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Under the Auspices of ILAB – International Antiquarian Book Fairs Across the World

Over the year and on all continents, there is an exquisite selection of antiquarian book fairs, where book collectors and the world's leading experts share their passion for the printed book and our written heritage. Under the auspices of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) and organized by ILAB's member associations amazing book fairs are held in Europe and America, Asia and Australia, from London and Paris to New York and California, Tokyo and Melbourne. The exhibitors are ILAB affiliates who guarantee high professional standards, high quality offers, the authenticity of the books, prints, autographs and ephemera for sale which are exactly described and accurately priced. On all these fairs, officially supported by ILAB, there is more than just the fascination of rare books: Here you can buy with confidence and trust in the expertise of the exhibitors.
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100 Years - 100 Books: High Spots of Collectible Children's Books from 1863-1963

The world of collectible children's books has come of age. Although children's books have always been collected, it is only within the last ten years that they have blasted into the consciousness of the book collecting world in general and even into the minds of the non collecting public. It now goes without saying that great first edition collections should also include firsts of classic children's literature as well ...
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Matching the Right Wine to the Right Rare Book

"Of the debacle at the ILAB Congress in Madrid, where I denounced all Riojas as swill not suitable to even gargle with and to be accompanied only with cheap reprints of Lorca on a bad day, and of the subsequent riot outside the U.S. embassy and then nationwide strike, I shall say no more." A BOOKTRYST wine tasting in several lessons ...
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In the Press - Younger book dealers are diving into the antiquarian trade

"Right now, we have more younger members than we had 10 years ago," says ABAA President John Thomson in the Los Angeles Times. The article by Carolyn Kellogg introduces two young US dealers: Heather O'Donnell and Dan Whitmore. A good read!
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John Hanning Speke - English Soldier and Explorer (1827-1864)

In search of the source of the Nile, of Lake Victoria, Lake Tanganyika and the "fabled 'Mountains of the Moon'": John Hanning Speke's life and deeds are closely connected with Richard Francis Burton. They were companions who finally turned out to be combatants. After Burton's biography Raymond Howgego tells the story of the other famous African explorer John Hanning Speke on ILAB.org. With a bibliography of Speke's travel accounts and books about Speke.
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