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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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Unfinished Books and The Private Library

The term completist, as applied to book collectors, has always struck this writer as something of a misnomer. In one sense, the term certainly is applicable: i.e., it describes the attempt to collect everything a particular author ever wrote, or everything a particular publisher ever published, or everything ever written about a particular topic. On the other hand …
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Rare Book School 2010

The Rare Book School (RBS) is an independent institute supporting the study of the history of books and printing and related subjects. The new course schedule 2010 is now available online. It includes ...
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“You’ve got to keep rolling the dice”

"I didn't decide to become a bookseller; I fell into it by accident. In my early 20s I was determined to be an artist and that's what I was until I reached about 25. Then I started helping a friend with a stall outdoors on the Portobello Road on Saturdays and, after a while, I got my own pitch. I happened to do better with the stall than I was doing at painting and I enjoyed it more than painting to a point. Then I started having children and so needed money, and I realised that I was doing more bookselling and less painting and I was actually enjoying it. The day I realised that, I stopped painting and just started focusing on bookselling." - Shelf Fullfillment, the new blog of the ABA, starts with a very interesting series of interviews by Beatie Wolfe.
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Music and Theatre in Bohemia and Europe – The Autograph Collection of Fritz Donebauer (Prague)

105 years ago, from 6th to 8th August, 1908, a famous 19th century autograph collection was auctioned by J. A. Stargardt in Berlin. The owner of the collection was Fritz Donebauer, born in 1849 as a son of a Bohemian innkeeper who became a banker and insurance agent in Prague, and most of all: a collector. In his lifetime he owned hundreds of autographs and manuscripts of mostly Bohemian theatre artists and musicians as well as rare documents from the history of Bohemia and the Thirty Years War. Little is known about Fritz Donebauer, whose collection came to auction in Berlin in April 1908, and even less is known about the private collectors, dealers and institutions who bought the documents, manuscripts and handwritten letters. Eberhard Köstler tries to reconstruct Fritz Donebauer's life and the fate of his famous collection.
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When Wallace Stevens hit Ernest Hemingway in Key West

October 2 is the birthday of poet Wallace Stevens (1879), who won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1955 for his Collected Poems. For many years, he was frequent visitor to Key West, beginning in 1922. In 1936, he encountered Ernest Hemingway there, and thereby hangs a tale.
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Trends in Modern Book Collecting

About six months ago, I found that I was repeatedly discussing with a number of fellow booksellers, and more especially with a number of collectors on my mailing list, the apparent shift in collecting styles -- especially with regard to modern firsts -- that has taken place over the last 20 years or so. My main impression was that there has been a shift away from what I would call "in-depth" author collections toward the collecting of a relatively small number of "high spots" of modern literature.
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