American cigarette brand, their marketing image and mascot, a dapper, monocle-wearing spokesman known as "Dude," was meant to seem British and aristocratic. The subject matter of these cigarette cards served to enhance this association.
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Provenances - „Provenienzen“: 42th Seminar held by the German Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association in Cologne in May 2012

From 17th to 20th May, 2012, members of the German Antiquarian Booksellers' Association met in Cologne for their 42th annual seminar. In a series of lectures the problem of provenances and the restitution of looted art and books was discussed with librarians, lawyers and specialists. The history of fate of famous collections were reconstructed, such as the libraries of Victor Manheimer and Elise and Helene Richter. Other lectures centred around the history of typography, the making of artists' books, and the identification of the age and the provenances of books through the paper on which of they were printed. Highlights of the weekend were excursions to some famous libraries situation in Cologne: the Dom- und Diözesanbibliothek with its numerous treasures of medieval manuscripts, Ungers-Archiv für Architekturwissenschaften and the Petrarca and Proust collections of Professor Dr. Reiner Speck. Read the report (in German) by Meinhard Knigge.
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Spooky Reads for Halloween

Have you chosen a costume? Stocked up on candy? Planned that trick-or-treating route? That's right…Halloween is almost here. The myths and tales of Halloween have long captured our imagination, making the holiday a perfect match for book collectors. Classic spine tingling reads are consistent book collecting favorites.
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Rebecca Romney's "Printer's Error" just published

ABAA bookseller and ILAB member Rebecca Romney of Honey & Wax Books, well known for her TV appearances in the History Channel's "Pawn Stars" has just published her first book "Printer's Error - Irreverent Stories from Book History". This book should be a delight to any collector, dealer or bibliophile in general. A wonderful idea to put together a collection of "absurd" moments in the lives of authors and printers throughout book history.
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