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Bibliomaniacs in Battersea

Published on 19 June 2018
“Palpable history”, says Sir David Attenborough. We are at the annual Antiquarian Booksellers Association Rare Books Fair, and he is describing the pleasure of holding an incunable – a book printed in the fifteenth century, in the first few decades after the printing press was invented.
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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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BUDAPEST 2016 - ILAB CONGRESS & INTERNATIONAL ANTIQUARIAN BOOK FAIR

In two weeks time, booksellers from all over the world will gather in Budapest at the 42nd ILAB Congress and the 26th ILAB International Antiquarian Book Fair.
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54th London International Antiquarian Book Fair - Interview with Robert Frew, ABA Chair of the Olympia Committee

From June 9 to 11, 2011, over 160 rare book dealers showcase a huge array of magnificent books, prints and manuscripts from the early beginnings of printing in the 15th century to today during the London International Antiquarian Book Fair. In its 54 years of existence the famous fair, organized by the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (ABA) has become the leading destination for bibliophiles and collectors. An interview with Robert Frew, ABA Chair of the Olympia Committee.
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How Many Ways?

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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Yeah, that's him, Gutenberg!

Sunday Girl meets Sunday Boy, or: The history of printing sung after the famous Blondie tunes on YouTube.
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Yale University Press - The Voynich Manuscript

In February 2014, media reported a breakthrough that had been made in attempts to decipher a mysterious 600-year-old manuscript written in an unknown language: The Voynich Manuscript, carbon-dated to the 1400s, was rediscovered in 1912, when the antiquarian bookseller Wilfrid Voynich bought it in Italy as part of a rare book collection. Since then it has defied codebreakers and scientists. The BBC and several news channels reported on the case. Yale University Press has now published the "first authorized copy of this mysterious, much-speculated-upon, one-of-a-kind, centuries-old puzzle." (Yale)
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