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Over 80 exhibitors at the Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair

Published on 20 Oct. 2016
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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Bibliophile Kostbarkeiten auf der BUCH WIEN 16 - Bibliophile Treasures at Vienna Book Fair - Article in German

Published on 14 Oct. 2016
From 9th to 13th November 2016 the Austrian capital Vienna will once again welcome book lovers and bibliophiles. With over 300 lectures, discussions, performances – and an International Book Fair – "Buch Wien" will be the greatest Austrian book festival and one of the most important bookish events in Europe. Following on last year's success, antiquarian booksellers will be a prominent part of it. Further information in German.
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BOSTON INTERNATIONAL ANTIQUARIAN BOOK FAIR

Published on 10 Oct. 2016
The Boston Book International Antiquarian Book Fair will take place October 28-30, 2016. More than 120 dealers from around the world rendezvous every fall at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston's Back Bay to display their latest acquisitions to collectors. 2016 will see the 40th annual book fair in Boston, over the weekend of October 28-30.
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Under the Auspices of ILAB – International Antiquarian Book Fairs Across the World

Published on 29 July 2016
Over the year and on all continents, there is an exquisite selection of antiquarian book fairs, where book collectors and the world's leading experts share their passion for the printed book and our written heritage. Under the auspices of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) and organized by ILAB's member associations amazing book fairs are held in Europe and America, Asia and Australia, from London and Paris to New York and California, Tokyo and Melbourne. The exhibitors are ILAB affiliates who guarantee high professional standards, high quality offers, the authenticity of the books, prints, autographs and ephemera for sale which are exactly described and accurately priced. On all these fairs, officially supported by ILAB, there is more than just the fascination of rare books: Here you can buy with confidence and trust in the expertise of the exhibitors.
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BUDAPEST 2016 - ILAB CONGRESS & INTERNATIONAL ANTIQUARIAN BOOK FAIR

Published on 16 June 2016
For the first time ever the Hungarian rare book dealers invite colleagues and collectors from across the world to Budapest. The 42nd ILAB Congress and 26th ILAB International Antiquarian Book Fair from 21 to 25 September 2016 will present Budapest as one of the most beautiful cities and one of the most fascinating book capitals in Europe. Before the first International ILAB Congress and Fair in Budapest in September, we would like you to have a glimpse into its programme. First of all, we have prepared a brief series on the most prestigious libraries of Budapest.
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Register now! 56th Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair, 27-29 January 2017

Published on 31 May 2016
The Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair, established in 1962, is one of the oldest book fairs in Europe. It is held every year in January, and is the very first major rare book event of the year. The German Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (VDA) invites all ILAB booksellers to participate in the Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair, where dealers and collectors from all over the world will meet from Friday, 27 to Sunday 29 January, 2017. Every year, the opening of the international fair season attracts numerous international dealers and potential collectors. The fair committee is very pleased to be able to offer a significant discount to all first-time exhibitors.
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London International Antiquarian Book Fair, 26th to 28th May 2016

Published on 19 May 2016
From May 26th to 28th the halls of Olympia will once again present an unparalleled array of literary material at the London International Antiquarian Book Fair. Now in its 59th year, this major three-day event is one of the largest and most prestigious antiquarian book fairs in the world, showcasing rare, unique and unusual items from 180 leading UK and international dealers.
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Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew

I hate to bring bad news to the readers and collectors of The Hardy Boys or The Nancy Drew juvenile series so loved by people all over the world but have you ever heard of "A House Name"?. . . Well meet some of them: Franklin W. Dixon, Carolyn Keene, Victor Appleton, and Laura Lee Hope (of the famed The Bobbsey Twins series).
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Visiting fine books - Bologna belies those who predict the demise of the book

At Bologna's city centre, Piazza de Nettuno, we are queuing up early one September morning for the coach that is to take us to Ravenna for a day trip. Just then someone from behind sends a relay mail up the queue for me. It is an A4 size sheet of paper folded in the middle and stapled at the top. I unfold the sheet. A review of Geoffrey Nunberg's The Future of the Book downloaded from the net opens out. "The death of the book has been duly announced," says the review, "and with it the end of brick-and-mortar libraries…" I turn back to see if I can spot the bookseller who sent up the review. There is a smiling face deep down the line with a pair of eyes peering at me rather mischievously. The irony of the situation is not lost on me. Here is a California University futurist announcing the death of the book just when this large group of antiquarian booksellers is setting out on a tour of antiquarian libraries in heartland Renaissance.
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The Pope’s Bookbinder – David Mason’s Brilliant Memoirs of an Antiquarian Bookseller

Over the course of what is now a legendary international career, Mason shows unerring instincts for the logic of the trade. He makes good money from Canadian editions, both legitimate and pirated (turns out Canadian piracies so incensed Mark Twain that he moved to Montreal for six months to gain copyright protection). He outfoxes the cousins of L.M. Montgomery at auction and blackmails the head of the Royal Ontario Museum. He excoriates the bureaucratic pettiness that obstructs public acquisitions, he trumpets the ingenuity of collectors and scouts, and in archives around the world he appraises history in its unsifted and most moving forms. And above all: David Mason boldly campaigns for what he feels is the moral duty of the antiquarian trade: to preserve the history and traditions of all nations, and to assert without compromise that such histories have value.
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On the Blog – Treasures of the Library Podcast: Dr Margaret Connolly Describes the Roll of Kings

In the podcast of the University of St. Andrews researchers and library staff report about their work in the library and with the library's rich treasures. This week Dr Margaret Connolly describes the Roll of Kings, a 15th century genealogical roll of the English monarchy, with a brief vernacular chronicle.
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Agatha Christie: Unrivaled, Record-Breaking Crime Novelist… And One of My Favorite Authors (Hence this Blog)

Murder on the Orient Express. And Then There Were None. Murder at the Vicarage. The Body in the Library. A Murder is Announced. By the Pricking of My Thumbs. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. 4.50 From Paddington. What do all of these titles have in common? Besides great plots, inventive narratives and extremely competent character development? They were all written by the "Queen of Crime", Dame Agatha Christie. Christie is said to be the best-selling novelist of all time (according to the Guinness Book of World Records) with over 2 billion copies of her novels sold and having been translated into 103 different languages. Reputedly, Christie is the third most popular author of all time, with regard to sales figures, finishing behind just William Shakespeare and the Bible. Furthermore, Christie's stage-play "The Mousetrap" is the longest running (straight-play) stage production of all time, having opened in London in November 1952 and still being performed, with over 25,000 performances to date. How did this lady crime-novelist get to be so popular? How did her (seemingly average) life influence her writing? And perhaps the most important question of all… Who Killed Roger Ackroyd?!? (Just kidding, no spoiler alerts necessary). Stay tuned.
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Exciting New Venture! Sydney Rare Book Auctions

An extraordinary collection of Norman Lindsay books assembled by the artist of the iconic Australian comic strip Ginger Meggs will feature in the first auction of Sydney Rare Books Auctions, a new auction house specializing in rare and fine books, photographs and memorabilia.
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