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Rick Gekoski's new novel "Darke"

Published on 07 March 2017
Known to many in the trade and beyond, Rick Gekoski has published a number of books throughout his life, some of them incredibly entertaining for anyone in the rare book trade."Lost, Stolen or Shredded", "Tolkien's Gown" or "Outside of a Dog: A Bibliomemoir" will be on the bookshelves of many of us. Or do you remember Rick's guide to an antiquarian book fair? Now changing direction slightly, Rick Gekoski's new book and first novel "Darke" has just been published by Canongate in the UK.
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Booksellers in the Press - Matthew Raptis in the Palm Beacher : Think print is dead?

Published on 24 Feb. 2017
"Matthew Raptis doesn't judge a book by its cover alone. He also judges it by its publication date, its condition and its relative rarity in the antiquarian book marketplace. Think print is dead? For avid collectors of rare books, it's anything but." (Palm Beacher, 2017)The Palm Beacher recently run a profile on Matthew Raptis Rare Books, member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America and therefore affiliated to the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, with the fitting headline "Rare Books Are More Than Just A Business; They're A Key To The Past". Another insight into the world of rare book dealing and collecting and proof the book is not dead.
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Have you recently become a bookseller?

Published on 14 Feb. 2017
Would it help if you could get regular advice from an experienced ILAB antiquarian bookseller?Over the past few months, ILAB has developed the ILAB International Mentor Programme which was launched in January. The ILAB International Mentor Programme harnesses the enormous good will of our associates/members worldwide to offer a truly extraordinary range of expertise in, as this is written, no less than 9 languages, to support less experienced booksellers where ever they may be. We can now envisage such situations as a Dutch mentor supporting a young American bookseller, an American mentor helping a young Russian bookseller or an Australian mentor chatting regularly with their mentee in Malaysia. It is also just as likely that the mentor and mentee might be within the same country or city – there are far fewer limitations than there have ever been.
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Meet the ILAB Mentors – Anne Lamort

Published on 10 Feb. 2017
In December 2016, ILAB launched a new Mentoring Programme, which aims to help young or recently established booksellers throughout the world by offering support and counselling on a one on one basis.In our new series "Meet the ILAB Mentors", we would like to present those booksellers who are volunteering their time for newer entrants to the antiquarian and rare book trade!
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Booksellers in the Press - London's Heywood Hill in Vanity Fair

Published on 09 Feb. 2017
London bookdealers Heywood Hill recently celebrated their 80th anniversary, now run by Nicky Dunne, son in law of Duke of Devonshire, Peregrine Cavendish, who inherited the business along with the dukedom and the Derbyshire estate on his father's death, in 2004."In an age of mega-stores and Kindle and Amazon, a bookshop in the chandeliered sitting room of a town house—with no sales or discounts—looks like a suicidal business model, and all the more so when the shop doesn't deign to stock many blockbusters. You're more likely to find a collection of African short stories than 'Fifty Shades of Grey', or a secondhand memoir by a forgotten English traveler from the 1930s than the best-selling adult coloring book 'The Enchanted Forest'."
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Graham York's 3000 mile trip from Devon through Europe selling books at the ILAB Fair in Budapest and Amsterdam

Published on 01 Dec. 2016
The plan was to take four days to reach Budapest, spend four days there, four days to drive to Amsterdam, spend four days there, then two days to get home via Bruges (favourite restaurant). We had two rules - we only stop at places we've never been to, and no alcohol with lunch for me given the zero legal limit in some countries - Jan, however, doesn't drive...
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Buying Rare and Antiquarian Books in Seoul

Published on 12 Sept. 2016
If you're traveling to Korea and are considering some rare book shopping, we recommend dedicating at least one full day in Seoul to explore the city's bookstores and rare books market. While most of the antiquarian bookstores specialize in Korean-language texts - in other words, you'll need to know some Korean, either written or verbal, to have a good chance of locating an author you've set out to find - several of the book-buying options in South Korea's capital city also have books written in other East Asian languages, as well as in English and other Western languages. Earlier this year, we spent a week tracking down the best rare book shopping options that the city had to offer.
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ZierRat – Ornaments. A Beautiful First Catalogue by Daniela Kromp Rare Books

Published on 29 Feb. 2016
As I was strolling around the Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair a few weeks ago, a stand caught my attention. It was Daniela Kromp's, second-time exhibitor at the fair. The stand was very attractive, filled with large books, opened to show their decorative, coloured illustrations. I chatted with the owner for a bit, and she told me that her real speciality were handwritten and "unique" books from the 16th to the 21st century (not just signed or dedicated). "One of a Kind" – which will actually be the title of her next – the second – catalogue. Daniela, who had graduated in conservation and restoration of books and paper objects, founded her firm in 2011. Before that she worked for Hartung & Hartung in Munich for a while, who more or less shanghaid her, when she came to collect a book there.
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City of Encounters

There are a number of curious things about book-jackets. One is that after getting on for two hundred years of their history, we are still not entirely certain what to call them – dust-jackets, book-jackets, dust-wrappers, even dust-covers – all in fairly common usage, while a close study of G. Thomas Tanselle's masterly recent study, Book-Jackets : Their History, Forms and Use, gives us nineteenth-century examples of 'paper cover', 'slip-wrapper' (analogous with slip-case and which I rather like), and 'over-wrapper', while the earliest reference I've seen in an author bibliography (Stuart Mason, aka Christopher Millard, Bibliography of Oscar Wilde, 1914 – ignoring the preliminary editions) notes a number of examples of 'loose outer wrappers'. For my own part, I take the Tanselle line that 'wrapper' is a little dangerous in already having a long-established and alternative meaning in bibliography – referring to a stitched, stapled or glued and non-detachable cover, as for example on a pamphlet.
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St Bride Foundation to be the Official Charity of the London International Antiquarian Book Fair 2013

The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (ABA) is delighted to announce that the St Bride Foundation will be the official charity of the London International Antiquarian Book Fair which opens on Thursday June 13 and runs until Saturday June 15.
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Rock in the USSR

This is an underground Russian samizdat translation of Nik Cohn's classic history of pop music - first published in 1969 as Pop from the Beginning (in America as Rock from the Beginning), and then under the title Awopbopaloobop alopbamboom - produced on a typewriter with manuscript additions for any English words and names and then mimeographed. Although the title here reads 'London 1969', the source text must have been the American edition given the title and as the sequence of chapters and their headings also follow that version.
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Edith Finer

People always assume I got into law books because my husband was a lawyer. Actually I studied economics, took a diploma in social sciences and trained as a juvenile probation officer. In those days you had to be twenty-six before you could do that job. As I was too young at the time, I decided to start a research agency. I was already married with children and it was just about possible to combine the work with running a home.
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Bibliophile Societies Worldwide 1 - Bookplate Societies in Australia

A bookplate (or ex libris) is a label placed inside a book to mark ownership. The rise of bookplates occurred concurrently with the advent of printing from moveable type, whilst the collecting of bookplates arose in Britain in the early nineteenth-century as an offshoot of the genteel pastime of collecting coats of arms into albums. The Ex Libris Society was formed in London in 1891 and lasted into the early years of the twentieth-century. In Australia, bookplate collecting and owning a bookplate became the height of fashion among the cultured between the World Wars. In recent years, there has again been increasing interest in bookplates among book lovers and artists, and societies have been formed in Melbourne and Sydney.
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