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Rare Books and the Rare Book Trade
 
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Rare Books as Investments

Published on 09 Dec. 2009
Rare books as investments? "I think probably the only thing worse than having your rare bookseller manage your assets portfolio, is to have your investment broker choose your rare books. One might want to govern oneself accordingly. After all, as long as you buy the books that you love..."
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Organising the Private Book Collection

Published on 07 Dec. 2009
You've been buying books for a while now but in a haphazard fashion, buying them as the subject matter or some other aspect of them e.g., binding or association inscriptions, illustrations or bookplates or indeed anything at all, appealed to you. There are so many of them now that you begin to think that you have a "collection", particularly as you now seem to be mostly buying books in a field which has become of particular interest to you...
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Invitation to the 5th Hong Kong International Antiquarian Book Fair

All ILAB members are invited to attend The Fifth Hong Kong Antiquarian Bookfair from 2 to 4 December 2011 at the Hong Kong Exhibition Centre. Last year's fair was very successful with sales of over $10,000,000 HK reported by 41 exhibitors. The fair is well attended by local Hong Kong residents as well as collectors from mainland China and other neighbouring countries. It is a genuine chance to expand your market and meet new customers and dealers. Hong Kong has a booming economy as does mainland China so if you are sitting at home cursing the local economy now is the time to try something different.
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The Summer of Love - Magazine as Seismograph

It is fitting that the first issue of San Francisco Earthquake was published in the fall of 1967 as it is a product of the hangover after the Summer of Love. That Summer was largely a media fabrication and the Earthquake through its five issues is a Burroughsian attack on Time-Life media and a potent example of Fluxus and Situationist detournment. But let's be honest, even the mainstream media reported that the flower in the hair of wannabe hippies had wilted by 1967. For example, Joan Didion's articles on Lifestyles in the Golden Land had been appearing in the Saturday Evening Post as early as 1965.
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A New International Antiquarian Book Fair in Milan, Supported by the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers

I'm very pleased to announce that ALAI will organize an antiquarian book fair in Milan as early as March 2013, open to ILAB members only. We managed to get a truly exceptional venue, the seventeenth-century Palazzo Giureconsulti, which has its entrance in Piazza dei Mercanti and an entire side overlooking Piazza Duomo (see the attached picture and, for more details, please visit www.palazzogiureconsulti.it). The event dates are March 15-17, with opening on Friday morning and closing on Sunday in the early afternoon.
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Talks and Tours at Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair – November 1-2, 2013

Over its life, the Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair has become a fixture in the November calendar for book collectors and dealers from Britain, Europe and America. Warmer than Boston, more intimate than York, less formal than Paris – Chelsea has it all. Dealer and collectors love the fair: it's friendly and varied, the dealers have time to talk, there are plenty of books but it's not overwhelming. 'See you at Chelsea' has become a phrase familiar to everyone in the British rare book trade. This year's Fair will offer visitors an excellent opportunity to find the perfect antiquarian book among thousands brought to the Chelsea Old Town Hall from 1st to 2nd November. Besides the exquisite, extraordinary and unique items showcased by the 82 expert booksellers from the United Kingdom and abroad, book lovers will enjoy an amazing number of book-related talks and tours throughout the weekend.
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Roger Gaskell

“I can think of more sensible occupations, but I can’t think of any more pleasurable.”

(Charles Cox)
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The York National Book Fair opens on Friday 14th September!

This prestigious event, staged annually, has grown to be the largest of its kind in Britain. Around 210 exhibitors, including key London and International dealers as well as more locally based booksellers, will be descending on the City to display and sell the best of their stock. The variety of exhibitors ensures that there will be a huge range of books, maps and prints, at all prices, to be found on literally miles of shelves.
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