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Rare Books and the Rare Book Trade
Elisabeth and Sally Burdon
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Interviewed by AbeBooks: "Sisters in antiquarian bookselling: meet Elisabeth and Sally Burdon"

Published on 30 April 2018
Meet Elisabeth (left) and Sally Burdon. A pair of sisters involved in the antiquarian bookselling community and yet operating businesses thousands of miles apart. Elisabeth runs Old Imprints in Portland, Oregon, and is one of the most interesting sellers of ephemera that we know. Sally runs Asia Bookroom in Canberra, Australia, a business that specializes in Asian books, art, and ephemera. Both sell on AbeBooks and we’re thrilled that they partner with us. Sally is also President of ILAB (International League of Antiquarian Booksellers), so these are two booksellers with much to talk about. They were kind enough to answer our questions about their family, bookselling and much more.
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Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Edgar Allan Poe: Creator of Enduring Terror and Literary Masterpieces

Edgar Allan Poe was the first American writer to earn a living completely by his pen – though that living wasn't always enough to live on. The legendary author redefined the genre of horror and is rightly called the father of the modern detective novel. But these legacies are the result of a more visceral one: Poe's ability to evoke an all-encompassing terror that springs not from without, but from within.
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New SLAM Committee

We are happy to let you know that a new SLAM Committee was elected during the General Assembly held on 14th December 2009, for a period of three years:
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International League - Impressions of Geneva, July 1952

When the British taught the Swiss booksellers how to make tea ... The fifth ILAB Presidents' Meeting was held in Geneva in July 1952. It was the first meeting without William S. Kundig, who had died from a heart attack earlier that year. His unique sense of humour was sadly missed. Percy H. Muir welcomed the delegates at the Hotel du Rhone, one of Geneva's most outstanding locations at that time. During the meetings the delegates elected Georges Blaizot as their third ILAB President, and gave unanimous votes for Percy H. Muir and André Poursin as ILAB Presidents of Honour and for Menno Hertzberger as Father of the League. This is a report by an ABA member who attended the meeting.
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Goethe als Autographensammler

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a famous autograph collector. Siegfried Reiter's article about the poet as collector was first published in "Der Autographen-Sammler".
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ANZAAB Conference - Dunkeld, 19th and 20th March 2012

Members of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers had a wonderful time at Dunkeld, a Victorian town nestled at the foot of the Grampians, right at the end of the Great Dividing Range. From 19th to 20th March they attended the 2012 ANZAAB Conference, convened by President Sally Burdon and Secretary Jörn Harbeck.Members of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers had a wonderful time at Dunkeld, a Victorian town nestled at the foot of the Grampians, right at the end of the Great Dividing Range. From 19th to 20th March they attended the 2012 ANZAAB Conference, convened by President Sally Burdon and Secretary Jörn Harbeck.
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