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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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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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Paul Kainbacher, Die Erforschung Afrikas. Die Afrika-Literatur über Geographie und Reisen 1486 – 1945

Paul Kainbacher's bibliography is „the" standard work for dealers, collectors, and scientists who are specialised in geography, travel, ethnology and natural sciences. It comprises – almost completely – the whole German literature on Africa written between the years 1500 and 1945.
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The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair Goes Virtual

BOSTON, MA – An alluring treasure trove awaits seasoned collectors as well as new visitors at the 44th annual Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair which will be held virtually November 12-14, 2020. The event will showcase the finest in rare and valuable books, illuminated manuscripts, autographs, ephemera, political and historic documents, maps, atlases, photographs, fine and decorative prints, and much more.
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International League Conference - Munich 1957

What is a "traditional Munich Weisswurst snack"? ILAB booksellers who attended the 10th ILAB Congress in Munich in 1957 know: "The snack consisted of white sausages, rolls and large glasses of beer, and as soon as the glasses and plates were emptied they were replenished by waitresses wearing Bavarian costume." They also admired the beautiful Baroque churches at Ettas, Wies and Andechs, and a stunning collection of incunabula from the Bavarian State Library.
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Livres à lire d’une seule main - Aristotle’s Master-Piece

Probably the most notorious seventeenth-century sex manual bore the strange title Aristotle's Masterpiece. This book bears a fake author's name — the Greek philosopher had nothing to do with it — in order to give the work some measure of respectability. The ruse didn't work; Aristotle's Masterpiece was banned in Britain until the 1960s. But the prohibition didn't keep it from circulating: it was one of the most notorious, and widely distributed, sex books in the English language.
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