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Anne's Adventures on Her Way Home

Published on 14 Dec. 2009
It was simple enough when it started. A catalogue from Waddington's, the auctioneers, which on perusal contained some books of interest, the most compelling being a copy of L. M. Montgomery's rare book of poems, The Watchman. This is a very scarce book, although not nearly as scarce as Anne of Green Gables, which is not only the most desirable Montgomery title but the rarest of her books. But the copy of The Watchman to be auctioned was a presentation copy, inscribed by Montgomery to Frede MacFarlane, her cousin and her closest friend. The inscription read 'To Frede, with the author's love, Xmas 1916' ...
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Book Collecting in Norway

Published on 07 Dec. 2009
"Oslo has Norway's greatest concentration of antiquarian bookstores, many within an easy walk of each other in the center of this city of 550,000. One of the largest and oldest is J. W. Cappelens Antikvariat." Erica Olsen visited the Norwegian antiquarian bookshops for the Fine Books & Collections magazine.
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Bookselling in Hard Times: “Will work for rare books”

Published on 04 Dec. 2009
Priding myself, as I do, on a majestic ignorance of bookselling history, I regret that I am unlikely to be able to provide you today with much of an historic overview of bookselling in hard times, beyond my own very personal experiences and observations. In early 1987, I cast all fate to the wind and declared myself a fulltime bookseller, after many years as a relatively low-level book collector and book scout. With the foresight and intuition for which I've now become famous, I did this pretty much immediately before the infamous Black Monday stock market crash of that October, when the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost nearly a third of its value in the course of a single week.
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A Look at the American Antiquarian Book Trade

Published on 26 Nov. 2009
At years end, the state of the American antiquarian book trade can best be described as unsettled, and in what has become an increasingly global marketplace; I suspect that the American experience is little different from that of our overseas colleagues. Although some areas of the American trade remain robust with children's books, American colorplate books, some Americana, and some literary highspots most conspicuous among them, the trade in general continues to undergo a rapid and continuous shift. The ease of finding books on the Internet has contributed to the increasingly rapid decline of the open shop. Those unwilling to adapt to the new circumstances are facing increasing difficulties.
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Why Buy From ABAA/ILAB Dealers?

Published on 26 Nov. 2009
It's reasonable to claim that the present is far and away the most tumultuous time in the history of book buying. Book buyers have a tool at their disposal, namely the Internet, that has completely changed the way book collectors are able to add to their libraries.
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Young Booksellers, Young Books: The Prospects of the American Rare Book Trade

Published on 26 Nov. 2009
From the inception of our version of civilization, the notion that we represent a new beginning has been more or less accepted at almost every level in American society. It has not been our inclination to look back upon the Sodom and Gomorrah of the Old World. Not only is this the general attitude of a nation, but it is the individual approach of nearly every upstart businessman in it, and that includes the antiquarian bookseller.
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New Concept for Italian antiquarian book fairs in 2018

The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of Italy (ALAI) has just announced, it will change its fair concept for 2018 without compromising ILAB standards. ILAB booksellers worldwide adhere, without compromise, to highest standards, regulated and bound to a Code of Usages and Customs.
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The St Andrews Project

Since 1997, a group of researchers at the University of St Andrews have been engaged on an ambitious bibliographical project: a survey of all books published in French before 1601.
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ONCE AGAIN IN 2016 - SPEED DATING FOR BOOKLOVERS ACROSS THE WORLD

Please join us on Saturday April 23, 2016 when we will focus world attention on rare books and associated materials. At this time when UNESCO and many others throughout the world celebrate literacy, ILAB Booksellers will once again run a worldwide 24 hour campaign to promote our trade and to raise money for literacy. If ever there was a year to get involved it is 2016, as it is the 400th anniversary of the deaths of both Shakespeare and Cervantes! So don't hesitate, join us!
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The President on Safari - Sortie to the Sea - War with the Newts

ABA President Laurence Worms travels around the British Isles to visit as many antiquarian booksellers and members of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (International) during his presidency. You can read some reports of his exciting trips on ILAB.org. The full story is told in Laurence Worms' blog The President on Safari.
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Collecting Nobel Prize in Literature Winners

With the Frankfurt Book Fair coming up this week and the announcement of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2015 Leah Dobrinska of Books Tell You Why focuses on a very special book collecting theme: "Awarded each year since 1901 (except in 1914, 1918, 1935, 1940, 1941, 1942, and 1943), the Nobel Prize in Literature is an obvious litmus test for exceptional writers. While there have, of course, been a fair share of "snubs" in the past 100+ years, many of the greatest authors in recent history bear the title "Nobel laureate." As a result, collecting Nobel Prize winners makes good sense: there's a list to follow; a new author is chosen each year from all around the globe, allowing for an eclectic reach (many congratulations to the 2015 winner from Belarus, Svetlana Alexievich!); and your collection will be filled with the best of the best." Read more:
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