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“The Precious Unprinted Contents of Books” – Handwritten notes, flowers and other things you find in rare books

Published on 16 Aug. 2010
Open an old book and find – a flower, or better: a bank note, photographs, letters, notes scribbled on the pages, exhibitions tickets. Even if a book is boring you may find something interesting between the lines or pages, if it is an old book, not a Kindle. The Guardian Book Blog muses about "marginalia and forgotten mementoes" in the age of the internet.
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The Greatest Book Collector You Never Heard Of

Published on 27 July 2010
"One room was abandoned when the piles neared the ceiling, and at some point a subsidence of books blocked the door from the inside, sealing the room off. He established an annex in the garage, where piles of loose books mingled with unopened purchases from local shops and parcels from overseas ..."
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Celal Sengör

Published on 22 July 2010
Celal Sengör is one of the leading geologists and specialist on earthquakes worldwide. He is a professor of the Technical University in Istanbul – and possesses what is probably the largest private library on geology and it’s history from the very beginnings until today. His library, built into the hills above the Bosporus, contains more than 30,000 volumes...
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Bibliofilia e bibliomania - Or: The Fascination of Rare Books and Autographs

Published on 19 July 2010
Umberto Eco held his "lectio magistralis" about "Bibliofilia e bibliomania" in Turin. Professor Eco himself is "A Bibliophile of huge Ec(h)o", as Umberto Pregliasco has characterized him. In September 2010 he will open the 39th ILAB Congress and 23rd International Book Fair in Bologna with a lecture - a great honour for the League, and a great pleasure for every bibliophile who will have the chance to attend this event.
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The Foots and the Poets

Published on 06 July 2010
Very recently, a delightful new book tumbled on to my desk from an otherwise boring mail delivery - a Yard (3 Foots) Anthology, which straight away brightened my day and finished off anything else I had planned to do. For it immediately took me back many years to a different era. After a preliminary look-through, I was so grateful that I telephoned the donor to thank him most profusely and genuinely.
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A Lurid Story of Book Dope And Lives Twisted By Mad Desire!

Published on 15 June 2010
Hard-boiled dames caught in the grip of a habit beyond their control; corrupt dolls seeking cheap thrills between the sheets of a book; innocents ensnared into the rare book racket, underage girls seduced by slick blurbs, and grown men brought to their knees by bibliographical points that slay dreams in a depraved world.
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"Caro Onomonimo ... speriamo di non liberarci dai libri"

Published on 25 Jan. 2010
Avere l'ambizione di presentare Umberto Eco, che ha inaugurato la Fiera del Libro di Torino con la conversazione Non sperate di liberarvi dei libri, può sembrare pretenzioso: ma non intendo qui parlare del professore di semiotica, dello scrittore italiano vivente più conosciuto nel mondo, bensì di Umberto Eco bibliofilo, raccontando quelle che sono le relazioni pericolose tra il collezionista ed il proprio pusher di libri antichi: un'esperienza unica, che consente al libraio di entrare nello spirito, ancor prima che nel portafoglio, del cliente.
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The National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest

Published on 23 Dec. 2009
The National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest will be awarded in autumn 2010 with a ceremony and lectures in the Library of Congress. The prize, which is supported by the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA), the Fellowship of American Bibliophilic Societies (FABS), the Center for the Book and the Rare Books and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress) was established in 2005 ...
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Robert Wright, President of ABAC on bookselling in Canada

After the completely unexpected death of Michael Park earlier this year, who had served as ABAC President since November of 2015, Robert Wright of Robert Wright Books has taken on the role of Interim President. Mr. Wright spoke to us about bookselling in his home country and where the trade is going.
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Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Isaac Asimov, Legendary Author of Science Fiction

Isaac Asimov, legendary author of science fiction, celebrated his birthday on January 2. Born Isaak Yudovich Osimov in Petrovichi, Russia around January 2, 1920, Asimov immigrated to Brooklyn, New York with his family. Asimov would always retain a strong New York accent, a feature just as distinctive as his legendary mutton chops. The author is less well known for his flying phobia and using the nom de plume Paul French.
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50 Years of "Wiener Antiquariat" - 50 Jahre "Wiener Antiquariat"

On 6 December 2012 the "Wiener Antiquariat" celebrated its 50th anniversary. The history of one of the most famous antiquarian bookshops in Vienna spans several generations. It began in Kestölz in Hungary in the 19th century. From there, Michael Nebehay (1832-1895) moved to Vienna, where he first became a restaurant owner, then mayor of Sievering, until he lost his fortune in 1873 during the World Exhibition in Vienna. The youngest of his 16 children became an antiquarian bookseller: After his apprenticeship in Vienna Gustav Nebehay (1881-1935) went to Leipzig where he joined the well-known company C. G. Boerner and married Maria Sonntag, the sister of the book binder Carl Sonntag. During World War I they returned to Vienna, where he established his own business and became a friend of artists like Josef Hoffmann, Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele.
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Book Sizes and Taking Advantage of Bald Men

Book Sizes, also known as a book's format, at first sight come across as a bit pointlessly arcane: Folio: Fo. or 2° (try and imagine the 2 as really big and the O as really small). Quarto: Qto. or 4to or even 4°. Octavo: Oct. or 8vo. Duodecimo: 12mo (usually spoken as twelvemo). Sextodecimo: 16mo (sixteenmo). Vicesimo-quarto: 24mo (twentyfourmo). Tricesimo-secundo: 32mo (thirtytwomo). They are the most commonly used. There are a myriad of variations within each theme "Crown Octavo", "Elephant Folio" , "Royal Quarto", "Small..", "Squat.." etc. These are usually tied to bibliographical descriptions from SOMEONE OLD AND DISTINGUISHED tm. who wrote about this book eighty years ago and whose word has been taken ever since.
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Pop Up at the Oxford Book Fair on 23 April 2016

Nearly 100 British booksellers in Oxford harness the Power of 1,800 colleagues Worldwide on UNESCO's World Book and Copyright Day. On Saturday April 23 nearly 100 booksellers in Oxford will take part in a unique worldwide event. For 24 hours a worldwide chain of rare book events will occur. Starting on the East Coast of Australia running through Asia and Europe and ending on the West Coast of the United States, booksellers in 15 countries and nearly 30 locations will hold quick and often quirky events that celebrate rare books, autographs and manuscripts, maps and other paper items. Booksellers will show and talk some of the rarest and most interesting items they own while raising funds for literacy.
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How Thieves Target Rare Books

The "Tome Raider" in the BCC News: "A book thief who served a four-year jail sentence should have turned over a new leaf. Instead, he has been sent back to prison after targeting one of Britain's most distinguished libraries. The case highlights a little known, but widespread crime."
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