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The Rare Book Trade - "Govern Yourselves Accordingly"

Published on 17 Oct. 2014
This was supposed to have been a review of last weekend's Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair. But the event went so smoothly, and was such a success, that there isn't really much to say about it. Load in and setup proceeded without a hitch. The venue was roomy and well lit, and a steady and enthusiastic crowd kept us on our toes all weekend, dealing with librarians, private collectors and even a smattering of that most sought after demographic, young people.
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Charles Dickens collectors see prices rise as signed book fetches £275k, here's how to invest from just £100

Published on 10 Sept. 2014
"Charles Dickens is arguably the nation's greatest novelist – as well as the most collectable. A signed copy of A Tale Of Two Cities was last month put up for sale for a record-breaking £275,000. The previous top price paid for the Victorian author's work was $290,000 (£174,000) for a pre-publication copy of A Christmas Carol in 2009. The signed copy of A Tale Of Two Cities is special as it is inscribed to fellow writer George Eliot – real name Mary Ann Evans. But Brian Lake, president of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, says the key appeal of Dickens is that there is a wide range of books and ephemera to suit all pockets ..."
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The Rare Book Trade - Let it Bleed!

Published on 11 June 2014
Back in the Stone Age, which is where I'm from, if you made your living in the used book trade, you had a shop or you worked in one. Oh, there were a few people who were smart enough to make their livings as book scouts – selling quality material to dealers and institutions – or organized enough to run mail order search services, which found obscure tomes for customers and quoted books to want ads in places like AB Magazine. Most of us, though, had open shops. These places served as many functions as we owners could contrive - social centers, store rooms, tax writeoffs, financial burdens, places of escape and, of course, the base of operations for whatever book scouting or mail order we might do to supplement our off-the-street incomes.
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La burocrazia che ci danneggia

Published on 25 April 2014
A special law on books older than 50 years affects the rare book trade in Italy. Any books - despite their worth - which are older than 50 years must not be brought out of the country without permission. This law, says ALAI President Fabrizio Govi, affects the whole rare book trade.
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The Rare Book Trade - What My Friends Think I Do (Part 1 in a Series)

Published on 23 April 2014
This Monday morning, the biggest news to hit the antiquarian book trade in roughly 400 years became public: my colleagues Dan Wechsler and George Koppelman, booksellers in New York City, unveiled a copy of a sixteenth century dictionary which could, quite plausibly, have once belonged to William Shakespeare - complete with annotations possibly in the bard's hand and many tantalizing, if ultimately circumstantial, linguistic and stylistic links to his plays. I'll leave it to better minds than mine to make a final determination regarding the dictionary's provenance. Wechsler and Koppelman have laid out an entire volume of compelling evidence in their just-published book, Shakespeare's Beehive (a copy of which I've just ordered); the Folger Shakespeare Library, the New Yorker, and numerous book bloggers have already begun weighing in, and I'm sure many more scholarly voices will be added to the fray over the coming months and years. I hope it's years, not months. I hope it's real, real enough at least to merit many years of scholarship – I really, really do.
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Rare Books in the Press - Perfect for bibliophiles! 15th Century cathedral is transformed into a book shop

Published on 08 Nov. 2013
"For ardent bibliophiles, a shopping trip to this book shop must be close to a spiritual experience. Broerenkerk, the famed 15th century Dominican church in Zwolle, Netherlands, has been transformed into a stunning modern book store. Architects BK. Architecten were allowed to radically redesign the interior of the 547-year-old Gothic building on the strict condition they left the original features, such as the pipe organ, stained glass windows and decor intact." Read the whole story in The Daily Mail.
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How Many Ways?

Published on 24 June 2013
How many ways are there to do this business? Here is my old friend Adrian Connolly of Connolly's Book Shop, Cork City,Ireland ... Adrian once told me he buys his books by the pallet load from a jobber in London. Like bales of rags. He then prices them at € 3 - € 10 and shelves them. All day people wandering through the busy Paul Street square, or shopping at the adjacent Tesco supermarket drift into his shop, spot a book they've never seen before, and purchase it. There are many books on Adrian's shelves that people have never seen before, because most of them expired and disappeared very soon after publication.
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The Guardian: Harry Potter First Edition Featuring JK Rowling Drawings Sells for £150,000

Published on 23 May 2013
"A first edition copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, with author JK Rowling's notes and original illustrations, was sold for £150,000 at auction in London. The book, which was auctioned by Sotheby's at a charity sale in aid of the English Pen writers' association, was purchased by an anonymous bidder by telephone. The annotations by Rowling include comments on the process of writing and a section from an early draft of the novel, along with a number of illustrations drawn by her and a note on how she came to invent Quidditch, a sport played by characters in the books."
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Antiquarian

Published on 07 March 2013
"A mere antiquarian is a rugged being" opined Dr Johnson, succinctly and meaningfully, to Boswell in 1778. What's in a name? – and what of the decidedly un-mere antiquarian bookseller?
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In the Press - Bulk of Sendak collection leaving Rosenbach

"Nearly half a century ago, the Rosenbach Museum and Library began building a relationship with the young author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, who very quickly started using the townhouse museum on Delancey Place as a repository for his original drawings, manuscripts, proofs, and rare editions. Through the years the numbers mounted, and today about 10,000 items of Sendakiana, from original artwork to finished editions, fill the Rosenbach - the museum's best calling card with generations that grew up with his books.But now that card is being recalled."
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Bob Fleck - Book of Condolence

ILAB is deeply saddened to inform its affiliates that Bob Fleck passed away on the 22nd September, following a short but very aggressive illness. Our thoughts and prayers accompany his family, and in particular his beloved wife Millie and his son Rob.
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“Only one word is needed – integrity”

Who wins the FIFA World Cup 2010? Spain? Argentina? Brazil? Italy? Or Ghana? Will England loose the penalty shootout? Does Germany reach the semi-finals without Michael Ballack? In three weeks the football world looks to South Africa. We have talked with a South African dealer about the most important thing besides football: rare books.
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Tracing Copenhagen's literary heritage

Copenhagen will host the 2017 Presidents' Meeting of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers. Presidents from 22 national associations gather at these annual meetings and besides the formal meetings, get a chance to see some of the city's bibliophile treasures and cultural highlights. Below is a list of some of the less known places anyone who is interested in literature, books in general and Denmark's history should explore.
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Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Jenny Lind in London

I like to try and find material relating to the history of performance, both in music and the theatre, and my library customers in particular are always looking for things they can use for exhibitions, for teaching, or to attract researchers. In other words, the unique. Here is one such book. Bound in black morocco by W. S. Johnson, it is a careful contemporary record of the 1849 season at Her Majesty's Theatre in London.
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Interview with Gonzalo F. Pontes - New ILAB President 2016

At the Ordinary General Meeting on 20th September 2016 in Budapest the presidents of ILAB's 22 national member associations voted for Gonzalo Fernandez Pontes (Spain) as new ILAB President.We asked Mr. Pontes about his plans in his new role, his background and what motivates him to invest so much of his time into the League.
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