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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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Funeral of Mitsuo Nitta, ILAB Member of Honor

Published on 11 Jan. 2016
It was on a sunny early winter day in Tokyo, when the official funeral of Mitsuo Nitta, former CEO of Yushodo Yushodo Co., Ltd. and ILAB Member of Honor took place at Gokoku-ji Temple located in Bunkyo-ku, the area where he lived for most of his live. The ceremony was held in a special room of the temple, and large tents where pitched outside to provide temporary relief from the cold winds for the mourners. A picture of Mitsuo Nitta was erected high on the altar in the middle of the main room, surrounded by a sea of white Chrysanthemum, it was truly a breathtaking sight.
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Rare Book News - Maggs have moved ...

Published on 08 Dec. 2015
Maggs Bros Ltd. has been dealing in rare books and manuscripts since 1853. As one of the world's longest-established antiquarian book dealers, they are specialists in the fields of Voyages and Travels, English literature, Medieval Manuscripts and Miniatures, Bibliography, Incunabula and Early Printed Books, Natural History and Science, Autographs and Manuscripts, Military and Naval History, Bindings, Private Press Books and other related areas.
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Music Antiquarians: John and Jude Lubrano

Published on 13 July 2015
"Nestled in the heart of the Syosset hamlet, New York, is a true treasure trove of musical riches, carefully, and lovingly, curated by John and Jude Lubrano. Since 1977, the dynamic duo have established themselves among the leading international dealers in antiquarian music and dance material. Their collection boasts a tantalising myriad of autograph musical manuscripts and letters of composers; rare printed music; rare books on music and dance; and original prints, drawings and ephemera relating to music and dance. The Lubranos' clientele includes private collectors, and many of the most celebrated libraries and museums of the world." (From Final Note Magazine)
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From the Private Library's Archives: Extra-Illustrated Books and The Private Library

Published on 16 June 2015
Any independent bookstore that has been in business for any length of time is likely to have squirreled away on its shelves a tome or two (or more) that is extra-illustrated. Such books are illustrated by means of engravings, variant title pages, and the like, which were not included in the book by the publisher, but added later. This additional matter may consist of original drawings, manuscripts, etc., but it may also consist of leaves taken from other books. The added material may be mounted, inlaid, or trimmed to conform to the size of the other leaves of the book. Also called "Grangerized" (a term derived from the vogue begun by the publication of James Granger's Biographical history of England, in 1769, in which Granger had blank leaves included so that the owner could insert desired illustrations).
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Michael Steinbach - New President of the Austrian Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (VAO)

Published on 26 March 2015
Congratulations to Michael Steinbach! At the 53th General Assembly of the Austrian Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (Verband der Antiquare Österreichs, VAO) on 25th March 2015, Michael Steinbach was elected new president. He succeeds Dieter Tausch who served as VAO President from 2012 to 2015. In the new VAO Committee Dr. Paul Kainbacher will serve as Vice-President, supported by the new VAO Committee members Erhard Löcker, Andreas Moser and Robert Schoisengeier.Michael Steinbach, well-known to most ILAB affiliates, was ILAB President from 2006 to 2008, is ILAB President of Honour and Member of Honour of the German Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (VDA).
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Rare Booksellers - Poppings Up

Published on 20 March 2015
I first met Anthony Smith a good few years ago when he was a student on the long since disappeared Postgraduate Diploma in Antiquarian Bookselling course we used to run in conjunction with the School of Library, Archive and Information Studies (SLAIS) at London University. A course long since disappeared, although we hope to reintroduce something similar before too long in a collaboration between the London Rare Books School, the ABA, and those involved in the History of the Book masters course run at the Institute of English Studies (watch this space).
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Deck the Halls – Adrian Harrington Rare Books in Tunbridge Wells

Published on 16 Jan. 2015
Always a matter of rejoicing to hear of a new bookshop opening, rather than yet another one closing. Not that Hall's Bookshop on Chapel Place in Royal Tunbridge Wells is strictly speaking a new bookshop. Reuben Hall first opened his doors for business in something like 1898 and Hall's has been a much-loved institution ever since – one of the proper old-fashioned country bookshops. Adrian Harrington, formerly of Chelsea and Kensington, president of the ABA in 2001-2003, president of ILAB in 2008-2009, and long one of the most influential figures in the trade, had taken the decision to close down his London shop and relocate – lock, stock and barrel – to Tunbridge. But not just to move his own very successful rare book business, Adrian was determined from the outset to keep Hall's alive as the traditional second-hand bookshop and focal point of the town it had always been.
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Insider Collecting – Rare Books on Automobiles, Ships, Steam Coaches

One of my principles in gathering books is to read a book perhaps in a paperback edition and having 'assessed' it, either put it back into stock, keep it on my shelves, find a hardback edition to replace it, or, ultimate accolade, find a first or fine edition. [André Gide summed it up when he said "Book collectors do not buy books to read - they buy books because they have read them]. Some twenty-five years ago in the Carnegie Bookshop in New York Dave Kirschenbaum showed us the finest pair of "Jungle Books" any of us had ever seen. Having bought them I said to my father - "You know where those are going don't you? Home beside All The Mowgli Stories." - And here is an interesting thing that serves to counter those who ask "Why spend money on a first edition when it is available in paperback?" When I sat down to read, in the original 19th century edition, the stories I knew almost by heart, they were suddenly given a fresh flavour - the flavour of 19th century India and the British Raj, simply through reading them in the original edition.
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1519 - 2019 : Commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci

« As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death » (Leonardo da Vinci)
2019 commemorates the 500th anniversary of da Vinci, institutions worldwide have launched events and exhibitions.
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You Cataracts and Hurricanoes! - A Treatise on Meteorology: From the Encyclopedia Metropolitana

I focus not on a reference book but on a single entry today — still, it's large enough to be published as a substantial book in its own right. This is George Harvey's entry on meteorology for the Encyclopedia Metropolitana — what Tom McArthur calls "the grand but ill-fated Encyclopaedia Metropolitana." Samuel Taylor Coleridge was involved in the planning, though he backed out as soon as it began appearing in 1818, as did most of the others who started it. A total of thirty quarto volumes, stretching to more than 22,000 pages and 565 plates, appeared over the next twenty-eight years.
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5 Questions - Gonzalo Fernandez Pontes of Pontes Maps

Gonzalo Fernandez Pontes became the president of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), an international body with 1800 affiliates, in 2016. He undertakes his duties alongside running his shop, Pontes Maps, which opened in Madrid in 1991.
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