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Rare Books and the Rare Book Trade
Provenance Symposium
Booksellers

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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Elisabeth and Sally Burdon
Booksellers

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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When the book trade meets in New York

Booksellers from all continents are busy preparing one of the main events of the book trade each year. The New York Antiquarian Book Fair and a number of satellite events will run next week.
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Thommie Bayer: Fallers große Liebe

„Nehmen Sie auch eine ganze Bibliothek?" – „Wenn ich sie mir leisten kann, ja." „Do you take the whole library?" – „If I can afford it, yes." Alexander Storz is the hero of a new novel by the German writer Thommie Bayer. A kind of literary roadmovie. Alexander, who is fed up with selling used books, travels through Germany in a Jaguar owned by a tough businessmen who is looking for his youth lost long ago in the 60s. They hate each other ...
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Born (Again) in the USA

"The challenge for the book trade is to introduce young people to rare books and foster an appreciation of the importance of books as cultural artefacts. We can show them what a difference they can make to the world by what they choose to collect and treasure, to write about and share with friends. Chris and I are thinking of publishing our next ventures as apps for the iPad. If we continue to embrace technology, the future for the rare book trade is unlimited. Terry Belanger once pointed out that the less utilitarian horses became, the more highly they were valued and treasured. I'm betting the same is true of books and I hope to be selling them for many years to come." Sheila Markham in conversation with John Windle
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Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Jenny Lind in London

I like to try and find material relating to the history of performance, both in music and the theatre, and my library customers in particular are always looking for things they can use for exhibitions, for teaching, or to attract researchers. In other words, the unique. Here is one such book. Bound in black morocco by W. S. Johnson, it is a careful contemporary record of the 1849 season at Her Majesty's Theatre in London.
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PODCAST: Fairytales in Australia - feat. ILAB bookseller Douglas Stewart

Earlier in the week, the Australian history radio programme, "The History Listen" spoke to Melbourne bookseller Douglas Stewart and the magic of Ida Rentoul Outhwaite's illustrations and paintings which brought fairies to life for generations of Australian children.
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ILAB Internship Program 2011 for Students of the Moscow State University of the Printing Arts

During the Presidents' Meeting in Vienna in 2009, the Russian Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (FAB) was welcomed as a new member of ILAB. The excellent contacts that Past President Adrian Harrington, committee member Norbert Donhofer and Past President of the Canadian Association, Eric Waschke, had in Russia and the eagerness of dealers and students to learn more about ILAB quickly led to the development of an internship program for a number of young students and dealers. The participants in this program were asked to present a paper that could be published on the website and that is, together with an interesting introduction by Norbert Donhofer, what you will find here.
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