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Toronto International Antiquarian Book Fair - 12th to 14th October 2012

After a fifteen year hiatus, the 2010 Toronto International Antiquarian Book Fair was a great success and featured most of Canada's finest as well as many top international antiquarian booksellers. In 2012, this outstanding show will again bring booksellers and bibliophiles together for a three day event. Sponsored by the ABAC, the 2012 Toronto International Antiquarian Book Fair joins the prestigious San Francisco, New York and Boston fairs on the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers' (ILAB) 2012 North American calendar.
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It’s a Book - Not an App

"Have you ever tried to explain book collecting to someone who's not a collector? This has never been an easy thing to do, but it seems to be much more difficult now than it was just a few years ago. The problem is not that books are unfamiliar objects, or that collecting is seen as an unusual pursuit. Despite increased competition, books can still be found everywhere, and collectors of all kinds are featured on more television shows than ever before. What makes an explanation of book collecting more difficult now is that the main purposes books have served for more than two thousand years - the storage and provision of information - can be achieved today in many other, and often much less expensive, ways...
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A Book on Discovery Rediscovered

For immediate press release: Under circumstances not precisely known an utmost rarity has been discovered in a rather minor collection of miscellaneous books, novels and pamphlets by an antiquarian bookseller from Southern Germany.
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The London Book Fair Week 2014

Who invented the antiquarian book fair? In 1958 the first book fair worldwide offering rare and beautiful books, prints and manuscripts was held in London at the National Book League in Albemarle Street from 6th to 21st June, organized by the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (ABA). Now in its 57th year, the London International Antiquarian Book Fair is not only the oldest, but one of the biggest and most important events of the rare book trade. With over 180 leading antiquarian book dealers from across the globe exhibiting rare treasures from the early days of printing up to highly collectible modern first editions, children's and illustrated books, precious bindings, autograph letters, prints, photographs, manuscripts, ephemera and original art works spanning the centuries, with prices ranging from the accessible £10 to half a million – it is the place to be for book collectors. Whatever you collect, whatever your subject, curiosity or indulgence, you will find something to capture your imagination and interest at the International Antiquarian Book Fair at National Hall, Olympia - and not only there. A series of book fairs will be held in London at the end of May. This is a short summary of all the fairs, with links to the official websites.
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The Girolamini Thefts in the Press: August 2013 to January 2014

More than a year has passed since the discovery of thefts from the Girolamini Library in Naples (Italy). The former library director, Marino Massimo de Caro, has been convicted to seven years in prison of being primarily responsible for the thefts. He now is under arrest in his house in Italy. Meanwhile a second issue has been brought to public attention: the dissemination of forgeries throughout the international antiquarian book market. In several official statements the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) and the Italian Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (ALAI) expressed their concern about these two major issues which bring up the prospect that books from the Girolamini Library or forgeries may surface on the market for years to come with little or no warning that they have been stolen or forged. A survey of press articles about the Girolamini thefts and the forgeries published between August 2013 and January 2014:
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